Saturday, January 17, 2009

Historical timeline for choosing Flute Repertoire

Dear Flutists,

Often flute students are a little confused about composer's dates and musical styles, especially when asked to prepare "two contrasting pieces from two musical eras".
In competitions or auditions, flute students may also have to "Choose a Baroque/Classical piece, and then choose a Romantic or Modern piece". They then turn to the internet for help, and get lost in lists of repertoire and cross-referencing the dates, or get lost in a discussion of whether Beethoven is Romantic or Classical, only to find there's very few actual flute pieces by Beethoven.
You can enter a tiny flutey coma after this kind of confusion.
But fear not. I'm here to help. :>) hahhahahaa!
To start:
Here is a useful chart from an old book from the 1950s.
(Almost)Everything you want to know about which musical era your piece or composer comes from.

Isn't this a great little chart?
You can download a PDF version here too.

Download it and print it, then, as you gradually learn your flute pieces and look up their composer's dates you can add those composers to this chart (in tiny black ink as I do! :>) or make a new one up based on this template.
Very useful.
And more about choosing flute repertoire in the next post.
Comments (14)
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! I cannot tell you how many times I could have used this. This is an excellent resource that I really look forward to using. You’re description of the situation that arises when a flutist is looking for rep. describes my experiences to a T! It’s somewhat embarrassing but I have frequently been overwhelmed by all of this information. Thanks a lot!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 2:18:00 PM

Blogger jen said...

Yes, thanks for commenting.
I can't believe that no one has printed a chart like this that I've ever seen EXCEPT this old music text book.
I love handy-dandy charts.
Good grief. To think of all the date memorizing that would be eliminated if you could just have the chart at a glance.
Now to fill it in and update it with more composers!
Best, J.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 9:25:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Friday, February 15, 2013 4:43:00 AM

Anonymous Mark said...

Thanks so much for posting this chart Jennifer!!! A quality chart from a woman of quality

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 11:44:00 AM

Blogger jen said...

Thanks Mark. I was simply happy to find a chart that had every composer at a glance (and yet they did miss quite a few!)
But thanks. Jen

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 1:21:00 PM

Blogger Malcolm L said...

Very nice chart. From what book is it?

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 2:36:00 PM

Blogger jen said...

Dear Malcolm
It is a 1961 book called "For Young Musicians - Vol. 1 - a handbook", by Kenneth I. Bray and D. Bruce Snell. Published by Waterloo Music Company.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 2:54:00 PM

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Sunday, August 18, 2019 1:26:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, this is great, JUST WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR. JRS

Sunday, August 18, 2019 1:28:00 PM

Blogger jen said...

Dear Anon,
Glad to help out! :>)

Sunday, August 18, 2019 4:29:00 PM

Anonymous Julia (Music Education Major in college) said...

This a really cool chart, thank you for posting it

Friday, November 15, 2019 3:43:00 PM

Blogger jen said...

Happy to help out! :>)

Friday, November 15, 2019 10:12:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much Jen!!! You're great!!!😍😍😍😍

Saturday, April 22, 2023 11:27:00 AM

Blogger jen said...

Thankyou Anon. for the nice heart-eye-emoji "greatness" comment.
Very nice of you to say so. :>)

Saturday, April 22, 2023 11:44:00 AM


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