FluteTips 78 When I’m Playing Baroque Music What Flute Sound Should I Use?

FluteTips 78 When I’m Playing Baroque Music What Flute Sound Should I Use?


FluteTips 78 When I’m Playing Baroque Music
What Flute Sound Should I Use Hi I’m Dr. Angela McBrearty of DoctorFlute.com and today’s FluteTip is When I’m Playing Baroque Music What Flute Sound Should I Use There’s a lot of discussion out in the world today in the flute world about the sound that you should have and the style of which you should play Baroque music. I am not the world’s best expert at stylistic performance although I think I’ve got it down pretty well But there are scholars that are in that field that could really do more as far as style goes. But let’s just talk about the flute sound especially when you’re playing a silver flute and playing Bach. Now in years many years past you played Bach you played it with a silver flute because this is the upgrade from the Baroque flute. And so let’s use the sound that it can give you. And then authentic performance practice came into view and the idea is now I need to play it authentically. But I’m still playing it on a more modern instrument. So, what to do? So these are all questions that you need to wrestle with as a performer. Are you going to play your Baroque, I have some Bach here, so let’s talk about Bach. Are you going to play that with the silver sound that you could get today’s modern sound, or are you going to take this flute and think how can I make that more woody. Is there something that I can do? I can change my embouchure and make the sound be a little bit more emulating of the wooden flute There are options and I’ve heard them both ways. I heard Amy Porter play I believe it was the Marin Marais Les Folies D’Espagne. And she has I think a video on YouTube playing that and it’s pretty silvery. It’s not the most authentic sound that I’ve heard. And I think it’s lovely, really very nice. But then one time I think it was on her Facebook page she posted a video of her playing it and this one was massively different. She really played with a wooden sound. It was a big, I think it was a big risk and it really sounded so very different from this other performance with the same person. But it was very unique and I enjoyed listening to that on as well. So, I enjoyed both performances of this. I think that if you are an undergrad player or you’re in high school taking the big huge risk of playing a piece such as your Bach with a very very open wooden sound could come across as well that is your sound, if there’s nothing to compare it with. I think you’re able to take a bigger risk when you have a bigger name and you’ve already established here’s my tone, I can do it, now I’m going to show you what else I can do. For us regular people, I think there is a sound that goes in between. If I take this opening of the Bach E Minor, it’s the 3rd movement. So, it’s a slow movement. And I’m just going to play it with a more rich flute tone AKA a silver sound. OK so I made it rich. It was a little bit buzzy. I put it on the edge. It was definitely a silver type sound. Now let me experiment around and see what else could I do with my sound. Could I make it a little more wooden, a little less heavy with the vibrato. And see what I can do to open up my sound. Part way to a wooden sound. Now I think in that performance I maybe mixed up the genres a little bit. So, I started of with a more open sound, so it’s less heavy. I put a lot less vibrato on and played through that and I might actually want to perform that way. I sort of like that mixture every once and a while I put a little more of a silver sound on it. And sometimes I took it off. But I kept thinking that the sound shouldn’t be too heavy But I didn’t want to go all the way. Now if I want to play it again, I’m going to try to go even more woody. And this time I’m going to think about a Baroque violinist. And I’ll think about the long bows and how they would be playing this with their bow when you play Baroque violin you have actually a different type of bow to play with and it makes it a little bit different sound. When I’m playing with that more woodier sound I’m going a little bit farther on the spectrum, not only do I really back off on the vibrato but my articulation is a lot less crisp. I’m using more of a D sound and I’m moving my tongue a little bit farther back on the roof of my mouth. Don’t want it to get clunky. So, I don’t want to go back too far. But the wooden flute doesn’t get that crisp crisp “tah” sound. So, I’m moving my tongue a little bit farther back Now I played that 3 different ways. And if I were performing this I would make a decision based on if I have a harpsichord player or am I doing it with piano. That’s going to change as well. And then what type of sound am I going to have, how far on the spectrum to Baroque am I going to go, or do I want to keep it in the silver sound. I probably wouldn’t perform it with the first one where it was really edgy and a tiny bit buzzy with a heavier vibrato. I probably wouldn’t perform that way. But I might not go all the way to the total Baroque sound either. So, these are all choices that you need to make when you’re playing Baroque music. To change up your sound it gives it a totally different color and if you’re doing a whole recital and adding a piece of Baroque, it can really change oh going from piece to piece you can get kind of it’s the same sound OK it’s the same sound, oh this one is completely different. I didn’t know that this person can do that type of sound. It wakes up your audience and mixes it up a little bit So, when you’re playing your Baroque, Telemann, your Vivaldi, your Quantz any of these pieces, decide and experiment, it’s kind of fun, experiment with what tone quality you would like to use. How far into Baroque, what’s your vibrato going to be like, and what’s your articulation going to be like. That’s today’s FluteTip. Have fun. If you like this video press the like button comment below subscribe and share it with your friends FluteTips 78 When I’m Playing Baroque Music
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