S t u d e n t L i s t e n i n g
Flutists from many backgrounds can serve as models.
Emmanuel Pahud plays with so much color and gusto.
Julius Baker is renown for his gorgeous, pure tone. He is my grandteacher (my teacher’s teacher), so would be my students’ great-grandteacher.
Jean Pierre Rampal made flute popular as a solo classical instrument. My favorite recording by him is the Mozart Flute Quartets with Rampal (flute) Stern (violin) Accardo (viola) Rostropovich (cello)
Herbie Mann is a jazz flutist. My favorite album of his is Flautista, which is Afro Cuban Jazz
Ian Anderson is the flutist in the band Jethro Tull. He plays classic rock, while singing and playing to create an incredible, distorted sound.
Nicholas Williams plays for folk dancing, and effectively uses airy and consonant sounds to create color and rhythmic drive.
Hariprasad Chaurasia plays traditional flute music from India
These pieces inspire, broaden musical awareness, and can even serve as life-long companions.
Rebonds A by Iannis Xenakis
Xenakis used mathematical principles to compose. I recommend playing ping pong while listening to these.
Player Piano 1, no. 3a by Conlon Nancarrow
These pieces are so difficult that Nancarrow had to program them on player pianos. This was before the time of computers.
From the Canyons to the Stars by Olivier Messaien The whole piece is over an hour. I’ve linked to one of my favorite movements: "The Resurrected and the Song of the Star Aldebaran". Here, as in much of his music, Messaien transcribes the songs of birds
Glassworks by Phillip Glass
String Quartet movement 3 by Ruth Crawford Seeger
Symphony #4 movement 2 by Charles Ives
You can hear overlapping layers of music, as if many orchestras are playing at the same time.
Drumming by Steve Reich
Sonatas and Interludes by John Cage
An ordinary piano is prepared with screws, bolts, and plastic to create different sounds
Why Patterns by Morton Feldman
Lux aeterna by Gyorgy Ligeti
This piece is in 2001 Space Odyssey when the 'monolith' appears
Slavonic Dances by Anton Dvorak
Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber
Scheherazade by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Symphony #38 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (starting at Allegro)
Symphony #5 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Brandenburg Concerto #2 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland
String Quintet in C Major by Franz Schubert
O magnum mysterium by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Symphony #1 by Gustav Mahler
Afternoon of a Faun by Claude Debussy
Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky
Symphony #5 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Symphonic Metamorphosis by Paul Hindemith
Intermezzo in A Major for Piano by Johannes Brahms
Symphony #4 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky