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Bt_movie_not_in_use Atmosphere of entire piece rests on the flutist's shoulders (00h:00m:41s)
Bt_movie_not_in_use Playing opening line in one breath requires efficiency (00h:01m:28s)
Bt_movie_not_in_use Try to get the vibrato and tone mix right at beginning (00h:01m:58s)
Bt_movie_not_in_use Don't overdo the crescendo in bars 3-4 (00h:02m:14s)
Bt_movie_not_in_use Don't diminuendo too much at the end of first phrase since the line needs to be handed over to the oboe (00h:02m:27s)
Bt_movie_not_in_use Same melody is restated many times, each time orchestrated differently (00h:02m:42s)
Bt_movie_not_in_use Second statement needs to be played louder. Breath in the middle is OK this time (00h:03m:07s)
Bt_movie_not_in_use At Reh. 2, melody is extended and rhythm becomes freer (00h:04m:02s)
Bt_movie_not_in_use Introduction of new color for middle register C-sharp (00h:06m:09s)
Bt_movie_not_in_use 4 meas. after Reh. 2, traditional to move tempo ahead slightly (00h:06m:55s)
Bt_movie_not_in_use 3 meas. before Reh. 3, steadiness of tempo is important. Second flute joins (00h:07m:05s)
Bt_movie_not_in_use 2 meas. before Reh. 3 includes two separate diminuendi (00h:07m:54s)
Bt_movie_not_in_use Important for last note to have a secure lyricism. Keep vibrato steady and pitch up (00h:08m:54s)

Flute excerpt: Debussy's Afternoon of a Faun

Mark Sparks, Principal Flute of the Saint Louis Symphony, demonstrates and discusses the opening solos in Debussy's Afternoon of a Faun.

Artists Bt_info_artist Mark Sparks

Composers Claude Debussy


Instruments Flute