Carmen Studies – Advanced Etudes for Flute (v.2) arranged by Sandy Kipp Iles
Spiral bound; 66 pages
Act One: Prelude; Chorus – A Square in Seville; Chorus – The Street Boys; Chorus – The Cigarette Girls; Habanera; Seguidilla
Act Two: Entr’acte to Act II; Gypsy Song; Toreador Song; Duet – Carmen’s Dance and the Sound of Retreat
Act Three: Entr’acte to Act III; Sextet – Listen, Listen; Ensemble – The Customs Officer
Act Four: Entr’acte to Act IV; Chorus – The Old Arena; Ensemble – Carmen’s Fate and Mercedes’ Warning; March and Chorus – Here They Come!
My Advanced Etudes for Flute series is inspired by the rich and colorful repertoire for the symphony orchestra. Repertoire for orchestra is varied and vast, and unless you are a member of an orchestra, you may not have the opportunity to perform much of the significant repertoire. My goal with arranging these studies is for flutists to enjoy learning orchestral masterpieces, while having fun developing their fundamental musical skills. — Sandy Kipp Iles
Volume II is broken up into four acts, with each act containing what could be considered the opera’s most well-known numbers. With 17 etudes in all, Sandy has managed to bring this opera to life in a manageable number of studies. Similar to Volume I, Sandy has provided the flutist with an introduction to Bizet’s opera and once again “sets the stage” before each study. Sandy provides tips to the flutist regarding musical and technical aspects, such as common pitfalls, advice on intonation, alternate fingerings, breathing suggestions, rhythm and articulation exercises, and much more.
Flutists should be comfortable playing in all three registers of the instrument in order to navigate these studies. In following Volume I, Sandy has been extremely detailed with each study in how the music should be played. In learning these studies, students will have the opportunity to practice their diligence in attention to detail with the flexibility of reasonable tempo ranges. Whether you are looking for a new etude book for yourself, or you are wanting more resources for your students, either (or both!) of these volumes would a great addition to your library! Carmen Studies: Advanced Etudes for Flute, Volume II Review, November 2021 by Sammy Holloman, The Flute View Magazine