25 Famous Studies for Flute followed by Great Summing-up Exercise
By Louis Drouet
New Edition enirely revised, corrected and annotated by L. Fleury & Jan Merry
Published by Alphonse Leduc
Aspects covered include, playing with evenness, the accuracy of intervals, tone, correct fingering, articulation and dynamics, among many others.
This edition contains an additional 8-page “Grand Final Study” that the Southern Music Co. edition does not have
The number of studies for the flute is considerable. For few instrumetns does there exist such a choice of technical exercises, methods, collections of scales, sets of studies etc., etc.. The reason for this is to be found in the fact that for a whole century (in particular the 19th century), every outstanding player considered himself bound to give the public the benefit of his experience as regards to teaching. Nevertheless this store is far richer in Studies of great difficulty than in exercises destined to players of average ability. The professor who has set his pupil to work through Berbiguier's studies and who, when all the studies have been assimiliated, does not find that marked progress has been made, will find it difficult to select studies of the same degree of difficulty in the library of musical publications.
The studies we publish to-day are essentially destined to supply that want. Of all Drouet's production – an immense output of work – this is certainly the part which most deserves to be brought again to light. This famous virtuoso, who spent his long and laborious life in travelling through Europe, and who in the meanwhile had numerous pupils, wrote a mass of varied airs, pots-pourris and other pieces which have long been forgotten, and justly so; but his Studies are excellent. More varied than those of Berbiguier, they bring out all the difficulties to be currently met with and which can be mastered by pupils and amateurs of average ability.
The text has been reproduced from the original edition, which contained less mistakes than the later editions, although even in that one there were quite an appreciable number. At the beginning of each study will be found a short notice the purpose of which is to direct the pupil's attention to the main difficulties to be encountered. Finally the Study comprising a summng up of all these difficulties, the crowning part of the Method, the last part of which was made up of these studies, has been reproduced. Not only is this a skilful summing up all the difficulties previously met with, but it is also an excellent study in endurance. The general tone of these studies, which are not without a certain pleasant melodiousness, are also somewhat grandiloquent. They prepare the pupil for the Concerto style, which has been in some sort neglected, and which should not be too greatly regretted as regards the flute, but the utility of which, from a pedagogic point of view, cannot be contested.