It all started when…
I was student of Trevor Wye. One day he introduced his class to a lesser known member of the flute family, the flute d’amore. This flute, considered the mezzo voice of the flute family, falls between the regular flute and the alto flute. I was instantly intrigued by the softer, mellower sounds that it produced. It wasn’t until I began focusing on historically informed performance practice that I came across music for the flute d’amore. Composers in the 18th century, like Telemann, Graupner, Molter, and Roman, wrote for this unique instrument. Wanting to dig a little deeper and find out more about this eighteenth-century instrument and the music written for it, I decided that I needed a flute d’amore of my own. So, on a whim I wrote to the German flute maker, Martin Wenner, and asked if he had ever made a copy of a flute d’amore. Lucky for me, Martin has made copies of a flute d’amore by F. Haupt, which dates from around 1750. In the fall of 2017, I commissioned Martin Wenner to make a flute d’amore. After a long wait, my flute d’amore arrived just in time for Valentine’s day 2019!
New Music for Flute D’amore!
It has been a long time goal of mine to expand the repertoire of music for flute d’amore by commissioning modern composers to write new pieces for the instrument. In the spring of 2018, I commissioned Chicago-based composer, Eric Malmquist (b. 1985), to write a suite of six short movements for flute d’amore and harpsichord as well as two short songs for flute d’amore, harpsichord, and voice (“The Rose Cheek’d Laura” and “The Fair Singer”). These three pieces, along with a suite for solo harpsichord, also by Eric, will be recorded in the summer of 2019. The album, Music in Bloom, is planned to be released in the fall 2019.