This is sad news. Holcombe has written a ton of stuff…..his Jazz Flute Concerto is one of my favorites.
From: Ricky Lombardo
Subject: [FLUTE] Bill Holcombe Tribute Concert
Date: April 13, 2010 1:55:13 PM PDT
Dear Flute Friends,
I attended a concert to honor Bill Holcombe this past Sunday, a tribute to the man and his music, put on by 40 of his friends. Many may not know it but Bill is very ill with terminal cancer. He is very frail and now in a wheelchair. Many of you know Bill Holcombe for his flute arrangements. However, most of the music world knows him for his work with concert band, strings, sax quartets, brass quintets and jazz band. He has had a career many musicians can only dream about. This concert was totally his arrangements and compositions. None of his flute works were showcased. His friends must have traveled from all over to be part of this one time event because I and the local musicians performing did not recognize most of the band members. Two links were sent in an e-mail I received the night before the concert. The first is a to an article in one of our local newspapers. The second is for a facebook page set up by someone for Bill. I thought many would like to know about Bill and his condition as well as reading about his amazing music career.
Although this was an amazing concert with phenomenal musicians, it was sad to see Bill in this condition. However, he still has that smile and of course a lot to say between songs. His wife Helen of 60 years was going to sing a song but didn’t in the end. Although we don’t see that much of one another, Bill and I live only about 15 minutes apart.
Sir James posted this on his list. It’s great. As always.
I found this great interview with amazing flutist Robert Dick. Be sure to check out the mp3 audio at the end of the page.
This is a great article telling a little of how Nagahara flutes are made using CNC technology.
“The greatest flute players in the world strive for a uniquely personal sound to the way they play their instruments and interpret each piece of music. For this reason, these professionals often choose hand-made instruments that enhance these artistic efforts. Nagahara Flutes is a company that caters to the needs of top-ranking flute players. Its customers include Sir James Galway, Ian Anderson (singer and flute player of Jethro Tull fame) and many leading performers in orchestras worldwide. The individually crafted instruments are produced in silver, gold or platinum.”
Did you know Google has scanned and put public domain books on the web? Did you know that Theobald Böhm’s An Essay on the Construction of Flutes is available here? Check it out.
This is great www find if I do say so.
Joachim Andersen Works for free. Including his excellent 24 etudes book. Now, they are scans, and not as good as the print version (I own the 24 Etudes book), but…the price is right.
Check it out
I came across this tonight. Wow. Very interesting flute there. Anyone ever tried one?
Seems they also make wooden ones as well.
Sadly, you can’t embed this video. So, here is the link. Everyone should get a kick out of it.
I did not know that former Fox News person, and former White House spokesperson was a flute play. You go Tony!
There was a National Flute Association Convention (so I hear). A couple of people on the Flute list cross posted on the Galway List. Here are some interesting ones.
I haven’t seen the actual Trevor Wye class notes posted yet. Hopefully soon.