Nine Progressive Etudes

Jean-Louis Tulou
Catalog numbers: 

SMC B386/ HL 3770587

Detailed Instrumentation: 
Flute Duet
The "Etudes Progressive" are from the flute method by Jean-Louis Tulou (1786-1865) titled Methode de Flute, which were adopted by the Paris Conservatory circa 1851.  Tulou clearly believed that etudes should be good music, for he drew many of the themes for his "Etudes Progressive" from the works of well-known composers and followed them with well-written variations of his own composition.  Among these nine etudes we find themes, written in an operatic style, by Mozart, Donizetti, Rossini, Haydn, and two by Tulou himself.  The etudes are in the form of flute duets, but are also effective as solo works by omitting the second flute part.  Tulou probably played the second flute part, lending harmonic support as he taught his students at the conservatory.