Opera flute melodies

Opera flute melodies

Jul 02, 2024

Can you guess these 4 flute melodies from operas? All of these solos are written for the flute, and you'll hear them played in the orchestra if you were to go to the opera (or watch a performance on YouTube!).

Opera flute melodies

Welcome to Guess the Melody on the flute, the Opera edition. So I'm going to play you four orchestral excerpts, flute excerpts from operas that are pretty famous, and I'd love to see which ones of these you know.

So if you know any of these four and you're watching this on YouTube, type it in the comments below and I'll let you know if you were right.

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Alright, number one is this one. This is very famous. If you're a flute player, you will know it. If you have ever auditioned for an orchestra, you'll also probably know this because it's very popular to be on the list of orchestra excerpts when you're auditioning for a pro orchestra.

Famous flute tune

Here we go. Do you know this one? It's very famous. If you don't know the melody, you'll probably know the name of the opera that it's from.

Okay. Number two, okay. This is from the same opera that I just played. There are so many hits in this opera that it's worth doing two of them. I chose this piece because of a funny memory that I have when I was a kid, which I'll tell you after. Here we go. Number two,

So, do you know this one? The funny memory that I have is when I was a teenager in high school, I was about 16 at the band at my school went on a little tour to New Zealand.

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So I live in Australia. So New Zealand is a bit of a short hop across the ditch, as we call it. We went to play in our band through the community, through schools, and I, along with two other flute players in the band, played this piece as a trio. And thinking back, it was so embarrassing, but it was a bit of a crowd pleaser.

You probably noticed that this piece is in three. And it was a trio. So each of us bopped on each beat of the bar. So 1, 2, 3, bop, bop, bop. All through this piece. We had fun. The crowd loved it. It's a little bit, it's a little bit dorky, but it was still fun.

Flute performance

Alright, number three, I love this piece of music. You often hear this music in just a concert by itself, without it actually being in an opera. It's very famous the chorus version of this. The chorus from the opera is often how you hear it, but it is a flute solo as well. Here we go.

I think I've played that better in my life, but you get the picture. That is a beautiful, beautiful piece of music. If you know it, let us know in the comments.

Okay? The last one, number four, this is possibly the one you might've been expecting me to do first, maybe, or at least something from this opera, because the name makes it famous.

Opera flute tunes

If you know you know. If you know what I mean. If you know this opera, you'll know what I mean by the name of the opera, makes it famous.

There you go. Do you know any of those operatic flute excerpts? Let me know in the comments and I'll reply if you got it right, that's if you're on YouTube.

If you're watching this on the blog, scroll down to the bottom of this blog and I've put the answers for you at the bottom of this blog. But don't look first. See if you can work them out first.

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Here are the answers! The pieces in this video are:

1. Carmen by Bizet (Entr'acte / Intermezzo)
2. Carmen by Bizet (Gypsy's Chorus)
3. Polovstian Dances from Prince Igor by Borodin
4. The Magic Flute by Mozart (Wie stark ist nicht dein Zauberton)

How many did you get right?

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