July 3

Philippe Gaubert, born on this day in 1879, is well-respected as a flutist, composer, and pedagogue. As the flute professor at the Paris Conservatory, he wrote many of his compositions and methods to help the students there. This shorter piece is less often played but exhibits the flutist’s knowledge of the sonority of the instrument.

July 27 – Sonata for Flute and Piano, II. Aria by Otar Taktakishvili

Otar Taktakishvili, born on this day in 1924, was a prominent Georgian composer perhaps best known in America for his Sonata for Flute and Piano. He also composed the Georgian National Anthem and many of his compositions, including the flute sonata, reflect his nationalist fervor. Mimi Harding is a Senior Flute Performance Major at the University of South Carolina.