Kohler 15 Easy Exercises Op 33 Book 1


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Kohler 15 Easy Exercises Op 33 Book 1

Kohler 15 Easy Exercises Op 33 Book 1

Theodore Presser
Edition and commentary by Sir James Galway
James Galway presents Koehler 15 Easy Exercises Opus 33, Book One

Ernesto Köhler

Ernesto Köhler (1849-1907) was an accomplished Italian flautist and composer. His contributions as a composer for flute are noteworthy, including over 100 works for the flute including études, duets, and solos. Kohler also composed several operas and ballets.

From Modena, Köhler received flute lessons from his father, Venceslau Joseph Köhler, who held the position of the Principal Flute in the Duke of Modena’s orchestra. In 1869, he ventured to Vienna where he began his career as a flautist. Later, he joined the Imperial Opera Orchestra in Saint Petersburg in 1871.

Among flute players, he gained recognition for his widely appreciated ‘Flute School’ (“Flöten-Schule” circa 1880), a popular flute learning method. Additionally, his Opus 33, “Progress in Flute Playing,” a series of three progressive instructional books for flautists published in the 1880s, became highly regarded.

Interestingly, Köhler also made connections within the mandolin community. He is credited with creating an early mandolin method called “Mandolinen Schule, self-instructor for the mandolin,” which was first published in 1887.


Sir James Galway-Flautist

Renowned flautist, Sir James Galway has performed worldwide, has 98 albums to his name and has sold 30 million recordings. Throughout his extensive career, he has performed with many of the world’s top orchestras and conductors and toured extensively internationally. Galway has also collaborated on film soundtracks such as The Lord of the Rings and partnered with popular artists such as Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell and Sir Elton John.

A native of Northern Ireland, Galway began his flute studies in Belfast. At the age of 16, he was awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, followed by studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Paris Conservatoire. At the age of 21, he embarked on his orchestral career in London’s major opera and symphonic orchestras. He took up the coveted position of solo flautist with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Herbert von Karajan in 1969, before becoming one of the very first flautists to establish an international solo career in 1975.

Galway is a strong supporter of the arts and charitable causes and devotes much of his free time to furthering music education, sharing his wisdom and experience with the musical generation of tomorrow.


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