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Classical Classroom

Classical Classroom, Episode 21: Joel Luks on the fierce and foxy flute

All about the flute!! Joel Luks, CultureMap Houston editorial staffer and columnist, and classically trained flutist, teaches all about the history and surprising range of the dainty, lovely, badass, whale-sound-making, beatboxing flute. He takes us from "Carmen" to Mario Brothers (and a few other places in between).


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Audio production by Todd “Big Head Todd” Hulslander with positive affirmations by Dacia Clay.

Warning: This episode contains a few naughty words.

Music used in this episode includes:

  • Georges Bizet, Carmen: Entr’acte, Act III – Intermezzo (1875)
  • Beastie Boys, “Sure Shot”, from Ill Communication (1994)
  • Niccolò Paganini, 24 Caprices – No. 5 in A minor, Bonita Boyd flutist
  • Andre Jolivet: Chant de Linos (1944) – Emmanuel Pahud from French Flute Music
  • George Crumb – Vox Balaenae (1971) (Voice of the Whale) Movements I and II – Vocalise and Sea Theme
  • PROJECT Trio’s Greg Pattillo, Beatboxing Flute: Super Mario Brothers Theme
  • Gheorghe Zamfir, Einsamer Hirte