Tara Malone

Tara Malone


Irish         Age: 21

Johann Sebastian Bach
Flute Sonata in E Major BWV 1035: I. Adagio ma non tanto

Claude Debussy Arr. Gustave Samazeuilh
Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune

Eldin Burton
Sonatina II. Andantino Sognando III. Allegro giocoso quasi fandango 

Tara is in her fourth year of her BMus degree at the MTU Cork School of Music studying the flute under the tutelage of Sabine Ducrot.

This year, she was awarded the “Crowley Perpetual Cup” in the Senior Woodwind Category of Feis Maitiú. Tara has also performed and been awarded commendations in the Advanced Recital and Senior Concerto Competitions at MTU CSM.

Tara enjoys engaging in ensemble playing which she grew to love from her years as a member of Clonmel’s youth band, Banna Chluain Meala (2013-2020), where she had the opportunity to travel and perform around the country at various events and competitions, perform at Fourth of July celebrations in Illinois, USA in 2015 and in Costa Masnaga, Italy in 2017.

While studying in Cork, Tara has also enjoyed advancing her piccolo playing with Aoife O’Donovan and plays both flute and piccolo with ensembles such as MTU CSM Symphony Orchestra, CAFE Cork Flute Ensemble and Cork Concert Orchestra. She has also performed with the MTU CSM Symphonic Wind Ensemble as an ensemble musician and had the opportunity to perform as a soloist (Phillip Sparke’s A Lindisfarne Rhapsody) in 2023.

Programme Notes

I am opening my programme with the first movement of Bach’s ‘Flute Sonata in E Major’. I love this short movement as it has a sweet melody with characteristic ornamentation and contrasts well with the pieces that are to follow.

I chose to perform Debussy’s ‘Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune’ as I have always loved this work for orchestra and was delighted when I found out that there was an arrangement for flute and piano that highlights that same enchanting charm. Listening to the original symphonic poem, I am sure that I am not the only flute player that has dreamt of performing that opening flute solo with an orchestra, so I am glad to have the opportunity to perform this beautiful piece.

I decided to follow this with Burton’s ‘Sonatina’ as I think the moments of tranquility and playfulness in the second movement, Andantino Sognando, contrast nicely.

The last movement, Allegro giocoso quasi fandango, has an energetic and humorous mood, which makes it very fun for me to play and perform with the piano. I believe that this gives me a great way to finish off my programme with a bang!