Reviews of The Carnival and the Practice Books and Trevor Wye’s
The Carnival Show
“You know, laughing really loud in an auditorium or concert hall is OK, but actually
*howling* would be kind of embarrassing, don't you think? That's why it was a really
good thing that fellow list member Nathan Zalman and I were in the confines of my
living room last week when we watched the new DVD of Trevor Wye's "Carnival of Venice:
A Flute Spectacular." I'd seen Trevor present this program live, several times,
so I knew what was coming, but *still* had to laugh, and then of course there was
Nathan, who'd never seen it, hooting and howling with laughter and fun, and I was
bowled over double, laughing at *him* laughing!!!!!! We had just a *little* bit
of a good time that day.
I'm sure many of you have seen this program of Trevor's, in which he plays 45 variations
of the Carnival of Venice on 58 flutes. The flutes include a Louis Lot from 1864,
panpipes, a bicycle pump flute, a digital electronic flute, a flute d'amour, a pistol,
(yes, you heard that right), a flute that bends, one that changes color, and many
others concocted, invented, cooked up, contrived, ad libbed, and otherwise madly
created in the amazing mind of Trevor Wye.
Clifford Benson is the pianist in this performance and he is as brilliant and funny
in his role at the keyboard as is Trevor.
List member Trevor Wye has presented this program for more than 35 years around the
world. It's now packaged beautifully and available to everyone through the courtesy
of the Albuquerque Flute Association. This group is to be commended for preserving
this unique show for the future! The video and audio quality are professional and
the running time is 48 minutes.
In the early fall, I plan to invite my students over, serve popcorn, and start off
the school year by showing them this hilarious (and sneakily educational) flute show.
Thanks for a wonderful gift, Trevor. When it comes to comedy and inventiveness,
you are THE BEST. I have no financial or other investment in this video. I'm not
associated with the Abuquerque Flute Association nor with Trevor Wye, nor the recording
company or distributor. I do not play on ancient bones, manufacture bubble flutes,
or excavate pre-Columbian Ecuadorian shell ocarina flutes. I just love to laugh”
Helen Spielman on The Flute List.
A huge crowd gathered outside Ballroom A and when the doors were opened, they filed
patiently into the room to hear Trevor Wye perform his 48 Variations on the Carnival
of Venice for 58 Flutes and Piano. It was a capacity crowd, and when Mr. Wye began
a gasp went through the crowd as he announced that his longtime accompanist, friend
and collaborator Clifford Benson had passed away on Friday morning. I know there
had been some mention of Mr. Benson's grave condition on this list and I know we
all join with Mr. Wye in mourning the loss of this wonderful, talented man. The program
already contained a dedication to Mr. Benson, and Mr. Wye placed an empty chair on
the stage in his honor. Although I knew that the upcoming program would be funny
and entertaining, after hearing so many of you on the list describing it (and reading
Mr. Wye's posts about the human tibia and the bicycle pump), I had a lump in my throat
and tears in my eyes as the performance began. Sorrow quickly melted into laughter,
however, as Mr. Wye, the consummate performer, regaled the audience with his introduction
of the instruments and then his clever use of them in the piece. I will repeat what
many have written previously on this list and recommend that if you haven't had a
chance to see Mr. Wye perform this incredible feat in person, that you avail yourselves
of the DVD.
From the Flute List about the NFA Flute Convention, Albuquerque, August, 2007
“The Trevor Wye Experience. Perhaps you all have had the privilege of hearing Trevor
Wye before, but this was a first time for me. I of course had heard of his Carnival
Variations (in fact I know a man who accompanied him one time when he was out West),
but had never seen them until Convention this year. Amazing. Funny. I laughed
and laughed ... what a dry sense of humor this man has ... The "Victor Borge" of
The Complete Daily Exercises
This latest book is unquestionably a stroke of genius. Having all these exercises
in one volume along with carefully thought out and creative The practice card and
blank pages for the user to write his/her own melodies is brilliant.
The clarity of the layout and the instructions are excellent and the text is useful.
Plenty of playing material is included for those not technically accomplished enough
to play it all. The helpful suggestions make the advanced exercises more accessible
to lesser players. This book is large and comprehensive and represents good value
for the money.
Trevor has really outdone himself this time; I think this is the best book he has
ever published. This is the only new exercise book that has motivated me to work
through the entire book. I plan to do so because I believe that this book will help
me become a better flutist and that I'll actually enjoy challenging myself with these
"Congratulations. Your books are a tremendous legacy for all flute students."
"I'm absolutely stunned by the excellence of your latest book: Complete Daily Exercises
for the Flute."
Marcel Moyse Biography: An Extraordinary Man.
"Heartfelt thanks to Trevor Wye for taking his time to write a book that is so touching
, beautiful and well written about Maestro Moyse."
"I am almost finished reading Trevor Wye's MARCEL MOYSE, an Extraordinary Man (which
by the way I absolutely LOVE), I do want to say to anyone who has not yet read this
book. It is excellent - Thank you Trevor Wye for writing it! It really helps me
to really get an understanding of why he was/is so special to so many people. I feel
so inspired to get up and play with tremendous passion whenever I am reading this
book, but I don't want to put the book down to do it!"
The Practice Books
"....your Practice Books For The Flute/Omnibus Edition" was one of the NFA's Newly
Published Winners for 2001. There were over 420 accepted entries. The works will
be on display at the NFA Convention, which will be held in Dallas, Texas, August
16 through August 19, 2001. They will then be sent to the NFA library, which is housed
at the University of Arizona."
"Congratulations on your excellent work! Your expertise for flute publications is
recognized worldwide and the accolades are well deserved. Shawnee Press, as U.S.
and Canadian distributor for Novello Publications, is proud to be associated with
you and your various flute publications and accomplishments."
"Thank you very much for producing the best of flute books available anywhere."
"I've written a terrific review of it for the Krantz Flutelist, the Flutenet (my
personal favourite flute list at: http://www.gwr.org/flutes/flutenet.htm), and as
a teacher and performer have thus already recommended it to between 500 and 1500
other players and teachers. Thank you so much for your brilliant MIND, and your time
and dedication to the project."
"You are completely changing the history of flute practise and teaching by providing
'one' book that can be used almost to the exclusion of all other books of daily exercises.
I love your musical taste and brilliant strategies for practising. When I go back
and read any of Trevor Wye`s books I am always surprised at how great an influence
he has had on my teaching and playing. I`m always uncertain as to whether I came
to my own conclusions or I read it long ago in one of his books. What is certain
is that his books contain a concise summary of flute playing as we understand it
today, presented in a way that anyone, amateur or professional is bound to be influenced
in the way they practice."
"I want to thank you for giving the flute masterclass for the Central Ohio Flute
Association. I have heard nothing but rave reviews from those who attended. I had
several students attend and they came away excited and ready to try out your suggestions.
They all mentioned what a great sense of humor you have! I guess you must need it
with all the flute players you hear! I spoke to all the flutists who played for
you that day and they were so thankful for the opportunity to play for you. I was
pleased with the turnout, as well."
I have just returned from teaching Yoga for Flutists at Trevor Wye's flute class
at the University of West Virginia. It was a marvellous week filled with laughter
and all things flute. Trevor is a mixture of humor, incredibly high musical standards,
an unwavering sense of discipline, a great love of music and a love for those that
choose to make it their life's journey.
Each day begins with a mass warm-up class that includes technical exercises and tips
on how to make them for you not against you, beautiful tunes to warm-up the heart
and mind, and improvisation that everyone can enjoy. Next comes the Studies class
where etudes, excerpts and special problems are addressed. Next up, participants
have a chance to collaborate with a pianist and perform literature. Finally, students
perform solo literature for Trevor and receive his incredible insight built from
years of work with Moyse and Gilbert and his wonderful obsession with music. One
can hear his great knowledge and love for music as he plays or sings phrases that
come alive with fresh energy. Trevor seems ageless as his excitement for the musicians
he is working with grows.
Trevor is a heartfelt, master teacher. He gives of himself with an incredible depth
that seems an endless well. I urge you all to make plans to come perform or bring
your students to the class next year. Don't miss the opportunity to share this master
teacher's wisdom. As I was preparing to leave for the class I told one of my students
who I would be teaching with in the coming week. She stopped cold and looked at me.
She flipped over one of her study books with a picture of Trevor on the back. "This
Trevor Wye!?" she exclaimed. It reminded me of the many generations that have and
will benefit from Trevor's endless quest to make music possible for all of us, whatever
level we are. Trevor has an enormous heart as evidenced in his wonderful humor, insight
and endless fascination with all things music. I am grateful to have worked with
him over the past several years. "This Trevor Wye" is full of passion for music,
the flute, and all who are drawn to
it. Thank you Trevor, for all you have done for all of us."