Cahusac’s Pocket companion for the German flute; containing a selection of favorite songs, airs, minuets, marches, allemands, cotillons, dances and duetts, properly adapted for that instrument.

London, Printed and sold by T. Cahusac … [179-]
2 v. in 1. front. 12 x 17 cm.

This pocket book of songs contains solo and duet literature for the flute. It pre-dates the development of the Boehm system flutes, but the mention of the “German flute” means these arrangements are written for transverse flute and not the recorder.

I’ve pulled two songs from the collection to highlight in this post.
The first is “Wine cannot cure,” in which the singer turns to the bottle after losing the affections of a maid named Chloe.

The second verse warns:

To wine I flew to ease the pain
Her beauteous charms created.
But Wine more firmly bound the chain
And Love would not be cheated.

The final tune in the book claims to be a German Hymn from Pleyel!
Here at the Rita Benton Music Library, we have a large collection of early editions of music by the composer, pianist, publisher, and piano maker Ignaz Pleyel. So we get a little excited every time his name pops up….

This hymn serves as the theme for a set of variations in the second movement of Pleyel’s String Quartet in G major, B.349. It was, however, published separately as the “German Hymn” referenced in this flute pocket book.

The original string quartet in our Digital Library:

A vocal arrangement of the hymn for three voices:


Time Management: Finding the Time to Write


Another question right up there with “Why am I doing this to myself?” is “How will I ever find the time to write?”

wThis is one of the most difficult parts of completing NaNoWriMo. What if I have a full-time job? What if I’m in school? What if something happens and I can’t reach my daily word count? All these things are issues you’ll have to deal with that make NaNoWriMo more complicated. 

Here are a few ways to handle it all:

Know the Magic Number

To reach 50,000 words in month, you need to write 1,667 words daily. You don’t need to follow that exactly, but it’s a good starting point. You can adjust this to fit your schedule—for example, write double on the weekends and skip a couple days during the week—so find a way to make it work for you.

Leave Room for the Unexpected

There will always be issues that come up that might prevent you from writing. If you can get ahead one day, you’ll leave time open for anything else that comes up. My advice is to get ahead when you can, so you’ll leave time when you need it. It’s hard to know when the unexpected will come up, but you can be somewhat prepared.

Write in Intervals

A lot of people who want to tackle NaNoWriMo think you need to set aside an hour or two daily to write and sometimes fail because they don’t have an hour or two to set aside. My advice is to take a write when you can approach. If you have ten or twenty minutes, write for ten or twenty minutes. When you have free time, that’s when you should try to write. It will all add up!

Don’t Beat Yourself Up

If you can’t write one day—don’t. You shouldn’t force yourself if you’re feeling really down or if you’re going through something that requires your attention. NaNoWriMo might be important to you, but it’s not more important than your well-being. Take care of yourself first.

Readjust Your Plans When Necessary

Your life doesn’t go as smoothly as you’d like it to, so you need to be willing to readjust and make up for lost writing time. You shouldn’t put your life on hold to finish, but you do need to make some adjustments and maybe skip out on some things. NaNoWriMo is hard and that’s all part of the process. Try to let your family and friends know what you’re in for, so hopefully they can be supportive.

If you don’t reach 50,000 words by the end of NaNoWriMo, that’s perfectly ago. At least you’re one step closer to your goal of finishing a novel and you put a lot of hard work into getting your story started. Any progress you make during NaNoWriMo, whether you finish or not, is good progress!

-Kris Noel