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April 14, 2017

UMS in the Classroom: Emmanuel Pahud, flute


Emmanuel Pahud 6 by Josef Fischnaller

Interested in using a UMS performance in your university classroom? For each performance on the season, we provide suggested curricular connections, links to contextual material online, citations for scholarly material, and prompts for classroom discussion. For additional resources and individualized curricular support, please contact Shannon Fitzsimons Moen, UMS Campus Engagement Specialist, at or (734) 764-3903.

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This performance may connect meaningfully with courses in the following schools and disciplines:

  • Comparative Literature
  • Germanic Languages and Literatures
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Chamber Music
  • Composition
  • Music Education
  • Music Theory
  • Musicology
  • Winds & Percussion
  • Piano
  • Strings


  • Pahud hosts a series of interviews with fellow musicians, composers and conductors on the Berlin Philharmonic’s Digital Concert Hall (access free to members of the U-M community)
  • Learn more about the range of music flutists play in Notes for Flutists: A Guide to the Repertoire by Kyle J. Dzapo (Oxford University Press, 2016).


  • Several of the pieces on Pahud’s program are transcriptions of compositions for stringed instruments. Consider the technical challenges of performing string repertoire on a wind instrument: string instruments can play multiple notes at once whereas wind instruments cannot, and string players do not need to worry about the physical limitations of breathing. In spite of these technical challenges, what new colors and expressive qualities does the flute bring to this music?
  • In addition to his work as a solo recitalist, Pahud serves as the principal flutist for the Berlin Philharmonic. How do you think performing in an orchestra informs his solo performance, and vice versa?