20 Lyric Etudes for Flute was composed, as the title suggests, to aid student and professional alike with that portion of his or her practice session devoted to lyrical playing. This book is inspired by former Chicago Symphony Tubist Arnold Jacobs, whose philosophy dictates that the fundamental style for any wind player should be lyrical. Devoting a certain portion of one's practice schedule to lyricism promotes relaxed playing when the transition is made into more technical and extreme upper register material. These etudes should be easy and enjoyable to play. Most are intended to be played in a free and expressive style, and it is hoped that the player will add his or her own personality in order to make the most music possible.