The Flute

The Flute

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This book tells the story of the flute in the musical life of Europe and North America from the twelfth century to the present day. It is the first history to illustrate the relationship that has bound the instrument, its music, and performance technique together through eight centuries of shifting musical tastes and practices.

In a comprehensive and authoritative account of the flute’s development, Ardal Powell takes full account of recent research: on military flutes and fifes of the fifteenth century, the renaissance consort flute, baroque and classical instruments, mechanically advanced nineteenth-century designs by Theobald Boehm and others, and further innovations that led to the modern flute.

All these transformations are related to revolutions in playing style and repertoire, in the lives of flute players and makers, and in the uses of the instrument to play military, religious, consort, solo, chamber, opera, symphony, jazz, popular, and flute band music. For the first time the role of amateur flutists receives due consideration alongside the influence of famous players and teachers. The ultimate guide to the heritage of the flute, this volume will delight both those who play the flute and those who love its music.


Publisher: New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, 2002
ISBN: 9780300094985
0300094981
9780300093414
0300093411
Branch Call Number: 788.3209 POWEL
Characteristics: x, 347 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm

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May 23, 2016

A history of the concert flute. A good book to read as counterpoint to Nancy Toff's "The Flute Book". Older flutes are considered in their own right and as well suited to the music they played, not as stepping stones to the modern flute.

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