About the Site
Site author and
webhead, Dr Ardal Powell
Welcome to flutehistory.com. The site provides some
information about the history of the transverse flute
and flute-playing in Western culture. I created it to
serve as a companion to a
book on that subject I wrote for Yale University
Press (London, 2002).
flutehistory.com is a work in progress. In its present
form the site is meant to provide some basic details
about the flutes and playing styles of the past, and
to help you find published resources to learn more.
Eventually, more extensive sound and image resources
are planned, as well as more informative text, mostly
including material that has no place within the structure
of my book.
I have tried to address the needs of various different
groups of visitors. There's an introductory page for
those of school age, and I hope the site will also
help university students think of research topics. I
welcome and will gratefully acknowledge all corrections,
additions, rants, and praise.
In case you're wondering who I am, I'm Ardal Powell,
a partner in Folkers
& Powell, Makers of Historical Flutes and President
Circle Flute Company Ltd. I'm also the editor of
a quarterly newsletter for historical flutists and instrument
collectors founded in 1989. If you want to know more
about me or see a list of my published books and articles,
visit my personal
It is designed in the first place for Microsoft Internet
Explorer®, and has also been tested with Netscape®,
and Firefox on Windows and Macintosh platforms. Cut-N-Paste
Wright, and the people at Hotscripts.com
wrote scripts I modified for this site.
If you do not already have it installed, get the Adobe
Orders from flutehistory.com are now handled by Amazon.com.
The selection is limited and many important series,
such as those from Frits Knuf and SPES, are hard to
get. If what you want is unavailable try the Early Music
Shop in Bradford, UK, or the Early Music Shop of New
England in Cambridge, Mass.
Thanks for visiting.