Books on the flute's history
A modern historical summary of the flute and its music,
by Howard Mayer Brown, Jeremy Montagu, Ardal Powell,
and Jaap Frank, appears in the new second edition of
The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.
Grove Dictionary online edition.
More detail is given in Ardal Powell's The
Flute (Yale University Press, 2002).
Recommended reading: a list of books, dissertations,
and articles on the history of the flute and flute-playing.
bibliography: a comprehensive list of books on how
to play the flute, from 1511 to the present.
You can find a collection of the most useful books
on the history of the flute and flute-playing at
Merriman, Lyle C., Woodwind research guide: a selective
bibliography of materials pertaining to the literature,
development, and acoustics of woodwind instruments
(Evanston, Ill.: Instrumentalist Co., c1978)
Rasmussen, Mary and Donald Mattran, A teacher's
guide to the literature of woodwind instruments
(Durham, N.H.: Brass and Woodwind Quarterly [c1966])
Skei, Allen B., Woodwind, brass, and percussion
instruments of the orchestra a bibliographic guide
(New York: Garland, 1985)
Voxman, Himie and Lyle Merriman, Woodwind music
guide, solo and study material in print (Evanston,
Ill.: Instrumentalist Co., c1984)
Vinquist, Mary and Neal Zaslaw, Performance practice:
a bibliography (New York: W. W. Norton )
Warner, Thomas E., An annotated bibliography of
woodwind instruction books, 1600-1830, Detroit studies
in music bibliography, No. 11 (Detroit, Information