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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.
352pp., 42 b/w + 17 color illustrations
Bibliographic references (27 pp.), index
Extract from the Preface
Table of contents