The Flute Book A Complete Guide for Students and Performers

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 8/29/2012
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Teachers and flutists at all levels have praised Nancy Toff's The Flute Book, a unique one-stop guide to the flute and its music. Organized into four main parts--The Instrument, Performance, The Music, and Repertoire Catalog--the book begins with a description of the instrument and its making, offers information on choosing and caring for a flute, sketches a history of the flute, and discusses differences between members of the flute family. In the Performance section, readers learn about breathing, tone, vibrato, articulation, technique, style, performing, and recording. In the extensive analysis of flute literature that follows, Toff places individual pieces in historical context. The book ends with a comprehensive catalog of solo and chamber repertoire, and includes appendices with fingering charts as well as lists of current flute manufacturers, repair shops, sources for flute music and books, and flute clubs and related organizations worldwide. In this Third Edition, Toff has updated the book to reflect technology's advancements--like new digital recording technology and recordings' more prevalent online availability--over the last decade. She has also accounted for new scholarship on baroque flutes; recent developments like those of the contrabass flute, quarter-tone flute, and various manufacturing refinements and experiments; consumers' purchase prices for flutes; and an updated repertoire catalog, index, and appendices.

Author Biography

Nancy Toff is the author of The Development of the Modern Flute, Georges Barrère and the Flute in America, and Monarch of the Flute: The Life of Georges Barrère. Highly respected as a writer, researcher, and lecturer, she has been a consultant to the Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection in the Library of Congress and the Department of Musical Instruments of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and was curator of an exhibition on Georges Barrère at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. She is a past president of the New York Flute Club. Toff is the 2012 winner of the National Flute Association's National Service Award.

Table of Contents

About the Companion Websitep. xi
Figuresp. xii
Platesp. xiii
Terminology Used in This Bookp. xiv
Prefacep. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
The Instrument
The Flute Todayp. 3
What Is a Flute?
Manufacturing: The State of the Art
How to Choose An Instrumentp. 15
To Rent or to Buy
Setting Priorities
Open or Closed Holes
C or B Footjoint
Mechanical Options
Testing an Instrument
Care and Maintenance of the Flutep. 31
Preventive Maintenance: Assembling the Instrument
Daily Cleaning
The Headjoint Cork
Mechanical Problems
A Brief History of the Flutep. 41
Old-System Flutes
The Boehm Flute
Other Nineteenth-Century Flutes
Minor Modifications to the Boehm System
The Flute Familyp. 61
The Piccolo
The Alto Flute
The Bass Flute
The Contr'alto, Contrabass, and Subcontrabass Flutes
The Flute Choir
Breathingp. 84
The Diaphragm
Breathing and Phrasing
Circular Breathing
Tonep. 92
The Acoustical Basis
Tone Production
Focus and Projection
Homogeneity of Sound
Interpretation through Tone Development
National Styles of Flute Playing
Vibratop. 108
What Is Vibrato?
The History of Vibrato
The Uses of Vibrato
Articulationp. 117
The Bowing Analogy
Tongueless Attack
Note Endings
Techniquep. 125
The Bb Thumb Key
Three Fingering Tricks
Stylep. 140
Virtuosity and Interpretation
The Theoretical Background: Basic Musicianship
Performance Practice
The Early Music Movement and Questions of Authenticity
Performancep. 158
Opportunities for Performance
Planning a Recital Program
Choosing a Recital Hall
The Printed Program
Preparation and Rehearsal
Stage Protocol
The Entrance
Playing the Program
Breaks between Pieces
Recordingsp. 175
Building a Recording Collection
How to Listen
Playing Along
Making Your Own Recordings
The Music
The Baroque Erap. 183
Flute versus Recorder
Musical Forms
The Classic Erap. 211
Musical Forms
The Romantic Erap. 235
Music by Nonflutists
Music by Flutists
The Modern Erap. 248
Great Britain
Elsewhere in Western Europe
Eastern Europe
The United States
The Avant-Garde
The Flute and Electronics
Repertoire Catalog
Introductionp. 277
The Baroque Erap. 281
The Classic Erap. 327
The Romantic Erap. 361
The Modern Erap. 383
Study Materialsp. 449
Fingering Chart for the Boehm Flutep. 461
Flute Manufacturersp. 468
Repair Shopsp. 476
Sources for Instruments and Accessoriesp. 480
Sources for Music and Booksp. 483
Journals, Societies, and Service Organizationsp. 487
Flute Clubs and Societiesp. 491
Notesp. 497
Selected Bibliographyp. 507
Indexp. 521
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