The Flute and Flute Playing

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-03-17
  • Publisher: Dover Publications

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The modern flute owes its invention to the author of this 1871 musicology classic. It details the instrument's acoustics, explains techniques for establishing proportions, keying, fingering, care and repair, and bass flute in G. Include insights on development of tone, exercises, and methods of practicing and interpretation. 50 illustrations.

Author Biography

German inventor Theobald Boehm (1794-1881) was a composer as well as a virtuoso flautist and perfected the modern Western concert flute. He established new finger patterns that remain in common use, invented both the key mechanism and the concept of the conical rather than cylindrical flute, and was the first to make flutes from metal.

Table of Contents

Translator's Introductionp. XXIII
The Flute
Introductionp. 3
The Acoustical Proportions of the Flutep. 14
Explanation of the Schemap. 38
The Materialp. 53
The System of Fingering
General Descriptionp. 59
The G# Keyp. 62
Tables of Fingeringp. 72
Description of the Key Mechanismp. 79
Care of the Mechanism
Repairsp. 100
The Keysp. 100
The Key Padsp. 104
The Springsp. 106
The Cork in the Head Jointp. 108
Treatment of the Flute in Generalp. 111
On the Blowing of New Flutesp. 114
The Embouchurep. 117
The Bass Flute in G
Its Musical Characteristicsp. 119
Dimensions of the Bass Flutep. 124
Mechanism of the Bass Flutep. 128
Special Fingerings for the Bass Flutep. 128
The Development of Tonep. 135
Finger Exercisesp. 138
The Method of Practicingp. 140
Musical Interpretationp. 145
Conclusionp. 161
Biographical Notesp. 165
Price List of Flutesp. 178
List of Boehm's Musical Compositionsp. 181
Short List of Books on the Flutep. 189
Indexp. 191
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