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A Dictionary for the Modern Flutist by Susan Maclagan

By Susan Maclagan

A Dictionary for the fashionable Flutist offers transparent and concise definitions of greater than 1,500 universal flute-related phrases participant of the Boehm-system flute might come upon. totally illustrated with greater than a hundred photos, the entries include descriptions of phrases concerning all features of the flute: flute varieties, flute components, flute fix, enjoying strategies, acoustics, articulations, intonation, universal embellishes, flutemaking, flute historical past, flute song books, and more.Susan Maclagan has completely researched and categorized every one time period, together with vital flute phrases that experience triggered confusion or now not been sincerely outlined formerly, directory them alphabetically with concise, in-depth definitions. rigorously classified illustrations for plenty of flute kinds, components, mechanisms, and add-ons support to make the definitions more uncomplicated to imagine. The entries additionally encompass short biographies of greater than 50 major names within the flute group world wide. a number of appendixes supply extra info on topics like flute classifications, forms of smooth Boehm-system flutes and their elements, key and tone gap names, head joint ideas, and orchestra and opera audition excerpts. articles, Checking Your Flute Tuning and Scale through the flutist and pedagogue Trevor Wye—who additionally contributed the foreword—and Flute Clutches via the historian David Shorey, also are integrated, in addition to an intensive bibliography.

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A modern term for the type of transverse flute with six finger holes and one key that was used in the latter part of the Baroque period (ca. 1670–1750) and into the Classical period, at least by amateurs. The dates of the Baroque period are usually given as 1600–1750, but the term “Baroque flute” is not used for the keyless flute prior to about 1670, that instrument being essentially the same as the Renaissance flute. The original Baroque flutes were most often made of wood, had a conical bore, and were in three or four pieces.

The instrument was first popular in France, where the earliest French flutes tended to be ornately turned. The first tutor for the new flute was published in 1707 by Jacques Martin Hotteterre (see bib. under “Historical Methods, Treatises, and Tutors”). This and later books, notably the 1752 Versuch, a treatise by Johann Joachim Quantz, explain the articulations and ornamentation used at the time. They also advise that notes with flats are to be played at a slightly higher pitch than the enharmonic notes with sharps—for example, B is higher than A —the difference to be made with either alternate fingerings or an adjustment of the breath.

5, fig. 1). Its extra length and keys make it even heavier than the B foot joint. Articulation can be more sluggish, too. Surprisingly, the extra length may make E2 and F2 easier to produce clearly, and with good articulation, than on some flutes with a B foot. To date, very little music has been written with a low b , thus making it unnecessary for most flutists to own one. See also buzz-tone; gold flute (1). BEVELING. To cut something, such as the blowing edge, in such a way that an angle other than a right angle is formed.

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