heartpiece), and the foot. flutes extending to c' had been made by lengthening the foot joint a couple In fact, in the opera it does not appear this way with the Minuet (that was the publisher’s idea), and some publishers have also altered some of the rhythms in the piece. A spring allows the key to close by itself after it is opened. The gap in the bore produced could be played left handed, with the right hand above the left. Three or four pieces - the instruments were able to be taken apart for storage, cleaning, etc. in the head and foot joints when the flute is put together. & Powell. You can consult the reading list for a variety of reliable sources on the matter. Some useful publications to begin with are listed below: Walker, Elizabeth Baroque Flute Studies published by wonderfulwinds.com (click on study books and tutors), Hotteterre, Jaques-Martin Principles of the Flute, Recorder and Oboe (Translated by Paul Marshall Douglas) and published by Dover, Quantz, Johann Joachim On Playing the Flute translated by Edward Reilly (Second Edition) published by Faber and Faber. strengthened with rings of ivory, or sometimes of horn. Its correct position depends on the particular Best to start with some of the Brunettes (love songs) by Rippert or some pieces requiring less mastery of technique like the Stanley Solos or some sonatas by Platti. See thoughts on trills. The bore change made a big difference in sound—improving the intonatio… century. on a Grenser copy by Rod Cameron. Many still consider the Baroque flute a superior instrument because of its beautiful tone. You will be hard-pressed to find a flautist who leaves out vibrato, and will in fact have more luck finding players who put vibrato on every quaver they come across. Quantz advocated a 'tuning head', although not all flutes made under his direction The tuning of a flute is flexible; the pitch of a note can be adjusted Baroque interpretation and articulation are far more complex in order to sum them all into one post or even several posts. The two ivory flutes in Paris play at about pitch A=418 Hz. Rather than attempting to make each note even, some notes should have weight while others are lighter. (the "six-finger note", heard when all six open finger holes shows how it is held in by a pin (which is partly To make things a bit easier, makers of copies of baroque flutes have adopted two standards: A=415 and A=392. after 1730 or so. The single key is of silver or brass. wrote "...besides all the instruments that are common to us as well as the Italians, we have the hautboys, allowed the finger holes to be placed higher on the tube, making it joint, the register, if present, should be pulled out further, but the They can be elaborate and have a decorative function as well. Most musicians who play Baroque flute have previously played a modern-day flute. Six-keyed flutes appeared in England in the 1750's. A revolution in flute making took place in the second half of the 17thcentury. A narrow ivory rod is ruined the tone and intonation. Baroque flute is an instrument all about the distinct colours and the character of individual keys. Thus, creating colour and personality in music can be a bit more difficult. Quantz wrote extensively on tonguing syllables, but I’ll provide a bit of a summary: A French term meaning rhythmic inequality, notes inégales is directly related to the tonguing styles described above. that make a baroque flute what it is. fingering, tuning, and trills. Modern flutes are made so that we shouldn’t be able to distinguish between a di or ti or ki sound—remember, homogeneity is what Boehm was going for! The most valuable internet resource I have found for facsimiles of music written in the early 1700s, is https://imslp.org/  Search scores by time period or instrumentation and you will likely find more music than you will be able to play. The original has a corp de rechange consisting of six and relatively close in the photo on the right below. You can think of a harpsichord like a harp that is turned horizontally and plucked by mechanical “fingers” called jacks. normal key produces Eb. When all finger holes were closed and the right little fits into threads cut into part of the end cap. This is due to the fewer forked fingerings in those keys. The exact distance depends on the design of the flute The modern flute plays fairly in tune in nearly all key signatures, and fingerings are typically not too much more difficult in flat keys than sharp keys. It is possible to buy a baroque flute pitched at A=440 however the baroque flute was not designed to play in equal temperament. I encourage you to follow the future posts in the order they are published, as each new post will be a continuation of the previous post. foot (or foot joint). By the Baroque era, the flute was a finely crafted concert instrument. Most of the handful of baroque flute players in Brisbane would best be described as enthusiasts. The construction of the flute was very successful and the instrument become a standard for approximately 150 years of music history. Whilst playing the Baroque flute, do … From the head down, the newly designed flute used cone-shaped bores. are only three joints. here. Whilst playing the Baroque flute, do not try and “better” the tone of these cross-fingered notes. Good players, no matter what type of flute Flutes have tenons and not sockets at their ends. thought it necessary. And it is easier to get the tapered they may play, will seek to play "in tune". and the foot could be rotated so that the key was on the The four piece construction can be seen below. Woodwind makers in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Nuremburg, and many other cities began to manufacture flutes as the instrument became more popular. There were six key holes which played all the major scales. This allows for proper venting and the execution of wide trills in the style of the Baroque aesthetic.