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The Early Flute
A Practical Guide

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Part of Cambridge Handbooks to the Historical Performance of Music

  • Date Published: June 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521890809

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  • This practical guide for flautists provides a survey of the instrument - its development, its technique, its repertoire and its literature - between 1700 and 1900. Each issue is set in a musical context and technical and stylistic matters such as fingering, tone production, articulation, ornamentation, vibrato, expression and delivery are examined in depth, applying evidence from historical sources to the standard flute repertoire. A series of case studies offers detailed interpretations of music by Hotteterre, Handel, Bach, Gluck, Mozart and Boehm. As an internationally recognised soloist, orchestral player and teacher of modern and historical flutes, Rachel Brown brings a wealth of experience to amateurs and professionals alike, encouraging stylistic awareness through an understanding of the way in which composers and flautists approached instruments of the past. Copious music examples, illustrations, fingering charts and bibliographies make this a standard reference book for both 'period' and modern flautists.

    • The first guide to historically informed performance on the flute
    • Written by an experienced performer and teacher at a level acessible to students
    • Provides valuable insights from early tutors and treatises
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… demonstrates a profound knowledge of the flute's history, and of the changes in performance style and technique.' Early Music Today

    'This is an excellent study …well written and easily accessible … Rachel Brown has done an excellent job. This practical guide can enrich recorder players' knowledge and should be consulted widely.' The Recorder Magazine

    'A highly informative, readable and welcome additions to the Cambridge Handbooks Historical Performance of Music series. It will prove invaluable both as a quick-reference guide and a general introduction to the early flute.' The Consort

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521890809
    • length: 200 pages
    • dimensions: 224 x 163 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.28kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 64 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Historical sources
    2. The development of the flute, 1700–1900
    3. Technique
    4. Style
    5. Case studies: Hotteterre, Handel, J. S. Bach, Gluck, Mozart, Boehm.

  • Author

    Rachel Brown, London Guildhall University
    Rachel Brown is currently a professor of flute at both the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music, London. She plays principal flute for several orchestras including the Academy of Ancient Music and the Hanover Band and has given many concerto performances in Europe, America and Japan. Known for her versatility on modern and historical flutes and recorders, her solo recordings include three recital discs and concertos by Vivaldi, Handel, Quantz, Telemann, J. S., J. C. and C. P. E. Bach. She was first-prize winner at the American National Flute Association Competition in 1984.

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