Flutes are from a family of musical instruments in the woodwind group. Unlike woodwind instruments with reeds, a flute is an aerophone or reedless wind instrument that produces its sound from the flow of air across an opening, much like blowing across the top of an open bottle. Those who play flute find it easy to transition to saxophone or oboe because of the similarity in fingerings.
Flutes are the earliest existing of ancient instruments. Flutes from 43,000 to 35,000 years ago have been found in the Swabian Jura region of present-day Germany. There are hundreds of kinds of flutes from all ages and from all locations around the world, made from wood, bone, metal and even glass. They are used in folk music of practically every nation and region.
The modern concert flute. Today when we speak of flute, we are usually referring to a metal flute with a complex Boehm key system that aids in playing all the notes accurately, often plated with silver or made from solid silver or even gold. These are very versatile and used for all kinds of music – classical, folk, jazz and even rock.
The modern flute comes in all sizes, from piccolo to contrabass. The Elle Trio demonstrates them all brilliantly, and can be heard on their website at www.elleflutetrio.com/Hear_Elle.html
The instruments they play including:
- Db, C and Ab piccolos
- G treble, Eb, Db, C flutes
- flutes d’amore in Bb and A
- alto and bass flutes
- contr’alto and contrabass flutes
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