This authoritative book tells the story of the flute in the musical life of Europe and North America from the twelfth century to the present day. It discusses the evolution of the instrument, the revolutions in playing style and repertoire, the lives of flute players and makers, and the uses of the instrument within various types of music. The volume will delight both those who play the flute and those who love its music."A superb book. . . . Excellent illustrations. . . . A major contribution to the literature on the history of musical instruments and the best and most complete history of the flute and flute-playing available today."-Choice; "[A] landmark in flute book publication and a book every flautist should have."-Pan; "An excellent book, suited equally to players, students and the general music enthusiast."-Gramophone; "Nobody but the renowned Ardal Powell could write such a comprehensive, engaging history of the flute. . . . His writing is clear and scholarly, but also active and fluent. This important resource is an achievement that ought to find its way to a wide audience." - American Record Guide
Author Biography: Ardal Powell is president of Folkers & Powell, Makers of Historical Flutes, Hudson, NY, and a distinguished performer. He has written numerous books and articles on flutes and flute playing of the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries.
Yale Musical Instrument Series
With these two volumes, the publisher launches its promising "Musical Instrument" series, in which noted scholars/ performers discuss instruments in light of the newest research. Forthcoming titles will cover the piano, the clarinet, the cello, the violin, and the trumpet. Montagu has played timpani and percussion professionally for more than 50 years and oversaw the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments at Oxford, and Powell is a noted solo flautist and president of Folkers & Powell, Makers of Historical Flutes, in Hudson, NY. Each has written an informative and authoritative guide for those with previous background in these instruments and a serious desire to understand their place in history. Taking a chronological approach, the authors trace the instruments from earliest known records and discuss the changes in construction, social context, and repertory, as well as notable performers and makers. Montagu's appendixes include information about playing techniques and the construction of percussion instruments, and Powell's reference section contains extremely valuable coverage of past and current scholarship on flutes. In addition to being well written, the books are sturdy and beautifully illustrated. Highly recommended for academic libraries, public libraries where an interest in music is strong, and upper-level music students generally. Timothy J. McGee, Univ. of Toronto Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.