Flute

November 10, 2015
    • The flute is a member of the woodwind family but it hasn’t been made of wood for 150 years!
    • The flute is the only woodwind that does not use a reed.  Its sound is produced by air hitting the edge of the tone hole.
    • The flute in the Renaissance was one piece of boxwood with a cork stopper and six finger holes.
    • The major redesign of the flute that produced the modern system was made by Theobald Boehm in the 19th century.
    • Early flutes were sometimes called “transverse” flutes to distinguish them from recorders which were played vertically.
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