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How the Flute has developed throughout time up to the point of Boehm and his 1847 flute, due to technical advancements and different playing requirements

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How the Flute has developed throughout time up to the point of Boehm and his 1847 flute, due to technical advancements and different playing requirements

The Flute has been for a considerable length of time one, if not the most popular of all woodwind instruments. Its small size and substantial range in tonal colours and pitch are just some of the things that mean it has a lot to offer even the most basic of players. However the flute that is played now is very different to instruments 300 years ago. It also can pride itself on being one of the oldest instruments, dating back to recorders and pre - renaissance times.

The Renaissance flutes, were extremely different to modern flutes, not only because they were made out of wood, but because they only had 6 holes rather than the 16 holes/ keys which are found on modern flutes. They also did not have the lip plate. Unlike Modern flutes which are assembled from three main parts, renaissance flutes would be made from a single piece of wood, i.e. they would be one piece (see picture below).

However, although rarely used in the Classical tradition within

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