“This web site presents photos of, descriptions of, and information about historical European and American flutes from the renaissance to the 20th century. In addition, we give related historical material about performance practices and report on the author's experiences playing these instruments.
The old flutes have great charm and character. And they have much to teach us about the flute music written at the times when they were made.
Except where otherwise noted, all photographs of flutes are of instruments in the author's collection. A number of these flutes are modern copies of early instruments, but the majority are antique flutes made between c.1750 and c.1930. There are many personal opinions expressed in these pages, but they are based, it may be hoped, on knowledge and experience as well as taste, he said modestly. All original photographs and essays are © Copyright 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 by Richard M. Wilson. These photos and essays may be copied for personal use, or use in moderation on web pages, etc., as long as I am clearly acknowledged as the source. All but very minimal use of the photos or essays on the web should be accompanied by a link to these pages. ..“
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