The Simple Flute: From A to Z

Front Cover
Oxford University Press, 2002 - Music - 282 pages
2 Reviews
Drawing from his highly praised French work, Une simple flute, distinguished flutist and teacher Michel Debost has compiled a useful and imaginative introduction to playing the flute. This alphabetically arranged compendium of advice and insight covers essential topics such as breathing, articulation, and tone, but also explores "jawboning," "finger phrasing," "the little devils," and other quirky and vexing aspects of flute playing. Full of practical advice on technique and axioms that lend moral support during tough practice sessions, The Simple Flute will be a welcome addition to any serious or novice flutist's library. In addition, the book includes original exercises such as "Debost's Scale Game," making it an excellent resource for flute teachers. Debost concludes each essay with "In a nutshell" and "Please refer to" boxes that make the book easy to browse, dog-ear, and return to again and again. Offering concise, common-sense solutions for flutists of all levels, this book is an ideal reference guide on flute performance.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

in Page 83, there is a wrong information : THE FIRST WAS D# KEY BY QUANTZ AND FRENCH PLAYERS........... I don,t understand how can Debost wrote something like this?? hotetterre the french flutist made this key and quantz made other one for Mi moll.

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

I am basing my comments on the French version of this book (which is found in 2 volumes):
This is truly an incredible text, full of valuable information, advice, guidance and humour based on the
author's experience of playing the flute and life.
It is like no other book available and will serve as a life-long companion to the flute "lover" :-).
Merci Michel!
 

Contents

I
3
II
5
III
11
IV
12
V
14
VI
17
VII
18
VIII
21
XLI
140
XLII
143
XLIII
148
XLIV
154
XLV
156
XLVI
160
XLVII
163
XLVIII
166

IX
23
X
25
XI
26
XII
30
XIII
34
XIV
38
XV
43
XVI
46
XVII
48
XVIII
50
XIX
52
XX
54
XXI
57
XXII
59
XXIII
61
XXIV
63
XXV
68
XXVI
71
XXVII
72
XXVIII
78
XXIX
80
XXX
82
XXXI
88
XXXII
90
XXXIII
97
XXXIV
101
XXXV
109
XXXVI
111
XXXVII
113
XXXVIII
123
XXXIX
128
XL
134
XLIX
168
L
169
LI
173
LII
176
LIII
184
LIV
187
LV
191
LVI
195
LVII
201
LVIII
204
LIX
207
LX
210
LXI
211
LXII
215
LXIII
219
LXIV
222
LXV
224
LXVI
230
LXVII
237
LXVIII
241
LXIX
243
LXX
248
LXXI
255
LXXII
256
LXXIII
258
LXXIV
260
LXXV
264
LXXVI
265
LXXVII
266
LXXVIII
269
LXXIX
271
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2002)


Michel Debost is Professor of Flute at the Oberlin Conservatory. He succeeded Jean-Pierre Rampal at the Paris Conservatoire National and served as principal of the Orchestre de Paris under music directors Munch, Karajan, Solti, and Barenboim.

Bibliographic information