The Flute Book: A Complete Guide for Students and Performers

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Oxford University Press, 1996 - Music - 495 pages
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Teachers and flutists at all levels will welcome the return of Nancy Toff's unique one-stop guide to the flute and its music. Organized into four main parts--The Instrument, Performance, The Music, and Repertoire Catalog--the book begins with a description of the instrument and its making, offers information on choosing and caring for a flute, sketches a history of the flute, and discusses differences between members of the flute family. In the Performance section, readers learn about breathing, tone, vibrato, articulation, technique, style, performing, and recording. In the extensive analysis of flute literature that follows, Toff places individual pieces in historical context. The book ends with a comprehensive catalog of solo and chamber repertoire, and includes appendices with fingering charts as well as lists of current flute manufacturers, repair shops, sources for flute music and books, and flute clubs and related organizations worldwide.
  

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Contents

THE 1NSTRUMENT
3
Joints of the Boehm flute
6
How to Choose an 1nstrument
14
Riband postmounted rods
16
Closedhole and openhole pads
22
Care and Maintenance of the Flute
31
Joint alignment
32
Pivot screw
39
Articulation
116
Technique
124
Style
142
Performance
161
Recordings
178
THE MUS1C
187
The Classic Era
216
The Romantic Era
241

A Brief History of the Flute
42
Eightkey flute
48
Boehm and Briccialdi thumb keys
56
The Flute Family
63
Boehms AltFlote mechanism
72
Breathing
81
Tone
89
Vibrato
106
The Modem Era
255
E Study Materials
435
A Fingering Chart for the Boehm Flute
445
B Flute Manufacturers
452
Sources for Music and Books
460
Selected Bibliography
471
Hand position
487
Copyright

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About the author (1996)


Nancy Toff is the author of The Development of the Modern Flute and Georges Barrere and the Flute in America. Highly respected as a writer, researcher, and lecturer, she has been a consultant to the Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection in the Library of Congress and the Department of Musical Instruments of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A former president of the New York Flute Club, she studied flute with Arthur Lora and James Pappoutsakis.

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