The Flute and Flute-playing in Acoustical, Technical, and Artistic Aspects

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D. C. Miller, 1908 - Flute - 100 pages
 

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Page 9 - ... tube. The embouchure is elliptical in shape and about ¿ in. in its long diameter (Boehm's measurements are 0-409 ins. x 0-480 ins. The player directs a jet of air from a small opening in his own lips across the embouchure, so that it strikes the outer edge of the hole. When the air-stream strikes it is broken, or rather divided, so that one part of it goes over or beyond the hole, while the greater part produces tone and acts upon the column of air enclosed by the tube, setting it into vibration.1...
Page 4 - Schaf häutl, professor at the University of Munich. These studies seem to have been concerned mainly with the construction of the tube itself and the size and position of the tone-holes in relation to it. He wrote : I was never able to understand why of all wind instruments with tone-holes and conical bore the flute alone should be blown at its wider end ; it seems much more natural that, with & rising pitch and shorter length of air-column, the diameter should become smaller.
Page 91 - The significance, often misunderstood, of the word portamento, seems to me to consist in a development of the legato derived from the Italian cantare legato in which all the intermediate tones are delicately and smoothly connected together, like a series of pearls by a connecting thread, the latter being figuratively represented by the air stream. For example : The following extract from the aria of Donna Anna in Mozart's "Don Juan...
Page 30 - The silver flute is preferable for playing in very large rooms because of its great ability for tone modulation, and for the unsurpassed brilliancy and sonorousness of its tone. But on account of its unusually easy tone-production, very often it is overblown, causing the tone to become hard and shrill ; hence its advantages become of full value only through a very good embouchure and diligent tone practice.
Page 79 - If one cannot express his feelings through the style of tone, he surely is not in a position to do so by head or body movements. A calm, firm attitude certainly presents a much more pleasing appearance to the hearer than visible exertions, or affected, sentimental movements.
Page vii - ... tuning slide. It is a transverse flute with six finger holes and one thumb hole. No. 219093 is stamped " Georg Waldehauser Straubing 1798." It has six finger holes and one brass key. To Theobald Boehm the art of flute playing owes "the present system of fingering, the cylinder bore, the silver tube, and much of the beautiful mechanism which have completely revolutionized the instrument and have made the Boehm flute one of the most perfect of musical...
Page 30 - For this reason wooden flutes on my system are also made, which are better adapted to the embouchures of most flute players; and the wood flutes possess a full and pleasant quality of tone, which is valued especially in Germany.
Page 84 - The slurring of a note to the following measure is always a fault, unless it is justified for some special reason, as in dance music or comic songs, where it may be used to produce a piquant or bizarre effect.
Page 9 - ... 0-409 ins. x 0-480 ins. The player directs a jet of air from a small opening in his own lips across the embouchure, so that it strikes the outer edge of the hole. When the air-stream strikes it is broken, or rather divided, so that one part of it goes over or beyond the hole, while the greater part produces tone and acts upon the column of air enclosed by the tube, setting it into vibration.1 The flute sounds as an open tube (the open condition being restored by the cutting of the embouchure)...
Page 62 - The crutch is a cumbersome and unsightly appendage, and is useless to those who have properly constructed flutes, and who know how to hold them. It seriously cramps the action of the left hand fingers, especially the thumb, while it is unproductive of a single advantage. Happily it is now almost obsolete...

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