Early flute music
Though flutes appear in European pictures of the Middle
Ages and in Byzantine images of even earlier, no
music specifying the instrument was written down until
the sixteenth century.
Anne Smith's chapter on The Renaissance Flute in John
Solum's The Early Flute gives some guidance for
finding 16th- and 17th-century music for the instrument.
Smith's more extensive study, 'Die Renaissancequerflöte
und ihre Musik', Basler Jahrbuch für historische
Musikpraxis 2 (1978), 9-76, gives a fuller list.
John Solum's The Early Flute presents lists
of solo and ensemble repertoire editions for the baroque
Ardal Powell's The Flute
(Yale University Press, 2002) discusses the flute's
changing repertoire in relation to the instruments,
players, and conditions of its times.
flutehistory.com stocks facsimile editions of early
flute music by French, German, Italian, and English
in the following series. Most of these pieces are unavailable
in modern editions:
We also have facsimile
editions of the most important early flute method books.
For more on the music editions obtainable on flutehistory.com
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