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Instrument Of The Week

Instrument Of The Week


Flute history dates back hundreds if not thousands of years. Some believe that the flute was the first manmade instrument.

A man named Yuval is mentioned in the biblical Book of Genesis as the inventor of the flute, but the flute predates the Bible by tens of thousands of years. Researchers believe that the first flute was made 43,000 ago and was found in Slovenia. No matter who invented the flute, the widely held belief is that the flute was developed to communicate. People could play the flute to signal one another as well as use it for musical entertainment and in religious ceremonies.


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Other recently discovered ancient flutes include one found in Germany made of swan bones and carved 36,000 years ago and a Gudi flute, found in China, which was made of the bones of red-crowned cranes over 9,000 years ago.

The transverse flute is the one that is most commonly used today. The oldest transverse flute that has been found was discovered in China. It has been dated to 433 BC and is made of bamboo.

Flutes have gone through changes in materials over the years. The earliest flutes were made solely of easily obtained materials, such as wood and bone. Different cultures have experimented with various materials and technology has progressed, and some of today's woodwind instruments are made out of material that is at least partially man-made.

The design of flutes has also changed. There are different types of flutes, meaning that the construction has changed. Flute length, hole size and number of holes have all been experimented with over the years. Today's flutes don't conform to any one specification, leaving room for versatility within the flute family.

A Brief Flute History - Life123. 15th of October, 2012. <>

Greg Patillo playing and beatboxing "Super Mario Bros. Theme"

Sir James Galway playing

"Brian Boru's March" and "Londonderry Air"

Jean-Pierre Rampal playing "Syrinx Debussy"

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