The modern, western concert flute is an instrument that has grown in design and stature over the last 200 years. It consists of three metallic sections, the head joint, the body and the foot joint, each of which is important in designating the functionality of the flute as a whole.
Ken Smith of the Philharmonia Orchestra introduces the flute, describes aspects of its construction and explains the basics of sound production in relation to the flutes simplest functionality and techniques for tuning the instrument with the orchestra.
Keith Bragg of the Philharmonia Orchestra gives a general introduction to the piccolo, one of the smallest instruments of the orchestra. Including information about its construction and the recommended limited use throughout its extremities.
Alto Flute Construction
Alto flutes are longer than ordinary flutes and the tube is also bigger. Because of this the flute comes with two head joints, the curved head joint brings the keywork closer to the body, making it less of a stretch for the player.
Bass Flute Construction
Ken Smith introduces the bass flute. It similarities with both the C flute and Alto flute, but also its individual characteristics, such as size and range, that make it an valuable contribution to the Orchestra.
Comparing Different Flutes
Hear Ken Smith compare the range and tone of each of the flute family, using a wonderful theme from Debussy's "L'Apres-midi d'un Faune" as an example melody.