Dreaming Flute: It is easy to say: "He plays the flute." Nowadays nobody means that primitive wind instrument made of stone, horn, bone or shell with a cavity which produced a sound when the lips of the player caused the air contained in it to vibrate. But it is necessary to explain whether one is referring to the recorder, which is still the instrument on which most children start to play "serious" music, and the name of which in German (Block-flote) comes from one of its structural components--the mouthpiece which one places between one's lips is totally enclosed by a wooden block (or fipple). Up to the baroque era the recorder was extremely popular as a substitute for the human voice--an example of this is the Fugger family of Augsburg, which acquired, in addition to 39 string instruments, 111 recorders. It is difficult to follow the logic of a certain Stephen Cossan, a citizen of Puritan England, who linked the playing of the recorder to the following chain of thought: "The way leads from playing the flute to pleasure, from pleasure to laziness, from laziness to sleep, from sleep to sin, from sin to death, from death to the devil and to hell". In the middle of the 18th century, the more versatile transverse flute, the so-called "Flauto traverso" or "flute allemande" gradually displaced the recorder. Kings, highly placed personalities and musical dilettantes made it their favourite instrument. Thanks to the technical improvements introduced by the flute-making family of Hotteterre in Paris and by Denner workshop in Nuremberg, the transverse flute acquired the ability to bring out the "passion" in a piece of music and to "touch the heart". Bach loved its ethereal silvery, singing tone and its sparking versatility. Mozart is alleged to have detested its sound but that did not prevent him from composing lively, grand, scintillating pieces for the flute. Released by Delta Music in 1992 for Laser Light Digital.
Playlist: GREIG: MORNING, GLUCK: DANCE OF THE BLESSED SPIRITS, TCHAIKOVSKY: DANCE OF THE TOY FLUTES, BIZET: INTERMEZZO, MOZART: ADAGIO AND RONDO, BACH: MINUET AND BADINERIE, BUFFARDIN: ANDANTE FROM FLUTE CONCERTO IN E MINOR, VIVALDI: LARGO from FLUTE CONCERTO N G MINOR, C P E BACH: LARGO from FLUTE CONCERTO IN G, SCHUBERT: THEME AND VARIATIONS from QUARTET IN G, BACH: MINUET IN D MINOR, MOZART: TEMPO DI MINUETTO from FLUTE QUARTET IN G, C P E BACH: ADAGIO from FLUTE CONCERTO IN B FLAT, BARSANTI: SICILIANO from SONATA IN E MINOR, MOZART: ANDANTINO from CONCERTO FOR FLUTE AND HARP