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A woodwind instrument that is held horizontally and sounded by blowing across the mouthpiece of the instrument, much like blowing into a bottle to produce a tone. It consists mainly of a cylindrical tube 66 cm. long  and 2 cm in diameter. The modern flute is made of metal and is a non-transposing instrument with a range of middle C (C4) to C 7 three octaves above that. Experienced performers can extend that range even higher.
Other instruments in the flute family include piccolo, alto flute, and bass flute.


Johann Sebastian Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, "Badinerie"

Ned Rorem: "First Prayer: Without Expression"

Claude Debussy: "Syrinx"

Gabriel Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande, "Sicilienne"

Photo courtesy of G. Leblanc Corporation

See Also

[Abbreviation] Fl.
[French] flûte (f)
[German] Flöte (f)
[Italian] flauto (m)
[Spanish] flauta (f)


Last Updated: 2016-05-25 13:38:39