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The Flute Book

A Complete Guide for Students and Performers

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“An essential book.”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]
Subtitled 'A Complete Guide for Students and Performers', this essential reference book is now available in paperback. Divided into three basic sections, It covers all areas of flute playing in great detail. You can find everything here from Hotteterre's flute to choosing a recital hall and recording your programme. Want to know about the Blowing Analogy? Find it on page 117. Flute and Electronics? Try page 273. The catalogue of works is comprehensive and there is a companion website for even more material. If you don't already own this book buy it now!

From the Publisher

Teachers and flutists at all levels have praised Nancy Toff's The Flute Book, a unique one-stop guide to the flute and its music. Organized into four main parts―The Instrument, Performance, The Music, and Repertoire Catalog―the book begins with a description of the instrument and its making, offers information on choosing and caring for a flute, sketches a history of the flute, and discusses differences between members of the flute family.

In the Performance section, readers learn about breathing, tone, vibrato, articulation, technique, style, performing, and recording. In the extensive analysis of flute literature that follows, Toff places individual pieces in historical context. The book ends with a comprehensive catalog of solo and chamber repertoire, and includes appendices with fingering charts as well as lists of current flute manufacturers, repair shops, sources for flute music and books, and flute clubs and related organizations worldwide.

In this Third Edition, Toff has updated the book to reflect technology's advancements―like new digital recording technology and recordings' more prevalent online availability―over the last decade. She has also accounted for new scholarship on baroque flutes; recent developments like those of the contrabass flute, quarter-tone flute, and various manufacturing refinements and experiments; consumers' purchase prices for flutes; and an updated repertoire catalog, index, and appendices.


The Instrument

  • The Flute Today
  • How to chose an instrument
  • Care and Maintenance
  • A brief history
  • The flute family


  • Breathing
  • Tone
  • Vibrato
  • Articulation
  • Technique
  • Style
  • Performance
  • Recordings

The Music

  • The Baroque Era
  • The Classic Era
  • The Romantic Era
  • The Modern Era

Item Details

Category: Flute Technique Manuals
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publisher's reference: 9780195373080
Our Stock Code: 1151596
Media Type: Paperback

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