Rudall, Rose & Carte: The Art of the Flute in Britain
- Staff Pick
This a simply stunning book. Firstly, it's totally readable - the kind of book you open at random and are still reading half an hour later. The amount of scholarship and research Robert Bigio has undertaken is astonishing and his love of the subject shines through each of the 300+ pages. Everything is covered in great detail, from the history of the family, the deveopment of the business to the design and making of the instruments. The amount of illustration is also very impressive. There are 157 pictures, diagrams and photos old and new to illuminate the text, but the chapter tilted Gallery has the most wonderful series of pictures of all types of Rudall, Rose and Carte flutes - 100 pages of them. Yes, this is an expensive book but it's oh-so worth it.
From the Publisher
This book is a comprehensive history of the firm and contains detailed descriptions of the many innovative instruments they made. The gallery contains hundreds of photographs: Simple-system flutes by G Rudall and J Mitchell Rose before they formed their partnership, by Rudall & Rose; by Rudall Rose & Carte, by Rudall Carte : Advanced simple-system flutes, including Carte's "Old System" and flutes made to Clinton and Siccama systems : Boehm flutes with ring keys, both conical and cylindrical : Modern-style Boehm flutes : Carte's 1851 Patent flutes : Carte's 1867 Patent flutes : Radcliff flutes : Unusual flutes, including those made to special order for the inventors Mathews, Martin and Welch.
Appendices include addresses, dates and serial numbers; workshop photographs, design features of Rudall Carte flutes; price lists and fingering charts.