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Taffanel: Genius of the Flute


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“A Must-Have”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - chrish@justflutes.com

This is a work of 25 years research by a Francophile flute nut with an impressive CV and an impeccable writing style. Edward Blakeman has produced a very readable biography of Taffanel which will not only become a best seller amongst flute players but will also bring the great man to a wider audience.

From the Publisher

Paul Taffanel (1844 - 1908) is essentially the father of modern flute playing. Drawing on previously unavailable material from a provate archive in Paris, Blakeman describes and evaluates Taffanel's life, career, and works, with particular reference to his influence as founder of the modern French School of flute playing.


  1. Early Life
  2. The Conservatoire and After
  3. Advances and Retreats
  4. New Beginnings
  5. Composing for the Flute
  6. The Wind Society
  7. The Magic Flute
  8. From Russia to the Great Exhibition
  9. Toward a New Career
  10. Wielding the Baton
  11. Teaching the Flute
  12. Last Words on the Flute

Item Details

Category: Flute Player Biographies
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publisher's reference: 9780195170993
Our Stock Code: 929233
Media Type: Paperback (322 pages [score])