As this brief survey of the flute’s history and repertoire reveals, the instrument evolved significantly over the centuries. From works such as Mozart’s Concerto in G to Robert Dick’s Lookout, from the single-keyed, four-piece flute of Jacob Denner to the highly complex mechanism of Alexander Murray, the flute’s growth has been dramatic and extensive. While some of its technical changes were the result of new styles of repertoire, other innovations spurred musical developments as the instrument’s capabilities expanded. As both the instrument and its repertoire grew simultaneously, the flute solidified its standing as in the classical tradition both a solo and orchestral instrument. The flute continues its evolution today as composers, players, and manufacturers continually experiment with new techniques and styles. Although the future is uncertain, history indicates that it will be as revolutionary as the past.
Reisenweaver, Anna J.
"From Mozart to Lookout: The Flute’s Evolution from 1800,"
Musical Offerings: Vol. 2:
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