By: Kyra, Natalie, and Leilani
Different B.C. and A.D. Flutes
Some B.C. and A.D. Flutes
Is the Flute the Oldest Instrument?
Throughout the 16th century flutes were one of the most popular instruments in all of Italian music. This popularity was also echoed in England as was obvious from Henry VIII's large collection of flutes. Flutes were extremely simple in construction, consisting of a cylindrical tube with a cork stopper in one end, a blow hole and six finger holes. Their range was limited, as they were constructed in different sizes in order to handle the complete range of the music being performed.
Arthur Gemeinhardt trained under Emil Rittershausen in Berlin. Mr. Rittershausen was a Boehm flute specialist who trained under Boehm and his partner Carl Mendler Sr. in Munich. So, the tradition and origin of the Gemeinhardt flute can be traced directly to the 19th century and Theobald Boehm's factory.