Altes Methode for Flute-Paperback


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Altes Methode for Flute-Paperback

Altes Methode for Flute-Paperback

Composer – Henry Altes
Presented by Jean-Pierre Rampal and Alain Marion

Joseph-Henri Altès

Joseph-Henri Altès (1826-1895)[1] was a French flautist, composer and teacher.

In 1840, he won a place at the Conservatoire de Paris studying with the renowned flautist/composer of the time, Jean-Louis Tulou.

From 1848 to 1872, he was Principal Flute of the Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris. In 1868 he was appointed as a flute professor at the Paris Conservatoire teaching students such as Georges Barrère and Adolphe Hennebains.

His ‘Célèbre méthode complète de flûte’ remains a popular method in the flute repertoire. Housed at the Paris Conservatoire are forty of his compositions, including his fantasies on opera themes and six solos used for the annual Concours at the Paris Conservatoire.


Jean-Pierre Rampal (1922-2000) renowned French flautist toured internationally, recorded a vast array of works involving the flute and in later years, took up conducting.

Rampal won a place to study at the Paris Conservatoire and later founded the French Wind Quintet before becoming Principal Flute of the Paris Opéra (1956–62). In 1968 he took up the post of Flute Professor at the Paris Conservatoire.

He enhanced the status of the flute as a concert instrument through his vast number of recordings from Baroque masterpieces to jazz. He was particularly known for his authentic interpretations of 18th Century music and for his editing skills with the music of the Baroque period.

Rampal’s autobiography, ‘Music, My Love’, was published in 1989.

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