Hotteterre Principles of the Flute Recorder and Oboe

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Hotteterre Principles of the Flute Recorder and Oboe

Hotteterre Principles of the Flute Recorder and Oboe

Composer-Hotteterre, Jacques-Martin


Written by the finest flautist of his time, this instruction book was written for the traverse flute, recorder and oboe. The treatise – originally entitled ‘Principes de la flute’ was an important force in the competition between the flute and recorder and hastened the virtual extinction of the recorder as either an ensemble or solo instrument.

The principles have considerable practical use today, as well as being a treatise of central importance in the historical development of the flute. Most important it contains an extensive discussion of principal ornaments and embellishments of the period and their proper and tasteful use. Includes sections on the 7-hole transverse flute and recorder that will be as valuable to today’s player as it was to their 18th-century counterpart.

Jacques-Martin Hotteterre

Hotteterre (1674-1763) was a French composer and flautist who composed a vast number of works for flute. As well as being a talented flute player, he also played the bassoon, oboe, and musette and was a celebrated teacher. Hotteterre was also well known for writing the ‘one method for the transverse flute, recorder, and oboe and L’Art de préluder sur la flûte traversière which was Europe’s first flute manual. Between 1698–1700, Hotteterre was employed by Prince Francesco Ruspoli in Rome. He later became a musician to the King of France in 1717.

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