The Singing Flute by Peter Lukas Graf


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The Singing Flute by Peter Lukas Graf

The Singing Flute by Peter Lukas Graf



How to develop an expressive tone. A melody book for flautists

What is a “good” tone in flute playing? Surely it must be more than just “clean” (ie not producing many unwanted sounds), “colourful” (with adequate timbre), “flexible” (able to produce dynamic adjustments) or just a really big tone.

The well-known Swiss flautist P.-L. Graf is concerned that the production of tone should not be seen as an aesthetic end in itself, but chiefly as a living means of expression and as a “musical” event.

In this practice volume, he has picked 3×7 examples from the flute and operatic repertoire in order to work through three sets of themes: 1.) cantabile playing at a piano dynamic, 2.) dynamic flexibility and variation of tone colour, 3.) fullness and intensity of sound. This offers concentrated training for all flautists, from students through to professional players.

Peter-Lukas Graf

Peter-Lukas Graf (1929-) was born in Zürich, Switzerland. He pursued flute studies with André Jaunet in Zürich, Marcel Moyse, and Roger Cortet in Paris. Graf earned the First Prize as a flautist and the Conductors Diploma at the Conservatoire Nationale de Paris.

For three years, he honed his skills in conducting in Munich. Graf’s talent was recognized when he won the First Prize at the International Music Contest of the ARD in Munich and the Bablock Prize of the H. Cohen International Music Award in London.

At a young age, Graf was appointed the principal flautist at the Winterthur Symphony Orchestra and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, where he also took on conducting responsibilities. He later focused on full-time opera and symphonic conducting.

At 21, Graf’s recording of the Ibert Flute Concerto brought him international acclaim. Since then, he has toured globally, made numerous recordings, and performed at various international music festivals.

For over 20 years, he served as a professor at the Basle Music Academy and continues to conduct master classes worldwide.

Graf’s contributions to music education extend beyond teaching. He has written four didactic monographs, and in recognition of his achievements, he received the title of doctor honoris causa from the Academy of Music Cracow and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the USA National Flute Association in 2005. Additionally, the Italian FALAUT Association awarded him the Premio alla Carriera Flauto d’Oro.

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