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western concert flute

The western concert flute is a transverse woodwind instrument, which was built out of wood during the centuries. The first silver flute appeared in Munich/Germany, in the middle of the 19th century, it was the work of the famous flutist and flute-maker Theobald Böhm. About twenty years later, the first golden flute was made in Paris by Louis Lot. Not only the cylindrical form of the contemporary flute is Böhm’s work - he was the one who developed a complex chromatic system which is standard until today. Therefore in comparison to the bansuri it has got the advantage to play every possible scale on one single instrument.

Usually, this flute is tuned to the key of C, including Piccolo and Bass flute. A pecularity is the alto flute in G, which is built in a bigger size, in width as well as in length. It enriches the spectrum of sound and excellently combines with the sound of a low bansuri.