An interdisciplinary study of the 1832 Boehm flute: history, geometry and acoustics

Balosso-bardin, Cassandre and De la Cuadra, Patricio and Vauthrin, Camille and Fabre, Benoît (2017) An interdisciplinary study of the 1832 Boehm flute: history, geometry and acoustics. Musique et Technique, 7 . pp. 11-24. ISSN 2496-2333

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In 1832, flute-maker Theobald Boehm launches a brand new flute after conducting a series of acoustical experiments. The result was a flute with a conical bore, larger holes and a revolutionary key-system borrowing the best elements from different contemporary flute-makers. Despite its short life-span – by 1848 Boehm had already invented the modern flute with a cylindrical bore – and much rivalry from other manufacturers, this transition flute was built by many renowned makers until the first decades of the 20th century. This article studies several transition flutes from France, where the instrument gained significant popularity. Geometry profiles and impedance measurements unveil part of the identity of the instrument along with the challenges they impose on a skilled flautist. We will place the tuning and inharmonicity profiles of the instruments in their historical context, highlighting how the changes in manufacture initiated a revival of the instrument.

Keywords:musicology, organology, acoustics, musical instrument, historical instruments, interdisciplinary study, Boehm flute
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W350 Musicology
G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G920 Others in Computing Sciences
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V370 History of Design
W Creative Arts and Design > W360 Musical Instrument History
F Physical Sciences > F380 Acoustics
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Fine Arts)
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Deposited On:15 May 2017 15:42

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