Flute

Instrument Family

Woodwinds

Reads

Treble Clef

Modern Instrument Invented

1830s

Fun Facts

  • The flute is one of the oldest instruments. Early flutes were made out of animal bones.
  • To play the flute, musicians hold it flat and blow their breath over the edge of the hole in the flute’s headjoint.
  • The flute is one of the highest pitched instruments in the orchestra!
  • Other common instruments in the flute family include the piccolo (smaller) and alto flute (larger).

Famous Orchestral Works Featuring the Flute

‘Entr’acte’ from Bizet’s Carmen, Ravel’s Bolero

Watch Columbus Symphony Principal Flutist Niles Watson introduce the flute!

Upcoming Columbus Symphony Concerts Featuring the Flute

  • None at this time

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