The earliest baroque flutes, listed on another
page, were made in three sections: this page lists four-joint baroque
flutes made after about 1720. Some people call any one-keyed flute a baroque
flute, but here we are using the term to mean instruments typical of this
early eighteenth century period, as opposed to "rococo", and "classical"
styles. The true baroque flute has a deeper tone and more serious character
than the more brilliant, later styles. They are most at home at very low
pitches, but some work well at the high chamber pitch of a=415. For more
detail, click on a model.
JACOB DENNER (Nürnberg,
1681-1735) Boxwood original with 4 middle joints, including a long
one to make a flûte d'amour. The other three are a=392,
JOHANN HEINRICH EICHENTOPF (Leipzig,
1678-1769) Only one original Eichentopf flute survives: an altered
ivory instrument in Leipzig . Our reconstruction is made in artificial
ivory, ebony or kingwood, and plays at a=390.
JOHANN JOACHIM QUANTZ (Potsdam,
1697-1773) Ebony two-keyed flute of the type described in the Versuch
(1752), now in the Miller Collection, Washington D.C. a=398. The two
keys are for D# and Eb. With a tuning slide in the head-joint.
JOHANNES HYACINTHUS ROTTENBURGH
(Brussels, 1672-1765) Ebony original in the Brussels Conservatory
museum. a=396. We also offer a copy of a boxwood original in Pistoia.