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(Nürnberg, 1681-1735) Boxwood original with four middle joints, at a=415, 405, 392, and one to make a transposing instrument in Bb (lowest note C) at a=405.

Denner flute by Folkers & Powell

The Instrument

Jacob Denner was a well-known oboist as well as a member of a distinguished family of woodwind makers, and the first maker confirmed by surviving documentation to have made clarinets (1711). His extant instruments include three-joint flutes as well as oboes, clarinets, bassoons, and recorders. The flute we copy was discovered in 1991 and is generally considered to be the finest of his four-joint instruments, as well as one of the earliest such flutes to survive. German flutes of the 1720s usually played at a low chamber pitch around a=400-405: this instrument is no exception, as it has two middle joints (one of them for transposing down a tone) at that pitch. In addition it was supplied with a middle joint for 415, as well as one a semitone below that, at a=392. Combining an original capability of playing at modern neo-baroque standard pitch of a=415 with its excellent intonation in all keys and its strong and colorful sound, the Denner flute has quickly become our most popular baroque flute.

The Music

Bach, Telemann, Mattheson, Vivaldi, Handel . . .

Audio sample Audio sample

Giovanni Antonini, with Il Giardino Armonico.
From: Johann Sebastian Bach, Brandenburg Concertos. Teldec 4509-98442-2 (2 CDs).
Time: 5:11 Size:328 Kbytes 16 bit stereo 44.1 KHz sampling

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transposing 392 405 415


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