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A consort of renaissance flutes after examples by a maker or workshop who used the mark of a trefoil or cloverleaf. The original bass and tenor/alto flutes on which this consort is based are in the Accademia Filarmonica in Verona. The Rauch family of Schrattenbach, Bavaria (fl. mid-15th to mid-16th centuries) used similar trefoils in their marks, but the exact identity, dates, and place of work of the maker of our models are unknown.

Trefoil consort in stained maple, A=405

The Instruments

The Schrattenbach flutes are intermediate in design between the narrow, brilliant Bassano flutes and the thicker, darker Rafis. Their embouchure holes are larger, and their tone, especially that of the bass, is rich and round like a trombone.

All the originals on which our consort is based play (untransposed) at a=405, or a semitone below the commonest cornett pitch. All are preserved in the same collection, the Accademia Filarmonica, Verona.

We can supply Schrattenbach consorts to play at any or all of the pitches described below. Our consort consists of five flutes: a bass (lowest note G), and four tenor/altos (lowest note D). A discant (lowest note G), which we have invented in the absence of any suitable original, is available separately.

Audio sample Audio sample

Le Concert Virtuel (Ardal Powell, tenor flute; Ardal Powell, tenor flute; Ardal Powell, tenor flute; Ardal Powell, bass flute; Schrattenbach consort in boxwood at a=405).
Claudin de Sermisy, Jouissance vous donneray from Chansons nouvelles, 1527. Recording made for this web site on 3-1-03, enhanced with acoustic signature of Hudson Opera House, Hudson NY.
Time: 1 minute 16.5 seconds Size: 1.2 Mbytes 24 bit stereo 44.1 KHz sampling

For slow connections there's also a Real Media version, 635 Kbytes, with lower sound quality.

Fingering Charts

PDF file Tenor flute

PDF file Bass flute

Ordering options

For perfect matching of pitch, intonation, and appearance, we recommend you order our consort flutes as a set. You can order them one at a time if you prefer, but they are not meant for playing by themselves of with other (non-flute) instruments. A flute after Rafi we recommend for solo or mixed-consort use is on its own page.

Set configuration

Consort GDDDD (recommended)
Single tenor (D)
Single discant (G)
Single bass (G)


Pitch Help with pitches



Doubled holes 3 and 6 on bass




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