A Dictionary for the Modern Flutist

A Dictionary for the Modern Flutist

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The second edition of Susan J. Maclagan's A Dictionary for the Modern Flutist presents clear and concise definitions of more than 1,600 common flute-related terms that a player of the Boehm-system or Baroque flute may encounter. Fully illustrated with more than 150 images, the entries describe flute types, flute parts; playing techniques; acoustics; articulations; intonation; common ornaments; flute-making and repairs; flute history; flute music books, and many more topics.

Unique to the second edition are entries on beatbox techniques and muscles of the face and throat. Entries now also feature bibliographic cross-references for further research. Carefully labeled illustrations for many flute types, parts, mechanisms, and accessories help make definitions easier to visualize. Appendixes provide further information on such subjects as flute classifications, types of flutes and their parts, key and tone hole names, head joint options, orchestra and opera audition excerpts, and biographies of people mentioned in the definitions. Contributed articles include "An Easy Guide to Checking Your Flute Tuning and Scale" by Trevor Wye; "Flute Clutches" by David Shorey; "Early Music on Modern Flute" by Barthold Kuijken; and "Crowns and Stoppers" and "Boehm Flute Scales from 1847 to the Present:The Short Story" by Gary Lewis.

Maclagan's A Dictionary for the Modern Flutist, second edition is an essential reference volume for flutists of all levels and for libraries supporting student, professional, and amateur musicians.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 434 pages
  • 225 x 291 x 29mm | 1,256g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 2nd Edition
  • 115 Halftones, black and white; 61 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1538106655
  • 9781538106655
  • 72,210

Table of contents

By Trevor Wye
List of Common Abbreviations
List of Illustrations


Appendix 1: Various Flute Classifications
Appendix 2: Renaissance, Baroque, and Simple-System Flutes
Appendix 3: One-Keyed, Two-Keyed, and Simple-System Flute Parts
Appendix 4: Flute Clutches
By David Shorey
Appendix 5: Parts from Older or Modified Boehm Flutes
Appendix 6: The Family of Boehm-System Flutes
Appendix 7: Basic Modern Flute Parts
Appendix 8: Boehm Flute Key and Tone Hole Names
Appendix 9: Common Modern Flute Options
Appendix 10: Some Modern Head Joint Options
Appendix 11: An Easy Guide to Checking Your Flute Tuning and Scale
By Trevor Wye
Appendix 12: Tools of the Trade
Appendix 13: Crowns and Stoppers
By Gary Lewis
Appendix 14: Boehm Flute Scales from 1847 to the Present: The Short Story
By Gary Lewis
Appendix 15: Anatomy of the Human Head and Neck
Appendix 16: Orchestra and Opera Audition Excerpts
Appendix 17: Early Music on Modern Flute
By Barthold Kuijken
Appendix 18: Beatbox Flute
By Greg Pattillo

Selected Bibliography
About the Author
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Review quote

The content covers everything related to the flute of all types, including recorder. It covers the flute history. . . the major flute-makers, the structure of the flute itself, the names of the flute parts, and so on. As in the title, this is a dictionary in alphabetical order, so you can easily look up any entries you need, whenever you need them. Each term is defined clearly and concisely. If you try to look up each term separately using different sources, you probably need a lot of references, in order to get as much information as covered by this book. The size of the hardcover book is about A4 size, which is quite large; it, therefore, is kept in easy-to-read font size. The book is 400 pages in total with more than 150 illustrations help readers understand the contents. . . . Furthermore, appendix of approximate 60 pages provides illustrations of the old and modern flutes, including the names of their detailed parts. It also includes such interesting reports as: the introduction of scales after the Boehm system in 1847 (G.W. Lewis), historically informed performance in modern flute, and Beatbox flute method (G.Pattile). [Editor: Katsuro Kato. Translated from original Japanese by Dr. Emiko Sato]--Japan Flutists Association Newsletter The 405-page work includes almost every topic imaginable related to the flute. There are numerous illustrations to accompany the well-written, concise text. This new contribution to the literature will be useful to all flutists both professional and amateur.--Flute Talk Susan Maclagan has done a wonderful job in making this book available to us. Is is a great pleasure to have in hand so much useful information without resorting to the internet. Thank for all your hard work, and congratulations on a job well done!--William Bennett, OBE, RAM (Hon.) Have you ever wanted to know something right away about your flute, flute music, flute history, flutists, flute terms or flute technique? If you're like me you've probably needed an answer more than once! Now, you can have instant gratification using Susan J. Maclagan's amazing and informative Dictionary. Part of the series "Dictionaries for the Modern Musician" the "Dictionary for the Modern Flutist" is designed for both students and professionals to fully cover anything flutists might need to know about the flute as well as information about flute composers and performers. . . . "A Dictionary for the Modern Flutist" is a must have for professional, amateur and student flutists, it truly is a valuable reference and imagination sparker for all who read it, a great addition to music libraries worldwide. And it makes a great holiday gift for the flutists in your life!--The Flute View A source of reliable and accessible information about flute performance, construction, and history, this new edition of A Dictionary for the Modern Flutist considerably expands the number and content of text entries, appendixes, and illustrations of the 247-page first edition. Entries on the history of many flute construction "systems" and descriptions of the various modern improvements that are available for contemporary players are explained here. The bibliography includes both commonly available print publications and online sources; further reading and see also designations appear throughout. More complex than the first edition, and likely more complex than young players will need, this publication clearly supersedes the first edition. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, professionals.--CHOICE My immediate reaction to this remarkable publication was simple: 'I wish I had had this book in my hands for my entire life as a flutist!' With her enormous gift to the flute community, Susan J. Maclagan has empowered us all, players and teachers, to be able to understand our history and our present with clarity and enjoyment. If you own a flute, you should own this book!--Jeanne Baxtresser, Former Principal Flute, New York Philharmonic
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About Susan J. Maclagan

Susan Maclagan is a freelance flutist, flute and music theory instructor, editor and author who lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has studied the flute for more than 50 years. Her career has included playing in the Calgary Philharmonic and in a flute and harp or piano ensemble called Windsong; teaching privately with a specialty in flute technique and at institutions such as the University of Toronto and Havergal College; and writing for flute magazines and newsletters. Susan has won several scholarships and studied at the University of Toronto, the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, the Banff School of Fine Arts, the Aspen School of Music, Jeunesses Musicales of Canada and has attended a huge number of flute master classes and 25 National Flute Association conventions. She recently, edited, advised, and contributed to the book Flute Secrets (2017), which was written by the renowned flutist and pedagogue, Trevor Wye. On Facebook, she has a fan page for her dictionary and administers the "Flute Tips Group","The Flute Classifieds, and "Favorite Flute Videos" pages which she started. Her teachers have included Keith Underwood, Geoffrey Gilbert, Louis Moyse and Jeanne Baxtresser.
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