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Baroque Flutes in Four Sections

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, 410, 415.
  • Eichentopf

  • 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.
  • Quantz

  • 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.

    I.H. Rottenburgh

  • 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. a=392, 415.

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