Multilingual flashcard: Flute
Flutes are the earliest existing musical instruments, with examples having been discovered from around 43,000 years ago, made from bone. Flutes can be made from a variety of materials, including metal, wood, bone, fibreglass and many more.
The name ‘flute’ actually refers to a family of instruments, varying in size and material. What most people think of is actually known as the Western Concert Flute and is the silvery wind instrument most-commonly seen in orchestras.
I have always been fond of listening to the flute, in part because of the high, clear tone that often stands out from the backing of the orchestra and also because one of my housemates at university was a flautist! I also really like the bamboo pipe, shakuhachi, which is used in some traditional Japanese music, the Chinese bamboo pipe and the Irish tin whistle (which we played in primary school!)
Here are a few pieces of flute music for you to try out, so you can hear the wide variety of sounds possible:
Did you enjoy any of the pieces of music?
Do you play a musical instrument or would you like to?
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