Silver flute

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The Silver Flute an item that is as much associated with Church Wedding and wedding ceremonies as the Brides Veil.

Theresa Larkin playing wedding MusicianThe Silver concert flute, a descendant of the medieval German flute, is a transverse treble flute that is closed at the top.

An embouchure hole is positioned near the top, across and into which the player blows. The flute has circular tone holes, larger than the finger holes.

The size and placement of tone holes, the key mechanism, and the fingering system used to produce the notes in the flute’s range were evolved from 1832 to 1847 by Theobald Boehm, and greatly improved the instrument’s dynamic range and intonation over those of its predecessors.

With some refinements concert flutes typically conform to Boehm’s design, known as the Boehm system.

Beginner’s flutes are normally made of nickel, silver or brass that is silver plated, while professionals use solid silver, gold, and sometimes platinum instruments. There are also modern wooden bodies instruments usually with silver or gold keywork. The wood is usually African Blackwood.

The standard flute is pitched in the key of C and has a range of three octaves starting from middle C. This means that the flute is one of the highest common orchestra and wedding instruments.

The Silver flute example. By Theresa Larkin named By Gone Days