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French flageolet, Husson & Duchêne, Paris, 1839–c. 1848

DETAILS

Object name
Maker
Date
1839–48
Place
Object number
RCM0411
Acquisition
Gift from Hartley, Geoffrey — 1971

Description

Ebony; ivory mounts and mouthpiece. This French flageolet from the mid-nineteenth century is an example of the four-keyed variety of the instrument, the two basic keys being those for b-flat and d-sharp. The lowest note is a, but the music is often transposed down a twelfth. The lower b-flat cannot be obtained by fork-fingering and the d-sharp key facilitates fingering in rapid passage-work. The key mounted on the side of the instrument is mainly used as a trill key and described as petite clef des trilles. The sponge to absorb moisture is contained in the second joint of the instrument.

Dimensions

Length: 382mm.

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