Renaissance and Baroque musical instruments
by Grzegorz Tomaszewicz

Baroque Flute Traverso

Due to the flourishing of instrumental music in the second half of the 17th and 18th century, big changes appeared in the construction of the traverso flute. The first Es-key appeared, the change of the canal into the conical shape and making the reed bigger increased the volume significantly. Flutes started to be made of 3 or 4 parts, reinforcements / rings at the ends of the parts were most often made of ivory. The kinds of wood used to make flutes were: sycamore, maple, ebony, pear, boxtree, rosewood, olive wood etc. In exclusive versions, flutes were made entirely of ivory.

GT barocco traversos are made of ebony, boxwood, grenadill, rosewood, padoukwood . Rings are produced of plastic immitating ivory or of exotic kinds of wood like boxwood. The key is made of full silver.

I made Baroque flutes:
G.A. Rottenburgh (1703-1768) from B. Kuijken collection
A. Grenser (1720-1807) from Germanisches Nationalmuseum Numberg
J.W.Oberlender( 1681-1745) Nuremburg
T. Stanesby Jr. (1692–1754)

Fingering Chart


"Sonata a moll", C.P.E. Bach

by K. Zych | kopia A. Grenser

"Partita a moll", J. S. Bach

by O. Maracewicz | kopia G. A. Rothenburg

"Fantasia", G. P. Telemann

by O. Maracewicz | kopia G. A. Rothenburg


A. Grenser in grenadill with additional parts in: 415 , 430 and 440 Hz

Flute traverso G. A. Rottenburgh in rosewood

Traverso G. A. Rottenburgh in boxwood

Flute traverso G. A. Rottenburgh in grenadill

J.W. Oberlender

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