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)
How temperature affects on height of sound in woodwinds instruments
Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1689-1755) - Rondeau from Suite de Pieces qu'on peut jouer seule [6 Sonates suivies d'un nombre de pièces, op. 40, Paris 1732]
Joseph dall'Abaco (1710-1805) - Capriccio no. 4 from 11 Capricci for violoncello solo (arr. for bass flute)
Graduated with distinction from the Academy of Music in Lodz in Magdalena Pilch's transverse flute class, and is currently studying the recorder in the class of Marek Nahajowski. He has attended many masterclasses led by prominent pedagogues such as Kate Clark, Georgia Browne, Corina Marti, Karolina Zych, Peter Frankenberg, Raphael Alpermann, Nicolas Parle, Katarzyna Drogosz, Stefan Plewniak, Henryk Kasperczak and Sirkka-Lisa Kaakinen Pilch. He plays many types of transverse and recorder flutes, from Renaissance to 19th century simple system flutes. As a chamber musician (Barque Ensemble, Alba del Mondo, Musica Perennis, La Viva Fiamma) and orchestral musician (Altberg Ensemble, Capella Warmiensis Restituta, Das Lausitzer Barockensemble, Diletto), he has performed at various Polish early music festivals. He is also a member of a male vocal ensemble The Singing Heads.
Harpsichordist currently enrolled in early music performance programme at Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Music University in Łódź under the guidance of prof. dr hab. Ewa Piasecka and dr hab. Ewa Rzetecka-Niewiadomska. He participated in numerous masterclasses such as Piccola Accademia di Montisi with Christophe Rousset, Varmia Musica Academia with Ewa Mrowca-Kościukiewicz, and Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität Vienna Harpsichord Masterclass with Nicholas Parle.
His artistic activity is focused on Johann Sebastian Bach’s musical output, ranging from solo music performance to managing ensemble projects. His field of expertise also includes French baroque music, classical and modern repertoire.
Pierre Gaultier de Marseille (1643?-1696) "La Tendresse" z "Suite en D la ré Bémol & Bécarre" , "Symphonies divisées par suites de tons" (Paris 1707)
Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713) Adagio z Sonaty op. 5 nr 4 ( Rome 1700),transcription for flute and basso continuo
"Sonata a moll", C.P.E. Bach
Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1689-1755) - Suites Opus 35
"Partita a moll", J. S. Bach
"Fantasia", G. P. Telemann
Flute traverso J.Denner (1671-1735 ) 415 and 392 Hz
French flute traverso d'amore in Bb 410 Hz by Dumont (about 1720) from Dayton Miller Collection
Flute traverso G.A.Rottenburgh 440 Hz
Baroque flute traverso fife- C.Schuchart in c 440 Hz
In the 90s of the 20th century, a sunken ship, the” General Carleton”, was found near the Polish coast in the Baltic Sea. Many threads were found in its remains, including a small transverse flute, two-piece in boxwood “fife” at c 440 Hz. That flute is in perfect condition. The flute was made in 18th century In the workshop of the English builder -Charles Schuchart. The original can be seen at the Maritime Museum in Gdańsk, Poland. In August 2022, I took measurements of this flute in this museum, now I managed to make perfect copies in my studio.