Renaissance and Baroque musical instruments
by Grzegorz Tomaszewicz

Medieval, Renaissance and Early Baroque flutes traverso

In the 16th century in Europe a traverso flute was produced from one piece of wood, sometimes from two. Two kinds of traverso flutes were used. The first type, due to its tiny, delicate sound, was used mostly to support a human voice or to play in a small consort with instruments of little volume. The second kind with a bigger mensura and reed had a loud, piercing sound, which was used by the army (so called Swiss flutes). Alto, tenor and bass flutes have been maintained till our times.

The GT flutes is made of sycamore, cherry maple or pear wood.

The studio of Mr. Tomaszewicz produces four types of renaissance and early baroque flutes with different sound characteristics.


This is the most common Renaissance flute on old iconography. It has a delicate structure, it is made of one piece of wood. Sweet, delicate sound, very fast articulation. It is perfect for playing in small bands accompanied by singers and lute.
It works perfectly in the solo repertoire – Van Eyck


It’s a flute with a wider channel and thicker walls than Bassano. Strong sound throughout the scale, perfect intonation. This flute is dedicated to musicians for playing songs and dances.
Its two-part construction is very convenient for transporting and for correcting intonation.
The bass flute in this series is extremely comfortable and easy to play. The most common problem in bass flutes from the renaissance period is the extreme distance between the holes in the fingers, in this model the problem is minimal.


One of the most beautiful flutes preserved to our times. It combines the character of Bassano and Verona flutes. A loud, sweet sound, perfect intonation, easy to play even for modern flutists.

Model from the Museum of Instruments in Berlin

This simple flute has a powerful sound, sometimes comparable to contemporary folk flutes or to the so-called Swiss Renaissance flutes. The dominant, very loud first octave. This flute is perfect for bands playing dance music with many musicians. It combines well with cornetto, shawms and percussion instruments. It is also often used for playing medieval music.

Fingering Chart

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Medieval Flute from Museum in Berlin

Renaissance treble flute in g copy Accademia di Verona

Renaissance tenor flutes

Early Baroque flute traverso - Lissieu in d/boxwood

Flutes traverso - Bassano Consort (alto, tenor, bass)

Renaissance flutes C.Rafi (alto in g, tenor in d, bass in G)

Renaissance bass flutes in G 440,384 and 392 Hz

Renaissance flute tenor in d, M. Praetorius (1572-1621)

Early Baroque Flute traverso in c or d Anonim F.H, about 1650-1685 Augsburg, Germany

How temperature affects on height of sound in woodwinds instruments

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