Renaissance and Baroque musical instruments
by Grzegorz Tomaszewicz

Renaissance and Early Baroque Traversos

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.


Bassano

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

Verona

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.

Lissieu

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

Recordings

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Pictures:

Renaissance treble flute in g copy Accademia di Verona

Renaissance tenor flutes

Renaissance tenor traversos in d/ 440, 392 and 384 Hz

Early Baroque tenor flute in d from Berlin Musical Instruments Museum

Early Baroque flute in d, copy - Lissieu

Bassano flute

Renaissance flutes alto in g tenor in d bass in G

Renaissance bass flutes in G 440,384 and 392 Hz

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