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Product Details

  • Paperback: 423 pages
  • Publisher: Northeastern; 2nd ed. edition (March 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555534732
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555534738
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, German (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Johann Joachim Quantz (1697-1773), son of a blacksmith, enjoyed a long and successful career as a virtuoso soloist and orchestral performer on a variety of instruments. He was also a composer, an exceptional teacher and writer, and a flute maker. Tutor and Royal Prussian Chamber Musician to Frederick the Great, Quantz studied in Dresden and traveled throughout Europe to refine his musical skills and knowledge. Edward R. Reilly is Professor of Music, Emeritus, at Vassar College. He is the author of Quantz and His Versuch: Three Studies.

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Much bigger and a longer read than I had anticipated.
Edwina Moorman
And it's essential performance practice material for anyone who would play this music: required reading for any serious student.
Bradley P. Lehman
If you perform music of the Baroque, or need an authoritative source for research, you can't do better than Quantz.
Sharon Goldstein

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Bradley P. Lehman on March 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
Articulation, aesthetics, phrasing, ornamentation, character, tempo, practicing, accompaniment, style, notation, how to give a concert, how to breathe when you're nervous, how to play in an orchestra, ... it's all here. This book from 1752 covers the art of being a musician, not just a flute player.
Quantz' text is for anyone who cares about any music from about 1720 into the time of Mozart and Haydn. And it's essential performance practice material for anyone who would play this music: required reading for any serious student. It gives an indispensable window into German, French, and Italian taste.
Modern flautists, string players, keyboard players, and singers can learn a tremendous amount here. The pages about "good" and "bad" notes and varied articulation/tongueing are worth the whole price of the book. They describe the sound that composers were thinking of, the expressive range, the tremendous variety of effects *within* melodic lines. Take Quantz seriously: he was there, and he was a good player and writer.
What more needs to be said, except to thank the publisher for this edition? The previous issue by Schirmer has been out of print for far too long. This book should NEVER be out of print.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Unicard on October 27, 2007
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Great book of interpretation of baroque music. Quantz show us about the thinking of playing the recorder and how to execute the notes in Allegro and Adagios. Very nice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Goldstein on September 19, 2011
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The title is "On Playing the Flute" but fewer than 60 pages are devoted to that instrument specifically. The rest of the book is an invaluable guide to Baroque performance practice no matter what instrument you play. I'm a singer and have used "On Playing..." as a guide for performances and in writing about the Baroque. If you perform music of the Baroque, or need an authoritative source for research, you can't do better than Quantz.

Sharon Goldstein
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By Rafik on April 12, 2014
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I've been playing flute for over 30 years, this book is one of the best. A classic. If you're serious about music and playing the flute, this book is for you.
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By Edwina Moorman on January 11, 2014
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Lowest price I could find for a brand new book. Much bigger and a longer read than I had anticipated. Bought for my child who is a flute band student.
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