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On Playing the Flute Paperback – March 1, 2001
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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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Dry text. However - one can expect to glean some conventional wisdom and insights into the history and culture of the baroque music world within which the author operated and flourished under the patronage of the then King Frederick. Quantz wrote this treatise in dedication to him... one gets a treat of ye olde german royal salutations to 18th century career guidance for the aspirational musician, to more specifically, detailed technical guidance on the intricacies of flute playing, musical approach to baroque, as well as musicianship at large..., one can begin to understand why this book is a classic that has endured through the ages though it is oh so quaint. Books tend to come and go through history, latter issues superceding earlier books, however this one remains a classic simply because it's written by the revered JJ Quantz and is considered pioneering material. Bit of an old elitist goat.
BONE TO PICK THOUGH: Quantz has dogged bias/ opinion about what type of physical attributes in a person would make him/her a superior flutist - eg thin over fuller lips, big versus smaller lungs etc.
It goes as far as making judgement calls on the extent of success a person can expect to achieve as a professional flutist based on the physiological makeup of the person and proceeds to describe the ideal make up (health, lungs, lips, etc etc!) Perhaps a form of reality check, but I prefer to subscribe to Marcel Moyse's softer ideology that one can expect to achieve a good level of success through intelligent methodical practice - if one already has the interest.
Having said that, 1.5 yrs on, I've just dusted this book of the bookshelf and am starting to appreciate some of the gems contained in the book about flute and flute playing. It is indeed a classic and demands a well deserved spot on a flutist's bookshelf.
At first, this book would seem to read like a dry text. Takes some effort and perseverance to distill and absorb the contents and putting the knowledge to good use. Initially, I gave it three stars, having gained some perspective 1.5 years, I concede it's a 5ver.