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French flutist and composer Paul Taffanel's playing, contribututions to flute music and his influence as a teacher are legendary. Philippe Gaubert, Taffanel's student, composed operas, ballets, songs, orchestral and chamber music, including numerous pieces for the flute. After Taffanel's death, Gaubert succeeded him as professor of flute at the Paris Conservatory. Taffanel's standard tutorial work for the French school of flute playing, the Methode complete de flute, was written over years of collaboration with Gaubert. Gaubert finished and published the work after Taffanel's death.
Considered as the practical guide for Flute, Complete Flute Method was co-written by Paul Taffanel (1844-1908) and Philippe Gaubert (1879-1941). Published in 1923, this method is strongly progressive: helping the beginner from the very start, it should develop and help them to master the necessary theory, technique and tone of this instrument. The 227 pages all contain descriptions and comments written in French, English, German and Spanish, which stand out by their precision and detail. Recognised worldwide thanks to Marcel Moyse, Emmanuel Pahud and Pierre-Yves Arthaud among others, Complete Flute Method demonstrates and confirms the quality and professionalism of these French flautists and their methods. Paul Taffanel (1844-1908) and Philippe Gaubert (1879-1941) are both professional flautists who collaborated on different projects together, including this method and the '17 Grands Exercices Journaliers de Mécanisme'.
This is the complete method, now in a paperback edition. It includes parts 1-8. Please see the contents document for a full list of its content.