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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 turtorial 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. These 24 progressive studies come from this book, covering the essential technical aspets of flute playing through the whole circle of fifths. As the studies are at different levels of difficulty, an index is provided to help in the selection of specific ones for technical focus.