A facsimile edition with introduction and notes by Janice Dockendorff Boland, 1992
John Gunn(1765-1824) The Art of Playing the German-Flute is unquestionably the most comprehensive, most scholarly flute tutor to appear in England in the eighteenth century. Earlier English tutors were largely translated, pirated copies of French tutors, with two notable exceptions: tutors by Lewis Granom(Plain and Easy Instructions for Playing on the German-Flute, 1766) and Luke Heron(A Treatise on the German Flute, 1771) contain new ideas and original material. According to John Gunn, the late eighteenth century was a time of differing schools of thought regarding the inherent expressive capacity of the transverse flute, the proper manner of playing it, and its rank among fine instruments. Gunn clearly expresses what those differences actually were, making The Art, for the modem reader, a valuable tutor for the translation from the eighteenth century to the nineteenth century. The tutor reflects important changes which were taking place regarding flute construction, tonal concept, musical expression, articulation, and music literature.
Faithful facsimile edition. An important work which reflects the changes taking place in flute playing as the eighteenth century drew to a close. It bridges that point in history when players were moving from the one-keyed flute to the multi-keyed instruments; important performance practice changes were taking place as well. An excellent reference for discussions of tone production and performance style. This is the first time this tutor has appeared in facsimile edition.