Jean-Baptiste Lully and the Flute: Recorder, Voice Flute, and Traverso by David Lasocki
Soft-cover, 8-1/2 x 11 size; 269 pages
Published by Instant Harmony Music
Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687) looms large in any study of woodwind repertoire in the seventeenth century. Nevertheless, his music for flutes is still little known today, despite comprehensive studies over the last fifty years. One of the purposes of David Lasocki’s book is to bring the music to wider attention, so it includes a large number of full-length musical examples. The book begins by taking a detailed look at the woodwind musicians who played Lully’s music and also considers the music of his predecessors. Drawing on this evidence, the book then discusses his flutes to determine as far as possible whether they were recorders (and of what sizes) and/or traversos. The book also ties in Lasocki’s new theory about the voice flute (also recorder in d1), the origins of which have been mysterious until now. The flute music of Lully’s student Pascal Collasse is also considered, for good measure. A must-read for all lovers of the recorder and traverso as well as anyone interested in Baroque woodwind instruments and their music.
David Lasocki, the owner of Instant Harmony, is an internationally renowned researcher of the history of woodwind instrument, wtih 50 years of experience. In 2011 he retired from his position as Head of Music References Services in the Cook Music Library at Indiana University, and is now a freelance writer and editor as well as a practitioner of energy medicine.