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Example 3 Research, Part 3a: Overlapping of the Words: Flute, Whistle and Pipe; and the Primitive Reedless Woodwind Aerophones

For my third example, using the previously explained nonatonic scale, I decided to write a piece for the flute. This is the first part of the research about the instrument, focusing on the earliest period of its emergence.

In the broadest sense, flute is a reedless woodwind aerophone – a hollow tube (or sometimes a globe and other shapes), which produces a tone when a stream of air is projected against the sharp edge of its opening. (Fig. 1) Under this loose definition, the term flute is a general name for a very large and varied family of wind instruments, but this denotation overlaps with the terms pipe and whistle.

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Fig. 1. The mechanics of reedless woodwind instruments

Pipe can refer to not only the specific instrument – the three-holed pipe played with tabor (Fig. 3), which is classified under the flute family, but it can also have a very broad meaning – any instrument in the form of tube, or any aerophone in general, with or without reed. In this sense, pipe can be categorized as the generic term, with the flute being its subcategory.

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Fig. 3. The tabor pipe Continue reading “Example 3 Research, Part 3a: Overlapping of the Words: Flute, Whistle and Pipe; and the Primitive Reedless Woodwind Aerophones”