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This programme introduces and demonstrates the characteristics of the early forms of flute, oboe and bassoon. Stephen Preston demonstrates a keyless Renaissance flute, two flutes from the Baroque p...eriod and a flute by Potter which shows its late 18th century development. He explains the differences of fingering tone and pitch. Claire Shanks plays a tenor shawn, a Baroque oboe from 1750 and a copy of an instrument by Delus of about 1780. William Waterhouse explains the development of the bassoon from the shawn through the dulcian to the Romantic instrment. He plays a solo sonata by Galliard on a four keyed baroque bassoon. the programme also includes two movements of a wind trio by Vivaldi.
Metadata describing this Open University video programme
Module code and title: A304, The development of instruments and their music
Item code: A304; 03
First transmission date: 13-03-1974
Published: 1974
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Duration: 00:24:15
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Producer: Richard Callanan
Contributors: Owain Edwards; Denis Nisbet; Stephen Preston; Clare Shanks; William Waterhouse
Publisher: BBC Open University
Subject terms: Bassoon; Flute; Oboe
Footage description: Owain Edwards introduces the studio programme. The musicians play a slow movement by Vivaldi for flute, oboe and bassoon with continuo. Edwards discusses the evolution of these instruments. Stephen Preston plays and discusses various flutes: a Renaissance transverse flute, a one-key conical flute and another by Bresson from the V & A, on which he demonstrates cross-fingering. Edwards introduces the shawm, which is played and discussed by Clare Shanks. She also uses a baroque oboe, copy of a 1750 Rottenberg, demonstrating the method of using the reed. Finally she plays a copy of a later instrument, a 1780 Delus. Edwards introduces the bassoon, and Bill Waterhouse shows a dulcean and bassoon from the early 1700s. The group play an allegro movement from Sonata No.3 by J.E. Galliard to demonstrate the bassoon. Finally Waterhouse demonstrates a late 18th century bassoon. Edwards concludes by introducing the finale of the Vivaldi piece heard at the beginning, omitting the harpsichord and viola da gamba continuo.
Master spool number: 6HT/71065
Production number: 00525_3048
Videofinder number: 2625
Available to public: no