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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: OUP USA; 3 edition (13 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195373081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195373080
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 3 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I would recommend this book to every serious flute student, and it should be required reading by every teacher." --The Flutist Quarterly"Accessible to every audience...[A] truly encyclopedic treatment. Libraries owning earlier editions will want to add this one for its new information and the author's insights into the current state of flutes and flute playing...Essential." --ChoicePraise for the previous editions: "An indispensable source book for flutists on every level."--The Radcliffe Quarterly"Toff's scholarship was impressive in The Development of the Modern Flute, and her latest effort reflects the same meticulous approach....a wealth of information about a fascinating instrument."Choice"Nancy Toff's Flute Book is an excellent work of reference that should be on every flute player's shelf...I cannot recommend it too highly."--Pan"A flute player's and teacher's bible."--Katherine Borst Jones, Ohio State University"The veritable vade mecum for that instrument."--Ovation"Simply the best one-volume book on the flute available....This book is a joy to read. A flute aficianado will devour it like a novel and come back to read it regularly for inspiration as well as reference."--The Flute Network"Absolutely indispensable to everyone connected with the flute and flute playing, from the professional to every public school teacher."--The School Musician"A landmark in the literature of the flute and a must for both professional and amateur flutist alike."--Pan"The last section, which includes the orchestration and publishing information of flute literature from the Baroque to the present, is worth its weight in gold--not only for the flutist, but for the music librarian as well."--Library Journal

About the Author

Nancy Toff is the author of The Development of the Modern Flute, Georges Barrère and the Flute in America, and Monarch of the Flute: The Life of Georges Barrère. Highly respected as a writer, researcher, and lecturer, she has been a consultant to the Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection in the Library of Congress and the Department of Musical Instruments of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and was curator of an exhibit on Georges Barrère at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. She is the president of the New York Flute Club.

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Hall on 18 May 2013
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Bought this for elder daughter as she is s flute player. She is happy enough with it, so that makes me happy.
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A minimally updated version of the 2nd edition 29 Mar. 2013
By Robert W. Bloom MD - Published on Amazon.com
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Toff's classic belongs in every flutist's library. Having read and referred to the 2nd edition periodically over the last few years, I anticipated a newer and more informative 3rd edition. Unfortunately, this book is practically word for word and parapgraph for paragraph identical to the 2nd editon, with the exception of updated price lists and an occasional change in manufacturing trends. For the perfectionistic flutist, the updated edition is worth the purchase, but I would not otherwise recommend it to those who do not already own the prior edition. If you don't have an edition, do indeed buy this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
great 13 Jun. 2013
By Lloyd - Published on Amazon.com
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i bought this book for my daughter to read and she loved it!!!! i wish i would have bought it sooner!
The best flute book 14 April 2014
By Svend Johnsen - Published on Amazon.com
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This flute book is rather fantastic. It contains everything you want to know about flutes and fluteplaying.
An incredible amount of research must have gone into it
It can be recommended to all fluteplayers and flute music loving people.
A must for every flute player. 4 April 2014
By Joanna Sullivan - Published on Amazon.com
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Incredibly thorough and informative. Everything you could possibly want to know about the history and playing of the flute. Excellent.
very comprehensive musically, historically, 19 Jan. 2015
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very comprehensive musically, historically, and technique
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