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Encyclopedia > Alto flute

The alto flute is a type of Western concert flute, a musical instrument in the woodwind family. The Western concert flute or C flute is a transverse (or side-blown) flute, a musical instrument of the woodwind family. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... A woodwind instrument is a musical instrument in which sound is produced by blowing through a mouthpiece against an edge or by a vibrating reed, and in which the pitch is varied by opening or closing holes in the body of the instrument. ...


It is pitched in the key of G (sounding a 4th lower than written). Its range is from G3 (the G below middle C) to C#7 (4 ledger lines above the treble clef staff).


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Alto and bass flutes (417 words)
The modern bass flute in C came into being in the 1920's as an extension of the flute family.
The nature of both alto and bass flutes, with the larger bore and less penetrating sound, dictates that the music cannot be as technically demanding as that written for the C flute.
The possibilities of the alto and bass flutes are that they extend the flute range in the lower sounds, and are especially interesting for flute ensembles and flute choirs.
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