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A Flageolet is a woodwind musical instrument and a member of the fipple flute family. The first flageolets were made in the 16th Century and the instrument continued to be made until the 20th Century when it was succeeded by the tin whistle. 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. ... A musical instrument is a device that has been constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... (15th century - 16th century - 17th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 16th century was that century which lasted from 1501 to 1600. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999 in the... Tin whistles in a variety of makes and keys The tin whistle, also called the feadóg, pennywhistle, Irish whistle, simply whistle or, anachronously, the flageolet, is a simple six-holed breath instrument. ...


Flageolets have varied greatly during the last 400 years. The first flageolets were called "French" Flageolets and have 4 tone-holes on the front and two on the back. This instrument was played by Samuel Pepys and Purcell and Handel both wrote pieces for it. Small versions of this instrument, called Bird Flageolets were also made and were used for teaching birds to sing. Samuel Pepys Samuel Pepys (23 February 1633 - 26 May 1703) was a leading 17th century English civil servant, latterly famous for his diary. ... Purcell is a family name in English. ... George Frideric Handel (German Georg Friedrich Händel), (February 23, 1685 – April 14, 1759) was a German-born British Baroque music composer. ... For other meanings of bird, see bird (disambiguation). ...


In the late 18th Century and early 19th Century certain English instrument makers started to make flageolets with six finger-holes on the front. These instruments are called English Flageolets and were eventually produced in metal as tin whistles. (17th century - 18th century - 19th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 18th century refers to the century that lasted from 1701 through 1800. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Ethnicity... Tin whistles in a variety of makes and keys The tin whistle, also called the feadóg, pennywhistle, Irish whistle, simply whistle or, anachronously, the flageolet, is a simple six-holed breath instrument. ...


An English maker, called William Bainbridge, in around 1810 patented a Double Flageolet which consisted of two English Flageolets joined together so that the player could harmonise the tunes that he played. He also produced a Triple Flageolet which added a third, drone, pipe which was fingered in a similar way to an ocarina. 1810 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... In international law, harmonisation refers to the process by which different states adopt the same laws. ... Drone can refer to many things: // In music A drone is a continuous note or chord. ... A tenor and an alto ten-hole ocarina. ...


The flageolet was eventually entirely replaced by the tin whistle and is rarely played today. However, it is a very easy instrument to play and the tone is soft and gentle. It has a range of about two octaves. Tin whistles in a variety of makes and keys The tin whistle, also called the feadóg, pennywhistle, Irish whistle, simply whistle or, anachronously, the flageolet, is a simple six-holed breath instrument. ... EASY is the name of a scripting language used by the tdbengine. ... The word tone is used in several different fields with different meanings. ... For the numerical computation software, see GNU Octave. ...


External links

http://www.flageolets.com/ - a site devoted to the Flageolet.


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