The flute is a musical instrument of the woodwind family. Unlike woodwind instruments with reeds, a flute is an aerophone or reedless wind instrument that produces its sound from the flow of air across an opening. According to the instrument classification of Hornbostel-Sachs, flutes are categorized as edge-blown aerophones.
A musician who plays the flute can be referred to as a flute player, a flautist, a flutist, or, less commonly, a fluter.
Aside from the voice, flutes are the earliest known musical instruments. A number of flutes dating to about 43,000 to 35,000 years ago have been found in the Swabian Alb region of Germany. These flutes demonstrate that a developed musical tradition existed from the earliest period of modern human presence in Europe.
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“So the old flute was doomed and its fate was pathetic,
Twas fastened and burned at the stake as heretic,
While the flames roared around it they heard a strange
Twas the old flute still whistling The Protestant Boys.”
—Unknown. The Old Orange Flute (l. 3740)
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“theres nothing compared with the ould Orange flute.”
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