Ardal Powell is President of Folkers & Powell, Makers of Historical Flutes, Hudson, NY, and a distinguished performer. He has written numerous books and articles on the flutes and flute-playing of the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries.
With these two volumes, the publisher launches its promising "Musical Instrument" series, in which noted scholars/ performers discuss instruments in light of the newest research. Forthcoming titles will cover the piano, the clarinet, the cello, the violin, and the trumpet. Montagu has played timpani and percussion professionally for more than 50 years and oversaw the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments at Oxford, and Powell is a noted solo flautist and president of Folkers & Powell, Makers of Historical Flutes, in Hudson, NY. Each has written an informative and authoritative guide for those with previous background in these instruments and a serious desire to understand their place in history. Taking a chronological approach, the authors trace the instruments from earliest known records and discuss the changes in construction, social context, and repertory, as well as notable performers and makers. Montagu's appendixes include information about playing techniques and the construction of percussion instruments, and Powell's reference section contains extremely valuable coverage of past and current scholarship on flutes. In addition to being well written, the books are sturdy and beautifully illustrated. Highly recommended for academic libraries, public libraries where an interest in music is strong, and upper-level music students generally. Timothy J. McGee, Univ. of Toronto Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
"Nobody but the renowned Ardal Powell could write such a comprehensive, engaging history of the flute.... His writing is clear and scholarly, but also active and fluent. This important resource is an achievement that ought to find its way to a wide audience."