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AUGUST GRENSER

(Dresden, 1720-1807) Boxwood and ebony originals in numerous collections. With screw-cork.

Type A Grenser flute by Folkers & Powell

Also available with additional keys for Bb, G# and F. Pitches from A=415 to a=440, listed on the options form below.

Type A Grenser with keys by Folkers & Powell

The Instrument

August Grenser's workshop was perhaps the most famous in Europe in the 18th century, unless Thomas Lot's was better known. The flutes made there from 1744 onward hardly varied from a standard design for half a century. Even flutes with keys for Bb, G# and F besides the D# key, like the one dated 1796 in the Miller Collection at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, were made to the same pattern. The Grenser flutes can cover a wide range of pitches: the most useful ones today are a=415, 430 and 440. They are not easy to play in keys with flats in the signature, but work well in sharp keys. The Grenser flutes have a reedy tone that is penetrating rather than large.

The Music

Grenser flutes can be used for much of the music of the 18th century, up to and including that of the classical composers such as Haydn and Mozart. The flute brings a special character to the music that some players find desirable for particular repertoire: but although this must have been popular 250 years ago, most people today find the Palanca flute a more comfortable all-round instrument. For a keyed flute, the Tromlitz is the most useful choice.

No sound sample is available for this instrument.

PDF file Fingering Chart
Order options

Material

Pitch(es)

415 420 425 430 435 440

Key configuration

D# only

D#, Bb, G#, short F

 
 

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Total Price (screw-cork included)

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