(Lyons, fl. c.1672) Cylindrical-bored keyless
boxwood original in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.
a=460, [440, other pitches].
A certain Sieur Lissieux was mentioned as an able woodwind-instrument
maker from Lyons in Borjon's musette treatise of 1672. This
may have been Jean Lissieux (c1625-95), a turner originally
from the same town in Normandy from which the Lot
family and other French woodwind-makers came.
Only one instrument with this two-piece construction and
proto-baroque turnery survives. Its high pitch seems to indicate
it was meant to play with curved cornetts and voices without
This high pitch, as well as its relatively bright tone, make
the flute suitable for use in a mixed consort alongside cornetts,
trombones, strings, and singers. You can also order the flute
at any of the other pitches listed in the order form below.