French Baroque Flute with Michael Lynn

6 - 12 October 2019


Michael’s specialty as a performer and teacher, is baroque flute and recorder. As an academic, he specialises in the French 19th century flute. The October Flute Course will therefore highlight the repertoire of the French Baroque, including Hotteterre, De LaBarre, Blavet, Lecair, Philidor, Couperin, Boismortier, etc. Music for solo flute, duets, trios, and Quinets will be included.

The course will be at A=415 but players with flutes at low French pitches are welcome to bring them. Emphasis will be on French style and ornamentation, culminating in an end of course concert by participants. Workshop sessions will focus on style, technique, ornamentation, and other aspects of playing the baroque flute well. We will use mostly facsimiles of original editions, so reading in French violin clef (just like a Bass clef an octave up) is a good skill to have, but not required. Music will be provided although participants are welcome to bring any additional repertoire they particularly wish to play within the topic area. Additional topics for the week include an introduction to the French 19th century keyed flute.

This probably would not be a good class for someone just starting to play the baroque flute. We would suggest that the level is intermediate to advanced, with strong sight reading; but please feel free to contact the organisers and Michael if you have any questions.

Michael Lynn performed at the Inaugural Luncheon for President Obama’s first term and has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Taiwan, Japan, Portugal, Italy, and Romania. He has performed with Apollo’s Fire, Mercury Baroque, ARTEK, the Oberlin Baroque Ensemble, Smithsonian Chamber Players, Tafelmusik, the American Baroque Ensemble, Handel & Haydn, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Cleveland Opera, Santa Fe Pro Musica, and many other ensembles.

He serves on the faculty of Oberlin Conservatory as Professor of Recorder and Baroque Flute, and in Curator of Musical Instruments Emeritus. He teaches each year at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute.

Michael is very active as a writer on historical flutes with articles and scores in all the major American flute publications, as well as Fluit in Holland. Known for his work in collecting and studying flutes, particularly flutes of 19thC France, his collection is available at www.originalflutes.com . He has recently started producing a series of videos on historical flutes.