A School for the Flute, by C. Nicholson
Gassett Collection - Facsimile Edition by Peter H. Bloom
Volume I, PDF $10.50
Volume II, PDF $10.50
Charles Nicholson (1795-1837) was the most renowned flutist in the English-speaking world during the first half of the 19th century. His artistry, style, and technical innovation remain forceful influences more than a century and a half after his death. Before the meteoric rise of the Boehm flute put an end to glorious diversity in the flute world, there were three categories of flutes from which to choose: small hole French style flutes; large hole Nicholson style flutes; and flutes with moderate holes. Nicholson's A School for the Flute, published in 1836, addresses all three styles of instruments and provides clear direction to players of each. He also provides us with a wealth of information on style and performance practice in the 19th century. (excerpted from the foreword by P. H. Bloom)
Please note that this is an un-enhanced facsimile, a scan of an historical edition, so there are areas that are faded, uneven, or otherwise imperfect based on the condition of the original document.
Volume I: 75 pages including a foreword by Peter H. Bloom, $10.50
Nicholson addresses fundamentals of music and goes on to present a thorough treatise on flute-playing technique including detailed analyses of fingerings and articulations accompanied by clear and useful musical examples.
Volume II: 68 pages including a foreword by Peter H. Bloom, $10.50
Nicholson provides lessons and observations concerning his approach to style, taste and performance practice as well as technique.