The flute is considered to be one of the oldest musical instrument known to man only preceded by the human voice and the drum. As it has evolved over the centuries just about every culture has developed it's own unique variation of the flute. Stone age flues made from bone have been found as have flutes used in Ancient Egypt where they even depicted the flute in wall art.
The predecessor to the modern concert flute is the recorder which is still used in many baroque ensembles and often is a student instrument used to teach rudimentary music to students in grade school. In the 17th to the 19th centuries most flutes were hand made from wood and were not able to play a fully chromatic scale. Thus a flutist had to own several flutes in various sizes to play in the desired keys.
In the mid 19th century the modern flute was developed by Theobald Boehm who made several modifications and added several keys thus making the flute a fully chromatic instrument. A final development was to switch from a wood body to metal which stabilizes the tone in the lower register and helps with projection.
The modern flute family consist of the concert flute, in C and the piccolo (pitched an octave higher) In addition there are several other members of the flute family that have become popular in recent years. These are the alto, bass and contrabass flutes, to name a few.
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