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The orchestral instruments: The flutes

Flutes have existed in all times and in all cultures and there are many, many variants. How many are there within the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra?

The flute used in an orchestra is usually made of silver metal, and with at least 13 tone holes controlled by valves. The flute family includes the C-flute and the piccolo as well as the more unusual alto flute and bass flute. But flutes have existed in all times and in all cultures and there are many, many variants.

This video is part of a series of playful videos on how the instruments used in a symphony orchestra function and sound. In each film, musicians from the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra talk about their instruments and play one or several musical pieces together.

The series about the orchestral instruments is produced with the support of Konserthuset Stockholm's main sponsor SEB. 

  • The music

  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky Dance of the Reeds from The Nutcracker, arr Stephen Morland
  • Jo Heyne The Little Waltz, arr Stig Bengtson
  • Maurice Ravel from Bolero
  • Gustav Mahler from the First Movement from Symphony No. 4
  • Participants

  • The flute section of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  • This video can be used in music education as an audiovisual teaching material, primarily intended for children aged 6 to 9 years ­­– but people of all ages might still find it interesting! 
  • The video is approximately 6 minutes.
  • Subtitles in English or Swedish is activated by using the CC control in the video player.

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