History of the Flute

Timeline created by CyrusN
In Music
  • -300 BCE

    Ivory Flutes

    Ivory Flutes
    Made from hollowed sticks and bones. Only used for hunting or magical rituals.
  • 200

    Change in Use

    Flutes are now used to entertain royalty, in theatrical productions, and at festivals and celebrations.
  • 1320

    Wooden Flutes

    Wooden Flutes
    Wooden Flutes are invented
  • 1511

    The Zwerchpheiff

    The Zwerchpheiff
    The Zwerchpheiff is created. This flute has six finger holes and a narrower structure.
  • 1529

    New Adjustments to Sounds and Models

    Descent, alto, tenor and bass flutes are created.
  • Flutes Allemands

    Flutes Allemands
    Flutes Allemands, also called Transverse flutes, are found in Germany. They have a new cylindrical bone and are made out of wood.
  • Baroque Flute

    Baroque Flute
    Jean Hotteterre makes adjustments to the flute.
  • More Adjustments and Uses

    More Adjustments and Uses
    Lots of adjustments are made such as different note keys, new joint and tuning parts are added and/or removed, etc.
    Flute method books were sold to beginners.
    Flutes started being used in orchestras.
  • Modern Silver Flute

    Modern Silver Flute
    Several adjustments made.
    Theobald Boehm creates his own model of the flute.
    Boehm’s model becomes very popular, and he continues to change and experiment with it.
    Boehm experiments with different materials for making flutes and decides silver is best as it is light and produces the best tone.
    Flutes are then adopted as official orchestral instruments in the Paris Conservatory.
    Boehm finally perfects his ‘modern silver flute’, which is now accepted as the standard today.
  • Boehm's Flute

    Boehm's Flute
    Over the years there have been minor adjustments to Boehm’s flute.
    Today flutes are being played all over the world by all ages.
    It is played in many different ensembles, has the ability to create low tones and very high tones, and can play many different genres of music.
  • Boehm's Flute

    Boehm's Flute
    Over the years there have been minor adjustments to Boehm’s flute.
    Today flutes are being played all over the world by all ages.
    It is played in many different ensembles, has the ability to create low tones and very high tones, and can play many different genres of music.
  • Ring Flute

    Ring Flute
    James Johnson invents the Ring Flute