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World FluteloreFolktales, Myths, and Other Stories of Magical Flute Power$
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Dale A. Olsen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037887

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037887.001.0001

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The Aesthetics and Power of Flute Sounds, Timbres, and Sonic Textures

The Aesthetics and Power of Flute Sounds, Timbres, and Sonic Textures

(p.179) Chapter 14 The Aesthetics and Power of Flute Sounds, Timbres, and Sonic Textures
World Flutelore

Dale A. Olsen

University of Illinois Press

This chapter discusses flute timbres and sonic textures. Flute timbres or tone colors, especially, are what characterize the flute and make it such a unique musical instrument. Small flutes are noted for their shrill and piercing tone colors, and in many cultures, the sounds of small flutes pierce the hearts, souls, and perhaps other areas of the human body of many listeners because of the high pitches. In some situations, the sound of the flute is like the wind, or is sad, lonely, and pensive. Like the Japanese shakuhachi and the Persian nay, most flutes are capable of a great variety of timbres that can imitate sounds of nature or evoke many emotions. The term “sonic texture,” refers to the “simultaneous sounding” of two or more instruments or voices. Throughout the stories presented in this book, flutes have mostly been played as solo instruments in a single-part texture. In many regions of the world, however, especially in the South American rainforest and Andes mountains, Africa, New Guinea, Japan, and Java, just to name a few, flutes are played in ensembles that create multipart textures.

Keywords:   flutelore, flutes, flute sounds, flute timbres, sonic textures, folklore

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