Monday, March 16, 2015

For the Love of Flutes

"King Frederick of Prussia thought that it was 'unkingly' of his son to play the flute and read poetry, so he did everything he could think of to prevent him from doing so, including executing the prince's best friend in his presence. After Old Fred's death, Young Fred continued to play the flute, with composer Johann Quantz as his teacher and flutemaker. His people considered him such a success as king--engaging in such artsy endeavors as starting the Berlin opera--that he became known as King Frederick The Great."
--Russell Scott, paraphrasing historian Robert Scott and writer Kathy Russell

For Music Monday, we are looking at flutemaker John Lunn's work:

inspired by Tolkien's The Hobbit


HWY said...

Wonderful art...and it was fascinating watching John Lunn create it.

(And absolutely loved the "battle" between the snake and the egret. Very clever and meaningful.)

Ben said...

Flute key designs are so cool.