Five Flutes | Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection
  • DCM 0001 (Fife Fragment)
  • DCM 0010 (Gold Flute)
  • DCM 0011 (Glass Flute)
  • DCM 0079 (Transverse Flute)
  • DCM 0916 (Quantz Flute)
    Line Drawing 1 Line Drawing 2 Price List Flute in Open Box, Color
    Three full-size drawings (0916d3, 0916d4, and 0916d5)
    by Jean-François Beaudin, Quebec, Canada. 2003.
    (Reproduced here with permission
    from Jean-François Beaudin.
    Please make written requests
    for permission for other uses to:
    Jean-François Beaudin
    .)
    Line Drawing 3 Invoice to Frederick the Great
    from Quantz listing
    salary amounts due to
    members of the Court Orchestra.
    Porcelain Case
    Porcelain Case shown
    holding the Corps de Rechange.

    DCM 0916
    (Quantz Flute)

    Frederick the Great, king of Prussia (1712-1786), one of history's most famous amateur musicians, maintained a superior eighteenth-century European court orchestra. It included among its principal players Karl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788), son of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Although a gifted amateur composer, Frederick was chiefly a passionate flute player. In 1741 he secured the services of Johann Joachim Quantz (1697-1773) to reside at the court as the king's personal music teacher, among other duties. Accomplished in all aspects of musicianship, Quantz eventually specialized in the flute. During the second quarter of the century he introduced improvements to the standard one-keyed instrument, including a second key and other innovative features. Although Quantz's well-known writings encouraged the use of his new two-keyed flute, his instrument had little success outside the area in which he lived. The majority of Quantz's flutes were made for his royal student, Frederick. The excellent and nearly complete example in the Miller Collection is one of the few Quantz flutes still extant. It survives in a porcelain plush-lined storage and display box with gilt hardware.

    For a survey of extant Quantz instruments, see Mary Oleskiewicz, "A Museum, a World War, and Rediscovery: Flutes by Quantz and Others at the Hohenzollern Museum," Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society 24 (1998): 107-45.

  • DCM 0001 (Fife Fragment)
  • DCM 0010 (Gold Flute)
  • DCM 0011 (Glass Flute)
  • DCM 0079 (Transverse Flute)
  • DCM 0916 (Quantz Flute)

    Five Flutes | Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection