The Traverso — on the History of the Instrument


As addition to the translation of Johann Joachim Quantz’ «Versuch einer Anleitung, die Flöte traversiere zu spielen» made by E. Dryazzhina this essay comprehends a short history about the transverse flute types of the baroque and classical period, its beginnings, its design and the development throughout the 18th century Europe. A special emphasis is placed on the traversos built by Johann Joachim Quantz, flute maker and flute teacher of Frederick the Great.