The Life and the Times of: The Flute

The Life and the Times of: The Flute

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Details

Location

Belfast

Year

1992

Date

July 1992

Length

11min 03sec

Audio

sound

Format

Betacam

colour

Source

Digitised as part of the UTV Archive Partnership Project (ITV, Northern Ireland Screen and PRONI)

Courtesy

Belfast Film Workshop, Department for Communities, ITV, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

Rights Holder

Belfast Film Workshop, ITV

It is illegal to download, copy, print or otherwise utilise in any other form this material, without written consent from the copyright holder.

Description

This episode explores the people who make, play and listen to the flute in Belfast.

Arriving into the Irish musical tradition in the 19th century, the flute is a relatively recent import and not an instrument indigenous to Ireland. Sam Murray, a local flute maker, talks the viewer through the process of making the instrument and demonstrates the quality of the finished product. The importance of taking care of a wooden flute, is also highlighted, with monthly oiling recommended.

The scale of the flute is explained by musician Clodagh McCrory, who states that most of the tunes that are played on the instrument, are played in D and G. When learning to play, many choose first to begin on a tin whistle, as it has similar finger placement requirements. 

 

Credits

A Belfast Film Workshop Production.

Produced in association with UTV, Arts Council Northern Ireland and Community Relations Council.

 

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