It all started when…
I was student of Trevor Wye. One day he introduced us to a lesser known member of the flute family, the flute d’amour. This flute, considered the mezzo voice of the family, falls between the regular flute and the alto flute. I was instantly intrigued by the softer, mellower sound that it produced.
It wasn’t until I began focusing on historically informed performance practice that I came across music for the flute d’amour. Composers in the 18th century, like Telemann, Graupner, Molter, and Roman, wrote for this unique instrument. Wanting to dig a little deeper and find out more about this instrument and the music written for it, I decided that I needed to play this music on a Flute d’amour. So, I wrote to the German flute maker, Martin Wenner and asked he if had ever made a copy of a flute d’amour. Luckily for me, Martin has made copies of a flute d’amour by F. Haupt, which dates from around 1750. In the fall of 2018, I commissioned Martin Wenner to make me a flute d’amour and I have been patiently waiting ever since.
While I have been patiently waiting for the completion of my flute d’amour, I have commissioned Chicago based composer, Eric Malmquist, to write a suite for flute d’amour and harpsichord, due to be completed Nov. 2018!