James Galway
Preface by Yehudi Menuhin

Sir James Galway covers all aspects of the flute from its early beginnings through to the modern flute, playing and practising, lessons and developing technique, and playing as a soloist, in chamber ensembles and in orchestras.






Who better to write an authoritative yet fascinating introduction to flute playing than James Galway whose glittering career extends from principal flute in the Berlin Philharmonic to the top of the international pop music charts? His unique advice and experience is brought to bear on the problems and techniques of learning, practicing and playing – in solo, ensemble, at home, in concert and in the recording studio.



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About the Author

Sir James Galway has played with Sadler’s Wells Opera, Covent Garden Opera, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Herbert von Karajan where he was the principal flute.

In addition to his performances of the standard classical repertoire, he is equally at home with contemporary and popular music. He still performs regularly and is one of the world’s best-known flute players. His recordings have sold over 30 million copies.


Preface by Yehudi Menuhin
Part One – The Flute
1. The Beginnings
2. The Recorder
3. Development of the Flute
4. The Modern Flute
5. My Work on Flutes (by Albert Cooper)
6. Maintaining a Flute
Part Two -Playing, Practising and Developing Technique
7. Physical Aspects
8. The First Notes
9. Tone
10. Practising
11. Articulation
12. Pitch
13. Studies
Part Three – Lessons
14. Playing Bach
15. Playing Baroque Music
16. Some Major Solos
17. Listening to Records
Part Four – On being a Flute Player
18. The Orchestra
19. Chamber Music
20. Playing in a Studio
21. Soloists
22. The Flute Today and Tomorrow
Discography and Repertoire


This is not just another flute book – it is A GEM THAT INSPIRES JOY & EXCELLENCE IN FLUTE PLAYING

This is one of the best well-rounded books about the flute I have ever read!