Posts tagged “flutist/flautist”

February 18, 2009

Rampal on flutist/flautist

Jennifer Cluff posted this video on her excellent blog today: I think Ms. Cluff’s commentary is right on the mark. But I’ll admit the thing that jumped out to me was the brief conversation between Jean-Pierre Rampal and Dick Cavett, at about 5:10. Rampal takes a stand on the flutist/flautist thing, which is a big ...

December 23, 2008

Speaking the language of woodwinds

There are some terms I sometimes hear woodwind players use that make me think that they don’t know what they’re talking about. I could be wrong. But that’s the impression I get. I think as woodwind doublers, when talking to players of single instruments, we sometimes give the same impression that obnoxious foreign tourists give—that ...

July 11, 2008


“Flautist” is a pet peeve of mine. I just encountered it again in a message board thread. These are worth a read: Am I a Flutist, or a Flautist? Is it Flutist or Flautist? To summarize: there doesn’t seem to be any good reason for English-speaking people to say “flautist.”
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