Eighteenth Century Woodwind Vibrato

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    “In the treatises of Hotteterre (1707) and of Quantz (1752) a finger vibrato is recommended. Hotteterre explains in detail how to produce the finger vibrato on flute and oboe, which he calls flattement. Finger vibrato is produced by moving the fingers up and down over the holes at a distance from the last hole covered for any particular note. Quantz also recommends the finger vibrato, but makes only very brief mention of it. It is recommended exclusively by Tromlitz as late as 1791…”

    From “Woodwind Vibrato from the Eighteenth Century to the Present”. Performance Practice Review,8(1),67-72.

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