What is a Contrabass Flute?


Sometimes referred to as the "gentle giant" of the flute family, the contrabass flute is one of the rarer members of the flute family. It is used mostly in flute ensembles. Its range is similar to that of the regular concert flute, except that it is pitched two octaves lower; the lowest performable note is two octaves below middle C (the lowest C on the cello). Contrabass flutes are only available from select flute makers.


Why does the AFC need a contrabasss flute?


The contrabass flute is being utilized more in the flute choir and most newer pieces include a part for the instrument.  Its sensitivity and lyricism can be used to great effect.  The instrument's "haunting"low register has similar qualities to the bassoon. 

What is a Contrabass Flute?


Sometimes referred to as the "gentle giant" of the flute family, the contrabass flute is one of the rarer members of the flute family. It is used mostly in flute ensembles. Its range is similar to that of the regular concert flute, except that it is pitched two octaves lower; the lowest performable note is two octaves below middle C (the lowest C on the cello). Contrabass flutes are only available from select flute makers.


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