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Madison's Crystal Flute

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Madison's Crystal Flute

Madison's Crystal Flute

Madison's Crystal Flute

Only Available in Archive Formats.

Host Melissa Block talks with Rob Turner, instructor of Baroque flute and recorder at the University of Virginia. He describes and plays a crystal flute owned by President James Madison. The flute was made in 1813 by French clock-maker turned flute-maker Claude Laurent. His design determined the way the keys are configured on most modern-day woodwinds. For more info on the flute maker, click here.

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