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Performing arts refers to forms of art in which artists use their voices, bodies or inanimate objects to convey artistic expression. It is different from visual arts, which is when artists use paint, canvas or various materials to create physical or static art objects. Performing arts include a range of disciplines which are performed in front of a live audience, inducing theatre, music, and dance.

Theatre, music, dance and object manipulation, and other kinds of performances are present in all human cultures. The history of music and dance date to pre-historic times whereas circus skills date to at least Ancient Egypt. Many performing arts are performed professionally. Performance can be in purpose built buildings, such as theatres and opera houses, on open air stages at festivals, on stages in tents such as circuses and on the street.

Live performances before an audience are a form of entertainment. The development of audio and video recording has allowed for private consumption of the performing arts.

The performing arts often aims to express one's emotions and feelings.

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Dude sweet music, superb costumes.

Dude sweet music, superb costumes.

Harry Montague's Comedy Company. Forms part of: Theatrical poster collection (Library of Congress)

Richard Shepherd Rockstro, 1826-1906, and Robert Sidney Pratten, 1824-1868

Richard Shepherd Rockstro, 1826-1906, and Robert Sidney Pratten, 1824-...

Inscription: Recto: on paper adhered to verso which extends 3/4 inch, or 2.2 cm., above top edge of carte: (in faded black ink) Rockstro as picc[olo] / Pratten as Flute; bottom edge of carte, l. l.: (in ink) Ro... More

Haerlem (Haarlem)

Haerlem (Haarlem)

Flemish (artist nationality) painter, engraver, etcher, and publisher (artist role) Recto: bottom center: (within image) HAERLEM. ; bottom center: (beneath image, but within plate, in German) 13. Nachdem sich H... More

Tubicines, Liticines, Lÿricines, Cornicines, qui praecedebant Victimam et Hecatoniben (Trumpeteers, cornetists, lyre players, horn players, who precede the victims and sacrifice...)

Tubicines, Liticines, Lÿricines, Cornicines, qui praecedebant Victimam...

Unknown (artist nationality) Recto: top center: (in Latin) Tubicines, Liticines, Lÿricines, Cornicines, qui praecede- / bant Victimam et Hecatoniben. / Sacra enim sua nunquam / celebrabant antiqui sine musicis ... More

Richard Low

Richard Low

after a painting possibly by John Hayls, portraitist, 1600?-1679; published by John Smith, painter, draughtsman, and engraver, 1652-1743 (artist notes) British (artist nationality) draughtsman and engraver (art... More

The  Flute Player

The Flute Player

after a painting by Otto Vorsterman, painter, 17th century (artist notes) Flemish (artist nationality) draughtsman and engraver (artist role) Vorsterman, Otto, 17th century (original artist) Recto: u. l.: (engr... More

Drei Flötenspieler (Three Flute Players)

Drei Flötenspieler (Three Flute Players)

Flemish (artist nationality) painter and draughtsman (artist role) Recto: u. r.: (within etching, script monogram) A. P. ; verso: u. l.: (in pencil) Oppermann / Feb. 16, 1929 / 50 fcs = $10.00 ; l. l.: (in penc... More

A  Company Making Music

A Company Making Music

Dutch (artist nationality) draughtsman, engraver, print publisher and painter (artist role) Recto: bottom center: (within image) Crispin de Pass inuent . excudit . ; bottom: (beneath image, in Latin) Concentu v... More

De  Oude Koekvrijer (The Old Cake Suitor)

De Oude Koekvrijer (The Old Cake Suitor)

after Jan Steen, genre painter, 1626-1679 (artist notes) Flemish (artist nationality) draughtsman and engraver (artist role) Steen, Jan, 1626-1679 (original artist) Recto: l. l.: (just beneath image) J. Steen p... More

Le  Concert d'une Faune (The Faun's Concert)

Le Concert d'une Faune (The Faun's Concert)

after a drawing by Carlo Cignani, painter, 1628-1719 (artist notes) Italian (artist nationality) painter and engraver (artist role) Cignani, Carlo, 1628-1719 (original artist) Verso: u. l.: (in pencil) Mi B U [... More

DCM 1360: Rudolf Otto Soprano Recorder in C

DCM 1360: Rudolf Otto Soprano Recorder in C

Instrument type: Soprano Recorder in C Medium: Pear, nickel silver ferrule.; 29.85 cm. Key Holes System: 1/7 holes. Mark Maximum: RUDOLF OTTO'S / CHORFLÖTE Mark Additional: Mark on head. Provenance: A. V. Ebbl... More

DCM 0420: Anonymous Walking Stick Flute in C

DCM 0420: Anonymous Walking Stick Flute in C

The pommel affixes to the head joint with machine threads. The instrument has an added left thumbhole awkwardly placed too near the B-flat key lever and upper C key tonehole. This appears to be an addition, pos... More

DCM 0820: William Bainbridge Flute Flageolet

DCM 0820: William Bainbridge Flute Flageolet

Lower, foot, marked: BAINBRIDGE. Instrument type: Flute Flageolet Medium: Boxwood, ivory end cap, mouthpiece, labium, and ferrules. Silver keys.; 61.5 cm. Key Holes System: 4 keys, square (chamfered). Pin in b... More

DCM 1464: Anonymous Fango-Fango (Nose Flute)

DCM 1464: Anonymous Fango-Fango (Nose Flute)

Instrument type: Fango-Fango (Nose Flute) Medium: Bamboo.; 54.5 cm. Key Holes System: 1/5 holes, one of which is treated as an embouchure hole at either end. Mark Maximum: No mark. Provenance: Source not known.

DCM 1455: Anonymous Whistle Flute (Transverse)

DCM 1455: Anonymous Whistle Flute (Transverse)

Instrument type: Whistle Flute (Transverse) Medium: Unidentified hard wood, brass ferrule, glass beads and steel-plate.; 35.5. cm. Key Holes System: 0/6 holes. Mark Maximum: No mark. Provenance: Source not known.

DCM 0718: Anonymous Flute in C

DCM 0718: Anonymous Flute in C

This instrument has some interesting, apparently maker, mistakes. Opposite the embouchure hole, the inner wall has a slight hole, possibly an accident from the original pilot drill. The foot joint reveals probl... More

DCM 0515: Henry Wylde Piccolo in C

DCM 0515: Henry Wylde Piccolo in C

Instrument type: Piccolo in C Medium: Cocus, silver lip plate, keys, and ferrules, metal-lined head joint.; 29.3 cm. Key Holes System: 6 keys, saltspoon, pin in block. Mark Maximum: WYLDE / FROM / RUDALL & ROS... More

DCM 0534: Anonymous, North American Indian (Winnebago) Courting Flute (Vertical Whistle Flute)

DCM 0534: Anonymous, North American Indian (Winnebago) Courting Flute ...

DCM ledger: "Winnebago" Instrument type: Courting Flute (Vertical Whistle Flute) Medium: Cedar, stained medium brown, and showing traces of yellow. All or some of mouthpipe/flue cover had been painted yellow.; ... More

DCM 0872: Anonymous Flute in C

DCM 0872: Anonymous Flute in C

Instrument type: Flute in C Medium: Ebony(?), wood cap and cork-setting mechanism, mother-of-pearl bushing at embouchure, end of cap, bushings for 6 principal fingerholes, and at silver ferrules. Silver keys, m... More

DCM 1160: Clinton & Co. Flute in C

DCM 1160: Clinton & Co. Flute in C

Instrument type: Flute in C Medium: Silver-plated brass.; 65.1 cm. Key Holes System: 8 keys, conical bore, simple system. Like standard metal clarinets, the toneholes have raised chimneys. The six fingerholes ... More

DCM 0206: Walter Crosby Flute in C

DCM 0206: Walter Crosby Flute in C

Instrument type: Flute in C Medium: Cocus, silver keys and ferrules, metal-lined head.; 67 cm. Key Holes System: 8 keys, saltspoon, pewter plugs over rectangular metal plates for C#, C. Pin in block. Mark Maxi... More

DCM 0783: Anonymous French Flageolet

DCM 0783: Anonymous French Flageolet

Instrument type: French Flageolet Medium: Ebony, with (originally) ivory mouthpiece and ferrules.; 35.3 cm. Key Holes System: 2/4 holes. Mark Maximum: No mark. Condition: Mouthpiece cracked and unsatisfactoril... More

DCM 1417: Adolf Hüttl Flute in C

DCM 1417: Adolf Hüttl Flute in C

Instrument type: Flute in C Medium: Cocus(?), ivory and cocus cap, ivory head, silver-plated keys and ferrules.; 69.8 cm. Key Holes System: 9 keys, foot to B. Modern style key cups implies it is from a time wh... More

DCM 0863: Anonymous, Central American Indian Flute (Fragment)

DCM 0863: Anonymous, Central American Indian Flute (Fragment)

DCM ledger: "Totonac Indian...from Vera Cruz." Instrument type: Flute (Fragment) Medium: Terracotta.; 7.65 cm. Key Holes System: Blow hole only remaining part of instrument. Mark Maximum: No mark. Condition: E... More

DCM 1640: Anonymous Swab Rod

DCM 1640: Anonymous Swab Rod

Instrument type: Swab Rod Medium: Rosewood(?), threaded silver coupler.; 41.6 cm. Mark Maximum: No mark. Provenance: Source not known.

DCM 0889: Anonymous, South American Indian Vertical Whistle Flute

DCM 0889: Anonymous, South American Indian Vertical Whistle Flute

DCM ledger: "Aymaras, La Paz, Bolivia." Top is rudimentary fipple and block. Foot, natural septum, punctured. Instrument type: Vertical Whistle Flute Medium: Bamboo.; 47.2 cm. Key Holes System: 0/5 holes. Elli... More

DCM 1362: Anonymous Panpipe Toy

DCM 1362: Anonymous Panpipe Toy

Instrument type: Panpipe Toy Medium: White celluloid with orange, black, and white images of Mickey, Minnie, and other Walt Disney characters.; 3.7 x 6.8 x 10.4 cm. Key Holes System: 8 fipple pipes, 8 note sca... More

DCM 1537: Firth, Son & Co. Flute in C

DCM 1537: Firth, Son & Co. Flute in C

The end cap is wooden covered with nickel silver, probably from the late 19th century, from a German or East European-made flute (Meyer, etc.). Instrument type: Flute in C Medium: Cocus(?), nickel silver cap co... More

DCM 1566: Theodore Berteling Clarinet in B-flat

DCM 1566: Theodore Berteling Clarinet in B-flat

Instrument type: Clarinet in B-flat Medium: Cocus, nickel silver keys and ferrules.; 60.5 cm. (as is) Key Holes System: 13 keys, modern style key cups plus 2 rings for B-F# resonance hole. Mark Maximum: BERTEL... More

DCM 1502: Anonymous, possibly French Flute in C

DCM 1502: Anonymous, possibly French Flute in C

Instrument type: Flute in C Medium: Cocus, nickel silver keys and ferrules.; 59.7 cm. Key Holes System: 4 keys, modern style key cups, post and rod. Mark Maximum: No mark. Condition: Head joint, both sections,... More

DCM 0652: Theobald Boehm Flute in C

DCM 0652: Theobald Boehm Flute in C

Embouchure barrel slightly concave for lower lip. DCM ledger cites Boehm Record Book: "No. 1. 1847. September 15. Eine Flote von Messing und vergoldet, mit Ring Klapper von Neusilber." Presented to Briccialdi. ... More

DCM 0966: Joseph Dupre Flute in C

DCM 0966: Joseph Dupre Flute in C

Instrument type: Flute in C Medium: Ebony, ebony cap with ivory disk inlay, brass liner in head joint. Silver keys, ivory ferrules.; 62.35 cm. Key Holes System: 5 keys, modern style key cups, post and rod on c... More

DCM 0533: Anonymous, North American Indian Courting Flute (Vertical Whistle Flute)

DCM 0533: Anonymous, North American Indian Courting Flute (Vertical Wh...

The wooden flue cover is carved in the form of a horse's head. DCM attributes to Iroquois, Betty Austin Hensley attributes to Cheyenne or Winnebago. Instrument type: Courting Flute (Vertical Whistle Flute) Medi... More

DCM 1073: Milhouse Flute in C

DCM 1073: Milhouse Flute in C

Instrument type: Flute in C Medium: Ivory, silver key.; 60.3 cm. Key Holes System: 1 key, square flap, pin in block. Mark Maximum: MILHOUSE / NEWARK Mark Additional: Mark on foot. Mark on head, upper and lower... More

DCM 0845: Anonymous, North American Indian (Potawatomi) Courting Flute (Vertical Whistle Flute)

DCM 0845: Anonymous, North American Indian (Potawatomi) Courting Flute...

DCM ledger: "American Indian, Potawatomi." Instrument type: Courting Flute (Vertical Whistle Flute) Medium: Tube apparently made of a segment of gun barrel, quite old, having a hammer weld seam. Stained wood fl... More

DCM 1538: Anonymous Flute in C

DCM 1538: Anonymous Flute in C

Instrument type: Flute in C Medium: Cocus, nickel silver keys and ferrules.; 59.7 cm. (without cap) Key Holes System: 6 keys, modern style key cups. Mark Maximum: No mark. Condition: Head cracked through embou... More

DCM 0505: Martin frères Flute in C

DCM 0505: Martin frères Flute in C

Instrument type: Flute in C Medium: Rosewood, silver keys and ferrules.; 67.2 cm. Key Holes System: Boehm 1832 system, conical. 2 key cups are each equipped with opposing adjustment screws. Dorus G#. Roller C#... More

DCM 0398: Rudall & Rose Flute in C

DCM 0398: Rudall & Rose Flute in C

Primitive workmanship for G# conversion. Body evidently shortened. Tuning slide in head joint besides usual pin and socket. DCM ledger: "Keys of early (Boehm type), with cups screwed to shanks. Fingers with adj... More

DCM 1412: William Hall & Son Flute in C

DCM 1412: William Hall & Son Flute in C

Instrument type: Flute in C Medium: Boxwood, brass key.; 61.3 cm. (head joint cap a replacement) Key Holes System: 1 key, square flap. Mark Maximum: WILLIAM HALL & SON / 239 BROADWAY / N-YORK Mark Additional: ... More

DCM 1394: Anonymous Whistle

DCM 1394: Anonymous Whistle

Instrument type: Whistle Medium: White china, glazed.; 7.2 cm. Mark Maximum: No mark. Provenance: N. E. Carter, Elkhorn, Wisconsin, 16 Nov. 1939.

DCM 1639: Anonymous Flute Swab

DCM 1639: Anonymous Flute Swab

Instrument type: Flute Swab Medium: Oak shaft, heavily varnished, with thread windings and black yarn swab head.; 68.3 cm. Mark Maximum: No mark. Provenance: Source not known.

DCM 0513: Garrett Flute in C

DCM 0513: Garrett Flute in C

Keys elegantly hallmarked and stamped: WK. Instrument type: Flute in C Medium: Rosewood, silver cap, keys, ferrules, head joint slide lining.; 66.6 cm. Key Holes System: 8 keys, saltspoon, pewter plugs over sq... More

DCM 1104: Bellissent Flute in C

DCM 1104: Bellissent Flute in C

Instrument type: Flute in C Medium: Cocus, silver keys, ferrules, guide saddles for C, long F keys. Metal-lined sockets.; 61.2 cm., 62.4 cm. Key Holes System: 6 keys, round flaps. Post and rod on crescent-shap... More

DCM 1612: William Sherman Haynes Flute in C

DCM 1612: William Sherman Haynes Flute in C

Correspondence from Paul de Jong, 21 Jan. 1999, of the Otto Luening Trust, "Played by him [Otto Lueing] on countless occasions...used in the first experiments in electronic music, and they were Mr. Luening's fa... More

DCM 0695: Ivan O. Hawk "Strap" Fife

DCM 0695: Ivan O. Hawk "Strap" Fife

Instrument type: "Strap" Fife Medium: Bakelite.; 44.95 cm. Key Holes System: See DCM 694. Leather strap, in place of keys, when pressed by a finger, determines the length of the resonating tube. Mark Maximum: ... More

DCM 1512: Anonymous, Chinese Di (Transverse Flute)

DCM 1512: Anonymous, Chinese Di (Transverse Flute)

Instrument type: Di (Transverse Flute) Medium: Bamboo, lacquered black, bone ferrules, and with green, white, and pink design.; 59.4 cm. Key Holes System: 0/6 holes, plus membrane hole, 2 tassel holes, plus 2 ... More

DCM 1072: Anonymous Notched Flute

DCM 1072: Anonymous Notched Flute

DCM ledger: "Africa." Instrument type: Notched Flute Medium: Bamboo, decorated at bottom with cloth binding under a beaded fabric garnish.; 58.6 cm. Key Holes System: 0/4 holes, relatively evenly spaced. Mark ... More

DCM 1668: Two's Company Music Vertical Whistle Flute

DCM 1668: Two's Company Music Vertical Whistle Flute

Accompanied by instructions and finger chart. Instrument type: Vertical Whistle Flute Medium: Painted aluminum tube with plastic fipple mouthpiece.; 29.7 cm. Key Holes System: 0/6 holes. Mark Maximum: Pocket /... More

DCM 1131: Hawes Flute in C

DCM 1131: Hawes Flute in C

Instrument type: Flute in C Medium: Ivory, silver keys and ferrules, metal-lined head.; 66.8 cm. Key Holes System: 8 keys, saltspoon, pin in block. Mark Maximum: HAWES / LONDON Mark Additional: Mark on head, b... More

DCM 0661: Milos N. Ignjatovic(?) Dvojnice (Double Vertical Whistle Flute)

DCM 0661: Milos N. Ignjatovic(?) Dvojnice (Double Vertical Whistle Flu...

Instrument type: Dvojnice (Double Vertical Whistle Flute) Medium: Unidentified hard wood.; 28.35 cm. Key Holes System: Left tube: 0/4 holes. Right tube: 0/3 holes. Mark Maximum: Miloš N. Ignjatovic Mark Additi... More

DCM 0642: Rudall Rose Carte & Co. Flute in C

DCM 0642: Rudall Rose Carte & Co. Flute in C

DCM: "Stud has been cut off; and opening in cap has been closed with disk of g.s. [German silver]." Instrument type: Flute in C Medium: Cocus, silver cap, keys, ferrules. Metal-lined sockets and tenon.; 66 cm.... More

DCM 0347: Louis Drouet Flute in C

DCM 0347: Louis Drouet Flute in C

Instrument type: Flute in C Medium: Ebony, silver keys, ivory ferrules, brass-lined head.; 67.1 cm. Key Holes System: 6 keys, foot to low C, saltspoon, pin in block. Foot joint includes typical Drouet C#, C ke... More

DCM 1634: Moritz-Max Mönnig Flute in C

DCM 1634: Moritz-Max Mönnig Flute in C

Instrument type: Flute in C Medium: Grenadilla, nickel silver keys, tenons, and lined sockets (with inner tube).; 67.5 cm. Key Holes System: Boehm system, with Schleiff key, and patent B-flat/C trill key. Mark... More

DCM 1576: Anonymous Nay (End-Blown Flute)

DCM 1576: Anonymous Nay (End-Blown Flute)

Instrument type: Nay (End-Blown Flute) Medium: Cane.; 61.5 cm. Key Holes System: 1/6 holes, burned in. Mark Maximum: No mark. Provenance: M. El Mahdi, Tunisia, 27 Nov. 1959.

DCM 1419: George Nicholas Munger Flute in C

DCM 1419: George Nicholas Munger Flute in C

Barrel has turned beads closely spaced, full length, similar to Scottish bagpipe décor. Instrument type: Flute in C Medium: Cocus, ivory head joint and cap, cocus barrel, nickel silver keys and ferrules.; 61.1... More

DCM 0045: Edward Riley, senior English Double Flageolet

DCM 0045: Edward Riley, senior English Double Flageolet

Marked adjacent to the windway cut-off key lever are the words "stop key", apparently added by former owner. Also the right thumb key has crudely scratched "B" on the key flap. The stock has an unfinished key m... More

DCM 0800: Jean Jacques Rippert Bass Recorder

DCM 0800: Jean Jacques Rippert Bass Recorder

Bottom of lowest (foot) joint perforated with 12 vent holes. Originally with strut. Instrument type: Bass Recorder Medium: Wood, stained, possibly maple, brass crook, wood mouthpiece, ivory ferrules.; 112.9 cm... More

DCM 0547: Anonymous Whistle

DCM 0547: Anonymous Whistle

According to Betty Austin Hensley, whistle has no flue, must insert top of head in mouth to blow. Instrument type: Whistle Medium: Terracotta, in form of seated monkey.; 4.6 cm. (height) Key Holes System: 3 ho... More

DCM 0232: Abelardo Albisi Albisiphon in C (See Notes.)

DCM 0232: Abelardo Albisi Albisiphon in C (See Notes.)

According to letter from Meriggioli to DCM dated 13 Nov. 1937, this "Baritone (Bass) Flute in C is the first buil[t] by Mr. Albisi...and was used in the score of his opera 'La Parisina.'" This instrument has a ... More

DCM 1568: John Cramer Clarinet in B-flat or A

DCM 1568: John Cramer Clarinet in B-flat or A

Instrument type: Clarinet in B-flat or A Medium: Boxwood, brass keys, ivory ferrules.; 49.7 cm. (as is). Key Holes System: 8 keys, square flaps, pin in block. Mark Maximum: CRAMER / LONDON / (unicorn head) Mar... More

DCM 0991: John Parker English Flageolet

DCM 0991: John Parker English Flageolet

Holes lettered. Instrument type: English Flageolet Medium: Boxwood, ivory beak and fingerstuds, brass key.; 34.3 cm. Key Holes System: 1/7 holes. Upper front hole bushed with ivory for half-hole vent. Mark Max... More

DCM 1280: William Sherman Haynes Piccolo in C

DCM 1280: William Sherman Haynes Piccolo in C

DCM ledger: "Made especially for this Collection." Instrument type: Piccolo in C Medium: Silver.; 31.4 cm. Key Holes System: Boehm system, closed G#. Mark Maximum: WM. S. HAYNES CO. / BOSTON, MASS. / 14276 Mar... More

DCM 0226: Jean Baptiste Tabard Flute in C

DCM 0226: Jean Baptiste Tabard Flute in C

Instrument type: Flute in C Medium: Ebony(?), decorative silver keys, ivory ferrules.; 61.6 cm. Key Holes System: 4 keys, square flat flaps, post and rod. With a well-designed post and rod mechanism mounted on... More

DCM 0610: Anonymous Piccolo in unidentified key (See Notes.)

DCM 0610: Anonymous Piccolo in unidentified key (See Notes.)

Pitched approximately an octave above normal C piccolo. This instrument is obviously the work of an amateur builder in an attempt to produce a flute approximately an octave above the standard C (D-flat?) piccol... More

DCM 1180: Thibouville père & fils Flute in C

DCM 1180: Thibouville père & fils Flute in C

Note taped to head: "This flute became mine...the year 1834...It was an old flute then." Note signed Geo. B. Lincoln. Instrument type: Flute in C Medium: Boxwood, silver key, ivory ferrules.; 54.95 cm. Key Hol... More

DCM 0092: Boehm & Mendler Flute in C

DCM 0092: Boehm & Mendler Flute in C

Instrument type: Flute in C Medium: Silver, gold embouchure plate.; 67.3 cm. Key Holes System: Boehm system, open G#, octave (Schleif) key. Mark Maximum: Th. Boehm & Mendler / in / München. Mark Additional: Ma... More

DCM 1259: Anonymous Sopranino Recorder in F Stolen

DCM 1259: Anonymous Sopranino Recorder in F Stolen

Two flutes were stolen from the Library of Congress a number of years ago and are likely in Europe. They are DCM 0329 and DCM 1259. This is a photograph of DCM 1259. The digital image shown here was taken from ... More

DCM 0684: Johann Baptist Merklein Czakan (Walking Stick Flageolet)

DCM 0684: Johann Baptist Merklein Czakan (Walking Stick Flageolet)

Keys are recessed into body except for G# which has a raised wooden block glued and morticed into position and possibly original in that form. Instrument type: Czakan (Walking Stick Flageolet) Medium: Boxwood, ... More

DCM 0571: P. G. Milnes Flute in C

DCM 0571: P. G. Milnes Flute in C

Instrument type: Flute in C Medium: Cocus, silver keys and ferrules.; 64.8 cm. Key Holes System: 8 keys, saltspoon, with pewter plugs over round plates for C#, C. Mark Maximum: P.G. MILNES / IPSWICH Mark Addit... More

DCM 0021: Rudall Carte & Co. Flute Head Joint

DCM 0021: Rudall Carte & Co. Flute Head Joint

Instrument type: Flute Head Joint Medium: 18 karat gold; 21.45 cm. Mark Maximum: No mark. Case: Case (23.7 cm.), lined with green satin, covered with brown morocco. Provenance: William R. Gibbs, Boston, 11 Jan. 1908.

DCM 0237: Anonymous, North American Indian Whistle

DCM 0237: Anonymous, North American Indian Whistle

Instrument type: Whistle Medium: Bone, rattan winding, thong.; 16.4 cm. Mark Maximum: No mark. Provenance: George R. Moore, Jamesville, Wisconsin, 20 Feb. 1922.

DCM 0510: Theodore Berterling Flute in C

DCM 0510: Theodore Berterling Flute in C

With wood crutch. The head joint barrel section contains the tuning slide inner leg tube and is attached to the upper section with machine threads, the male threads of which are actually cut into the wood of th... More

DCM 1132: Marius Henry Colonieu Flute in C

DCM 1132: Marius Henry Colonieu Flute in C

Instrument type: Flute in C Medium: Cocus, nickel silver keys and ferrules, metal-lined head.; 67.1 cm. Key Holes System: Cylindrical Boehm system for the left hand, old system for the right hand including bot... More

DCM 0796: Anonymous, Japanese Shinobue or Takebue (Tranvsverse Flute)

DCM 0796: Anonymous, Japanese Shinobue or Takebue (Tranvsverse Flute)

Instrument type: Shinobue or Takebue (Tranvsverse Flute) Medium: Bamboo, lacquered red inside, horn cap inset with bone, horn end ferrule.; 41.9 cm. Key Holes System: 0/6 holes. Mark Maximum: No mark. Conditio... More

DCM 0791: Anonymous, North American Indian (Mandan) Courting Flute (Vertical Whistle Flute)

DCM 0791: Anonymous, North American Indian (Mandan) Courting Flute (Ve...

DCM ledger: "Mandan." The brass mouthpipe appears to have been a shell casing. Instrument type: Courting Flute (Vertical Whistle Flute) Medium: Unidentified soft wood, entirely covered with a length of animal i... More

DCM 1556: Chabrier de Peloubet Flute in C

DCM 1556: Chabrier de Peloubet Flute in C

Instrument type: Flute in C Medium: Cocus(?), or rosewood(?), with metal-lined ivory head. Silver keys and ferrules. Neither attribution, cocus or rosewood, may be correct. See "Conventions and Definitions," no... More

DCM 0411: Anonymous Flute in C

DCM 0411: Anonymous Flute in C

The ivory block element has been broken away on both sides of the key and has been replaced with 2 decorative silver plates, each applied with 2 silver pins or tacks, and each terminating at its extremity with ... More

DCM 0971: Stengel Flute in C

DCM 0971: Stengel Flute in C

Instrument type: Flute in C Medium: Boxwood, ivory cap and ferrules, brass keys.; 61.6 cm. Key Holes System: 6 keys, round flat flaps, pin in brass-lined blocks. Mark Maximum: (crown) / .STENGEL. /.BAIREUTH. /... More

DCM 1179: Arnold Dolmetsch Treble (Alto) Recorder in F

DCM 1179: Arnold Dolmetsch Treble (Alto) Recorder in F

Instrument type: Treble (Alto) Recorder in F Medium: Cocus, ivory ferrules and beak.; 50.4 cm. Key Holes System: 1/7 holes, double holes 6 and 7. Mark Maximum: DOLMETSCH (cross) (circle shape) / 316 (in circle... More

DCM 0548: Anonymous, North American Indian (Pueblo) Courting Flute (Vertical Whistle Flute)

DCM 0548: Anonymous, North American Indian (Pueblo) Courting Flute (Ve...

DCM ledger: "Pueblo Indian." Instrument type: Courting Flute (Vertical Whistle Flute) Medium: Unidentified soft wood, stained yellow, now darkened.; 38.8 cm. Key Holes System: 0/4 holes. Mark Maximum: No mark... More

DCM 0898: Anonymous, North American Indian (Ute) Courting Flute (Vertical Whistle Flute)

DCM 0898: Anonymous, North American Indian (Ute) Courting Flute (Verti...

DCM ledger: "American Indian, Ute." Tube, with integral mouthpipe. One of the rawhide wrappings also secures the flue cover. Instrument type: Courting Flute (Vertical Whistle Flute) Medium: Unidentified hard wo... More

DCM 0422: Anonymous Flute in C

DCM 0422: Anonymous Flute in C

Has 3 corps de rechange, although it may have had more. Upper end of head joint has a threaded tenon, possibly not original, to receive a now missing end cap, likely ivory, applied that way. The present end cap... More

DCM 1445: Anonymous Dvoynice

DCM 1445: Anonymous Dvoynice

Instrument type: Dvoynice Medium: Unidentified hard wood with low relief carving, geometric forms, stained light brown with finish.; 31.75 cm. Key Holes System: Right pipe: 0/4 holes; left: 0/3 holes. Relative... More

DCM 1239: Wigley & McGregor Bass Flute in C

DCM 1239: Wigley & McGregor Bass Flute in C

Mark on foot: 2 / (Royal arms) / WIGLEY & McGREGOR / PATENTEES / 151 STRAND / LONDON Instrument type: Bass Flute in C Medium: Boxwood, ivory cap and ferrules, brass keys and U-bend pipe.; 89.1 cm. Key Holes Sy... More

DCM 0614: Leroux Flute in C

DCM 0614: Leroux Flute in C

Instrument type: Flute in C Medium: Boxwood, brass key, black horn ferrules.; 61.75 cm. Key Holes System: 1 key, round flat flap, pin in block. Mark Maximum: (5-pointed star) / LEROUX / (5-pointed star) Mark A... More

DCM 1185: D'Almaine & Co. Flute in E-flat

DCM 1185: D'Almaine & Co. Flute in E-flat

Instrument type: Flute in E-flat Medium: Boxwood, brass keys, ivory ferrules.; 49.6 cm. Key Holes System: 4 keys, square flat flaps. Pin in block. Mark Maximum: (crown between garlands) / D'ALMAINE & Cº / LATE... More

DCM 1214: Thomas Stanesby Recorder in High D (Sixth Flute)

DCM 1214: Thomas Stanesby Recorder in High D (Sixth Flute)

Instrument type: Recorder in High D (Sixth Flute) Medium: Ivory.; 30.3 cm. Key Holes System: 1/7 holes. Mark Maximum: T / STANESBY / (sunburst) Mark Additional: Mark on all sections. Foot also with: 6. Conditi... More

DCM 0043: Rudall Rose Carte & Co. Flute in C

DCM 0043: Rudall Rose Carte & Co. Flute in C

Instrument type: Flute in C Medium: Silver, metal/wood/metal embouchure barrel.; 65.2 cm. Key Holes System: Carte's 1851 patent, post and rod. Mark Maximum: COUNCIL & PRIZE MEDALS. / Rudall, Rose, Carte & Co. ... More

DCM 1416: Fred Gretsch Mfg. Co. Ocarina

DCM 1416: Fred Gretsch Mfg. Co. Ocarina

Instrument type: Ocarina Medium: Plastic, coral-colored.; 14 cm. Key Holes System: 0/7 holes. Mark Maximum: ALTO / OCARINA // C // MADE / IN / U.S.A. Mark Additional: Holes numbered. Provenance: Music store?, ... More

DCM 1653: Moon Flute in C (Part only)

DCM 1653: Moon Flute in C (Part only)

Instrument type: Flute in C (Part only) Medium: Rosewood(?).; 20.7 cm. (as is) Key Holes System: At least a 4-keyed instrument originally, pin in block. Mark Maximum: MOON / PLYMOUTH Condition: G# key mount bl... More

DCM 1410: Rudall & Rose Flute in A (A-flat?)

DCM 1410: Rudall & Rose Flute in A (A-flat?)

Although possibly a flute in A (flute d'amore?), this instrument may have been intended to be a so-called B-flat flute (actually in A-flat, high pitch) for flute band usage. Instrument type: Flute in A (A-flat?... More

DCM 1527: Anonymous, Chinese Xiao (Vertical Whistle Flute)

DCM 1527: Anonymous, Chinese Xiao (Vertical Whistle Flute)

Instrument type: Xiao (Vertical Whistle Flute) Medium: Bamboo, stained reddish brown, with lacquer, and incised decoration in red, green and white flowers. Bone mouthpiece and bottom ferrule. Red tassel.; 43.2... More

DCM 0988: Louis Lot Flute in C

DCM 0988: Louis Lot Flute in C

Instrument type: Flute in C Medium: Grenadilla, including cap and cork-setting mechanism. Silver keys, ferrules, socket liners, upper body joint upper tenon.; 60.8 cm. Key Holes System: 5 keys, post and rod, m... More

DCM 0463: Thomas Prowse Flute in C

DCM 0463: Thomas Prowse Flute in C

Instrument type: Flute in C Medium: Boxwood, stained dark brown, ivory end cap and ferrules, silver keys.; 59.75 cm. Key Holes System: 4 keys, square flat flaps, pin in block. Mark Maximum: T. Prowse. / Hanway... More

DCM 1428: Prosper Colas Flute in C

DCM 1428: Prosper Colas Flute in C

Instrument type: Flute in C Medium: Nickel silver.; 59.6 cm. Key Holes System: 6 keys, to low D, modern post and rod keywork attached to ribs. The six principal rank toneholes are also drilled through thick ri... More

DCM 1019: Anonymous Whistle

DCM 1019: Anonymous Whistle

See DCM 1017. Contains threaded hole, likely a handle from an unknown device, possibly a cane. Instrument type: Whistle Medium: Horn.; 9.6 cm. Mark Maximum: No mark. Provenance: N. E. Carter, Elkhorn, Wisconsi... More

DCM 1051: Claude Laurent Flute in C

DCM 1051: Claude Laurent Flute in C

Unlike Laurent's system of a cemented glass disk for the head joint cork, this instrument has, as received by DCM, a threaded cork tuning device with silver cap possibly from a period English instrument. The or... More

DCM 0394: Monzani Flute in C

DCM 0394: Monzani Flute in C

Silver ferrules are hallmarked. DCM ledger: "See No. 249. This flute seems a better 'match' with Nos. 250 & 251 to make the set of three. No. 249 much earlier." Instrument type: Flute in C Medium: Cocus, ivory ... More

DCM 1494: Raoul Fajardo Flute Head Joint

DCM 1494: Raoul Fajardo Flute Head Joint

Like DCM 1493, the head has a tapered pine wooden wedge or baffle but which is glued into a predetermined position. The head cap/cork unit does not utilize a rubber O-ring, but instead terminates with a piece o... More

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