August 2007 Convention
Albuquerque, NM

Why Good Often Beats Best. Or, if they were so clever, why weren’t they rich?

Robert Bigio gave a very informative and delightfully witty presentation on flute makers in London during the second half of the 19th century. Bigio is the editor of Pan, the British Flute Society’s journal, and the editor of a book of primary sources from the period. He discussed the introduction of the Böhm flute in England, and of the various rival (and quite ingenious) fingering systems that flourished there in the second half of the 19th century. His analysis of the relative merits of the various systems and possible reasons for their eventual demise was very clear, and his lecture was enhanced with a very good selection of prints and pictures of flutes from the period.

—John Bailey