August 2009 Convention
New York, NY

Early American Flute: Songs and Dances

Barbara Hopkins and Judy Handler

Barbara Hopkins and Judy Handler

I attended the first half of Barbara Hopkin’s Early-American flute presentation (had to miss the second half for another session). Hopkins is a cousin of early Connecticut flute maker Asa Hopkins and has devoted considerable research to his flute making and home in Litchfield. She performed on three Asa Hopkins flutes and explained to the capacity crowd the significance of each instrument as well as the life and work of the maker. Excellent guitarist Judy Handler makes up the other half of the Rosewood Chamber Ensemble. Works, by European and American composers, were from the first half of the 19th century. Among the Americans was Edward Riley; the tune “West Point” was taken from his Flute Melodies.

—Wendell Dobbs