Definitions for flageoletˌflædʒ əˈlɛt, -ˈleɪ
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flag•eo•letˌflædʒ əˈlɛt, -ˈleɪ(n.)
a small end-blown flute that has four finger holes in front and two in the rear.
Category: Music and Dance
Origin of flageolet:
1650–60; < F
a French bean variety with light-colored seeds; usually dried
flageolet, treble recorder, shepherd's pipe(noun)
a small fipple flute with four finger holes and two thumb holes
A type of small flute.
A type of kidney bean, common in France.
Origin: From flageolet.
a small wooden pipe, having six or more holes, and a mouthpiece inserted at one end. It produces a shrill sound, softer than of the piccolo flute, and is said to have superseded the old recorder
The flageolet is a woodwind musical instrument and a member of the fipple flute family. Its invention is ascribed to the 16th century Sieur Juvigny in 1581. There are two basic forms of the instrument: the French, having four finger holes on the front and two thumb holes on the back; and the English, having six finger holes on the front and sometimes a single thumb hole on the back. The latter was developed by English instrument maker William Bainbridge resulting in the "improved English flageolet" in 1803. There are also double and triple flageolets, having two or three bodies that allowed for a drone and countermelody. Flageolets were made until the 19th century when they were succeeded by the cheaper and more easily made tin whistle. Flageolets have varied greatly during the last 400 years. The first flageolets were called "French flageolets", and have four tone-holes on the front and two on the back. This instrument was played by Hector Berlioz, Frédéric Chalon, Samuel Pepys, and Robert Louis Stevenson. Henry Purcell and George Frideric Handel both wrote pieces for it. An early collection of manuscript 'Lessons for the Flajolet', dating from about 1676, is preserved in the British Library.
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