Influential factors in the application of flute vibrato

Mare, Minette (2008-03)

Thesis (MMus (Music))--University of Stellenbosch, 2008.


This thesis provides an overview of different aspects of the application of vibrato on the flute. Although it is a compilation of different viewpoints, it does not offer a conclusion as regards the ‘correct’ application of vibrato, due to the subjective nature of this phenomenon. The intention is that the reader will be able to reach his or her own conclusions and form new opinions regarding this subject. The focus is largely on the comparison of the production of vibrato on the flute with its production on other instruments. The aim is to examine the different choices involved in the production of vibrato when the flute is part of an ensemble and when it is a solo instrument. By learning more about other instruments’ timbres and production of vibrato, it enables flautists to adapt to different timbres in order to form sonorous ensembles. The physiological and scientific aspects of vibrato are also explored with the view to equip flautists with this knowledge. Thus, flautists will be able to listen to and analyse from a more critical and informed perspective how they themselves use vibrato and how other flautists use it. The main goal of this thesis is to provide enough information, opinions, studies and statistics to enable a flautist to make an informed decision concerning their choice and application of vibrato.

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