Description of some of the instruments
played by Cornell Kinderknecht in a performance:
Native American Flute - An end-blown flute indigenous to
America. The plains style flute usually has 5 or 6 finger holes and
design ranges from sleek and simple to very ornate. Some of the
makers whose flutes Cornell plays are Butch Hall, Michael Graham Allen
(Coyote Oldman), Patricia Partridge, Helio Portales, Russ Wolf, and
Larry Evans (Mockingbird Flutes).
Transverse Bamboo Flute - Bamboo is an excellent material for
flute making. This is evident from the sheer number of ethnic flutes
made of bamboo. A quick web search for bamboo flute will yeild
numerous makers and styles of flutes. Some of the finer transverse
bamboo flutes that Cornell uses are 6- and 7- hole flutes made by Romy
Benton and 6-hole flutes made by Patrick Olwell.
North Indian Bansuri Flute - A 6- or 7-hole side-blown bamboo
flute. The bansuri is one of the oldest musical instruments of
India. The modern North Indian bansuri is a longer, deeper-pitched
instrument popularized in the 20th century by Pandit Pannalal Ghosh.
Recorder - A well-known end-blown flute that originated around
1400 A.D. During the Renaissance period, instrument makers produced
choirs of recorders in many different sizes. By the late 17th century,
the instrument had become highly refined, used as a solo and
orchestral instrument. Modern times have seen a revival of this
instrument. Other names for the recorder are Blockflute, Flauto
dolce, Flute a bec, and Flauta de pico. Cornell's recorders include
handmade instruments by Jean Luc Boudreau and Friedrich Von Huene.
Ocarina - The ocarina, or vessel flute, first appeared
around 10,000 years ago. Evidence of this type of flute can be
found in almost all cultures of the world. Traditionally ocarinas are
made from clay, gourds, seedpods, or bones. Ocarinas may also be
carved from wood and can have from 4 to 10 finger holes. Ocarinas
that Cornell plays include those made by North Country Workshop, Anita
Feng, and K. Dunster.
Oboe - A modern double-reed orchestral instrument. It evolved
from the shawm and was invented in the 17th century. Its
characteristic sound is sweet and haunting. Cornell's oboe is made by
English Horn - A double-reed relative to the oboe. Pitched
lower than the oboe, the English Horn produces a beautiful rich and
Chinese Dizi - A traditional Chinese 6-hole, side-blown bamboo
flute. Its characteristic bright sound is the result of a vibrating
membrane located between the mouth hole and the first finger hole.