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3D Object DCM 0916: Johann Joachim Quantz / Flute in C

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[ Script of aria written by Frederick the Great to be inserted in Karl Graun's opera "Demofoonte" ]
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About this Item


  • DCM 0916: Johann Joachim Quantz / Flute in C


  • Johann Joachim Quantz

Created / Published

  • Berlin, ca. 1740.


  • Physical Objects


  • -  The head joint contains the Quantz model wooden tuning slide which incorporates a brass socket liner. Great degree of undercutting on the embouchure. On foot, the thick inner brass ring is not visible when flute is assembled, and is found under the ivory mount. See Mary Oleskiewicz, "A Museum, a World War, and a Rediscovery: Flutes by Quantz and Others from the Hohenzollern Museum," Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society 24 (1998): 107-145; and, Mary Oleskiewicz, "The Flutes of Quantz: Their Construction and Performing Practice," The Galpin Society Journal 53 (April 2000): 201-220.
  • -  Instrument type: Flute in C
  • -  Medium: Ebony, silver keys, ivory ferrule, ivory and metal ferrule, and silver/ivory/wood/brass foot joint ferrule.; 66.1 cm., 66.6 cm., 67.6 cm., 68.5 cm., 68.9 cm., 69.8 cm.
  • -  Key Holes System: 2 keys (E-flat, D#), square flaps. The current key springs are of tempered steel and attached with roundhead steel screws. A=385.
  • -  Mark Maximum: XIII
  • -  Mark Additional: Roman numerals or opus number incised on ends of tenons. Marks scratched on corps de rechange numbered I-IIIII (not on IIIIII) which is from Op. II, at Leipzig. See Langwill for further description of mark.
  • -  Condition: Brass lining for tuning slide missing, but evidence of glue and threads remain. Two cracks in upper head section. Ebony chips missing from inside of foot joint socket. Foot joint ivory ferrule cracked in 3 places, small crack inside lower body socket.
  • -  Case: Case, decorated porcelain casket with gilded hardware.
  • -  Provenance: This flute belonged to Frederick the Great; after his death it was presented by his successor King Frederick William II to his minister, Johann Christoph von Wöllner (Woellner). It was then in the possession of the Itzenplitz family and it was preserved at Cunersdorf Castle from ca. 1801-1929. In 1929, Marie Waleska von Arnim (née von Oppen) inherited the flute and it was sold to Miller by her husband, Dr. Achim von Arnim, through Jacques Rosenthal, Munich, 1 Mar. 1930.


  • nonprojected graphic
  • photonegative


  • 1 sound disc : analog ; 12 in.


  • DLC Music Division, Library of Congress

Access Condition

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  • image

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