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Title: Rudall, Rose and Carte : the development of the flute in London, 1821-1939
Author: Bigio, Robert
ISNI:       0000 0000 0221 5241
Awarding Body: Goldsmiths, University of London
Current Institution: Goldsmiths College (University of London)
Date of Award: 2005
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From their establishment in the 1820s Rudall & Rose dominated the large and lucrative market for flutes, at first with instruments of the highest quality but of little technological innovation. In the 1840s they were advised and later joined in partnership by Richard Carte, whose business acumen guided the firm to an association with Theobald Boehm that led to the successful commercial exploitation first of Boehm's 1832 model flute and later of his final, cylindrical model of 1847. Carte's skill at understanding the market led him to develop models of flutes that would permit a player to benefit from many of the acoustical advantages of the Boehm flute without learning a new fingering system, and his understanding of his instrument led him to develop first his 1851 and later his 1867 patent flutes, which it may be argued were mechanically superior to the standard Boehm and which enjoyed considerable success well into the twentieth century. Rudall, Rose & Carte, later Rudall, Carte & Company, continued to be innovative flute makers, producing the first gold flutes, the first platinum flutes and the first flutes in Monel metal, as well as flutes to the individual designs of a number of flute players. This thesis examines the social and business trends and the market pressures that inform the flute manufacturing business in the nineteenth century, with detailed technical discussion and illustration of the firm's instruments. The firm's parallel activities in publishing, retailing, military instrument manufacture and concert promotion (under the management of Carte's son, Richard D'Oyly Carte) are considered as contributing to their success.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral