The Inventor of the Bb thumb lever on the Böhm flute: Theobald Böhm or Giulio Briccialdi?
by Ludwig Böhm The year 2021 marks the 140th anniversary from the death of two outstanding flutists and innovators. On this occasion, I would like to make some remarks about the relationship between Theobald Böhm (1794–1881) and Giulio Briccialdi (1818–1881). Besides, I want to inform about the modification of the Bb thumb lever by Briccialdi and correct the widely-held error that Briccialdi is the inventor of the Bb thumb lever. This lever is of great importance, because the modification of the Bb thumb lever by Giulio Briccialdi with the help of Rudall & Rose in London in 1849 is the … Continue reading The Inventor of the Bb thumb lever on the Böhm flute: Theobald Böhm or Giulio Briccialdi?
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