Beach Day by Rodger Bliss
July 2024

Renaissance Man

I’m full of keys whenever I’m made
I came about wooden when the Renaissance played

Hundreds of years later, I was divided
And two new keys to me were provided

Then in 1760, and that’s forty years later
Three keys were added by Florio, Gedney, and Potter

Around the 80’s of the century mentioned
I was used by Mozart and Haydn

Over the years, new keys were gained
In the 1830’s, Beethoven used me to entertain

Near the end of the 1800’s, or the 19th century
I was used by Brahms, Strauss, and Tchaikovsky

Now, modern renditions are made of me
Without my holes, I wouldn’t be

What am I?

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2 guesses to Renaissance Man

  • Dude

    The Flute is correct, Paul.

    The keys are the sounds made.

    Flutes were wooden in the Renaissance era.

    Then in 1720, the middle joint was divided in two, and in turn, two new keys were added.

    Forty years later, in 1760, three new keys were added.

    In the 1780’s (the century mentioned), Mozart and Haydn used the flute in their symphonies.

    1782 through 1827, keys were added.

    In the 1830’s, Beethoven used the flute in his symphonies.

    At the end of the 19th century, the flute appeared in the orchestral pieces of Brahms, Strauss, and Tchaikovsky.

    Now, flutes are made from metal, wood, and plastic.

    You are today’s winner.