William Gordon

  • Born in 1791
  • Student of Drouet
  • Co-inventor of the so called "Böhmflute"
  • Swiss soldier of scotish origin, member of the Swiss guard of Karl the X. of France.
  • After Karls overthrow, return to London
  • Since 1830 first experiments on flute mechanics
  • Had in 1831 two flutes made by Rudall and Rose, following his own model.
  • His instruments are known for the new position of the keys and holes, which made a good intonation.
  • In 1830 or 1831 meetin with Böhm.
  • Died in 1839, after the outstanding success of building flutes had driven him mad.

 

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