Fluttertonguing is a
wind instrument tonguingtechnique in which performers flutter their tongueto make a characteristic "FrrrrFrrrrr" sound. This is done by performing an isolated alveolar trillwhile playing the notes desired.
sheet music, fluttering is often abbreviated as "flt." or "flz.", as it is also known as "Flatterzunge". Fluttertongue is most often used on flutes, bassoons, trumpets, and trombones, but can be used on other brass and woodwind instruments as well.
Fluttertonguing is common in
jazzmusic, particularly that which is associated with New Orleans or Vaudevillestyle. It is also called for in many classical compositions, especially in the twentieth century and notably in the works of Schoenberg and Shostakovich, where it can have a nightmarish or sarcastic effect. In Richard Strauss's tone poem Don Quixote, fluttertongued dissonances played softly on the horns are used to imitate the distant sound of bleating sheep.
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