the cuban flute style 


  • Price:£60
  • ISBN: 978-0-8108-8441-0
  • Year of publication: Scarecrow press 2014
  • Edition Size: 6 1/2 x 9 1/8
  • Pages:356
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Illustrations: 48 black and white

Academic Journal Reviews

Ethnomusicology Forum

“Sue Miller’s monograph on Cuban flute style will be of interest to ethnomusicologists and flautists alike. It is a clearly written, highly musical book that serves as both a guide to performance practice and an academic text. Miller brings together performance as a research technique, interviews with musicians, lessons with renowned flautists, and detailed and extensive transcription and analysis of recordings to create a ‘musical archaeology’ (246) of creative processes, interpretation and improvisation in Cuban charanga flute performance.”

Dr Hettie Malcomson, (University of Southampton)

Association of Recorded Sound Collections

“[F]or all the academic and anthropological research work done in the past 60+ years in the Latin Music field, very few have been successful in conveying the essence of their subject matter. Sue Miller’s remarkable book does not only succeed in its comprehensive approach to introduce and educate both performing flutists and academicians to this wonderful music and its history, she captivates the reader through her passion, love and commitment to the genre.... Sue Miller deserves the highest praise for a work of the highest caliber.... I declare that Cuban Flute Style is brilliant and without precedent. The research work is thorough and meticulous. The historical narrative of the flute styles and its protagonists is comprehensive, consistent and most importantly, respectful of the music’s tradition and filled with palpable affection. Her improvisation transcriptions and music samples from a wide selection of recordings (most of them commercially released) are accurate and accessible.... Sue Miller has created a work that celebrates and guarantees the perpetuation of Charanga and its Cuban Flute Style Tradition for many generations to come. Its historical, cultural, and pedagogical value cannot be overstated.’

Latin flute player Nestor Torres, ARSC Journal

Dr Sue Miller

Reader / Leeds School Of Arts

Dr Sue Miller is a Reader in music, teaching on the undergraduate and postgraduate courses in performance and production. As an academic and practitioner she specialises in popular music analysis, improvisation, ethnomusicology and performance.