Orchestration is a serious business, with the various different instruments and instrument sections requiring their own special treatment and set of considerations. And flutes and oboes are no exception, with chcracter and quirks all of their own. In this short video from the course Orchestration 103: Flutes And Oboes, Thomas Goss reveals the character and technical range of the flute as an instrument, which will help you to use it in your scores.
The way a flute works is a lot like whistling, when the passage of air into the instrument results in vibration. Thomas also explains why flutes are capable of so many different type of playing styles and performance effects than other wind instruments. You'll see and hear practical examples of different techniques and styles that will give you a much greater idea of how to use flutes, how to write for them and even how to record them. Check out the rest of the videos in the course for much more on working with oboes and flutes.