1: 1792 -1807
2: 1807 - 1815
3: 1816 - 1820
4: 1819 - 1827
5: 1827 - 1839
6: 1839 - 1873
7: Drouet's "Méthode"
8: Drouet als componist
9: Werken-lijst
-Kristallen dwarsfluit
-Le beau Dunois
-Cantate à la paix
-Brief A. Kist

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1. Leonardo de Lorenzo: My Complete Story of the Flute (1992). 
pp.113 - 115
Drouet, Louis Francois Philippe, the famous flute virtuoso, was born in Amsterdam in 1792. his father, a refugee, left France, of which country he was native, because of the turmoil occasioned by the Revolution. As a child Drouet was regarded as a flute-playing prodigy. He appears to have been self-taught. It is stated that his serious study of the flute began in 1807 after a great success at a concert of Rode’s in Amsterdam. As early as 1808, when only sixteen years of age, he received an appointment as solo flutist to the King of Holland; three years later he accepted an invitation from Napoleon I to become Imperial Court Flutist at Paris.
He soon acquired continental celebrity and made many successful concert journeys through Europe. Although the tone he produced was not large, his general technic was excellent and his double-tonguing remarkably brilliant and characteristic.
In 1815 he came to London and established a flute-making business. This he carried on until 1819 when it was given up owing, it has been stated, to the number of bogus “Drouet” flutes put upon the market by trade rivals.
Drouet made his first appearance at the Philharmonic, London, on March 25, 1816. he played at other places in the British capital in 1817, 1829, 1830 and 1832. The 1829 visit was made in company with Mendelssohn who joined the flutist in the concert venture. The first appearance of this celebrity in London was made in 1841-1842, at Buckingham Palace, on which occasion he played before Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
During his active career as a flute virtuoso Drouet was responsible for a vast amount of flute music – concertos, fantasias, studies, duets, trios, etc., etc. His Robin Adair, God Save the Queen, and Rule Britannia enjoyed wide popularity. It is stated that he assisted Queen Hortense in composing the music to the song Partant pour la Syrie. Captain Gordon (he of the Boehm – Gordon controversy) and the King of Holland were two of his pupils.
In 1836 in succession to Kaspard Kummer, he became Chapel Master to the Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and thenceforth his wandering about Europe was restricted. For years little was heard from him outside of Germany. He did not adopt the Boehm flute, indeed, it has often been said that he was opposed to its use, but no evidence has yet been adduced to prove this. On the contrary, as may be seen hereunder, when he became acquainted with the Boehm he was most favourably impressed with its value as a musical instrument.
In 1854 Drouet ceased to be Chapel Master and during that year he visited America. In New York he found himself in the congenial society of Philip Ernst, at that date probably the most eminent flute-player in America. Ernst lent him a Boehm flute. This was returned with a letter the full text of which is here given:
To Messrs. Philip Ernst & Son
New York June 6th, 1854.
With many thanks I would return the instrument which you have had the politeness to lend me. Although I have known for some time of Mr. Boehm’s new flute, it was not until now, owing to my arduous duties as Chapel Master, that I was induced to make a thorough trial of its superior merits.
I find its mechanism by far less complicated than I had imagined and the fingering remarkably simple. But what pleases me more is the great ease with which each note can be produced and the perfectness of tune and tone of the whole scale. It offers also to the tasteful player the possibility of blowing loud and soft without getting out of tune. These have appeared to me the most prominent features of Mr. Boehm’s valuable invention and they will no doubt insure its general adoption by our rising flutists, and especially those who would secure a good degree of execution at the expense of as little time and labour as possible.
Yours respectfully,

L Drouet.

The above letter was published together with a number of flute studies especially written for the Boehm flute by Drouet. These flute studies were issued by Ernst to subscribers whose names are detailed in a list within the volume. In this list the names of the most prominent American flute-players of that date may be found. The copy of this work which I have used was formerly the property of W.N. Habersham, of Savannah, Georgia, U.S.A.
After his return from America to Europe, Drouet lived in Gotha and Frankfort. He died in Berne, Switzerland, September 30, 1873. (John Finn.)