Eli Hudson playing Boehm’s variations on ‘Du, Du liegst mir im Herzen’, recorded in 1908. This is one of Eli Hudson’s rare recordings made on the flute rather than on the piccolo.
Eli Hudson was celebrated in particular as a piccolo soloist. This astonishing performance of Bonnisseau’s Scherzo was recorded in 1908. Scroll down this page to see the music.
Eli HudsonEli Hudson (1877–1919) was born Eli Hudson Rennison but used the surname Hudson for most of his career. He changed his name officially by deed poll in 1905. Hudson studied at the Royal College of Music. He enjoyed great success as an orchestral flute player but had a parallel career as a music hall artist, often appearing in a trio with his singer wife and their daughter, who sang and played the flute. Hudson is best known today as a sensational piccolo virtuoso. He made many recordings on the piccolo as well as a few flute recordings, one of which is presented here. Hudson played a Rudall Carte 1867 Patent flute and piccolo. (An 1867 Patent flute is shown at the top of this page.)Photograph of Eli Hudson: Dayton C. Miller Collection, Library of Congress, Washington.