The gentle sound of a pipe before knew in Russia. As the horn or the Hornpipe, played shepherds gathering the herd. Remember cowgirl aunt of Rimsky-Korsakov's "snow maiden"? His songs accompanied by the sound of the flute, imitating sterelny playacting.
3-I LEL's song from the Opera N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov's "Snow Maiden"
The flute is a wind instrument, once very common in Russia and Ukraine. It consists of two wooden pipes of different sizes with side holes and whistles. The volume of its sound was very small to fulfill the pipe was only the most simple melodies.
In the late nineteenth century Century Century Andreev introduced the flute in an orchestra of Russian folk instruments. But in order to become a full member of the orchestra, flute needed improvement. Now its range are two octaves from mi first to mi third octave. It became available some chromatic sounds.