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Early Music - Recorder Solo

The part of the recorder in history

During the course of history, the recorder has proven itself to be transformative. In different geographic areas it played different roles: as a folk instrument (i.e. Sephardim), as an instrument of the Troubadours, as a household instrument during the Renaissance and as an instrument of the professional musician in the Baroque.

Regardless of whether it concerned notational music or improvisation, the recorder was used above all to represent the super natural - that is, death (Ofrenda), love (La Rosa), as well as imitation of nature’s sounds (van Eyck).
Above all the instrument’s primary role seems to have been most closely associated with song. The playing directions “singing” applied as the ideal, whereby a large palette of colors and variable articulation was meant, as opposed to a one-dimensional tone. “As the painter copies the various colors of nature, through breathing and slight alteration of sound, the recorder can imitate the expression of the human voice.” (Sylvestro Ganassi)


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