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Recorders - Everything you need to know

Posted by Hilgard Meyer on

History of the Recorder The recorder originated in Europe in the 14th century and was a popular instrument during the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque periods.2 A member of the flute-family, the recorder is recognised by its whistle mouthpiece (also known as a fipple), seven finger holes on the front of the instrument, and a thumbhole on the back. Traditionally recorders were crafted from single pieces of wood or occasionally from ivory. Renaissance recorders were designed to be played in groups, known as consorts, of different sized recorders that blended well together.3 In the seventeenth century, the recorder, along with other...

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