The recorder is perhaps best known today for its educational role. Although it is frequently regarded as a stepping-stone on the path toward higher musical pursuits, this role is just one recent facet of the recorder’s fascinating history—which spans professional and amateur music-making since the Middle Ages.
In this new addition to the Yale Musical Instrument Series, David Lasocki and Robert Ehrlich trace the evolution of the recorder. Emerging from a variety of flutes played by fourteenth-century soldiers, shepherds, and watchmen, the recorder swiftly became an artistic instrument for courtly and city minstrels. Featured in music by the greatest Baroque composers, including Bach and Handel, in the twentieth century it played a vital role in the Early Music Revival and achieved international popularity and notoriety in mass education. Overall, Lasocki and Ehrlich make a case for the recorder being surprisingly present, and significant, throughout Western music history.
“The Recorder belongs in every instrument library.”—Joachim Lüdtke, Forum Musikbibliothek
“It is impossible to convey in a review, the all-encompassing breadth and scope of this book. . . . This is a book which will appeal to both recorder players and historians of any music, whether student, amateur, or professional and is highly recommended to anyone.”—Emily Baines, Recorder Magazine
“An engaging book, brimming with observations that provide an unprecedentedly vivid account of the recorder’s roots and evolution.”—James Kopp, author of The Bassoon
“This is the most in-depth book on the recorder ever written. Highly recommended.”—Thiemo Wind, author of Jacob van Eyck and the Others
“An engaging book, brimming with observations that provide an unprecedentedly vivid account of the recorder’s roots and evolution.”—James Kopp, author of The Bassoon~James Kopp
“This is the most in-depth book on the recorder ever written. Highly recommended.”—Thiemo Wind, author of Jacob van Eyck and the Others~Thiemo Wind