Monday, December 12, 2016
Photos: December 11, 2016
The recorder orchestra that I play in, Flutissimo, gave a concert. We have recorders of all sizes to produce a variety of voices. Although we do have soprano recorders (the ones most people learn in school), they only form part of the instruments we play.
These are some of my instruments. In this concert I played on six different instruments, depending on the piece. It is one of the aspects of playing recorder that I enjoy. You get to play different lines and experience being anything from the lowest to the highest voice. Sometimes I like the feeling of being the bass (my largest recorder, seen here is a bass in C - the lowest note is C below middle C on the piano). Other times I like playing the top, especially in baroque music where the top has a more challenging part.
In Renaissance music the voices are often equal and then it is fun to play any line.
We play a variety of music from medieval to contemporary. A couple of players in our group enjoy arranging music that was originally written for other instruments, for our group. Most music for recorders as a consort instrument (all recorders) was written in medieval and renaissance times. In the baroque era, the alto was often used as a solo instrument or with other instruments (harpsichord, oboe, violin...). We play baroque music that was arranged for a recorder group. With the growth of concert halls, the recorder fell into disuse. Orchestral instruments were adapted to sound louder in the bigger halls.
In the middle of the twentieth century, the recorder came back in fashion as people became more interested in early music. In addition, a number of contemporary composers have created works for recorders both as a solo instrument and with other recorders or other instruments.
I have a number of recorders - each serves a different purpose or repertoire.