A wooden instrument invented in the Renaissance, which came to its height of popularity in the Baroque
period. Many famous composers wrote music for the recorder, including Bach
, Telemann and Handel
. The recorder has Several sizes ranging from the 'Garklein' which is about 4.5
inches long, to the 'Contrabass' whish
is about 4 feet long. The instrument was re-popularized in the late 20th century as a device for teaching young children about music. Unfortunately, this leaves many under the impression that the recorder is not a "real" instrument, when in fact, it is a lovely, complex and difficult to master instrument. The recorder has many names- Flute a bec
, in French, Flauto Dolce
, in Spanish and Blocflute in German. Many times recorders are accompanied by harpsichords, whose ”ping” sound contrasts beautifully with the mellow sound of the recorder.
Person 1: Do you play an instrument
Person 2: Yes, I play the recorder.
Person 1: LOL! I played the recorder in 3rd grade
! I played three blind mice
Person 2: *sigh*