About The Recorder
The Recorder is a type of flute and is one of the oldest instruments still in existence today. It was very popular in the 16th-18th Centuries but died out with the invention of other woodwind instruments such as the clarinet and oboe which are used in orchestral music. The recorder comes in many different sizes ranging from the Sopranino which is the smallest and highest to the Bass which is the largest and lowest. The most common is the Descant recorder.
Recorders are featured very heavily in Renaissance and Baroque Music. Try listening to:
- Vivaldi’s Recorder concerto
- Teleman’s Suite and Concerto for Recorder
- Bach’s Recorder Concerto
The Recorder has also been featured in more modern music, listen out for it in the following songs:
- Ruby Tuesday (The Rolling Stones)
- Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin)
- Life on Mars (David Bowie)
- Satellite of Love (Lou Reed)
Did You Know…
Jimi Hendrix played the soprano recorder in some of his studio recordings.
Is The Recorder For You?
The Recorder is a great instrument for young children, as it is small and easy to produce a sound. It’s a great way to get started with music as it doesn’t need as much coordination as some instruments, which means you can progress to playing tunes and pieces, and learning to read music quickly. The recorder isn’t just for children however, many adults get a lot of enjoyment from learning the recorder. Playing the recorder is a great choice for students who would like to progress to the clarinet, flute or saxophone at a later date.