Sydney Sopranino


Upcoming ABO concert, Recorder Revolution[1], is featuring a Vivaldi concerto for sopranino recorder (the Flautino).  Popularly known as the English Flute in the 16th – 18th centuries, the recorder family hosted as many as 8 members: the Flautino/sopranino being the very tiniest (8 inches long).  All but forgotten in the 19th and early 20th centuries, recorder music has—you could say—“done a Renaissance”, starting in 1930’s Germany with its adoption by the Youth Movement for folk music. By the 1950’s it was in western schools big time as a first instrument for children.  On the professional side, music for recorder got a boost with the rise of interest in the Baroque and early performance practices.[2]  How do they look?  Here is a collection of modern recorders, with the sopranino on the right.  There’s a somewhat tenuous relationship with the chalumeau  (to ponder in a future post!)

 Recorder FAMILY2

  1.  See the Australian Review 20-21/02/16
  2. These notes based in part on the article re: music instruments/recorders 20.2.16





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