The recorder is a hollow wooden pipe. These
are particularly ancient instruments, found in the earliest civilizations.
Today, we know it as a family of instruments in different
sizes, including the soprano,
recorder. Professional recorder players also play the tiny sopranino,
and less known versions.
Until the baroque
the recorder was an orchestral instrument. It was very common in
and because of its characteristic sound it was named "recorder",
which means "squeak". Bach
wrote many works for solo
recorder, and for different ensembles including the recorder.
Beginning in the Classic period,
replaced the recorder in the orchestra, and the recorder gradually
became, unjustly, an instrument deployed for musical teaching purposes
rather than artistic performance. The revival of performing ancient music
on authentic instruments brought the recorder back to the center of the
stage, and it now boasts many listeners.
"And his brother's
name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ."
(Genesis, chapter 4:21)
The Player on the
Flute (c. 1721) by Janos Kupetzky, Museum der bildenden
By Nadav Dafni