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Tenor Recorder in C after P. Bressan, A:415 Hz

Peter Bressan (or Pierre Jaillard) (1685-1731) moved from France to London where he became one of the most famous woodwind makers of his time. He is considered the founder of the English school of recorder making, a school continued by the Stanesbys, Bradbury and Schuchart. Many of Bressan's recorders survived. Most of them are ornamented with ivory mounts.

The tenor recorder I copy is the one in the collection in the Gemeentemuseum in Den Haag. This original is made of stained boxwood with ivory mounts. The keywork that I make is based on the keywork of the Bressan tenor from the Musikhistorisk Museum in Kopenhagen. I took the bore from the original in the Gemeentemuseum but I changed the size of the foot joint because of the low C.

The tenor recorder is not only an ensemble instrument but also a solo instrument. Apart from some original works for tenor recorder this recorder was being used for playing music originally for violin, oboe and baroque flute. Especially tonalities with many flats can be played much easier on this instrument than on a voice flute. Works that suit the tenor recorder, are suites by Gautier de Marseille, suites by M. Locke, quintets by Mancinelli. Read more...

Tenor Recorder in C after P. Bressan, A:415 Hz

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