Baroque tenor recorder after P. Bressan, with 2 silver keys, A:415 Hz
Peter Bressan (or Pierre Jaillard, 1685-1731) moved from Bourg en Bresse, France, to London, where he became one of the leading woodwind instrument makers at the time. He is regarded as the founder of the English style of recorder making, that was continued by the Stanesby’s, Bradbury and Schuchart. There are quite a lot of instruments left of him, most of them made with ivory fittings.
My Tenor is based on Bressan’s tenor from the collection in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. This is an instrument made of stained boxwood with three (not the usual four) ivory rings, the top of the head joint is in wood. It has one key but in order to be able to play a c# I’ve made this a two-keyed construction. The bore I left unchanged but the foot joint needed to be shortened drastically other wise the bottom C would be more as low as a B.
The tenor recorder isn’t only an ensemble instrument. It can be used solo as well, actually it was also used to play music that was originally for the violin, oboe and traverso, plus there are some original compositions for the tenor. Sometimes playing traverso literature, especially music with a lot of flats, works better on the tenor than on the voice flute. Examples of other very suitable music for the tenor are the suites by Gautier de Marseille, suites by M. Locke and quintets by Mancinelli.