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The Recorder


Wind | Woodwind | Aerophone

I was about eight years old when I first picked up a recorder.  I had all the recorders from the little garklein to the big bass. I had a really enthusiastic music teacher at my school, and we played recorder ensembles most lunch times, swapping between parts. I loved it because I could play together with my friends and play theme tunes that I heard from the TV.

The humble recorder is the oldest member of the woodwind family; from the middle ages to the 21st century it is simple, makes a lovely, timeless sound, a great instrument to start with or play all the way to Grade 8 and beyond.


Listen to the Recorder


Notable pieces that feature the Recorder:

  • Antonio Vivaldi - Recorder Concerto in C Major, RV 443

  • Paul Hindemith - Recorder Trio from Plöner Musiktag

  • Steven Stucky - Etudes: No. 1, “Scales”

  • Luciano Berio - Gesti for Alto Recorder

  • Chen Yi - The Dancing Ink from
    The Ancient Chinese Beauty

  • Richard Harvey - "Sortilegio” from Concerto Incantato

  • Roberto Sierra - Perpetual Motion from Prelude, Habanera, and Perpetual Motion.


If you are thinking about learning to play an instrument, or you’ve decided, but aren’t sure which one, let me help you choose.  We can chat, and you can have a go at different instruments, to see which one would suit you best.  If you leave your email, or ask your mum and dad to, I will get back to you, or your parents, with more information.

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