The Recorder


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David Lasocki, Robert Ehrlich, Nikolaj Tarasov, and Michala Petri

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The fascinating story of a hugely popular instrument, detailing its rich and varied history from the Middle Ages to the present

The recorder is perhaps best known today for its educational role. Although it is frequently regarded as a stepping-stone on the path toward higher musical pursuits, this role is just one recent facet of the recorder’s fascinating history—which spans professional and amateur music-making since the Middle Ages.
In this new addition to the Yale Musical Instrument Series, David Lasocki and Robert Ehrlich trace the evolution of the recorder. Emerging from a variety of flutes played by fourteenth-century soldiers, shepherds, and watchmen, the recorder swiftly became an artistic instrument for courtly and city minstrels. Featured in music by the greatest Baroque composers, including Bach and Handel, in the twentieth century it played a vital role in the Early Music Revival and achieved international popularity and notoriety in mass education. Overall, Lasocki and Ehrlich make a case for the recorder being surprisingly present, and significant, throughout Western music history.

Dr. David Lasocki, formerly head of music reference services at Indiana University Bloomington, has been a researcher of the recorder for over fifty years. Robert Ehrlich is professor of recorder at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig.

“An engaging book, brimming with observations that provide an unprecedentedly vivid account of the recorder’s roots and evolution.”—James Kopp, author of The Bassoon

“This is the most in-depth book on the recorder ever written. Highly recommended.”—Thiemo Wind, author of Jacob van Eyck and the Others
ISBN: 9780300118704
Publication Date: January 24, 2023
392 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
42 b/w illus.
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