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The recorder, once known as the English flute, was very popular from the 16th to 17th cen­turies. Dur­ing this time ma­jor com­posers such as Bach, Tele­mann and Han­del wrote mu­sic for the in­stru­ment which also fea­tured in the plays of Shake­speare. Recorders from the Re­nais­sance have a sound which Simon James de­scribes as ‘‘more mel­low’’ while Baroque pe­riod recorders are ‘‘brighter’’. The old­est sur­viv­ing recorder dates from around the 14th cen­tury and early paint­ings show the in­stru­ment be­ing used dur­ing the Mid­dle Ages and the Cru­sades. Dur­ing the 18th cen­tury the recorder lost its ap­peal be­cause its soft sound could not com­pete in orches­tras with in­stru­ments like the vi­o­lin. But it re­gained pop­u­lar­ity dur­ing mod­ern times with Bel­gium­based Flan­ders Recorder Quar­tet con­sid­ered one of the best in the world. – Source: so­larhaven.org Email Simon James at pa­towen_­james@ hot­mail.co.nz for in­for­ma­tion on the New Zealand So­ci­ety of Recorder Play­ers.

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