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Nicholas S. Lander
My interest in music of the distant past has centred largely on the recorder, though I have played a number of renaissance wind instruments as well as the trombone. In the past I have taught recorder at several tertiary institutions. Occasionally I teach private students who have exhausted other local resources.
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Well-Tempered Woodwinds by Geoffrey Burgess is a timely and highly readable biography of Friedrich von Huene (1929– ), arguably the most important manufacturer of historical woodwinds in the 20th century. Since he began making recorders in 1958, von Huene has exerted a strong influence on the craft of building woodwind instruments and on the study of instrument–making, as he has helped to shape the emerging field of Early Music performance practice. He has remained at the forefront of research and design of historical copies of recorders, flutes, and oboes. In a compelling narrative that combines biography, cultural history, and technical organological enquiry, Geoffrey Burgess explores von Huene’s impact on the craft of historical instrument–making and the role organology has played in the emergence of the Early Music movement in the post-war era
In 1535, Sylvestro Ganassi published “La Fontegara”, the first tutor devoted entirely to the recorder. 17th- and 18th-century methods followed, including those by Freilhon-Poncein and Hottetere. Dolmetsch and Giesbert provided early 20th century tutors and many others have followed, for all levels. So far, however, there have been few online recorder tutors. To address this, Tony Eyers from Australia has created LearnRecorder.com, an online instruction system including audio, aimed at beginners up to early intermediate, designed to run on an iPad. There is a German version at BlockFloeteLernen.com and a Mandarin version at Shudiwang.com