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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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Vale, Bob Marvin, 1941–2018!
Bob Marvin, a renowned and beloved recorder maker, died on 24 December 2018. He was a hugely influential figure in the recorder community. He was introduced to recorder-making by Friedrich von Huene with whom he worked in Boston for some years. Later he established his own workshop producing renaissance recorders after originals studied in Vienna and elsewhere and from his study of the literature. He also made Ganassi– and van Eyck–style recorders and flauti doppi (double recorders). His webpage is still available here.
Hot of the press is David Lasocki’s most recent book, “Jean-Baptiste Lully and the Flûte: Recorder, Voice Flute, and Traverso” (2019 available in both paperback and digital editions. Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632–1687) looms large in any study of woodwind repertoire in the seventeenth century. Nevertheless, his music for ‘flûtes’ is still little known today, despite comprehensive studies over the last fifty years. One of the purposes of this superbly researched book is to bring the music involved to wider attention, so it includes a large number of full-length musical examples. The book begins by taking a detailed look at the woodwind musicians who played Lully’s music and also considers the music of his predecessors. Drawing on this evidence, the book then discusses his ‘flûtes’ to determine as far as possible whether they were recorders (and of what sizes) and/or traversos (transverse flutes). The book also ties in Lasocki’s new theory about the voice flute (alto/tenor recorder in d’), the origins of which have been mysterious until now. The flûte music of Lully’s student Pascal Collasse is also considered, for good measure. A must-read for all lovers of the recorder and traverso as well as anyone interested in baroque woodwind instruments and their music.
The outstanding Consort Counsellors YouTube series presented by Hester Groenleer and Maria Martinez Ayerza has just celebrated its 1st anniversary. Aimed principally at ensemble players, this highly informative series of some 50 videos provides invaluable guidance on matters of recorder technique, interpretation, rehearsal methods and performance. Highly recommended!