Vale Friederich von Huene!
Breslau (1929) – Bath, Maine (2016)
About the Webmaster
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.
The Word on the Street
Well-Tempered Woodwinds by Geoffrey Burgess is a timely and highly readable biography of Friedrich von Huene (1929–2016 ), arguably the most important manufacturer of historical woodwinds in the 20th century. Since he began making recorders in 1958, von Huene exerted a strong influence on the craft of building woodwind instruments and on the study of instrument–making, as he helped to shape the emerging field of Early Music performance practice. Over a long working life he 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