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The Recorder by David Lasocki & Robert Ehrlich
In this long-awaited addition to the Yale Musical Instrument Series, Lasocki & 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. Lasocki & Ehrlich make a case for the recorder being present, and significant, throughout Western music history.
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After a lengthy career as a taxonomic botanist I am now retired and living in Tasmania. My interest in musical performance practices of the distant past has centred largely on the recorder, although I have also played a number of renaissance reed instruments and the trombone. I taught recorder privately and at several tertiary institutions for many years on the larger island to the north of here. I have performed extensively as a soloist, have led early music ensembles and served as musical director of various recorder and early music societies in Sydney, Perth and Hobart.