About the Recorder


Pepys’s diary records after hearing recorders (Feb 1668):

… The wind musique … Which is so sweet that it ravished me, and indeed, in a word did wrap up my soul so that it made me really sick, just as I have formerly been when in love with my wife; that neither then, nor all the evening going home and at home, I was able to thing of any thing, but remained all night transported, so as I could not believe that ever any musique hath that real command over the soul of a man as did this upon me …”

The recorder has a distinctive sound, often used during the Baroque period for particularly sad, romantic or spiritual moments. It is perhaps one you love or hate.

Please see The Recorder menu for more about the Recorder and its Music.

There is also a wealth of information about the Recorder on The Recorder Homepage.

Last updated June 25, 2013