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Recorders

Quick Overview


Compared with its close relative the flute (“flauto traverso”), the instrument range of the wooden recorder (“flauto dolce”) is more limited in terms of pitch and dynamics. This is one of the reasons why the recorder was replaced by the (traverse) flute in orchestras around the 18th century. However, recorders were very popular during medieval times and into the renaissance, and even in the baroque era famous composers such as Telemann, Bach, Händel and Vivaldi wrote pieces for these instruments.


Details

Instruments:

Soprano recorder
Alto recorder 
Tenor recorder
Great bass recorder

Compared with its close relative the flute (“flauto traverso”), the instrument range of the wooden recorder (“flauto dolce”) is more limited in terms of pitch and dynamics. This is one of the reasons why the recorder was replaced by the (traverse) flute in orchestras around the 18th century. However, recorders were very popular during medieval times and into the renaissance, and even in the baroque era famous composers such as Telemann, Bach, Händel and Vivaldi wrote pieces for these instruments.

Due to the absence of upper harmonics and a predominance of odd harmonics, the sound of recorders is soft and mellow. The instrument is often unfairly marginalized as a toy for children or amateur players, with its main application being music pedagogy and domestic music. However, contemporary composers of all genres (from Luciano Berio and Mauricio Kagel to Keith Jarrett) have written demanding pieces for the recorder, expanding its timbral range in a virtuosic way. What’s more, recorders are used as solo instruments in modern film music, adding a particular exotic timbre with references to ancient or far eastern worlds in orchestral scores. All four recorders of this Instrument Collection were played by Austrian flute and recorder virtuoso Leopold Eibl, a sought-after soloist and chamber musician.

System Requirements

  • PC Windows 7/8/10 (latest update, 32/64-bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
  • macOS 10.10 (latest update) or higher, Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
  • VIENNA KEY (Vienna Symphonic Library USB protection device) or other USB eLicenser (e.g., from Steinberg or Arturia)

Other configurations may work but are not actively supported.

Recommended

  • Windows 7/8/10 (latest update, 64-bit), Intel i5/i7/Xeon
  • macOS 10.12 (or higher), Intel i5/i7/Xeon
  • 8 GB RAM
  • SSD or fast separate hard drive (7200 rpm or faster)
  • AU/VST/AAX compatible host (also works stand-alone)
  • AAX version requires Pro Tools 10.3.5 or higher
  • 88 key master keyboard

Hard Drive Space Requirements

  • 3 GB available hard drive space

ARTICULATION GROUP

ARTICULATIONS

SOPRANO RECORDER

Staccato
Sustained with and without vibrato
Sustained marcato, with and without vibrato
Crescendo and diminuendo, 1.5, 2, and 3 sec.
Interval performances, legato, with and without vibrato
Trill performances, with and without vibrato
Repetition performances, legato with and without vibrato, staccato

ALTO RECORDER

Staccato
Sustained with and without vibrato
Sustained marcato, with and without vibrato
Crescendo and diminuendo, 1.5, 2, and 3 sec.
Interval performances, legato, with and without vibrato
Trill performances, with and without vibrato
Repetition performances, legato with and without vibrato, staccato

TENOR RECORDER

Staccato
Sustained with and without vibrato
Sustained marcato, with and without vibrato
Crescendo and diminuendo, 1.5, 2, and 3 sec.
Interval performances, legato, with and without vibrato
Trill performances, with and without vibrato
Repetition performances, legato with and without vibrato, staccato

GREAT BASS RECORDER

Staccato
Sustained with and without vibrato
Sustained marcato, with and without vibrato
Interval performances, legato, with and without vibrato
Trill performances, with and without vibrato
Repetition performances, legato with and without vibrato, staccato