Baroque alto recorder in F, A:415 or A:440 Hz

The German woodwind maker Jacob Denner (1681-1735) comes from a family with a woodwind making tradition. The Denner family was based in Nuremberg (Germany) and belonged to the leading instrument makers in Europe. Jacob Denner made recorders, flutes, oboes and clarinets. Many of his instruments are found in Nuremberg. One very remarkable example is found in the Royal College of Music in London (UK). It is an alto recorder in F made of beautifully carved ivory.

The copy I make is based on the alto recorder in F in the Musikhistorisk Museum Kopenhagen (Denmark). It is made of stained boxwood and is considered to be one of the most beautiful original alto recorders that has survived. Although the original is in boxwood, I find this model very well suited for using harder woods, like grenadilla, coromandel (a type of ebony), palissanders and even plum wood. Each wood adds its own sound qualities, for more information see woods.

This instrument is very suitable for German and Italian baroque music. It is an allround, virtuoso and expressive instrument. It works very well both in chambermusic as in solo repertoire. Music by composers like Bach, Telemann and Vivaldi sound great on this instrument.

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