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The Recorder

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erik johnston

on 23 June 2014

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Transcript of The Recorder

There are many famous recorder players like Erik Bosgraaf. (below) He is from the Netherlands in the town of Drachten. Erik was born on May 9, 1980. (he is 34 years old)
Who invented it?
Who are famous recorder players?
Fun facts (slide 1)
Did you know the recorder was known as the "English Flute" in its early days
Did you know the most common recorders are the sopranino, descant/soprano, treble/alto, tenor and bass recorders?
Did you know King Henry VIII was a recorder player? He had 76 recorders plus other instruments including ten trombones, fourteen trumpets and five bagpipes!

The parts
There are 4 different pieces in the recorder:
the mouthpiece
the head
the middle
the foot
When was the recorder invented?
The recorder was invented in the late Middle Ages (1300-1600). An exact date or year is unknown.
What is the recorder?
The recorder is an instrument with style!
With 6 different types, the recorder has been around since the late Middle Ages, but not one person has gotten credit for inventing it.
The recorder was invented in the middle ages, but of the likely inventors thought to be the creator, not one person was given credit, so the inventor of the recorder is unknown.
All the sizes of the Recorder. The recorders above are made of wood in England
Erik Bosgraaf: World famous
recorder player
Next is a video showing the sound of the recorder.
Enjoy Ode To Joy, recorder style! (played by 5-6th graders and 4th grade flute player)
What are the materials used to make the recorder?
The recorder went out of style?
Did you know that instruments go in and out of fashion just like clothes? Well they do, just like the recorder. In the 1750's the recorder started to lose its popularity because musicians began to prefer the flute. What I find funny about that is that around that time the recorder was known as the English Flute! In the early 20th century, the recorder was completely redesigned and began to be well known. Today, it is not as popular as the drums, guitar, and other instruments. It is still one of the easiest instruments to learn to play yet!
The recorder's history: A quick intro
The recorder has a long and very rich history with pieces of it unknown. In this presentation, I will give you information about the recorder by answering who, what, where, when, why, how, and others including pieces of its history. Come with me on a journey through the recorder's past, starting with the sound of the recorder.
The inside of the recorder (the parts)
Where was the Recorder Invented?
The recorder's exact location of its creation is unknown. Some people think in the recorder was created in the European area.
The recorder
Why was the recorder invented?
The recorder was invented to give people something to do in their spare time. The recorder today sounds very different then its ancestors all those years ago. Over the years, the recorder's shape has changed along with its sound, upgraded by different makers over the years.
By Erik Johnston
The recorder
At the end of the day...
the recorder is
fairly popular
fun to play,
popular in schools for music teachers to bring in and teach.
Even if it is nothing like other instruments,
that is what makes it unique!
In the early days of the recorder, they were made out of wood but sometimes ivory. Today they are made mainly made out of plastic. The problem with wood recorders is the fact that there are few wood recorder makers around, they are expensive, and they require a lot of care. On the plus side, the recorder is easy to play.
Fun Facts (slide 2)
Did you know that recorders are members of the woodwind family?
Did you know recorders, like the flute, don't have a reed?
Did you know the largest recorder ever made was 5 m long and each hole was 8.5 cm wide. It was made from specially treated pine and worked? That is a recorder as tall as a giraffe!
Go have fun with this amazing instrument!

How a wood recorder is made. Next slide!
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