Like almost all woodwind instruments recorders were made in different sizes that built families (consorts). For practical reasons (pitch) and for the protection of the instruments the wohle consorts were kept in cases. This alto recorder (SAM 132) was part of a consort. The instruments and their case belonged to the collection at Catajo Castle. One-piece Renaissance recorders do not show ornaments; in the manufacturing process close attention was paid to the tuning because of the mostly irreversible sounding length. The recorders signed with "HIER.S" may come from a workshop in Venice. (bd)
Lit.: Literatur: Julius Schlosser: Die Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente. Beschreibendes Verzeichnis, Wien 1920.
Rudolf Hopfner: Meisterwerke der Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente, Wien 2004.
Beatrix Darmstädter: Die Renaissanceblockflöten der Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente. Kataloge des Kunsthistorisches Museums Bd. 3, Wien 2006.
16. or 17. century
375 mm x 35 mm x 35 mm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente
Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente, 132
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