PHILIPPE BOLTON

HANDMADE RECORDERS & FLAGEOLETS


CONFERENCES SUR LA FLUTE A BEC



1°  "FROM THE TREE TO THE RECORDER"

An introduction to the history, acoustics and making of the recorder, a slide lecture in different versions (from basic to advanced) to cater for the needs of schools, conservatories and the general public.


The Coronation of the Virgin of Cologne (detail): the recorder in the 15th century a recorder windway cutting a recorder's labium



2°  MORE ABOUT THE RECORDER

The recorder probably appeared during the middle ages, as a development of wind instruments that had been in use since prehistoric times. It then evolved considerably until it almost disappeared at the end of the baroque period
This lecture explains how the instrument works, and how and why it changed over the centuries in response to musical taste of different periods until the present day.

a bone flute & a baroque recorder Cossa, The Triumph of Venus (15th century), detail: 2 medieval recorders how a recorder windway works
a recorder's air column



3° THE RENAISSANCE RECORDER

A lecture on the different recorders played during the Renaissance : an examination of the information from different treatises, and from the profiles of some of the surviving original instruments.

une tablature de doigtés de flûte à bec du 16e siècle (Ganassi) le quatuor de flûtes à bec selon Virdung



4°  THE XVIIth CENTURY RECORDER

A slide lecture on recorder fingerings from 1535 to 1650 as shown by the treatises and fingering tables of the period, and on the types of recorder most suited to playing pre-baroque music. The controversial question of the historic reality of the "Ganassi recorder" is also discussed here.

une tablature de doigtés de flûte à bec du 17e siècle (Mersenne) la flûte à bec du Fluyten Lust-Hof



5°  THOMAS STANESBY Jr. AND HIS "TRUE CONCERT FLUTE"

>A lecture given together with the flute maker Alain Polak

A presentation of the baroque flute and the recorder as seen by the famous London maker Thomas Stanesby whose workhop produced both instruments, and who, still believing in the recorder in spite of its waning popularity, built a version capable of playing with the traverso or even replacing it. This lecture will be illustrated with duets by Michel Blavet harmoniously blending the tone of both instruments.

traverso Grenser Alain Polak

flûte à bec ténor d'après Stanesby Junior



6°  LA DISPARITION & LE RETOUR DE LA FLUTE A BEC

Since it was no longer able to compete with the traverso, the recorder was more or less abandoned at the end of the baroque period, and was revived towards the end of the nineteenth century to become what it is today.
This lecture examines the cincumstances of its disappearance, presents similar instruments which continued to be used during its absence of about 150 years and relates the history of its revival.

la situation de la flûte à bec en 1722 un flageolet français du 19e siècle

une flûte à bec signée par Peter Harlan (ca 1930)



7°  THE HISTORY OF THE RECORDER

The recorder first appeared in the Middle Ages. It went through three important periods, the Renaissance, the Baroque and, more recently, the 20th Century. After the Baroque period it fell into disuse and was almost forgotten for 150 years. However it came back towards the end of the 19th century and became what it is today, an instrument whose repertoire covers about 700 years.
This lecture explains the principal developments of its long history, as seen through iconography and the original instruments today kept in museums, examines the similar instruments that continujed to be played during its time of oblivionand relates its recent revival.

détail d'une peinture du XVe siècle montrant une flûte à bec un quatuor de flûtes à bec de la Renaissance le dessin d'une flûte à bec de Hotteterre



8°  PRACTICAL WORKSHOPS

An introduction to the basic techniques for keeping recorders in perfect condition, and solving some simple problems related to speech and tuning, mainly for music school teachers and students.

how to remove the recorder's block how to clean the recorder's windway how to repair recorder joints

This workshop will take place during the Medieval Music in the Dales festival in Septembre 2017.




9°  RECORDER MAKING COURSES

Particpants will make a medieval soprano recorder with a cylindrical bore from a kit prepared in advance. An introduction to voicing and tuning techniques.

tuning a medieval soprano recorder

Cette liste n'est pas exhaustive. D'autres sujets peuvent être abordés sur demande.