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The Recorder Today - Eve E. O'Kelly

Paperback Published: 8th October 1990
ISBN: 9780521366816
Number Of Pages: 196

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This book is about one of the most widely played and yet least understood of instruments, the recorder. Initially revived at the turn of the century, it now has an impressive modern repertoire, much of it using innovative instrumental techniques. The aim of the present work has been to make available to players, composers, teachers and interested non-specialists the sort of practical information they need in order to approach the modern recorder repertoire with understanding. History, music, technique and the leading figures in the field are discussed and described in an informal and readable style. The scope and content of the catalogue of contemporary compositions contained in the second part of the book will come as a surprise to many. Out of about 800 works currently in print Eve O'Kelly has made a selection of some 400, classified by instrumentation which will be of tremendous use to players and teachers at all levels. As a work of reference for the specialist, or as a companion for the amateur player, this book is invaluable.

List of illustrationsp. vii
List of musical examplesp. viii
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Notational conventionsp. xiv
History, Music and Techniquep. 1
The revivalp. 1
Arnold Dolmetschp. 1
Other developmentsp. 4
Rediscovery of recorder makingp. 5
Mass-productionp. 7
Design problemsp. 9
The contemporary recorderp. 11
Personalitiesp. 12
The recorder worldwidep. 17
The recorderp. 20
Derivation of the namep. 20
Description of the instrumentp. 21
Musical characteristicsp. 25
Materialp. 26
Acousticsp. 27
Recorder designp. 28
The craft of recorder makingp. 32
Design innovationsp. 34
A 'modern' recorder?p. 35
Conventional recorder music and the heritage of the Baroquep. 37
Early compositionsp. 38
The 1950s and afterp. 44
The avant-gardep. 50
Earliest examplesp. 51
New techniquesp. 57
Other significant compositionsp. 59
The theatrical elementp. 64
Focus on the performerp. 66
Vocal/instrumental techniquesp. 70
Graphic scoresp. 72
Electro-acoustic musicp. 77
Modern techniquesp. 82
Non-standard fingeringsp. 84
Articulationp. 91
Vibratop. 94
Special effectsp. 97
Conclusionsp. 116
The recorder in amateur and educational musicp. 116
Repertoirep. 117
Compositions of staturep. 118
The recorder nowp. 119
Settling downp. 122
New groundp. 124
Non-standard fingeringsp. 127
Select Catalogue of Twentieth-Century Recorder Musicp. 137
Index to cataloguep. 166
Publishers and Music Information Centresp. 169
Bibliographyp. 171
General indexp. 175
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ISBN: 9780521366816
ISBN-10: 052136681X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 8th October 1990
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.55 x 19.13  x 1.12
Weight (kg): 0.35

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