A brilliant kaleidoscope ... This book is presented in homage to the Australian recorder maker Frederick G. Morgan (1940 1999) who profoundly influenced the development of the early music movement and the quality of recorder making. 54 authors from fifteen countries including many of the world s best recorder players and instrument makers describe their interaction with him, giving astonishing insights into the relationship between the artist and the instrument in the search for expression through music. Fred Morgan s own essays about recorder making and original instruments, compliment these personal accounts and artistic reflections; his particularly clear and penetrating style make the fascinating story of the revival of the recorder accessible to all. For this book stunning new images of the Frans Brüggen Recorder Collection were made. These are precious, original instruments from the 18th century, whose value has been further enhanced by the accurate and legendary drawings of them made and previously published by Fred Morgan. They represent the historic inheritance of old recorders whose quality to this day is still the ideal. Thus, a brilliant kaleidoscope is provided a formidable text book and an illuminating picture book that transcends the appreciation of a single recorder maker: it shows in essence how intimately instrument making and musical practice are interwoven and traces the continuous conversation between builder and musician.
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