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A question [Jan. 17th, 2009|09:22 pm]



I'm not a newbie to the recorder world -- there's been at least one in my house for as long as I can remember. However, I'm considering finally learning how to play, since my father isn't interested in his any more, and I hate to see musical instruments that have been in the family for a while just abandoned...(yes, I also have a house full of pets!)

My question is: how "experienced" a player were you when you started playing baroque and/or renaissance music? Eventually I am going to graduate my middle-aged self from college in May, and am considering finally getting actively involved in the SCA. Since my primary instrument (anglo concertina) did not exist until 1830, so I was considering something a little more "period."

And there just happen to be all these soprano and alto recorders in need of a good home...


[User Picture]From: lsur
2009-01-19 10:49 am (UTC)
I would just play the easier stuff and work up, so to speak. Authenticity is a big topic for early music and it would be a pity not to play simply because you didn't want to start a trill on the wrong note. I don't suppose people in that time bothered too much about the finer points. Plus, improvisation was a part of playing then, and that would include ornaments. So, add what you feel like as you go along.
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