12 things you never knew about the recorder
Before the hefty rental fees of violins and french horns kick in, many kids receive a recorder to begin their musical education.
Though it lacks the noise-making potential of its more complex cousins, the recorder has a long and distinguished history of its very own.
Give an ear as Mental_Floss‘ Michele Debczak explains.
1. IT DATES BACK TO THE MIDDLE AGES.
Centuries before the clarinet, the harmonica, and the tuba were invented, early musicians were playing recorders. The oldest surviving example of the instrument dates back to 14th-century Europe. Back then—unlike the mass-produced, plastic items today’s grade-schoolers are familiar with—recorders were carved from wood or ivory.
2. ITS NAME USED TO MAKE MORE SENSE.
Before the age of voicemail and tape recorders, the verb “to record” meant “to memorize by heart.” To this end, the simple recorder flute came in handy. One possible explanation for its name is that it was a good instrument for practicing, or “recording.” In languages other than English, the name doesn’t translate neatly and is usually referred to as a different type of flute.
Full story at Mental_Floss.Posted by Kate Rinsema