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Charles van Raalte

Soprano Recorder

Period:
17th Century
Description:

This is a rare and important example of a soprano recorder from the early Baroque period. It can be classed as a 'transitional' instrument which bears some of the traits of both Renaissance and later Baroque instruments.  It has a range of two full octaves, possibly more.

 

Its importance was brought to light when it was spotted by a Swiss musician who visited Dean Castle in the mid 1990s. A study of the recorder was then undertaken by a Danish expert instrument maker who produced detailed drawings of the instrument, copies of which are now in the collection at Dean Castle.

Materials/Media:
ivory
Dimensions:
length 289mm
Source:
Dean Castle
Accession number:
MI/A75
Digital Number:
EAMU047n
Creation Date:
1650 - 1680
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council