Early Baroque soprano in C
|415 and 440 Hz|
|€1200 incl. VAT, extra body €300|
In the early 17th century music for a high solo recorder became in demand. Der Fluytenlusthoff by Jacob van Eyck is the most famous example. But also early Italian sonatas by composers like Castello, Uccellini, Cima and Fontana call for the possibility of a soprano recorder.
I make a soprano in two parts, connected with a wooden socket. It has minimal turning to keep the look and feel of a one piece recorder. It can also be made in one piece on request. The bore is based on Vienna SAM 130 and has only a light taper being narrowest between hole 6 and 7. The sound still has the earthy robustness of a ganassi but combines this with a more refined, sweeter sound with more overtones. The high notes work very well with normal baroque fingering.
The design gives some space for different voicings, from delicate and intimate to more open and powerful. The same goes for tuning (meantone or equal temperament) and fingering (historical or modern). The type of wood can add to the different characters. So this model is very versatile.
The soprano is available in pitches 415 and 440 Hz. The two part construction allows two bodies with one head.