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Thread #94923   Message #1844115
Posted By: IvanB
26-Sep-06 - 07:54 PM
Thread Name: Recorders type/range?
Subject: RE: Recorders type/range?
There was a movement about in the mid 20th century to treat the F recorders as transposing instruments, i.e., music for F recorders would be printed such that any player of multiple instruments would always use the same fingering for any given note on the printed page. If I remember correctly, Carl Dolmetsch was one of the proponents of this system, which would make it easier for school children to interchange instruments. Luckily, the idea never really caught on, probably as much due to the sheer volume of music that would have had to be redone as for any other reason.

I found it quite easy to learn the fingerings for both the F and C recorders. Although I admittedly have now and again picked up a recorder and started playing it in the wrong key, my error was quickly noticable and it only happened in practice, almost invariably in the first few readings of a new piece.