Baroque melodies from a not-so-simple piece of wood

Autumn colors, autumn music. © Charles Thibo
Autumn colors, autumn music. © Charles Thibo

Did you have music lessons at school? Then perhaps you learned to play the recorder, this very basic woodwind instrument. Well, the recorder is more than just a school instrument for children. It has been in use as a music instrument in its own right since the Middle Ages up to the Baroque period, when it enjoyed a wide popularity. Georg Friedrich Händel has written several sonatas for recorder and basso continuo*. And they are worth to be known a little better.

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