Born c. 18th century into German speaking countries the Tenor Recorder – aka the Quartflöte – is the chunky bigger sibling to the some what weedier version you properly got your mitts on in school. Despite what they say: Less isn’t more. MORE IS MORE.

Tenor recorder


Key Tenor Recorder Facts

Falls in the Woodwind family, (and inside the internal duct flutes within that)

Pitched in C – one 8ve lower that the weedy school Recorders

Modern notation written at pitch

Sounds a fourth lower than the ‘Ordinary’ Recorder (the Alto/Treble Recorder)

Traditionally does not have any of the keys you see on many modern models that assist in reach

If you want the opportunity to sound like a magical cross between Gershwin – A north-east Chinese Composer – a Musical Virtuoso (and a actual wizard) as well as getting your hands on one of these bad boys to have a bash at a Tang Jianping masterpiece I applaud you. Also, if you manage it please call me. And teach me. I want to learn this. So. Much. Just not enough to dedicate the time to figuring it out…

Anyway back to you being inspired by Michala the Not Gershwin/Not Chinese/Recorder Virtuoso. Here’s a quick run down of what’s easily accessible so you can get on playing.

Tenor recorder

Tenor recorder

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Heidi has been working for a number of years at Normans progressing from the Saturday Sales Assistant to a Brass Specialist. A grade 8 player she loves to play all genres of music spanning Classical to Jazz. With over ten years of playing both the Trumpet and Cornet this is, of course, what she loves to write blogs about.