TRANSITIONAL alto in f’ or g’ at a=440 or a=415; in g’ at a=466 or a=440. Made of boxwood in two pieces joined by a brass ferrule, and normally provided with single holes. A powerful solo alto for playing late 16th and early 17th century works such as those of Bassano, Cima & Frescobaldi. This instrument is an excellent companion to the Transitional soprano, but uses a wider bore characteristic of early 17th century instruments, which favor the lower register. It uses normal baroque fingering and has the standard baroque alto range. The exterior is a refined renaissance shape with tapered mouthpiece and rounded bell end.
TRANSITIONAL soprano at a=415 or 440 in c" with brass ferrule. This is the perfect instrument for performers wishing to play music from the "Age of the Soprano Recorder", when composers such as van Eyck and Castello were creating works specifically for the soprano. It is based upon one of the two ivory originals at a=460 by an anonymous maker from the mid-17th century which are housed in the Munich Stadtmuseum. Because of its powerful tone, it is especially suited to solo playing or in consort with dominant instruments. It uses modern fingering and has the full range of a baroque soprano. The bottom notes are nearly as strong as those of renaissance instruments, yet the top register plays freely. It plays equally well at modern or old pitch.
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