Alto/Treble-Recorder in “f’’ after Bressan,
a = 415, stained boxwood with double or single holes, Baroque (English)
As above, but with ivory-mountings as in the original construction
original pitch a = 405 s, other woods available on request, .
Pierre Jaillard Bressan, (Peter Bressan), London (1663
Mark: P u I / BRESSAN / (Lancastrian rose). (The ‘u’ is in fact
a horseshoe-shaped hyphen.)
Since Edgar Hunt presented his complete collection
to the Bate Collection, Oxford (GB) this instrument has been located in
the museum and it is – as far as is known – the only Fourth
Flute made by Bressan. This recorder is a remarkable instrument in all respects.
Besides the ”Suites Nos. 5 & 6 “ of Dieupart, the following
pieces can be realised very well on a fourth-flute: J.M. Hotteterre; op.5/2
(c minor) and F. Couperin; Concert Royaux No. 11 (c-minor)
During the last years much biographical information has been published about
Bressan. He was born in Bourg-en-Bresse (France) as Pierre Jaillard, and,
via Paris, arrived in London in 1688. There he became a celebrated and prosperous
woodwind instrument maker. The last one or two years of his life were overshadowed
by financial hardships. He returned to France and died in Tournais (Belgium).
Today he has become one of the most famous makers of the 18th century and
is justly considered to be one of the very best.
Lit.: Edgar Hunt, The Recorder and it’s
Music, London 1966,
G. Klemisch, “Zur Bauweise der Blockflöte um 1700 und Möglichkeiten
des Nachbaus,“ in SAIM, Beiheft 12, Michaelstein/Blankenburg,
1992, S. 47
Phillip T. Young , 4900 Historical Woodwind Instruments, London
William Waterhouse, The New Langwill Index, London 1993, ISBN