Alto/Treble recorder* in ‘f’ after Debey,
a = 415, a = 415 stained boxwood with double or single
holes, baroque (English) fingering, other woods (grenadilla, ebony) on
This recorder has a very low, narrow windway and therefore an extremely
*You can hear it on a CD from the “Digital” label played
by Anja Hufnagel. The CD can be acquired from the G.M. Klemisch Workshop.
Debey, Flemish (1st half of the 18th c.),
Mark: I.DEBEY, beneath a flower.
I cannot share Waterhouse’s opinion, that Debey
was French. The reading of the mark “de Bey” is Dutch (modern
writing “de bij”) and means “the bee”. He was
most likely Flemish. This is also suggested in the style of the recorder’s
construction. Other extant instruments by him include an oboe (Oxford,
GB) and an incomplete oboe d’amore (Brugge, B).
Lit.: G.M. Klemisch, „Zur Bauweise der Blockflöte um 1700
und Möglichkeiten des Nachbaus,“ in SAIM, Beiheft 12,
Michaelstein/Blankenburg, 1992, S. 47
William Waterhouse, „The New Langwill Index“ London,
1993, ISBN 0-946113-04-1
Pillip T. Young , 4900 Historical Woodwind Instruments, London