Alto recorder in f’ after Heytz,
a = 415 / a=400 Hz (original pitch) boxwood, double or single holes,
Baroque/English fingering, other woods (Grenadilla, Ebony) on request
Also deliverable in a=400 Hz with additional centre- and foot-joint for
. Johann Heytz (Heitz), Berlin (1672 – 1737),
mark: Fleurs-de-lis/ I.HEYTZ /or crown/ I HEYTZ / stylised flower
Born in Herrenhof, Sachsen-Gotha, he was active as a wood turner
and woodwind instrument maker in Berlin from 1700. From 1710 he was referred
to in documents as ‘Royal Court and ornamental turner, also musical
instrument maker’. Most of his instruments are covered with tortoiseshell
and furnished richly with ivory rings. Kirnberger and Krickeberg presume
that Heytz followed his apprenticeship France.
Through Pierre Naust the court in München acquired two of his recorders.
A relationship with French wood-wind-making seems obviously: Tortoiseshell
work is a speciality of the south of France (Marseille).
Schmidt supposed that the instruments, marked with the ‘Fleurs-de-lis’,
were produced for the French market. He is almost certainly right, which
means that Heytz made recorders for the French Court.
Because of the close relations with the court in Berlin, we believe, that
the court at Köthen obtained two of his recorders around 1720. This
is the time when J.S. Bach was active there. The Brandenburg Concertos’
were written and Bach acquired a harpsichord from Mietke (Berlin) for
the court in Köthen. It is certain, that the Brandenburg Concertos,
except for the first one, were drafted for the chapel at Köthen and
were performed in low pitch at a=400!
Lit.: Martin Kirnbauer und Dieter Krickeberg,
„Musikinstrumente im Umkreis von Sophie Charlotte“ in
„Sophie Charlotte und die Musik in Lietzenburg“,
Guido Klemisch, „Blockflöte“ in “Bachs
Orkestermusik“ von Rampe/Sackmann, Kassel 2000, ISBN
Guido Klemisch, „Zur Bauweise der Blockflöte um 1700 und
Möglichkeiten des Nachbaus,“ in SAIM, Beiheft 12, Michaelstein/Blankenburg,
1992, S. 47
* Manfred Hermann Schmidt, Die Blockflöten des Musikinstrumentenmuseums
in München“ in „ Bericht über das VI. Symposium
zu Fragen des Musikinstrumentenbaus“ Michaelstein/Blankenburg1986
William Waterhouse, „The New Langwill Index“ London,
1993, ISBN 0-946113-04-1
Pillip T. Young , 4900 Historical Woodwind Instruments, London