Voice-Flute in d’ after Bressan,
a = 415, stained box-wood with dubbel or single holes, baroque (English)
The copy is based on one of the instruments
of Frans Brüggen and the instrument in the Grosvenor Museum in Chester
Original-pitch in a = 405 on request, as well as other woods.
In the modified version the recorder plays easily over two octaves. It
can be made to original pitch as well. Because of the longer foot-joint
in combination with a wider boor the dubbel octave (d’’’)is
not playable. On the other hand, especially the low notes get more volume.
One should think about a combination of the modified version with the
original one both in a=415.
Pierre Jaillard BRESSAN, (Peter Bressan), London
(1663 – 1730)
Mark: P u I / BRESSAN / (Lancaster Rose). The ‘u’ is
in fact a horseshoe-shaped hyphen
The instruments are situated in the collection-Brüggen, Amsterdam
(NL) and at the Grosvenor Museum in Chester (GB). Theses recorders have
in every aspect an excellent quality.
Besides the original Dieupart-Suites No 1 - 4 you will
be able to play many pieces written for the transversflute or violin in
the original key.
During the last years there is very much published about Bressan’s
biography. He was born in Bourg–en-Bresse (France) as Pierre Jaillard,
came via Paris finally 1688 to London and there he became a celebrated,
prosperous woodwind-wind maker. The last one or two years of his life
were adumbrated with financial hardships. He returned to France and died
in Tournais (Belgium)
Today he is probably rightly one of the most famous makers of the 18th
Lit.: Edgar Hunt, The Recorder and it’s
Music, London 1966,
G.M. 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,