Welcome! This is the open access to our new platform for the recorder. It offers a variety of articles that have been published in the German recorder magazine Windkanal, a quarterly periodical dedicated to the exciting world of the recorder since 1997.
The Recorder in Pop and Rock Music
Playlist to Part 5: Medieval Rock and Heavy Metal in the 2000s
Also in the most intense noise, the recorder was able to establish its place. In the case of Medieval Rock and Heavy Metal, here and there it even plays a leading role. Nik Tarasov traces the history of this less known aspects of our instrument in his article and delivers an extensive playlist with relevant examples from the genre.
Playlist to Part 4: Pop and Rock Music in the 1990s and later
Since the 1990s, the usage of various musical styles is as common as strolling in a self-service store. Solid as a rock in sporadic cases of New Age, New Wave, Grunge and Independent is the genre of pseudo-medieval music, which offers a large field for the recorder in the context of a band. In his article, Nik Tarasov describes the flourishing of this development. Some music examples are collected in the following playlist.
Playlist to Part 3: Rock and Pop Music in the 70s and 80s
Following the recorder’s emancipation in experimental rock music with partly improvised, extended solos, the instrument was also used in more conventional pop music of the 1980s. With examples and analyses, Nik Tarasov continues the series of the role of the recorder in the context of a band. Hereafter we have assembled the corresponding playlist.
What role did the recorder play in rock music of the early 1970s? Find comments about this topic in the special article of issue 2016-2 of the recorder magazine Windkanal (only in German language). Right here we have assembled actually accessible music titles of this music. Have fun on this discovery trip!
Would you believe that the recorder is a steady guest in various musical bands, also standing in the limelight since already 50 years? Based on a research by a team of Sonja Elena Fischerauer, Sina Bayer, Leon Peschke and Nik Tarasov, we provide playlists of currently available music videos of famous groups involving the recorder. So here comes part one with musical examples from the 1960s. Background information about this topic is found in an article by Nik Tarasov in the 2016-1 issue of the German recorder magazine Windkanal.
Oporto, 2-4 May 2014 Main venue: ESMAE (Escuela Superior de Música, Artes y Espectáculo) The recorder is in a healthy situation in the Iberian Peninsula. Both in Spain and in Portugal, countries that don’t have as much of a recorder-playing tradition as countries in the north of Europe do, the number of professional and amateur players is growing.
Gonzalo Ariel Juan informs us in an article about what is going on around the recorder in Argentina and points out the genuine recorder repertoire created there within the past decades. Juan also provides a personal survey of argentinian composers and their works originally written for our instrument.
Martin Erhardt: Upon a Ground – Improvisation on Ostinato Basses from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Centuries. A Hands-on guide for use in class, in a group or alone. For all instruments, including two play-along CDs (in 415 and 440 Hz). Edition Wanhall, EW 905 (2014).
Usually, we are used to publish reviews of actual CDs and sheet music only in German within our printed version of Windkanal – the German recorder magazine. But no rule without exception: As now a translation of this instruction book about improvisation methods in early music has also appeared, and as we had reviewed the German text of this fine work in the printed issue of Windkanal 2013-4, we thought it is time to publish here an English translation of the review for our international readers.
The Ukraine recorder maker Jewgenij Ilarionov is especially appreciated for his knowledge around the reconstruction of some of the earliest models of original recorders. Nik Tarasov spoke with him about his inspiration, developing and understanding in this field.
A report on the Moeck SRP Recorder Playing Competition 2011
by David Bellugi
Like for the previous competition, the passionate listener David Bellugi has provided us a report of the competition as well as an interview with Eva Fegers, the winner. The article gives us insight into the work of some of the talented young recorder-playing performers of today.
a survey on the complete works for the recorder by Nik Tarasov
Johann Sebastian Bach is surely the most famous composer to have specified the use of the recorder in his compositions. However, nothing in the large quantity of literature on Bach makes the tracing of these works particularly easy. Nik Tarasov’s paper therefore provides a practical and up-to-date guide to one of the most important chapters in the recorder repertoire, listing Bach’s compositions in complete chronological order.
To access the two-part article please use the following links:
Horst Geldmacher during a live-performance in the 1950s.
(Photo: Düsseldorfer Stadtarchiv)
Unique jazz-recordings including the recorder
These soundfiles provide the additional material to two articles on the earliest sources of German jazz-recorder playing.
The articles were published in German in Windkanal 2008-1:
The article "Günter Grass & Jazzblockflöte" ["Günter Grass & the Jazz-Recorder"] by Nik Tarasov relates to autobiographical information of the famous German author Günter Grass. In his book "Beim Häuten der Zwiebel" (2006) (”Peeling an Onion“) he recalls his time as a member of a jazz trio with the artist and recorder player Horst Geldmacher.
The article "Der Mann mit Namen 'Flötchen'" ["The Man Called 'Little Flute'"] by Wolfgang Mönninghoff provides a portrait of the hitherto unknown German recorder player Horst Geldmacher. He must have been one of the first performers who used the instrument for jazz music.
The soundfiles Through correspondence with Günter Grass (who formerly played the washboard in the above-mentioned jazz-trio) and with the former banjo and guitar player Günter Scholl, Nik Tarasov was able to unearth some live recordings from the 1950s, which are a good example of the musical qualities of recorder player Horst Geldmacher’s jazz trio.
Here are two titles of acceptable sound quality. Please click on the link under each song-title:
I've Found a New Baby (1926)
Jazz standard by Jack Palmer & Spencer Williams. Live performance by Horst Geldmacher (recorder) and Günter Scholl (guitar-banjo). The duet of the recorder and the whistled melody makes an especially nice effect. (Date and location of recording unknown.)
Alexander's Ragtime Band by Irving Berlin (1911)
Horst Geldmacher (recorder) & accompaniment (guitar-banjo, washboard, piano). Recorded during the 1950s, location unknown.
"The Joy of Making Music" – David Bellugi speaks about his enthusiasm for different ethnic flute cultures.
The interview with David Bellugi was published in German translation in Windkanal 2005-1.
For the complete text of the original interview by Nik Tarasov, in English, please open this link:
A two-part article published in German in the printed issues of Windkanal 2004-3 & 2004-4 provides an insight into original recorders from the Renaissance and the Baroque, preserved today in the major museums of Bologna in Italy.
For additional material including photos and unique soundfiles with English commentary please use this link: