Versatile Recorder – It’s Not Medieval Anymore”
We had a terrific presentation from Fred Kersten, on the history,
construction, tonal range, music and capabilities of the Recorder. His gift to
us was a blend of information, humor, and beautifully played music.
Fred, a highly educated and talented
musician and college professor punctuated his informative, and often
humorous, commentary by playing beautiful musical compositions that ranged
through Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods
to “Falling in Love with You,” and
all on different types of Recorders.
Among the compositions he played were pieces by Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi.
Fred provided the group an excellent handout that complemented his
dialogue with expanded explanations of the pieces he played. It also clearly
described the history and development of the Recorder. Fred briefly talked about
the structure, material composition, musical tonal range and cost of the
different types of Recorders that existed throughout history, and in the present
day. Particular attention was given
to Renaissance and Baroque Recorders. Fred
described the cost-benefits of different types of wood and plastic instruments.
There is no question that Fred showed us the full range and capabilities
of this unique and flexible instrument. As
he played each piece, he did so with the passion and flair of someone who loves
this instrument and has played it a good portion of his life.
Fred fingerings and the arrangements he played were done in such a way we
were not only hearing a beautiful melody, we were also hearing layers and waves
of sound. Boy, can he move his
fingers! It was great
presentation!! One we will all
reported by Steve Caine