flageolets & recorders

A lecture on the flageolet in France and in Europe

The flageolet belongs to the same family as the recorder. It was invented during the 16th century, and the first written record of its use goes back to 1581. Unlike the recorder it did not disappear after the baroque era, but continued to be played and to evolve during the 19th century and even beyond, until the First World War, following the musical taste of the time.

The lecture presents the history of this unique instrument and much more.

a flageolet drawn by Marsenne a flageolet as seen by Mahillon towards the end of the 19th century