PHILIPPE BOLTON

flageolets & recorders


Consort flageolets after texts by Marin Mersenne and Pierre Trichet

(17th century)

These flageolets make up a consort:

two consort flageolets

the descant in C (following Pierre Trichet's description) above, the alto in G in the middle and the bass in C below.


Marin Mersenne et Pierre Trichet both describe a consort of flagoeolets.

In his Harmonie Universelle (1636) Mersenne descibes an ensemble including a descant in D, altos in G and a bass in C, and gives as an example a four part vaudeville arranged for these instruments.


Mersenne's text a piece for four flageolets



In his Traité des Instruments de Musique Pierre Trichet suggests using a flageolet in C (an octave above the bass) for the upper part. He adds that the bass instrument can be used as a case for the descant.

an extract from Trichet's manuscript

On peut faire des concerts à quatre parties avec des flageolets aussi bien qu'avec des flustes, en mettant la taille et la haute-contre a la quinte de la basse, parce que l'estendue d'une de ces parties peut s'accommoder à l'autre, et faut que le dessus soit a l'octave de la mesme basse, laquelle peut servir d'estui audict fageolet et du dessus.


A descant in D, as suggested by Mersonne, will probably be made later.

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