All about the recorder, elementary school's favorite instrument

March 18 is Play the Recorder Day

Stars Insider

17/03/23 | StarsInsider

MUSIC Musical instruments

The recorder is a deceptively simple woodwind instrument, typically consisting of just three pieces, eight tone holes, and a wooden mouthpiece. It's usually seen in the hands of schoolchildren who are capable of making their instruments sound unbearably shrill or spellbindingly beautiful, depending on their commitment. We're all familiar with the recorder, but there's a lot we don't know about it, too. Why do children seem to be the only recorder players in the world? Was it ever a widely used instrument? Where does the recorder come from?

Read on to answer all these questions and more.

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