Hotteterre alto in G at A = 415 Hz

To Jacques-Martin Hotteterre (called "Le Romain", because he lived in Rome between 1698 and 1700) has often been attributed to the design of the recorder and the transverse flute in the baroque configuration. His father, Martin Hotteterre, and other members of the family were well established as makers of wind instruments. J-M. Hotteterre the Romain is still remembered for his treatises on the art of music and for his activities as a composer and musician. His treatise "Principes de la flute à bec ou flute d’Allemagne, de la flute Traversière et du hautbois" (1707) presents the scheme that today we call "baroque fingering."

The Hotteterre instrument we make, is a copy at A = 415 Hz of an alto recorder in G entirely of ivory, now in the Musée Instrumental de Paris.

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Schultze - concerto G major - Dorothee Oberliger - G alto Hotteterre

This instrument bears a striking resemblance in details of the head and the foot to the design of the "Flauto Italiano" found in the "Compendio Musicale" by Bartolomeo Bismantova manuscript (Ferrara 1677). In fact, their profile is unique. .   .

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