A wind instrument of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Baroque eras. The recorder is a simple instrument related to the flute; it is sounded by blowing into one end and the pitch is adjusted by covering finger holes. This instrument does not have a reed but is voiced simply by forcing air through a whistle mouthpiece as a duct flute. The Renaissance recorder differed from that of the Baroque in that the Renaissance recorder had a more cylindrical bore, while the Baroque recorder had a more conical bore. During the Baroque era, this instrument began to be overshadowed by the transverse flute.

Also [Eng.] recorder; [Fr.] flûte à bec or [Fr.] flûte douce; [Ger.] Beckflöte or [Ger.] Blockflöte or [Ger.] Schnabelflöte; [It.] flauto dolce or [It.] flauto diritto or [It.] flauto a becco; [Sp.] flauta de pico or. [Sp.] flauta recta or [Sp.] flauta dulce; rec..

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