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The Treble (2)
instruments of greater carrying power, became more and more popular with composers and gradually the recorder was forced out of the orchestra.
Added to this there came the gradual decline in amateur instrumental music making, for the new wind instruments, to which were subsequently added more and more keys, became more expensive to buy and so beyond the means of many would-be players.
This in part explains why the modern amateur music maker, having discovered the recorder and the vast amount of music which is available, is now coming into his own again. There is a wide field here for modern composers if they will go to the trouble of understanding the capabilities of the instrument.
It may be remarked for the benefit of composers that it is doubtful whether compositions written with both the flute and recorder in mind will ever be really satisfactory unless it is remembered that the recorder has a smaller range than the flute. Some of the modern sonatas for treble recorder and pkno or flute and piano are unsatisfactory in the higher ranges and are difficult and sometimes impossible for playing on the recorder. If modern composers will write suitable recorder music, not intended to be played on the recorder as an alternative to the flute, they will find great interest being taken by keen amateurs in their works.
The tune given in example 29, composed by Henry PurceE, will provide interesting practice. There are some difficult groups of slurred notes and these should be isolated at the beginning and practised separately. Whenever E|j appears as one of a group of slurred notes, this group will be found difficult to pky neatly. The same applies to the group D, E, F when slurred together. Only constant and intelligent practice will