Recorder English
Recordor English

This uncommon stop name first appeared in the early 1600's, sometimes in wood, sometimes in stopped metal. Little more about it is known; It is assumed to have been a flute stop imitative of the instrument of the same name. Sumner considers it a synonym for Blockflöte.

The name Recordor is mentioned only by Adlung, who says that it “is English, and is said to mean the same thing as Flauto, a flute”. We assume it to be a synonym.

See also Flûte à Bec, Flûte à Neuf Trous.


No examples of the spelling Recordor are known. Of the spelling Recorder, Osiris contains seventeen examples at 2' pitch, and five at 4' pitch, all from the late 20th century, with one possible exception:

Recorder 2', Great; Chapel, Pembroke College, Cambridge, England; Quarles 1708. This instrument was much altered over the centuries and was restored by Mander in 1980. The pipes of this stop are new, and it is not clear whether the stop was included in the original instrument.

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Adlung[1]: §145 Flöt, §183 Recordor. Audsley[1]: Recorder. Grove[1]: Recorder. Sumner[1]: Recorder. Wedgwood[1]: Recorder.
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