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Additional Resources:

  • S. Virdung: Musica getutscht (Basle, 1511 /r1931)
  • M. Agricola: Musica instrumentalis deudsch (Wittenberg, 1529 /r1969)
  • S. Ganassi: Opera intitulata fontegara (Venice, 1535 /r1970)
  • T. Morley: The First Booke of Consort Lessons (London, 1599)
  • M. Praetorius: Syntagma musicum (Wolfenbuttel, 1618, /r1958)
  • M. Mersenne: Harmonie universelle (Paris, 1636 /r1963)
  • T. Greeting: The Pleasant Companion, or New Lessons and Instructions for the Flageolet (London, 1661)
  • J. Banister: The Most Pleasant Companion (London, 1681)
  • H. Salter: The Genteel Companion: being Exact Directions for the Recorder (London, 1683)
  • F. W. Galpin: Old English Instruments of Music (London, 1910)
  • H. A. Martens: Die Blockflote in heutiger Zeit, ZfM, (1931)
  • C. F. Dolmetsch: The Recorder or English Flute, ML (1941)
  • E. Halfpenny: The Bass Recorders of Bressan, GSJ, (1955)
  • D. S. Higbee: A Plea for the Tenor Recorder by Thomas Stanesby, GSJ (1962)
  • F. Morgan: Making Recorders Based on Historical Models, Early Music, (1982)
  • J. M. Thomson and A. Rowland-Jones, eds. The Cambridge Companion to the Recorder. Cambridge University Press, (1995).