A Pointsman of the Recorders' History?
Takeyama Wooden Recorder
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"Classical music is just a kind of European ethnic music" said Sakamoto Ryuichi. Recorders were established in Renaissance music of old Europe. We can say "Recorders are just a kind of European ethnic musical instruments."
In a sense, however, a flow of history and culture cannot be controlled by the borders. Basically, the modern nation-state is a new concept made up in the 17th century. No reasonable for the borders to control, therefore. They're also a Japanese representative instrument since we, most of Japanese people, have been familiar with them at elementary education today.
Takeyama Recorder Workshop in Osaka has produced wooden end-blown flutes since 1960. They reversed recorders' history and are a pointsman in a sense.
First, let me mention about the reverse. In 1987, in order to tap into the global market, they joined an old-time instruments expo in America. In the 2nd try, their wooden recorders were found by an English dealer. It led them to the global market. Once upon a time, recorders were brought from Europe into Japan. Happened the reverse by Takeyama's trial.
Second, the pointsman. The recorder market in Europe is mature enough and it's difficult to grow up more there. So they aimed at Asian countries like Hong-Kong, Taiwan and South Korea. Like holding a recorder festival, they have spread recorders in Asia. Having a birds' eye view on recorders' history, we're possible to fix them as the pointsman.
We can't mention about whether Takeyama recorders are good or wrong, because it's all down to you. As said above, however, the workshop is pretty important on the recorders' history. It can be said that the difference between Takeyama and other recorder makers is the responsibility.
Apropos, they say recorders were spread in Japan by the 1936 Summer Olympics. In the early part of the 20th century, the old instruments as recorders were revalued in Europe. They used recorders at a group recital of the 1936 Olympics, therefore. A Japanese man saw them play and guessed "We must use the good flute on our education," which made him bring it back home. His family name was Sakamoto. Naturally, he has nothing to do with Sakamoto Ryuichi.
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