Degree Name

Master of Arts


School of Creative Arts


The material in this thesis approaches Renaissance music in relation to the recorder player in three ways.

Information on the historical aspects of instrumental music during the Renaissance has been collated from a wide range of sources. The effect of social, political, and religious activities has been discussed in an effort to discover the most authentic way to use recorders in current performances of Renaissance music. The specific geographic areas covered include England, the Franco-Nether lands, Germany and Italy.

Secondly, examples of music from these areas have been analysed and discussed to demonstrate different styles within the period. The discussion of these examples is also designed to help the teacher and player, especially the amateur-player, to better understand how to prepare such music for performance.

The third area of study has been to show how various features of Renaissance music, particularly Divisions, have influenced composers throughout the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Twentieth century periods of music. Examples of division patterns from sixteenth century Instruction Manuals have been traced in the music of Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, and such contemporary composers as Michael Tippett, Malcolm Arnold and Alan Bush. Examples of twentieth-century recorder music have been to some extent limited to English composers because of personal interest in the performance of this music.