Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Odd Instruments: the Csakan

I just learned about the Csakan,
a keyed recorder that was popular
during the middle 19th century and
into the 20th. It has a rather large range,
and from the music I have heard
written for the instrument, probably
has a very flexible high register.
It was invented by Anton Haberle and
championed by Ernst Krämer, who
wrote a bunch of nifty music for it.
Unfortunately the instrument seems
to have fallen into obscurity. You can
read all about it here, and try to imagine
the instrument playing this.
There are bunch of odd instrumental
treasures attached to the above link.

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