Treble recorder

The treble recorder produces a softer version of the sound of the flute and it perfomed much the same function in a small ensemble that the flute would in a full-scale orchestra. By about 1800 the recorder was largely replaced by the flute and it was not until the 1880s that it was resurrected with the revival of early music by Arnold Dolmetsch (1858-1940). Giovanni Maria Anciuti of Milan was one of the greatest recorder makers of his day, and his surviving instruments are dated between 1717 and 1740.