about this recording:
Jacques Hotteterre le Romain (1674 – 1763)is the most
important representative of the Hotteterre family, a dynasty which
on music history: since 1650 various generations of the family were
employed as members of the Royal ensembles during the reigns of Louis
XV. In addition, they established themselves as innovative woodwind
instrument builders. We owe the development of the traverso, recorder,
oboe and musette as Baroque prototypes to the family Hotteterre, a
process already accomplished during Jaques
lifetime. He was primarily a wind player, but also a composer, a sought
after teacher and a successful author. He probably also made flutes.
It was his flute
and musette playing, however, which set new standards.
In 1707 he published
his opus 1, the first treatise in the use of the modern, three-piece,
conically-built traverso with one key: Principes de la Flute traversière
ou Flute d´Allemagne, de la Flute à bec ou Flute douce
et du Haut-Bois. The work includes a socalled Traité on the
recorder and a very short instruction on playing the oboe. In this
book he also
announces the imminent publication of his own compositions, no doubt
expected with great anticipation by his readers.
These works (opus
2) were published in 1708 and are presented on this CD: the Pièces
pour la flute traversière, et autres instruments, avec la basse-continue.