Alto 392 Hz after Bizey
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We don’t know much about Charles Bizey (1685? – 1752?). Among the surviving instruments are flutes, oboes, recorders and bassoons. He was considered to be among the 5 most important makers in Paris around the middle of the 18th century. Archival documents reveal that Charles Bizey, Prudent (Thierriot) and Dominique Porthaux were master makers of the same workshop on the rue Dauphine, parish of St. André des Arts, first established by Bizey, ca. 1745 when he moved from the rue Mazarin , his location from ca. 1716, the year he became a master maker in Paris. Through the documentation of apprenticeship and marriage, professional affiliations and family ties, a dynasty of woodwind makers emerges, its makers important not only for the impeccable quality of their work, but equally for their contributions to the development and art of woodwind making and playing. F. ex. the earliest dated traverso wih corps de rechange to survive to the present is one stamped 1736 by Bizey in the Germanisches National- museum in Nürnberg.
My copy is based on the alto in the Dayton Miller Collection in Washington. Low-pitched altos have a wonderful sonority and timbre. This is the most appropriate instrument to play Bach, Haendel, Telemann and the early baroque French recorder music.