The Hands of a Recorder Player



Have you ever taken a close look at a recorder player’s hands?

An engraving by Bernard Picart from the early 18th Century, found in the Dayton C. Miller Collection of the Library of Congress, is a perfect example.

It gives us an up-close look at a pair of anonymous hands holding a recorder (in playing position)—at once delicate and dynamic.

Recorder Player's Hands (Bernard Picart, 1707; Library of Congress)

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