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Recorder31 Day 22 | WIN an Aura alto recorder in our Telemann Competition!

Recorder31 Day 22 | WIN an Aura alto recorder in our Telemann Competition!

It's Competition Tuesday today, as we enter the fourth week of this year's Recorder31. In this week's competition, we're very pleased to give you the opportunity to win a fantastic alto recorder by Aura.

One of the recorder's most iconic composers was Georg Philipp Telemann – and while his 12 Fantasias for Flute without Bass were originally intended for traverso, when transposed up a minor third they fit beautifully onto an alto recorder. So much so, that they have become staple repertoire for recorder players.

For this week's competition, we'd love to hear you play music from the Telemann Fantasias – whether you give us just one movement, a short excerpt or a whole Fantasia, you're welcome to enter!

The music for the Fantasias is available in the public domain here (click on the "arrangements and transcriptions" tab for versions transposed and scored for recorder).

(If you'd prefer a printed copy, why not try The Baroque Solo Book, in which the Fantasias and lots of other solo recorder pieces are printed! Available here for £18.00 GBP!)

There's some virtuosic writing in amongst the Fantasias, but also some slower and simpler moments, so this competition is open to players of all experience levels. Good luck and we look forward to hearing your performances!


Send us a video of your performance by email to, or upload it to social media and tag us @earlymusicshop using the hashtag #Recorder31. Entries close next Monday 28 August!


Courtesy of our friends at Aafab, we're thrilled to offer a brilliant Conservatorium Alto Recorder in Boxwood by Aura worth £465GBP! 

The Conservatorium recorders by Aura are made in the Coolsma workshops in the Netherlands. They are based on Bressan recorders, with a curved, highly conical windway which produces a broad, rich sound. This Conservatorium alto is made of boxwood and is thumb-bushed.

Click here for more information on this instrument!


The Sound of Recorder Music!

Each day this month we're highlighting an audio clip of a recorder from our extensive range. Here's another instrument from the popular Mollenhauer Denner series, a soprano in olivewood. The olivewood produces a warm sound which is rich in overtones and with the ability to project well. Listen to the clips below or follow this link to find out more about this instrument.

Van Eyck Nightingale:

Sammartini Allegro:



Competition Terms & Conditions:

  • Entries must be submitted by midday (BST) on Monday 28 August 2023.
  • Winning entries may be shared by The Early Music Shop on social media and online at
  • The prize instrument is available to one entrant only, and is not able to be exchanged for any cash alternative or replacement prize.
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