|Opus 8 - Recorder in G|
orn in 1492, Sylvestro Ganassi was an active musician, equally accomplished on the viola da gamba and the recorder. Connected with the court of the Doges in Venice, he also performed in Saint Mark's Basilica. In 1535, he published an exhaustive recorder method entitled Opera Intitulata Fontegara, which reflects the highly advanced technique of recorder players of the period and the prominent place that the instrument occupied in the music world.
Jean-Luc Boudreau's recorder is a replica of an instrument that was popular at the time Ganassi wrote his recorder method. An innovative combination of a typical Quebec wood with an Italian Renaissance style, the instrument consists of two sections held together with a brass mount. It is tuned to A=440.
Jean-Luc Boudreau has been making recorders and baroque and classical flutes for ten years. Shortly after obtaining a music degree in performance, with a specialization in early flutes, he began to study flute making on his own. In 1983, he received a scholarship from the ministère des Affaires culturelles du Québec to conduct research in European museums, examine original instruments in major collections and visit master instrument makers.
While basing his flutes on historic models, Boudreau enjoys exploring modern technological methods to facilitate his work and enhance the potential of his instruments. He has thus designed special tools for various steps in the construction process, for example, for drilling holes in the pipes and turning the wood. He designs his instruments on a computer and uses synthetic materials, such as moulded polyester resin instead of ivory, to decorate some instruments or build the body of a flute.
Jean-Luc Boudreau has participated in numerous exhibitions in Europe and the United States and has held many lecture-workshops on the making and maintenance of flutes. His Montreal workshop receives orders from Canada, the United States and Europe. He already has some 450 instruments to his credit.