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date: 18 January 2020

Bolton, Philippe locked

  • David Lasocki


(b Haddington, Scotland, July 3, 1943). French recorder maker. He settled with his English father and French mother in France in 1960. He graduated with a gold medal from the recorder class at Lille Conservatoire in 1975, then taught himself recorder making with help from Friedrich von Huene and Claude Monin as well as woodworkers near Lille. In 1978 he moved his workshop to Villes-sur-Auzon, near Avignon. He has concentrated on solo instruments, including medieval double pipes and recorders (based on instruments in paintings), ‘transitional’ recorders (after a Haka descant in GB.E.u, modern ‘Ganassi’ recorders (freely based on an alto recorder in and a modern tenor of his own design. Composers including Donald Bousted and François Rossé have written pieces for his electroacoustic recorder, developed in 1995; its microphone, screwed into the side of the head joint, can be connected to an amplifier, effects processor, or other electronic equipment. Bolton also makes a copy of a flute-like tenor recorder by Thomas Stanesby Jr (in ...

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