Sopranino-recorder after D. Perosa
(name inscribed in a scroll): Italy ? 1st. half 18th c. ivory


Almost nothing is known about Perosa. He may have been related to Marco Perosa, oboist at San Marco in Venice around 1760. The mark has been red incorrectly “Peposa” (Schlosser 1920). Besides this sopranino in private possession there exists a soprano in Vienna (Kunsthistorisches Museum) and an oboe in Copenhagen (Claudius-Collection).
The original in ivory plays very well and has a balanced sound.
It is stylistically similar to an instrument at the Schola-Cantorum Baseliensis even though this instrument only has a scroll with no name it is also made of ivory and one could think of Perosa being the possible maker. However, the measurements are extremely different from the Vienna instrument Perosa is probably not be the maker of the Basel sopranino.

Lit.: Guido Klemisch, „Zur Bauweise der Blockflöte um 1700 und Möglichkeiten des Nachbaus,“ in SAIM, Beiheft 12, Michaelstein/Blankenburg, 1992, S. 47
William Waterhouse, „The New Langwill Index“ London, 1993, ISBN 0-946113-04-1
Pillip T. Young , 4900 Historical Woodwind Instruments, London 1993