Teaching birds to sing "lessons properly composed within the faculty and compass of each bird," was a popular and lucrative hobby in the eighteenth century. The instruments used were the bird-flageolet and the recorder and other small home-made pipes.Here is are a few examples of songs played on the recorder by Sarah Angliss. (Play button in top bar.)
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Teaching birds to sing
The Bird Fancyer's Delight, a title first used in 1714 by Thomas Ward, is a collection of tunes intended to coax birds to sing music not natural to them, but within their vocal range.
Many thanks to MamaM who first introduced me to the subject.