The recorder as an instrument of the stars

During the Renaissance period, the recorder was used to play melodies in a wide pitch range that spanned an octave and six tones (C to C to A), and was the instrument of the stars.
The clear sound, described as pure and lyrical, was well loved, and the instrument was used to perform the lead accompanied by string instruments with a refined, gentle timbre, such as the lute and viola da gamba. It was often played in churches and royal palaces, and due to its associations with angels it appears in many works of art.