The Cuckoo Recorder Concerto performed by Matthias Maute with the Ensemble Caprice


when my brother started with recorder lessons in elementary school, i saved his instrument from drying out, beginning to teach myself.  after my formal studies as flutist, my love for playing the recorder even increased. i really don’t know what intrigues me most: the intimate closeness to the human body by simply touching pure wood that hasn’t had any metallic transformation & addition of key mechanisms or the stimulus of using my breath in a more subtle way & the recorder’s sensitivity to articulation that brings its warm sound as close as possible to my own voice. still, i consider it almost inconceivable to have been, many years ago back in freiburg, germany, a student of now montreal based musician, composer & conductor Matthias Maute. for me, he has been the epitome of a recorder virtuoso who transfuses baroque music’s intrinsic energy, delight & melancholy by transcending the instrument’s potential.

-susanne eules

DSC_0491Susanne Eules, originally from Freiburg, Germany, lives in DeLand, Florida. She is the recipient of aVermont Studio Center Merit Writer Grant 2014 and a Merit Fellowship in poetry at the 2014 Summer Literary Seminar in Vilnius, Lithuania. Her work is recently found or forthcoming in the Viennese literary magazine wespennest, Prolog (Berlin, Germany), FENCE Magazine and the Austrian literary magazinelichtungen. Her German poetry book ůbern růckn des atlantiks/den rand des nachmittags (across the ridge of the atlantic/the edge of the afternoon) was released in the spring of 2012 from Fixpoetry.verlag, Hamburg, Germany.  She can be found online at

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