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From Edition Tre Fontane

ETF 3098 Michael Schutz - Questions (ATBCb) and Salsa Creek (ATBGb) arr. for 4 recorders by Martina Bergman, £17.50
ETF 3114 Jean-Paul-Egide Martini (1741-1816) - Plaisir d'Amour (SATBBGbCb), £16.50
ETF 3090 Giovani Buonaventura Viviani (c1638-1692) - 12 Sonatas book 1 for violins or recorders (e.g. tenor or voice flute) viola and bc, £23.50
ETF 3097 XXIV Fantasie per il Flauto: a collection of twelve fantasias by contemporary composers and including a separate copy of the twelve Fantasias of Telemann in facsimile, £23.50
ETF 3115 Karin Thevissen - Orbit for Alto and Piano, £12.60 
The general atmosphere of the piece is meditative and rather introvert. Moderate difficulty.
ETF 3120 Jim ten Boske - Gothic 2.0 for S & A recorders, £9.00
4 short moderately easy duets.

ETF 3075 Gradus Jacobii by Ere Lievonen for 1 S or 1 A, £7.50
For a Renaissance recorder, any size but using C fingering. Inspired by van Eyck's climb up the many steps to play the bells up high in the church towers. Some Quarter tones are used.

ETF 3085 Tagoriana by Juan Maria Solare for 1 S, £10.50
There are two pieces: 1. Kailash, the witty cashier;2.We read the world wrong and say it deceives us. The titles are references to the life and writings of Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). Totally accessible for good to excellent players.

ETF 3118 Apuse by Sylvia Rosin for 3 SAB, £14.00
Based on an Indonesian Folk Song. Apuse means Grandma and Grandpa and the song tells of the separation of grandchild and grandparents.

ETF 3094 Spanische Lieder by Ortrud Hommes for 4 SATB £17.50

ETF 3216 Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by G F Handel, for Sno.SAATTBGbCb + opt SubGb & SubCb, £18.50
Parts are supplied on a CD for printing.

ETF 3218 Berg und Tal (Hill and Dale) by Hans Martin Linde for SAATTBGb, £18.50

ETF 3127 Christmas Quartet - Misc arr van Nieukerk for 4 A/S A/T T B, £18.50
On European Christmas songs, arranged according to the Christmas story. Parts are supplied on a CD for printing.

From Mayhill

By Ann Marshall
MHE 10120 - Ann's Choice: Volume 11, for 4 SATB, £9.00
O Occhi, Manza Mia / Sometime She Would / Musiciens Qui Chantez a plaisir / The Elves' Dance. Arrangements of four madrigals. What they have in common is that they were written in the late 1500s or early 1600s, that they are (mainly) about love, and that they sound really good played fast.
An ongoing series of poems with musical interludes, sympathetic to the verse:
MHE 20520 - Musical Poems No 1: Two Little Kittens for 4 SATB, £8.50
Uses a work by the poet and novelist Jane Taylor (1783-1824). There are six musical interludes of straightforward but interesting music. A performance of words and music lasts about six minutes.
MHE 30520 - Musical Poems No 2: The Cat and the Moon for 4 SATB , £8.50
Uses a poem by the famous Irish poet W B Yeats (1865-1939). There are eight musical interludes of straightforward but interesting music. A performance of words and music lasts about eight minutes.
MHE 40520 - Musical Poems No 3: The Lion and the Mouse for 4 SATB, £8.50
Uses a poem by the poet and author Jeffreys (sometimes Jefferys) Taylor (1792-1853). There are eight musical interludes, of straightforward but interesting music. A performance of words and music lasts about eight minutes.

MHE 30120 - Recorder Septet No 3 for 7 SoSATBGbCb, £15.50
Equally suited to one-to-a-part playing or several-to-a-part orchestral playing. Total playing time is about ten minutes.
MHE 20620 - A Wind for All Seasons for solo treble, £4.50
MHE 40620 - Free Spirit for solo treble, £4.50

By Steve Marshall
MHE 50120 Trad: The Trumpet Hornpipe for 4 SATB, £4.50
The Trumpet Hornpipe is a genuine traditional dance - perhaps one of the best-known dances. Its fame arose in the 1950s when it was used as the theme music to the hugely-popular children's cartoon series Captain Pugwash. It's a guaranteed crowd-pleaser for recorder orchestra audiences.
MHE 40120 Ponchielli: Dance of the Hours for SoSATBBGbCb opt SubCb, £14.50
The Dance of the Hours is a ballet that forms part of the opera La Gioconda, composed by Amilcare Ponchielli (1834 - 1886). It soon became popular as a stand-alone piece, and it is one of those pieces that most people will recognise, even if they can't put a name to it. Not only did it form part of the 1940 animated film Fantasia, but it has been used in countless films, TV programmes and comedy routines. This arrangement ignores how the piece has been mistreated over the years, and presents it as faithfully as is possible, given that recorder orchestra are very different from symphony orchestras! Performance time is about six minutes.
MHE 10620 The First Spring Day for solo descant or tenor, £5.00
The First Spring Day is a set of fairly straightforward solos, inspired by verse of the same name by the English poet Christina Rossetti (1830-1894). The inspiration was rather indirect, by taking eight fragments from the poem that suggested musical ideas. Performance time of all eight pieces is about nine minutes.
MHE 30620 Four Moods for solo treble, £4.50

 

From Tinderbox

By David Moses:
SATB
TBRG0009 Kalamatianoi & Syrtoi - £6.50
Two of the most common types of circular folk dance found throughout the Greek Islands and mainland. Each dance is based on a three step pattern. The 7/4 meter of Kalamatianoi suggests two short and one long step. This pattern is reversed for the calypso-like 4/4 rhythm of Syrtoi.
TBRG0010 Phrygian Fandango - £5.00
The grandeur and passion of Flamenco dance are captured by the stately and hypnotic rhythm of a fandango written in the Phrygian mode. All parts sit comfortably within range and the slow tempo means that semiquavers move precisely, but at a steady pace.
TBRG0011 Rocky Road to Dublin - £5.50
This boisterous traditional slip jig (in 9/8 as opposed to the 6/8 meter of an ordinary Irish jig), has lyrics which relate the adventures of a country lad whose journey southwards to Dublin ends up in Liverpool.
TBRG0012 Waltz for a Quadruped - £6.00
The most obvious rhythmical feature of a waltz is that every bar contains one more beat than each dancer has legs. This haunting and lyrical piece is no different to any other waltz in that respect.
TBRG0017 Dune Tune - £3.00
A piece inspired by music of the Mande people from West Africa. This simple piece was written at the suggestion of Steve Marshall. It had to be short and simple enough for inclusion in the Recorder Magazine centre spread.

5 recorders
TBRG0013 Ambling for 5 AATTB £6.50
Ambling is a process of setting out on a leisurely journey with no very clear idea of one's destination, but with the intention of being delighted with whatever one finds. This journey is unmistakably through parts of rural England.
TBRG0014 Only Joe King for 5 SATBGb £7.50
The best remembered compositions of New Orleans cornet player Joe 'King' Oliver are Chimes Blues and Doctor Jazz. This arrangement has optional parts for contra bass recorder and ukelele
TBRG0015 Jonesville Jump for 5 SATTB(Opt.Gb) £7.50
Tony Dorsey was a famous trombonist and band leader whose music was popular during the 1940s. One night he came to David Moses in a dream and dropped this big band swing tune into his head.

6 recorders
TBRG0003 Portative Parallels for 6 AATTBB £5.00
David's use of parallel fifths and C14th cadences evokes the sound of portative organ. Although this is an entirely original piece, lovers of Early Music will feel completely at home.
TBRG0005 Twilight Garden for 6 AATTBB £5.50
David uses one of his songs for children as a basis for this melodic and reflective evocation of a summer evening. The mood is calm and warm. Melodies and harmonies are soft and inviting.

7 recorders
TBRG0004 QuintEssentials for 7 SAATTBGb £12.00
A stimulating, challenging and rewarding exploration of some different ways in which quintuple metre is used in Balkan music. The variety is surprising, ranging from wild and frenetic through sedate and folksy to graceful and stately.

8 recorders
TBRG0002 Poios den exei agapesei for 8 SoSATTBBGb £8.50
Lively traditional Greek folk dance in 9/8 time. Each bar is subdivided into 2 2 2 3 beats to facilitate the short short short long pattern of dance steps. Once you get the hang of the rhythm, it's very jolly and not too challenging.
TBRG0016 Three Gardens for 8 SAATTBGbCb £9.00
Giverny (Monet's garden), Sissinghurst (created by Vita Sackville-West in Kent) and Ninfa in the province of Latina, south of Rome, provide the inspiration for these three pieces which attempt to capture the essence of these beautiful but wildly different gardens.

Recorder orchestra
TBRG0007 Hubble Bubble Blues for SoSAATTBBGbCbSCb £7.50
A 12 bar blues for recorder chamber orchestra, with a loping 7 beats to the bar. Melodic references to Arabic music suggest that a dhow might have strayed onto the Mississippi.
TBRO0001 Rigs, Jigs and Reels (revised 2009) for SoSSAATTBBGbCb £22.00
An arrangement in three movements of Irish traditional music for recorder orchestra (sopranino, descant 1 & 2, treble 1 & 2, tenor 1 & 2, bass 1 & 2, great bass, contra bass). Written for the first London recorder orchestra and performed more recently by the National Youth Recorder Orchestra, the piece lasts for approximately fifteen minutes with lively jigs, reels and hornpipes weaving in and out of beautiful ballads and laments.
TBRO0002 Latin American Suite (2010) for SoSSAATTBBGbCbSCb £15.00
Milonga, Songo and Samba for recorder orchestra (sopranino, descant 1 & 2, treble 1 & 2, tenor 1 & 2, bass 1 & 2, great bass, contra bass and massed feet). Passionate and highly rhythmic.
TBRO0004 Five Strong Colours (2010) for SoSSAATTBBGbCb £15.00
A reworking of the 2003 suite for recorder orchestra and massed feet. Lush harmonies and poignant melodies intermingle with wild and jaunty dance tunes to evoke the earlier part of the 20th century
TBRO0005 Block Out for SoSSAATTBBGbCb £12.00
Big band jazz for recorder orchestra. The rhythmic and harmonic language is that of bebop rather than the gentler swing era.
TBRO0006 Toot'n the Blooz for SoSSAATTBBGbCbSCb £10.00
If a recorder orchestra were minded to play in a Dixieland style, it would sound like this.
TBRG0007 Glory Days & Hallelujah Nights for SoSSAATTBBGbCb £14.00
Let the recorder orchestra sing and shout. A celebration of the many diverse styles which get grouped together under the heading of African American Gospel Music
TBRG0008 Khayelitsha Sunrise for SoSAATTBBGbCbSCb, £12.50
Khayelitsha is one of South Africa's fastest growing townships, home to people from different cultural backgrounds. This music reflects the tensions, vitality and hopefulness of this dynamic community.

By Scott Joplin, arr. David Moses
TBRO0003 Gladiolus Rag for SoSSAATTBBGbCb £12.00
TBRO0003a Gladiolus Rag for SoSSAATTBBGb £12.00
Joplin at his most refined and melodic. Surely one of the most attractive of all his ragtime compositions.

TBRG0006 Maurice Ravel - String Quartet in F for SoSAATTB£BGbCbSCb £15.00
The first movement employs the full range and resources of a recorder chamber orchestra to cover Ravel's four string parts.

From MUST Music

EMR 23298 - Bach, J S - Badinerie from the Orchestral Suite BWV 1067 - 1 A & pno £6.30
EMR 25293 - Chopin - 2 Preludes - 1 B & pno - £6.30
EMR 25374 - Bartok - 3 Romanian Folk Dances - 1 S & pno/org - £7.30
EMR 25459 - Caplet - Adagio - 1 A & pno/org - £6.30
EMR 25746 - Carulli - Andante Affettuoso - 1 A & pno/org - £6.30
EMR 27138 - Massenet - Elegy - 1 A & pno/org - £5.20
EMR 27254 - Bizet - Carmen Act III (Entr'acte) - 1 B & pno/org - £5.20
EMR 27360 - Bizet - I Love You - 1 S & pno/org - £5.20
EMR 27584 - Cui - Lullaby - 1 S & pno/org - £5.20
EMR 27644 - Berlioz - Hungarian March from The Damnation of Faust - 1 T & pno/org - £7.30
EMR 27702 - Verdi - Triumphal March from Aida - 1 B & pno/org - £7.30
EMR 27814 - Rachmaninov - Nocturne - 1 B & pno/org - £7.30
EMR 29202 - Debussy - Reverie - 1 A & pno/org - £6.30
EMR 29258 - Bellini - Romance in F major - 1 A & pno/org - £6.30
EMR 29434 - Dvorak - Romantic Piece op 75/1 - 1 A & pno/org - £6.30
EMR 29492 - Donizetti - Una Furtiva Lachrima from L'Elisir d'Amore - 1 A & pno/org - £6.30
EMR 30231 - Joplin - The Sycamore - 1 A & pno/org - £6.30
EMR 30699 - Donizetti - Una Furtiva Lachrima from L'Elisir d'Amore - 1 S & pno/org - £6.30
EMR 30937 - Satie - 3 Gymnopedies - 1 S & pno/org - £7.30
EMR 31272 - Thomas - Gavotte from Mignon - 1 T & pno - £6.30
EMR 34076 - Clarke - An Autumn Day (Scherzo) - 1 A & pno - £6.30
EMR 34547 - Clarke - The Best of Herbert L Clarke - 1 B & pno - 22.80
EMR 35026 - Gourlay - A Scottish Cradle Song - 1 B & pno - £7.30
EMR 35175 - Joplin - Magnetic Rag - 1 S & pno - 24.90
EMR 37011 - Gershwin - Slap that Bass - 1 B & pno - £6.30
EMR 37814 - Lehar - Gold and Silver - 1 A & pno - £6.30
EMR 38039 - Youmans - Tea for two - 1 A & pno - £6.30

From Mayhill

MHE 10519 Ann Marshall - Contraband (2 CbCb) £5.00
Steph Sutherland asked me if I could write something for her, using the unusual instrumentation of two contrabasses. The result is this five-movement, six-minute suite. The most obvious problem with music for two contrabasses is that simple human need to breathe, and reasonably often too. There are a reasonable number of short rests built into the music, but in any case contrabass players are a resourceful lot, and will no doubt find a way to make it work. Unsurprisingly the piece also works fine on two basses.

MHE 30717 Ann Marshall - Ann's Choice: Volume 10 (3 AAB) £5.00
Sit Down and Sing (Weelkes). Ah me! My mistress scorns my love (Bateson) Where Art Thou, Wanton? (Morley) There is not much music for adults that is both interesting and easy. I hope that 'Ann's Choice' will help to fill the gap. Volume 10 comprises arrangements of three three-part English madrigals for TrTrB recorders. The madrigals are by three giants of madrigal composition – Weelkes, Bateson and Morley. In these pieces they demonstrate their ability to write very interesting music that is straightforward to play and that is in only three parts.

MHE 11118 Steve Marshall - Low-Down Blues (3 TBB) £8.00
Steve says: 'I wrote this miniature suite at the request of the trio Polyphonica, to whom it is dedicated. They wanted something jazzy for low instruments, lasting no more than five minutes so, in accordance with the brief, the five tiny pieces in Low-down Blues last precisely five minutes, and it is for tenor and two basses. But it is not easy music! Nevertheless, if you are up to it, I think the suite is exciting, and a bit of a crowd-pleaser!'

MHE 10518 Ann Marshall - The Monmouth Rag (4 SATB) £4.00
This is a bright and breezy bit of ragtime, which I wrote for the centre spread of the Recorder Magazine. The piece is not particularly easy to play, because the quavers are swung, and the rhythms may be unfamiliar to some recorder players. But persevere –“ the Monmouth Rag always goes down well with audiences!

MHE 10818 Rosemary Robinson - Avon Valley Suite (5 SATBGb) £13.50
Pageant - Fantasia - Spinning Song - Elegy - Jig. The Avon Valley Suite adds to quite a short list of modern pieces where the lowest instrument is the lovely great bass. This ten-minute suite is dedicated to Ruth Burbidge.

MHE 40117 Ann Marshall - Three Pinwood Miniatures (6 SAATBGb) £8.50
In Stoke Woods - By Pin Brook - Dancing at the Arena. Ann says: "This suite is dedicated to Ashley Allerton, who has been a constant supporter of my compositions for many years. Ashley is a great bass specialist, hence the rather unusual instrumentation of these pieces, and I ensured that the great bass plays a very important role in proceedings. The titles of these short pieces refer to three places just to the north of Exeter. Total playing time is about six minutes."

MHE 10416a Orlando Lassus, arr Ann Marshall - Two Settings of Da Pacem Domine (6 SSAATB) £7.00

MHE 11116 Ann Marshall - Hoddesdon Suite (Spinet SATBGbCb) £16.50
Ann says: "By 2016 I had been involved in several performances featuring recorder ensembles together with the spinet playing of Rosemary Robinson, including Rosemary's own marvellous Divertimento. I was inspired by the gorgeous sound of spinet and recorders, and wrote my three-movement Hoddesdon Suite for a performance at the Autumn Recorder Orchestra Weekend held in November 2016 in Hoddesdon, near Hertford. The soloist, naturally enough, was Rosemary, and my suite is dedicated to her. The orchestral parts of this eleven-minute piece are of no more than moderate difficulty."

MHE 10918 Steve Marshall - Bagatelle for Clarinet and Recorder Sextet (Clarinet, SAATTB) £7.50
Steve says: "I was asked if I had any music for clarinet and recorder ensemble. I realised that '˜Fun Little Tunes for Harriet's Bassoon' (MHE40808), for bassoon and recorders would work well, with some reworking, and here it is –“ reborn as a Bagatelle. The clarinet is capable of many moods, but this piece concentrates on the quirky and playful side of its personality. It does get a bit romantic in the slower middle section, but quirkiness is quickly restored and lasts until the very end, when the piece confidently ends in what is more than likely the 'wrong' key. Four minutes of musical fun!"

MHE 10418 Steve Marshall - The Bold Pirate (6 SATBGbCb) £9.00
Steve wrote this set of variations at the request of the Bristol-based sextet the Bristowe Consort, as part of their twentieth birthday celebrations. The tune on which the piece is based is the traditional 'The Bold Pirate', and its many verses begin with ''Twas on the 12th of March, my boys, from Bristol we set sail'. Total playing time of this moderately difficult piece is about six minutes.

MHE 10119 Rosemary Robinson - Dunholm Suite (6 SAATTB) £12.50
This piece was commissioned by the Durham and Newcastle Branches of the Society of Recorder Players, for that organisation's National Festival, held in April 2019. This nine-minute suite is beautiful, and is not difficult to play. At the festival itself a version of Dunholm Suite for eight-part recorder orchestra was used.

MHE 20119 Rosemary Robinson - Dunholm Suite (8 SATTBBGbCb) £13.50
Intrada - Farne Song - Round Dance. This piece was commissioned by the Durham and Newcastle Branches of the Society of Recorder Players, for that organisation's National Festival, held in April 2019. This nine-minute suite is beautiful, and is not difficult to play. A six-part version (without big basses) is also available, as MHE 10119.

MHE 10219 Steve Marshall - Inspired by Elizabeth (TTBGbCbCb opt.SubCb) £16.50
Sweet Suffolk Owl - Balulalow (Lullaby) - The Female Highwayman.
Steve says: "I wrote this set of pieces for the Mellow Tones Recorder Orchestra (METRO), Helen Hooker's eight-foot recorder orchestra - hence the unusual combination of instruments. METRO rehearses near Stevenage, and I found that the composer Elizabeth Poston was born, lived and died in that town. So writing music related to Stevenage became a possibility, although the relationship turned out not to be all that obvious, and is too involved to go into here! Suffice it to say that I was variously inspired by Elizabeth Poston's choice of sources, and I hope that I managed to unite everything into a coherent suite by using a definite hint of jazz, and some similar and exciting rhythms. Please note that I used none of Elizabeth Poston's own music - just as well, because she will remain in copyright for some years! Performance time is about eight minutes.'

MHE 10416 Orlando Lassus, arr Ann Marshall - Two Settings of Da Pacem Domine (8 TTBBGbCb opt. SubCb) £9.00
Da Pacem Nobis 1582 - Da Pacem Nobis 1556. Ann says: 'I made these arrangements for the first season of the Mellow Tones Recorder Orchestra –“ the eight-foot orchestra set up and conducted by Helen Hooker. For the uninitiated, the smallest instrument included in an eight-foot recorder orchestra is the tenor, and such a group makes a wonderfully mellow sound. I thought that the two settings of Da Pacem Domine by Lassus would give the orchestra an opportunity to play something of great beauty. The total playing time of these settings is four minutes at the marked speeds. but the pieces also work extremely well when played more slowly.'

From Orpheus Music, Australia

By Lance Eccles:
OMP 277 Three Traditional Irish Tunes for 5 SSATB £17.00
OMP 278 The Bears for 4 SATB £17.00
OMP 279 Adagio for 2 SA, oboe and pno £11.75
OMP 281 Goddesses for 4 SATB £15.00
OMP 282 On the Water for 4 SATB £15.00
OMP 285 Entering the Cave for 4 SATB £15.00
OMP 286 Flight of the Rhinoceroses for 1 A & pno £11.75
OMP 287 Torrents for 4 SATB £15.00
OMP 289 Amazonia for 2 SA £10.50

By Benjamin Thorn:
OMP 280 Fracas for 1 A, viola & cello £17.00
OMP 290 Music for a Dream for 3 ATB £13.20

By Clive Lane:
OMP 283 Latin Moods for 4 AATB £15.00
OMP 284 Three Pieces for 1 T & gtr £10.50
OMP 288 Five Quartets for 4 S/A A/T TB £17.00