Recorder Music


arranged by LoveSchubert

since August 2001 Counter


Allegri Albeniz Anderson J. S. Bach Beethoven Boccherini
Caccini Chopin Corelli Dvorak Faure Gabrieli
Gershwin Giuliani Handel Haydn Joplin Lehar
Mascagni Mendelssohn Monti Mozart Pachelbel Palestrina
Pergolesi Ponchielli Purcell Respighi Rossini Rubinstein
Sammartini Schubert Schumann Schutz Shostakovich Sibelius
Sor Stamitz Strauss Swedish psalms Takemitsu Tallis
Tchaikovsky Telemann Torelli Miscellaneous

Recent updates:

Haydn Quartet 'Lark' fourth movement (SATB level 4)(2012.8)
Howerd Fly me to the Moon (SATB level 3), Gershwin 5 short pieces (SATB level 3-4)(2012.5)
Anderson Blue Tango (SATB level 3) (2011.10)
Anderson Jazz Pizzicato (SATB level 2), Plink Plank Plunk (SATB level 2), Syncopated clock (SATB level 2), Forgotten Dreams (AATB level3), Sandpaper ballet (SATB level 3)

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These are pdf files of classical music arranged for recorder groups.

I appreciate your feedback.
If you find mistakes in the music or misplaced link, please let me know.
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Unless indicated otherwise, bass part is written for an ordinary F-bass.
So it sounds an ocatave higher than the F-clef.


Thomas Tallis (ca1505-1585)
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Lamentations of Jeremiah I Parts MIDI

Lamentations of Jeremiah II Parts MIDI

Recorder: AATBB
Skill: 1
The beautiful vocal work of Renaissance era.
Tempo usually changes after a double bar.
Quiet and touching with some dissonants which are in the original score.
Alto 2 can be played by a tenor.



G. P. da Palestrina 1525-1594
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Ricercari MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 1
From the collection of recercares. The music is quiet and soothing and also easy to play.

Missa Nigra sum, sed formosa Soprano Alto 1 Alto 2 Alto 3 Bass MIDI
Recorder: SAAAB
Skill: 1
Five part missa which sounds beautiful when played with the recorders.

Missa Papae Marchelli
Kyrie MIDI
Recorder: SAAT(A)BB
Gloria in excelsis Deo MIDI
Recorder: SAAT(A)BB
Credo in unum Deum (part 1) MIDI
Recorder: SAAT(A)BB
part 2 MIDI
Recorder: SAT(A)B
part 3 MIDI
Recorder: SAAT(A)BB
Sanctus MIDI
Recorder: SAAT(A)BB
Benedictus MIDI
Recorder: SAT(A)T
Agnus Dei I MIDI
Recorder: SAAT(A)BB
Agnus Dei II MIDI
Recorder: SSAAT(A)BB
All at level 1-2
Palestrina's most famous work.
Mostly polyphonic and beautiful.
Duple and triple time alternate in some; notation is omitted.
Relatively easy, but should be played as if sung by a choir.
Whole music will take more than 30 minutes to play.

Motet a 4 Voci Super Flumina
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 1


Giulio Caccini ca.1545-1618
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Amarilli
MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 1
Gem of choral music of Renaissance.
Playing is easy.

Ave Maria
MIDI
Recorder: AATB
Skill: 1
Italian composer who composed one of the first operas.
His melody is so beautiful.
Alto 1 plays at the high register.
Otherwise, the music is very easy to play.


Giovanni Gabrieli 1554-1612
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Sonata Pian'e Forte
2 Groups 8 Recorders Parts MIDI
Quartet Parts
Recorder: SATB-TBGbCb(or SATB)
Skill: 1
Played by two groups of recorders echoing each other's melody.
Arranged for SATB (4 feet) and TBGbCb (8 feet) recorder groups.
Groups without big recorders can use SATB for the second group.
I added one transcription for SATB quartet.
Gabrieli is supposed to be the first composer who indicated piano and forte.


Gregorio Allegri 1582-1652
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Miserere
I MIDI
Recorder: SAATB
Skill: 1
II MIDI
Recorder: SAAB
Skill: 2
III MIDI
Recorder: SAATB
Skill: 1

Transcription to F major
I
Recorder: SAATB
Skill: 1
II
Recorder: SAAB
Skill: 1
III
Recorder: SAATB
Skill: 1

Used annually for Pope's mass; it was a crime to copy this tune and play outside the church.
It has been told that Mozart was quick to hear this tune and make a copy of it.
It seems that this was an easy task for Mozart.
I have transcribed the first 2 and the last 2 tunes.
Other 10 tunes are similar with different words.
This music needs a place like church where you have long resonance.
The second part contains the high c for soprano, so I made a transcription to F which is easier.


Heirich Schutz 1585-1672
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Seven Last Words of Jesus Christ on the Cross
Introduction MIDI
Conclusion MIDI
Recorder: AATTB
Skill: 1
Filled with deep emotion, this beautiful sacred music is the most often played among Schutz' choral works.



Johann Pachelbel 1653-1706
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Ricercar Parts MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 2
A Ricercare which reminds us of one in Bach's musical offerings.
Adopted from a music available online. Arr. Udo Baake of Germany with permission.


Kanon Alto 1 Alto 2 Alto 3 Bass MIDI
Recorder: AAAB
Skill: 2
The most famous kanon ever made.
This arrangement is not mine.
Alto's high f may be the problem, but otherwise, this one is easy and fun to play.
Bass repeats the same pattern 28 times (don't get bored, it is essential).


Arcangelo Corelli 1653-1713
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Christmas Concerto
Vivace-Grave MIDI
Allegro parts MIDI
Adagio-Allegro-Adagio parts MIDI
Vivace MIDI
Allegro-Pastorale:Largo parts MIDI
Recorder: AA(T optional)B
Skill: 2-3
Corelli's music is simple but noble.
He avoids any superfluous technical phrase.
One of Corelli's best and loved ones.
The famous pastorale is sometimes played immediately after the first ending without repeat.

Suite for Strings
Sarabanda MIDI
Giga Alto Tenor Bass 1 Bass 2 MIDI
Badinerie MIDI
Recorder: ATBB
Skill: 3
An Italian composer of early Baroque period.
Bach seems to have been influenced by Corelli.
The slow and easy saraband is followed by gigue and badinerie with progressively fast passages for the alto.
The alto part is a little hard but fun to play.


Giuseppe Torelli 1658-1709
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Concerto in F parts MIDI
Recorder: AATB
Skill: 3
An Italian composer who lived the same era as Corelli
A little confusing name, isn't it?
Originally a concerto for trumpet.
Alto 1 plays the solo part, but alto 2 plays more 16th notes and is more flamboyant.
Tenor also plays many 16th notes, so you must have 4 equally skilled players.


Henry Purcell 1659-1695
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Fairest Isle Parts MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 1
A choral music taken from 'King Author'.
Quite easy to play for a recorder group with elegant and lively melody.

If Love's a Sweet Passion MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 1
Taken from 'Fairy Queen'.


If Music is the Food of Love MIDI
Recorder: ATB
Skill: 1
An easy piece. One of Purcell's choral music.

Chacony for 4 voices Soprano Alto Tenor Bass MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 1
Originally in G minor for strings.
Quiet and soothing.
Relatively easy to play.

Three parts upon a ground Alto 1 Alto 2 Alto 3 Bass MIDI
Recorder: AAAB
Skill: 3
The rhythm changes constantly, which makes it such fun to play this tune.
When the rhythm changes, keep the speed constant.

Chaconne
Recorder: AA(T, optional)B
Skill: 1 (3 for Tenor)
Also known as "Two in one upon a ground".
Bass repeats the same pattern of 6 bars.
Two altos play the perfect kanon.
With all these restrictions, the melody is surprisingly beautiful.
Tenor part is transcribed from the right hand of cembalo and thus a little hard to play.
This is enjoyable without tenor.
Alto is easy for intermediate players.


Georg Philipp Telemann 1681-1767
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Telemann was reportedly more popular than Bach.
To our delight, Telemann wrote many beautiful and enjoyable pieces for the recorder.

Quartet in d minor
First Movement MIDI
Second Movement alto 1 alto 2 alto 3 bass MIDI
Third Movement alto 1 alto 2 alto 3 bass MIDI
Forth Movement alto 1 alto 2 alto 3 bass MIDI
Recorder: AAAB
Skill: 3
Included in the Tafel Music.
Originally for the recorder, two flutes (traverso) and basso continuo.
Alto 1 of the second movement is fast and requires a bit of practicing or more to play.
This piece is a real fun to play for intermediate level groups.

Trio sonata F major (for Recorder, Viola da Gamba, and Basso Continuo)
Vivace MIDI
Mesto MIDI
Allegro MIDI
Recorder: ATB
Skill: 3
Tenor plays the Gamba's part.
Fast passages of it are a little hard.

Trio Sonata g minor (for Recoreder, violine and Basso continuo)
Soave MIDI
Vivace MIDI
Largo MIDI
Allegro MIDI
Recorder: ATB
Skill: 3
Written for the recorder and violin (or tenor recorder)
Tenor plays the melody in the slow third movement.
You can add as many ornamentations to the melody.
The fourth movement is dance; should be played very lively.


Trio Sonata C major (for two alto recorders and Basso Continuo)
Grave MIDI
Andante MIDI
Xantippe (Presto) MIDI
Lucretia (Largo) MIDI
Corinna (Allegretto) MIDI
Clelia (Vivace) MIDI
Dido MIDI
Recorder: AAB
Skill: 3
Composed for 2 recorders (or traverso or violin) and basso continuo.
Some movements have a woman's name which may indicate the character of that woman.


J. S. Bach 1685-1750
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Musical Offering Art of Fugue Well Tempered Klavier Concert for 2 Violins Concert for Oboe and Violin
St. Matthews Passion Cantatas Flute Sonata C major Violin Sonata Partita for unaccompanied violin
Missa Brevis Orchestra Suite #3 Organ Choral Triosonata for Organ Clavier Concert
Motettes Organ Concerto after Vivaldi French Suites

Musical Offerings
Fugues, canons and triosonata on the theme by the king Frederick II.

Ricercare a 3 Alto Tenor Bass MIDI
Recorders: ATB
Skill: 4
3 voice ricercare.
Playing is a little hard with occasional difficult fingerings.

Ricercare a 6 Alto1 Alto2 Tenor Bass1 Bass2 Bass3 MIDI
Recorders: AATBBB(CB)
Skill: 4
6 voice ricercare
The largest piece in the musical offering.
Bass 3 is best played by a contrabass.

Fuga Canonica MIDI
Recorders: AAB
Skill: 2
A small canon in which the second part follows at 5th.
This one is easier than the ricercares.

Canon perpetuus MIDI
Recorders: AAB
Skill: 2
A canon which can be played indefinitely.
It ends at the fermata.
A small but beautiful piece.

Sonata for Flute C major

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Movement I MIDI II MIDI III MIDI IV MIDI
Recorder: ATB(AATB for III)
Skill: 3
Looks like an exercise and easy?
Quite contrary, it is really hard to make this one sound like it.

Sonata I for Violin and Cembalo

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Movement I MIDI
Recorder: AATB
Skill: 2
Movement II Parts MIDI
Recorder: ATB
Skill: 3
Movement III MIDI
Recorder: AAB
Skill: 2
Movement IV MIDI
Recorder: AAB
Skill: 2
Accompanying cembalo is joined by the long tone of the violin very very quietly.
I like the slow movements of Bach so much.
Originally in h minor, transposed to d minor.
The second movement is the hardest.
Melody requires some high notes.

Partita I for unaccompanied Violin

Corrente
Recorder: A
Skill: 3.5
The CD played by Szeryng is my favorite.
Technically difficult but beautiful.
High notes are abundant and the high a'''' appears as the last note.
This can be played by the fingering 0/23568.
8 being the bottom hole closed by the knee (or any part of your body).

Concerto for Oboe and Violin BWV1060

Second Movement MIDI
Recorder: AT
Skill: 2
You know the famous doppel concerto for 2 violins.
This is another doppel concert and is also famous, written for oboe and violin (originally for 2 keyboards).
The slow movement is simple and beautiful.
Transcribed up second and for alto and tenor recorders.
Range of recorder is fully utilized and there are 1 or 2 awkward fingerings.
However, playing it is relatively easy except for the high register notes.

Organ Concerto

Fugue in A minor Parts MIDI
Recorders: SATB
Skill: 3

Largo e spiccato
MIDI
Recorder: TAAB
Skill: 2

Allegro Parts
MIDI
Recorder SATB
Skill: 4

Bach's transcription of Vivaldi.
The fugue in A minor and the 2nd movement of organ concerto.
Your can watch Loeck quartet play the allegro on YouTube.
They play in the original d minor; mine is in a minor which is a little easier to play.
Allegro is still hard to play; challenging for a group at intermediate level.
If your group can play it musically at the pace of the midi (using mostly single tongueing), you are advanced/upper-intermediate.
I like the Largo's unique rhythm and melody very much.

Art of Fugue

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Contrapunctus 1
Contrapunctus 3 parts
Contrapunctus 4 parts
Contrapunctus 5 parts
Contrapunctus 7 parts
Contrapunctus 11 parts
Contrapunctus 19 parts
Contrapunctus 19 version 2 parts

Recorder: SATB
Skill 3
Bach did not specify which instrument should be used.
So, these fugues are played by many different instruments.
The one played by recorders is one of the best suited for the music.
It is my dream to play these beautiful fugues with perfect harmony like Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet.
To play these through to the end is probably not very hard for intermediate or higher level groups.
To play like Loeki you will need good players and many hours of practice (is it possible at all?).
The soprano part of the Contrapunctus 3 is from another Japanese recorder sheet music site-MAT original score.
The contrapunctur 19 is unfinished ending at the measure 240.
I added 4 measures and completed this fugue (there are 2 versions).
For those who (I am pretty sure there are many) are unsatisfied with my little composition, please finish at the measure 239.


3 voiced inverted fugue MIDI
Recorder: AAB(or A, B, CB)
Skill: 3
BWV1080.13.1: the complete reversal of this fugue is printed on the opposite page.
Triplets and dotted notes make this fugue very light and fun to play.
The second alto plays high notes and may be a little difficult for beginners.
For a group with contrabass, the combination of alto, bass and contrabass is closer to the original.

12th canon MIDI
Recorder: AB
Skill: 2
Canon at the twelfth, BWV1080.17
Sextuplets may look intimidating, but they are relatively easy to play.


Missa in F Major
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Qui Tollis MIDI
Recorders: ASB
Skill: 2
Oboe solo is played by the alto recorder.
Soprano solo is played by the soprano recorder (exactly as the original).
Bach's oboe melodies are so touching; they are almost addictive.
Technically this one is relatively easy.

Missa A Major

Qui Tollis Peccata Mundi Alto1 Alto2 Soprano Bass MIDI
Recorder: AASB
Skill: 2
The obbligato played by two traversos are played by 2 alto recorders here.
Soprano solo is played by the soprano recorder.
Relatively easy, but annoying right hand cross fingering appears often in the alto parts.

Missa G Major

Domine Deus ””Tenor Soprano Alto Bass MIDI
Recorder: TSAB
Skill: 2-3
Soprano and Alto play the beautiful duet (originally sung by soprano and alto) accompanied by light and witty violin.
This violin part is played by tenor (may also be played soprano) which is a little hard.
Bass is also (a little bit) hard.
Soprano and Alto are relatively easy.
This tune needed only minor modifications except the violin part.

Missa in G minor

Gratias MIDI
Recorder: ABB
Skill: 2
The aria sung by bass is played by the bass recorder 1.
Accompanying melancholic violin is played by alto recorder.
Some higher notes make this part a little hard to play.
The other parts are easy.

Cantata #56 Ich will den Kreuzstab gegen tragen

Chorale MIDI
Recorder: AATB
Skill: 1
Many of Bach's chorales can be played easily by the recorders and they sound really good.

Cantata #140 Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme

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Choral Alto Soprano Tenor Bass MIDI
Recorder: ASTB
Skill: 3
A famous cantata with many transcriptions including the one by Kempf for the piano.
Alto must deal with the alternation of low A flat and B flat which may be a little difficult.
The aria is sung by a tenor. This is meant to be played by soprano recorder; tenor recorder may also play this, but 2 tenors may be better to make the melody stand out.

Aria (duet) Alto 1 Alto2 Alto 3 Bass MIDI
Recorder: AAAB
Skill: 2-3
Duet of soprano and bass accompanied by oboe.
I have long been affected with this melody (the major reason I bought an oboe--gave up soon).
The beautiful oboe obbligato is played by Alto 1 (this one is a little hard).
Alto 2 and 3 play the duet of soprano and bass (these are relatively easy).
Bass is basso continuo.
This part may sound better with contrabass recorder; in this case alto 3 may be played by an ordinary bass recorder which resembles original setting.

Cantata #106

Sonatina MIDI
Recorder: AAGBCB
Skill: 2
One of few music by Bach for the recorder.
Many of them are found in Cantatas.
This one is one of the most famous and beautiful.
Somehow this melody is so attractive.
GB part may be played by the bass.


Cantata #208 Hunting cantata

Choral
Recorder: ATA(Sn)B
Skill: 2-3
One of the most popular of Bach's secular cantatas.
This one is used as the theme music for NHK's morning baroque program.
Alto and Tenor play the original duet of 2 altos.
Alto 2 plays the choral melody; this part can also be played by sopranino.

Players who have no difficulty in playing the 3rd octave notes, please challenge the following version in the original B flat tonality.
You need a fairly good recorder to play these notes lightly with nice rhythm.


Cantata #147 Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben

Choral Joy of Man's Desiring Alto 1 Soprano Alto 2 Tenor Bass MIDI
Recorder: ASATB
Skill: 2
From the famous cantata, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben .
Characteristic triplets are played by alto 1 which is a little hard to play.
Dotted notes should be played to synchronize with the triplets by the alto 1.

St. Matthews Passion

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Choral Wenn ich einmal soll scheiden
Choral O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden
MIDI
Choral Befiehl du deine Wege
MIDI
Choral Wenn ich einmal soll scheiden
MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 1
The famous choral which appears four times in different tonality.
Play them in perfect harmony requires each part some adjusting ; playing itself is easy.

Choral Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrochen
Choral Wie wunderbarlich ist doch diese Strafe
MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 1
Another beautiful choral which appears twice in the same tonality but with a little different chords.

Aria Ich will dir mein Herze schenken Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 2
This aria can be played fairly easily by most recorder groups.

Aria Ich will bei meinem Jesu wachen Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
MIDI
Recorder: SAT(A)B
Skill: 2-3
I like this melody (played by oboe) very much.
The solo sung by tenor is played by tenor recorder, or it could be played by alto which is a little easier.
Those phrases played by 4 parts are sung by the choir; other phrases are played by solo instruments and orchestra.

Aria Blute nur, du liebes Herz
MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 2
A beautiful aria sung by soprano
The accompaniment has a characteristic nice rhythm.

Aria Erbarme dich, mein Gott Solo Alto Alto Tenor Bass 1 Soprano Bass 2
MIDI
Recorder: SAATBB
Skill: 3
My favorite alto solo, which is a little difficult to play. Use the midi file to obtain the rough idea of how these small notes are played.

Well Temperierte Clavier

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Fugue#8 Soprano Alto Bass MIDI
Recorder: SAB
Skill: 2.5
Beautifully noble theme.
One of the most renowned fugues of Bach.

Prelude#4 MIDI
Recorder: SAB
Skill: 2.5
Originally in C sharp minor.
Melancholic siciliana.

Fugue #4 Alto Tenor Bass 1 Bass 2 Bass 3 (Contrabass) MIDI
Recorder: AABBB
Skill: 3
A triple fugue with themes.
Complex and highly refined fugue.
Bass 3 is best played by a contrabass.

Prelude in B minor MIDI
Recorder: ATB
Skill: 2
The last piece of the volume one of the well temperierte clavier
Richter plays this prelude very slowly.
With the recorder, the tension notes are more clearly heard and sounds beautifully.
This prelude is easier than the following fuga.

Fugue in B minor Soprano Alto Tenor Bass MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 3
This fugue is a little hard with awkward fingerings.
But it's worth trying.


Prelude in C major
MIDI
Recorder: ATB
Skill: 2
The best-known prelude of Bach.
3 parts must be well synchronized to play the arpeggio of the keyboard.

A special extra for you.

Fugue in C major
MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 3
Fugue in 4 parts.

Prelude in d minor
MIDI
Recorder: AB
Skill: 4

My favorite music.
This one is pretty hard but very much fun and stimulating.
Could be played by alto only but will be more fun with a good bass recorder player.

Concerto for 2 Violins

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First Movement Alto1 Alto2 Bass MIDI
Second Movement Alto1 Alto2 Bass MIDI
Third Movement Alto1 Alto2 Bass MIDI

Recorder: AAB
Skill: 3-4
The famous Doppel Konzerto for 2 violins.
The second alto is more difficult to play because of high register.
I play this with my friend with violin (recorder plays the first alto and violin plays the original second violin part).
Bass part is also quite important.

Orchestra Suite No. 3

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Aria (Aria on G string) in D major
MIDI
in C major
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 2
A melody that everybody knows well.
Each part is easy with bass being relatively difficult.
Melody is handed over from Alto-Soprano-Tenor-Soprano.
Soprano player should be careful not to be too loud when other players play the melody.
The arrangement in C major is easier than the one in D major which is the original tonality.

Clavier Concerto in f minor

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Largo
MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 2
My favorite melody.
Originally in A flat mjor.
Those who are intimidated by 32th notes please listen to the MIDI file.

Organ Choral

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Herr Christ, der ein'ge gottes-Sohn BWV601 MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 2
A Choral prelude from the OrgerBuchlein


Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott BWV 721
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 1
Very, very quiet and beautiful.
Soprano needs a lot of lyrics to make this easy phrase sound like real Bach.

Triosonata in Eflat major

First Movement
Recorder: ATB
Skill: 3
Triosonata for organ
Tenor part is a little difficult to play but manageable because it is played very slowly.
Contrabass will be best for the bass part.

Motette #3 Jesu, meine Freude

I@Chorale: Jesu, meine Freude
II Es ist nun nichts Verdammliches an denen
III Chorale: Unter deinem Schirmen
IV Denn das Gesetz des Geistes
V Ihr aber seid nicht fleischlich, sondern geistlich
VI Chorale: Weg mit allen Schatzen
VII So aber Christus in euch ist
VIII Gute Nacht, o Wesen
IX So nun der Geist des der Jesum von den Toten aufwecket hat
X Chorale: Weicht, ihr Trauergeister

MIDI (all movements) Parts (all movements)

Recorder: SATB partly SAB and ATB
Skill: 1-3
Bach's religious choral works have wealth of beautiful music quite suited for recorder groups.
Most of them can be played without major changes in music.
This mottete has not been changed much, although 5 parts music has been transcribed to SATB quartet.
MIDI (which takes about 16 min) and parts contain all the movements.

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French Suites

#3
Allemande MIDI
Courante MIDI
Sarabande MIDI
Menuet/Trio MIDI
Gigue MIDI
Recorder: TB
Skill: 3-4

#5
Allemande MIDI
Courante MIDI
Gavotte MIDI
Bourree MIDI
Gigue MIDI
Recorder: TB, A(T)B, AB, ATB
Skill: 3-4
Short pieces for keyboard which are among Bach's most popular music.
Some pieces require a higher level of finger and breath control.
TB duets can be played by SA recorders.


G. F. Handel 1685-1759
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Menuett: Transcription by Kempff
Menuett MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 2
Kempff has published several transcriptions of Bach, Handel etc for the piano.
This is a rendition for the recorder quartet.
Playing is easy and the melody is beautiful.


From the opera Rinaldo
Aria, Lascia ch'io pianga MIDI
Recorder: SATB (T,B,GB,CB)
Skill: 1
The one is just as popular as the 'Largo'.
It will sound better with lower pitched recorders, if they are available.
MIDI is recorder in this low pitched combination.

Sonata for two alto recorders and basso continuo
Allegro MIDI
Grave MIDI
Allegro MIDI
Recorders: AAB
Skill: 2
Handel composed this sonata while he was in Italy.
To play the third movement fast may raise the skill level above 2.
I like the slow movement.

Opera Xerxes
Largo
MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 1
The most popular among Handel's vocal work.
The melody is so sweet.
Accompanying parts should be played softly.

Hapsichord Suite V
Allemande
MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 3
A beautiful tune from the harpsichord suite.
I like this one when played softly and quietly.
Bass part has one terrible passage; quite a challenge to your skill.

Air
Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 3
I like this well known lively aria.
It's fun to play this one although triplets are a little hard to play.



G. Sammartini 1700-1775
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Sonata for 2 recorders No. IV, 3rd Movement Largo
Recorder: AAB
Skill: 1
Easily playable but the harmony is nonetheless beautiful.
Could be played by the 2 Altos only.

G. B. Pergolesi 1710-1736
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Stabat Mater
MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 2
Beautiful choral music by an Italian composer.
Sung by two part women's chorus (S, A) accompanied by strings (T, B).
Tension and its resolution make the tune so attractive.
Originally in f minor; transposed second up to g minor.


J. Haydn 1732-1809
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From the string quartet 'Lark' Fourth movement
Lark parts MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 4
The bright mood of this quartet makes this piece popular.
The last movement of the quartet is transcribed for SATB recorder quartet.
A pace of 120 quarter notes per minute will be a little hard for intermediate players.
100 is just as effective and fun to play.


Trio in G
First movement MIDI
Second movement MIDI
Third movement Parts MIDI
Recorder: ATB
Skill: 4
Originaly for a piano trio in G major.
I like the sweet melody of the second movement.
Other movements are lively and fun to play.
The third movement is taken from the music of Gypsy.
The second movement is the hardest with four sharps and fast ornamentations.
Alto plays a high g# (0/2356) but this is not so hard.
Other movements are not easy either; recommended for intermediate groups as a good piece of technically challenging music.


London Trio #1
Movement I MIDI II MIDI III MIDI
Movement II was arranged by my friend Michael
Recorder: AAB
Skill: 3
Very light and lively.
From Development for 2 flutes and basso continuo, Hob 4-1

London Trio #4
Score Parts MIDI
Recorder: AAB
Skill: 4
Ranges are higher than that in the London Trio #1 and thus a bit harder.
Alto 1 need to hadle the high f#''' which seldom appears in intermediate level recorder music.
The other parts also uses high notes but the skill levels are 3.

String Quartet Op 55.2 'Razor'
First Movement Alto Tenor 1 Tenor 2 Bass MIDI
Recorder: ATTB
Skill: 2
Don't you think that most string quartets are a bit gloomy.
Haydn's quartets are unique in that they have bright and positive feelings.
This quartet may not be the most popular, but definately among the best.
There are two themes upon which Haydn wrote charming variations.

String Quartet 'Emperor'
Second Movement Alto Tenor Bass 1 Bass 2 MIDI
Recorder: ATBB
Skill: 2 (Alto in Var.1 is a little harder)
Tha National anthem of the former Austria.
Each part plays the well-known melody once.
Not very hard for intermediate level players.

The second movement of Piano Trio in G major
MIDIThis MIDI just does not sound right.
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 2
The slow movement of a popular piano trio in G.
The original E major was transposed to F major.




Luigi Boccherini 1743-1805
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Quartet parts MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 2
An Italian composer. His menuet is quite popular and we hear transcriptions for the recorder group.
This quartet is transcribed from the second movement of one of his guitar quintets
Ornamentations can be omitted.



Carl Stamitz 1745-1801
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Quartet
First Movement Alto 1 Alto 2 Tenor Bass MIDI
Second Movement Alto 1 Alto 2 Tenor Bass MIDI
Recorder: AATB
Skill: 2
Son of Johan Stamitz who was a leading member of Manheim musicians.
It sounds like Mozart, doesn't it?
Playing is relatively easy.
At the end of the second movement, go back to the beginning of the movement and from the Fine, play the coda.


W. A. Mozart 1756-1791
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Eine Kleine Gigue MIDI
Recorder: ATB
Skill: 3
Scribbled down by Mozart on the guest book of the organist Engel.
Jumps, complicated chords, and the rhythm of gigue makes this small piece unique.
The music may look intimidating but I am sure many intermediate players will be able to sight play this.

Quartet in F KV370
Allegro Parts MIDI
Adagio Parts MIDI
Rondeau Parts MIDI
Recorder: AATB
Skill: 3-4
Originally for oboe, violin, viola, and cello.
Familiar, lively melodies.
Alto 1 in the third movement plays fast passages with rhythm change.
For other parts, scales are not as difficult as they look; a good challenge for intermediate groups.
The cadence in the adagio is mine: please write your own.


from Requiem K626
Kyrie parts MIDI
Recordare parts MIDI
Lacrimosa MIDI
Hostias MIDI
Recorder: SATB (+obligato alto for Lacrimosa)
Skill: 2
An unfinished music composed on the bed facing his own death.
Beautiful pieces filled with deep sorrow.
Playing is relatively easy for intermediate players.
When playing all of these, play the Lacrimosa or Kyrie last.


Divertimento K136
First Movement parts MIDI
Second Movement parts MIDI
Third Movement parts MIDI
Recorder: AATB
Skill: 4
Written when Mozart was only 16.
This one is challenging for an intermediate group, because
the first movement has a pretty hard phrase for tenor
and the second movement has the high f#''' for alto 1.
Originally in d major written for a string quartet.


Divertimento K138
First Movement parts MIDI
Second Movement parts MIDI
Third Movement parts MIDI
Recorder: ATBB
Skill: 3
Written in the same period as K136.
I like the slow movement (but other movements are also nice to play).
This transcription retains the original tonality (F-dur).


Violin concerto in D major K218 Second Movement
alto 1 alto 2 tenor bass 1 bass 2 MIDI
Recorder: AATBB
Skill: 2
Slow and smooth; full of Mozart's sentiment.
Each part plays the melody; the second bass plays the cadenza!
Please compose and use your own cadenza instead.

Piano Concerto in A major K488 Second Movement
Alto 1 Alto 2 Tenor Bass1 Bass2 MIDI
Recorder: AATBB
Skill: 2
I love this sentimental movement.
The slow movements of Mozart's piano concertos are really touching.
They are in a way very sad.
Transcribed to g minor from the original f# minor.

Quartet in C
Alto 1 Alto 2 Tenor Bass MIDI
Recorder: AATB
Skill: 2
Originally a quintet for glassharmonica, flute, oboe, viola and cello K617
The rondo part of the original quintet is arranged for recorder quartet.
This music is rarely played but is romantic and full of fantasy.
This piece is relatively easy to play and nice to hear.

Flute Quartet D major Second Movement MIDI
Recorder: AATB
Skill: 2
This slow movement has always been one of my best 3 favorites.
Sentimental and beautiful; sometimes so sad.


Horn Concert #3 Second Movement MIDI
Recorder: B(A)AATB(CB) Skill: 2 This slow and soothing melody is quite popular; you probably have heard it.
I find music for horn can be adopted for the recorder quite nicely.

Horn Concerto No.4 KV495 First Movement
Bass or Alto solo Alto Tenor Bass or Contrabass MIDI
Recorder: B(A)ATB(CB)
Skill: 3
This is also a typical of Mozart's lively and lovely music.
Solo part is not so hard.
Orchestra parts, especially tenor is a little hard.
When bass recorder plays the solo, bass part is best played by a contrabass.
Cadenza is mine. Mozart may not like it; please compose your own, it's fun.

The First Movement of Piano Sonata in D major KV576 alto bass MIDI
Recorder: AB
Skill: 4
This really is "Mozart".
Natural and unexpected, beautiful and fascinating.
Alto is difficult but fun to play.
Bass is less difficult but definitely not easy.

Ave verum corpus MIDI
Recorder: AATB
Skill: 1
A very famous masterpiece of chorus music.
Looks very simple but this one is in fact difficult to make it sound right.

Coronation Mass
Agnus Dei Soprano Alto Tenor Bass MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 2
One of the best of Mozart's church music.
The loveliest of aria sung by soprano followed by lively chorus.
The sweet melody is first played by the alto who should play the high F as softly as possible.
At the end of the music, bass plays the most difficult part (may be at a skill level of 3) which may require some practicing.


L. van Beethoven 1770-1827
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Sonatine Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 2
You think Beethoven is intimidating?
Listen to the MIDI; its a lovely light piece of music.
Originally written for mandolin and piano.
Petri plays this tune on a CD (playing all the melody with soprano).
In this arrangement, melody is distributed to all 4 parts.
Looks hard? It's not. Try it.


Fernando Sor 1778-1839
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Etude #23 MIDI
Recorder: ATBB
Skill: 1
A famous guitar player and composer.
This tiny etude is filled with romantic mood.


Mauro Giuliani 1781-1829
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Grand duo Concertante First Movement parts MIDI
Grand duo Concertante Third movement MIDI
Recorder: ATB
Skill: 3
Originally for flute and guitar by a famous composer of Guitar music.
Lovely melody and witty rhythm and it is really fun to play.
To play the ornamentation fully may be difficult (a skill level of 4).


G. Rossini 1792-1868
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Sonata for Strings No.1 First Movement soprano alto tenor bass
MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 2-3
Mozart of Italy: Rossini wrote this lively and lovely string sonata at the age of 12.
It was meant to be played by players in his family and thus not very difficult.
It is not terribly difficult to play with recorders either.
Intermediate level groups (like ours) should need no more than 3-4 practices to play this.
The original is written for 2 violins, 1 cello, and 1 contrabass.
The original G major was transposed to D major.


String Sonata No. 3
First Movement Alto1 Alto2 Bass1 Bass2 MIDI
Second Movement MIDI
Third Movement Alto1 Alto2 Bass1 Bass2 MIDI
Recorder: AATB
Skill: 3
Third sonata of the series.
Some fast phrases appear but this one is also quite enjoyable.
The high register of the alto 1 could be played an octave lower as in the alto 2.

String Sonata No. 5
First Movement Alto 1 Alto 2 Bass 1 Bass 2 MIDI
Second Movement MIDI
Third Movement Alto 1 Alto 2 Bass 1 Bass 2 MIDI
Recorder: AABB
Skill: 2-3
Light and lively with dotted rhythm.
Alto 2 must deal with fast phrases in the third movement.
Otherwise, this is relatively easy to play.


F. Schubert 1797-1828

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From the Originaltanze originally published for the piano.
All are small pieces and lovely; also easy to play even for beginners.
Most of them are only 16 measures long.
Schubert is believed to play these tunes as an accompaniment as his friends danced.

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Arpeggione Sonata
First Movement Second Movement
Alto solo (with piano accompaniment)
Skill: 4

Originally composed for arpeggione, a fretted string instrument.
Now mainly played by cello, sometimes by viola or violin.
The first two movements were transcribed for alto recorder and are meant to be accompanied by the piano.
To play this piece, you need a pianist and the music with the piano accompaniment.
The first movement is pretty hard; but it's worth the effort.



Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy 1809-1847

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From the music for organ
Fuga con moto Parts MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 3
Mendelssohn is know for his work on Bach's music and he has left preludes and fugues which are reminiscent of Bach.
This fugue is very lively with its bouncing rhythm.


from Song without Words
#1 MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 2
A beautiful song without words.
I find the recorder can play as musically as the piano.
The alto, tenor, and base accompanies the melody (originally in 16th notes).

#45 MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 2
This one is as lively as the Spinning Wheel, but less difficult.
Ornamentations can be omitted if you prefer.

Spinning Wheel parts MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 3.5
Originally for the piano.
Lively, technical, fun; maybe good for an encore.
A bit hard for intermediate groups.



F. Chopin 1810-1849
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Walz in c minor op 69-2
Recorder: ATB
Skill: 3
Nice and sweet melody from Chopin.
Accompaniment by tenor and base is easy.
Walz in a minor op 34-2
MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 2
Inner voices take turns to play the melody, quite unsual for Chopin.



R. Schumann 1810-1856

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Piano Quartet Op. 47
Second Movement Alto 1 Alto 2 Tenor Bass 1 Bass 2 MIDI
Recorder: AATBB
Skill: 3
Unforgettably sentimental memlody typical of schumann.

Fantasiestucke (Op12)

Des Abends MIDI
Recorder: AATB
Skill: 2
Lovely piano tune from the leader of the romantic era.
The first tune of the Fatasiestucke.
The melody and the accompaniment use different rhythms.


J. Strauss 1825-1899

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Pizzicato Polka MIDI
Recorder: AATB
Skill: 2
Very popular, easy to play, and well suited for a recorder group.

Overture for the Fledermaus Soprano Alto1 Alto2 Tenor Bass MIDI
Recorder: SAATB
Skill: 4
The overture for the famous opera the Fledermaus with full of jokes.
The music is the continuation of beautiful and familiar melodies.
There are some hard-to-play phrases but this piece is quite enjoyable in general.
Bass is best played by a contrabass.

J. Strauss I 1804-1849

Radetzky March Parts MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 2
Played as the last piece of encore at the Wiener Philharmonic's New Year concert.
Everybody in the audience knows the music and will be clapping their hands when you play it.


A. G. Rubinstein 1830-1894
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Reve angelique MIDI
Recorder: AAB
Skill: 1
A Russian composer who was friends with Listz and Chopin.
Bass plays an attractive melody accompanied by 2 altos.


Ponchielli 1834-1886
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Dance of the Hours Soprano Alto 1 Alto 2 Tenor Bass MIDI
Entrance of the Night MIDI
Recorder: SAATB
Skill: 2
From the opera 'La Gioconda'.
A lovely piece that made this Italian composer famous (originally in E-major).
Relatively easy, except for a few 32nd notes.
Tenor plays all the melody in the 'Entrance of the Night'
Maybe 2 or more Tenors will sound good and powerful to play this.


P. I. Tchaikovsky 1840-1893
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Serenade for strings

I. Sonatina Parts MIDI
Recorder:AATB
Skill:4

Walzer parts MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 4

A Tchaikovsky's beautiful piece for strings arranged for recorder quartet.
Very challenging but not unplayable for a intermediate groups.


Nutcracker suite

Overture Parts MIDI
Recorder: SAATB
Skill: 4

Overture arranged by hiro MIDI
Recorders: SATB
Skill: 4

March arranged by hiro MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 4

Dance of Comfit Parts MIDI
Recorder: SSATB
Skill: 3

Russian dance Trepak arr. by hiro MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 4

Arabian dance arr. by hiro MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 4

Dance of Reedpipe Parts MIDI
Recorder: SATBB
Skill: 3

Walz of Flowers Parts MIDI
Recorder: SAATB
Skill: 4

Bright and merry.Tchaikovsky's famous ballet suite.
These are quite tough with Comfit, Reedpipe and Arabian dance being relatively easy.
Each music is familiar and real fun to play.
The quadruplicates in the Arabian dance can be played as triplets, without compromising the music.


Edvard Grieg 1843-1907
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Two elegiac melodies
Last Spring MIDI
Recorder: SAATBCB
Skill: 1
I like this elegant melody and it is easy to play.
Arranged for 6 recorders including contrabass.
With groups without contrabass, bass player should play the contrabass part.
For phrases without contrabass part, play the bass part.



A. Dvorak 1845-1904

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Romantic pieces Op 75 #1 MIDI
Recorder: AATB
Skill: 2
One of Dvorak's many romantic pieces.
This was written for the violin and piano.
Alto 2 should be played very softly.


G. Faure 1845-1924
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Canticle of Jean Racine
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 1
MIDI
Tenor accompaniment
Skill: 3
Alto accompaniment
Skill: 3
Faure's beautiful piece of chorus music.
Enjoy typical Faure's harmony and it's easy to play.
Can be played by SATB only but with accompaniment, it sounds more like Faure.
Piano (or harp) accompaniment is arranged for tenor or alto. Choose either tenor or alto according to your group member's skill level.
The all triplet accompaniment is a little hard.
Harp accompaniment may be mimicked by staccato of alto.


Requiem

Agnus Dei
MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 2
The most beautiful requiem ever, and the most beautiful tune in it.

Libera Me
MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 2
The Baritone's aria following the above Agnus Dei.
Bass plays with the unique and nice rhythm.
Some omission in the last part of the tune.


Albeniz 1860-1909
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from the Spain suite
Granada parts MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 4
Cadiz parts MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 3
A Spanish composer who learnt with Liszt.
Many of his composition are based on spanish folk music.
Granada is a little difficult with many flats; but you can manage it; it's played slowly.
Cadiz is fun to play. Each part plays the melody.



P. Mascagni 1863-1945
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Cavalleria Rusticana
Intermezzo sinfonico
Recorders: Sn(change to S)AATB
Skill: 1
An opera that instantly made this Italian composer famous.
What makes the opera popular is this intermezzo.
Quiet melody begins followed by a melancholic oboe obbligato.
This obbligato can be played by sopranino most easily.
In this case, the change to soprano must be quick.
Tenor part is partly split; with one player only, play the upper notes.


Sibelius 1865-1957
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Finlandia Hymn MIDI
Recorder: AATB
Skill: 1
Finland's nationaly respected composer.
This romantic piece is a part of orchestral poem Finlandia.
This has been transcribed to a variety of choral music.
Alto parts can be played by tenors (TTTB) which may sound better.
Etude Parts MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 3
One of the music in Sibelius' Piano works.
Light and lively.
The soprano player will love to play this; tenor and bass play some of the melody too.
A short phrase of transposition is incorporated into where the bass plays the melogy.


Scott Joplin 1868-1917
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Ragtime Dance MIDI
Original Rag MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 3
Joplin's ragtimes are fun to play with many witty phrases.
You are expected to show your swingy, jazzy spirit when playing.


Vittorio Monti 1868-1922
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Csardas Alto 1 Alto 2 Alto 3 Bass MIDI
Recorder: AAAB
Skill: 3
Hungarian dance music.
A typical Csardas composed by an Italian composer and violinist.
Fast, merry and flamboyant.
May be best for an encore if you can manage the speed.


Franz Lehar 1870-1948
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Song of Vilja MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 1
Sung at the beginning of the second act of the opera Merry Widow.
Based on a Hungarian folk song.
Quite easy to play but a very attractive melody.


O. Respighi 1879-1936
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Ancient Danze et Arie pur Liute
Italiana
Recorder: AATB
Skill: 1
Aria de Corte
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 2
Sciciliana
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 3
Ancient music for lute transcribed for strings by Respighi.
Every tune is quiet, beautiful, but easy.
The third one is a little difficult with hard fingerings with a skill level of perhaps 2.5.


Gershwin 1898-1937
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from the Songbook
Clap Yo Hands MIDI
Do Do Do MIDI
My One and Only MIDI
Sweet and Low Down MIDI
S' Wonderful MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 3-4

Arranged for SATB recorders from a song book which is a collection of transcriptions for the piano of the famous musical pieces .
Playing is a little hard because of the accidentals and high notes.


Shostakovich 1906-1975
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from the Dancing Doll

Waltz
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 3

Polka
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 3

Waltz-scherzo
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 3

Funny Story
Recorder: AB
Skill: 2

Full of little witty phrases that show the talent of the gifted composer.
These piano pieces are particularly suited for recorder groups.

Copywright still valid for Shostakovitch's music.
If you want the pdf file of these music, please write to me introducing yourself and your group.
I will send you the file personally on the understanding that it will not be distributed freely.


from the 24 Prelude and Fugue
Prelude No. 8 in e minor
MIDI
Recorder: AB
Skill: 3
Preludes and Fugues by a great composer of the 20th century.
Composed after the great Bach's Well tempered clavier.
Dedicated to a Russian pianist Tatiana Nikolayeva.
This prelude is reminiscent of Bach's d minor prelude of the book 1.

Fugue No. 14
MIDI
Recorder: ATB
Skill: 3

Fugue No. 23
MIDI
Recorder: SAB
Skill: 3
Both fugues have an attractive theme typical of Shostakovich.
No.23 is truncated a little to make it a little less difficult.

Copywright still valid for Shostakovitch's music.
If you want the pdf file of these music, please write to me introducing yourself and your group.
I will send you the file personally on the understanding that it will not be distributed freely.

Leroy Anderson 1908-1975
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Jazz Pizzicato
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 3
Anderson composed many jazzy, witty music for the Boston Pops Orchestra.
This is one of the very first of his compositions for Boston Pops Orchestra.
This one is level 3 because of the tricky jump of the bass.
You can omitt this ornamentation if you find it hard.
If you want the printable pdf file, please send me an E-mail introducing yourself and your group.


Syncopated Clock
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 2
I have no idear what a syncopated clock looks (sounds) like.
Played relatively slowly so it should be easy for intermediate groups.
If you want the printable pdf file, please send me an E-mail introducing yourself and your group.


Plink Plank Plunk
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 2
Very fun to play.
The real Anderson music is here.
You have to invent the sound effect you use for 'x'.
Try to play as fast as you can.
If you want the printable pdf file, please send me an E-mail introducing yourself and your group.

Forgotten Dreams
Recorder: AATB
Skill: 3
Slow, melancholic, beatiful melody.
This is actually a level 2 except the short fast scale of alto 1.

Bugler's Holiday
Recorder: SAAB
Skill: 4
Probably the most popular and best known of Anderson's compositions.
Anderson indicates a speed of 168 quater notes per minuite which seems impossible to most intermediate groups (you need a very competent bass player).
May be 120 to 140/min will sound reasonably fast and lively.
If you want the PDF file of this music, please send me an E-mail introducing yourself and your group.

SandpaperBallet
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 3
This must be the noise of sandpaper.
Lovely, witty, and funny.
Everybody will love this tune.
If you want the PDF file of this music, please send me an E-mail introducing yourself and your group.

Blue Tango
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 3
One of Anderson's best.
Mellow melody on the rythm of tango.
Fun to play for each member of the ensemble.
If you want the PDF file of this music, please send me an E-mail introducing yourself and your group.


Toru Takemitsu 1927-1996
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Small Sky

To the Island

Wings

In the Month of March

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Please try the beautiful music by the recently deceased modern Japanese composer.
Takemitsu is Mozart to many music lovers in Japan.
These sentimental songs were composed for mixed chorus.
Technically easy, so try to play it as if sung by a choir.
Because of copyright, only MIDI is available on the net.
If you want the printable pdf file, please send me an E-mail introducing yourself and I will send you the pdf file.


Swedish Hymnal
Have you heard any of the beautiful psalms of Sweden?
I came to know these songs by a CD called Stamning by the Swedish a capella group, the Real Group.
I obtained the Swedish hymnal via a professional recorder player in Sendai.
They are so beautiful and I hope you like them too.
All are played by SATB: mostly at level 1, some have more than 3 sharps or flats and are at level 2.
There are several with valid copyright.
So please write me in person, introducing yourself and your group and I will send you the PDF file.
The file is 363k and contains all the 15 songs that you can hear below.

Hugo Alven
Aftonen (This evening)

Swedish hymn #199
Den blomstertid nu kommer (Here comes the flower season)

Adolf Fredrik Lindblad
en Sommerafton (One summer night)

David Wikander
Forvarskvall (An evening in spring)

Wilhelm Peterson-Berger
I Fyrreskoven (In the pine wood)

Hugo Alven
Gladjens blomster (A bouquet of delight)

Swedish Hymn #297
Harlig ar jorden (Beatutiful Earth)

Swedish Hymn #169b
I himmelen, i himmelen (To heaven, to heaven)
This is a traditional song which probably did not have barlines.

W. Peterson-Berger
Det Ijusnar (Getting brighter)(Varsang)

August Soderman
Jesu Christe

Swedish hymn #201
Sommarpsalm (Summer Psalm)
A song by Waldemar Ahlen. I like this beautiful melody.

Wilhelm Peterson-Berger
Stemning (Melody)
The title song of the CD Stamning by the Real Group.

Swedish folk song
Som stjarnan uppa himmelen sa klar (As clear as the stars above)

Swedish hymn #200
I denna ljuva sommartid (In this sweet summer time)

Wilhelm Stehammar
I seraillets have (In the sea of Halem)
This is so beautiful. I want everybody try this spiritual song.


Special Extra for You
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Bart Howard
Fly me to the Moon
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 3
Light, witty and charming melody became instantly popular.
Mr H of the Japanese Yahoo group wrote adlib phrases for this SATB rendering.
Tenor players will be quite happy to play nice solo parts in this music.
If you want the PDF file of this music, please send me an E-mail introducing yourself and your group.

How great thou art MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 1
Copied from the YouTube video sung by Susan Boyle.
The melody was originally from a Swedish folk song.
The music in the psalm book has an introductory phrase.
Playing is very easy but it sounds great.

Jim Hall (1930-)
Circus Dance
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 3
By the great jazz guitarist/composer.
Bass plays the comical jazzy melody with all the other parts accompanying it.
Taken from the CD 'Texture'.
Bass may be better played by a Greatbass.
The chromatic phrases of SAT in the latter half are ad lib; make your original version!
If you want the PDF file of this music, please send me an E-mail introducing yourself and your group.

Celso Machado (1953-)
Piazza Vittorio
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 2
Brazil born composer Machado's beautiful piece of Choro (a Latin rhythm).
Originally written for the flute and piano.
The melody starts with soprano, handed down to tenor, alto, bass, then back to soprano with modulation.
If you want the PDF file of this music, please send me an E-mail introducing yourself and your group.



Ed Poldini (1869-1957)
Walzing Doll Parts
MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 2
A bright and lively gem by the Hungarian composer Ed Poldini.
Originally written for the piano.
Kreisler trascribed this for violin and made this melody very popular.
Soprano part has a few phrases that may look intimidating but they are not that hard.
Groups with intermediate skill level will definately enjoy this.



Geoffry Russell-Smith
Little Latin
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 2
A contemporary music with jazzy feelings (originally for a soprano and the piano)
Easy but fun to play
When the tenor plays the melody, other parts play softly.
Send me an E-mail introducing yourself to request the pdf file of this music.

Anonymous 17c.
Une vierge feconde MIDI
Recorder: AATB
Skill: 2
The melody is quiet, sad, and moving.
Originally a popular French song of 17th century on virgin Mary.
Copied from a CD by Tsunoda with some variations and ornamentation of mine added.

Christmas Medley parts MIDI
Recorder: AATB
Skill: 1
Away in a manger, White Christmas, Jingle Bells, Joy to the World,
O little town of Bethlehem, Silent Night, I wish You a merry Christmas
Except for 'Silent Night', Alto 1 can be played by soprano.
White Christmas is arranged beautifully by Robert Shaw.
Other arrangements are quite old and copyright probably does not exist.


Dry Bones parts MIDI
Recorder: AATB
Skill: 1
Traditional African American song.
Maybe useful to learn anatomy of the human bones?
Popular song for its chromatic ups and downs of the chord.


Heinrich August Marschner (1795-1861)
Standchen
MIDI
Recorder: AATB
Skill: 1
A beautiful song for men's choir composed by a German composer.
All the parts play the same note. They then split and make a beautiful harmony.
You can try this tune one octave lower which sounds more like the men's choir.


Toshi Isobe (1917-1998)
To a friend from far away
MIDI
Recoreder: AA(T)BB
Skill: 1
A Japanese composer who directed a university men's choir composed this one while he was in a camp with the students.

F. Schubert

The bee
MIDI
Recorder: S
Skill: 4.5 (It's hard)
Played by Petri in her CD. Some parts are from her CD (Petri's transcription, perhaps) rather than the original.
High c# and e appear which need closing the bottom hole with your knee.

L. Mason
Hymn No. 320 Nearer My God to Thee MIDI

Recorder: SATB
Skill: 1
The Hymn played on the sinking Titanic.
To be played very very quietly.

Brian Bonsor

Serenata MIDI
Recorder: SATB
Skill: 1-2
Jazzy little piece written for the recorder.
I added one phrase of adlib for the soprano.
pdf file cannot be supplied on the net.
Send me an E-mail introducing yourself and I will send you the pdf file.


Skill Levels

For an intermediate level recorder group.

5: So hard that one dreams of playing but cannot really do it (so it does not appear here).
4: It's hard but may be playable after 3-6 months of extensive practices.
3: A little hard: takes 2 weeks to 1 months to play.
2: Relatively easy: practice 2-3 times and can do it.
1: It's easy! Can sight play it.