Ann – Four Recorders

Fair's Fair (DTrTB) MHE 20610 £6.50
Scarborough Fair (Ann's)
 
Scarborough Fair (Steve's)
 
Brigg Fair (Steve's)
 
Brigg fair (Ann's)
 
We made these arrangements for a playing session at the 2010 Cheltenham Recorder Festival, which we had been invited to share. The manner of the sharing had been left up to us, so we decided that we would each write an arrangement of both Scarborough Fair and (the less well-known) Brigg Fair, and that in the session Ann would conduct one of hers and one of Steve's – and vice versa! Despite this complex idea, we hope you will find the arrangements tuneful and interesting! They are on the easy side of moderate.

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The Lassus Collection (Vol 1) (DTrTB) MHE 30813 £5.50
Gallans qui par terre
 
Avec Le Jour
 
Bonjour Mon Coeur
 
Lassus (1532-1594) is, along with Palestrina and Victoria, considered to be the most famous and influential musician at the end of the 16th century. He was hugely prolific and versatile. Volume 1 of the Lassus Collection comprises three secular madrigals in French.

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The Lassus Collection (Vol 2) (DTrTB) MHE 40813 £7.00
Un Jour Vis Un Foulon
 
Matona Mia Cara
 
Mon Cœur se Recommande à Vous
 
Volume 2 of my Lassus Collection comprises two madrigals in French, and the vigorous Matona Mia Cara in Italian.

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The Lassus Collection (Vol 3) (DTrTB) MHE 50813 £6.00
Lauda Anima Mea
 
Convertere
 
Adoramus te, Christe
 
Adorna Thalamum Tuum
 
Volume 3 of the Lassus Collection comprises four sacred pieces.

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Songs by Ludwig Senfl (Vol 1) (DTrTB) MHE 10813 £6.00
 
Ach Elslein
 
Was wird es doch des Wunders noch
 
The Swiss composer Ludwig Senfl (1486-1542) produced a large body of work, both sacred and secular. Volume 1 of my collection of songs by Senfl comprises pieces that are squarely secular.

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Songs by Ludwig Senfl (Vol 2) (DTrTB) MHE 20813 £6.00
Carmen in Re
 
Carmen - Lamentacio
 
Es Wollt ein Fraw zum Weine gahn
 
Volume 2 of my series of songs by The Swiss composer Ludwig Senfl. This volume comprises pieces that are secular. Two of the three songs appear to have come down to us without the words, and so are performed instrumentally; the other is a robust drinking song.

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Five Folksongs from Near and Far (DTrTB) MHE 10214 £6.50
Green Grow The Leaves
 
The Volga Boat Song
 
Botany Bay
 
Blackbird Will You Go
 
I Sowed Barley
 
This collection of arrangements comprises folk songs from around the world – from the British Isles, but also from Czechoslovakia and Russia. The arrangements are fairly straightforward, but there is enough of a challenge in them to give groups striving for the perfect performance something to think about! Total playing time is about eight minutes.

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Madrigals by Francis Pilkington (Volume 1) (DTrTB) MHE 10913 £6.50
Rest Sweet Nymphs
 
What Though Her Frowns
 
Can She Disdain?
 
Francis Pilkington (1565–1638) was an English composer, lutenist and singer. He published two sets of madrigals, of which these are three fine examples. The total performance time of these pieces is about seven minutes. A second volume is MHE 20913.

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Madrigals by Francis Pilkington (Volume 2) (DTrTB) MHE 20913 £6.50
Why Should I Grieve?
 
With Fragrant Flowers
 
Have I Found Her?
 
Francis Pilkington (1565–1638) was an English composer, lutenist and singer. He published two sets of madrigals, of which these are three fine examples. The total performance time of these pieces is about seven minutes. A first volume was published as MHE 10913.

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Six Songs by Telemann (DTrTB) MHE 50715 £6.50
Beherzter Freyer (Plucky Freyer)
 
Seltenes Glück (Rare Good Fortune)
 
Neues (New)
 
Geld (Money)
 
Sanfter Schlaf (Gentle Sleep)
 
Wind
 
Among the huge list of compositions by Telemann was a large number of short songs, for voice and continuo. They were written for the use of amateur musicians, and particularly as instructional exercises in the realisation of figured bass. I have chosen six of these songs and, while they may not be the pinnacle of Telemann’s musical achievement, they are very pleasant pieces, and of interest to players and audience alike as examples of little-known work by a major composer. Total playing time is about six minutes.

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Ann's Choice: Volume 1 (DTrTB Quartets Book 1) (DTrTB) MHE 40810 £6.50
Canon
 
Cupid Awaked
 
Istrina
 
Battle Pavane
 
Menuet
 
As The Tide Was Flowing
 
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 1, for DTrTB quartets, offers nearly a quarter of an hour of music by Tallis, Susato, Bonelli, Handel and Webber, as well as a traditional country dance. Whatever the original forces, I have arranged all of the music for DTrTB recorders. The keys are friendly and, other than two top As for descants, there are no notes higher than three fingers in the upper register.

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Ann's Choice: Volume 5 (DTrTB Quartets Book 2) (DTrTB) MHE 20212 £6.50
Bransle de Chevaux
 
In Dew of Roses
 
What Poor Astronomers
 
Paduan
 
Sinfonia
 
Galliarda
 
There is not much music for adults that is both interesting and easy. All too often music that is easy is also a bit childish. I hope that the series 'Ann's Choice' will help to fill the gap. Volume 5, the second set for DTrTB quartets, offers six pieces of music from the Renaissance. This is proper adult music by lesser-known composers - Thoinot Arbeau, Paul Peuerl, Salomone Rossi and Balthasar Fritsch, as well as lesser-known works by famous composers - Thomas Morley and John Dowland. Whatever the original forces, I have arranged all of the music for DTrTB recorders. The keys are friendly and, other than a single descant top Bb, there are no notes higher than two fingers in the upper register for any instrument. Speeds are suggestions only; I have chosen music that I believe will still work well slightly slower than marked.

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Ann's Choice: Volume 7 (DTrTB Quartets Book 3) (DTrTB) MHE 20812 £6.00
Au Temps Heureux
 
Quando Ritrovo La Mia Pastorella
 
A Toy
 
Ce Moys De May
 
Madonna Mia Fa
 
Carmen
 
Allez, Souspirs
 
There is not much music for adults that is both interesting and easy. All too often music that is easy is also a bit childish. I hope that the series 'Ann's Choice' will help to fill the gap. Volume 7, the third set of DTrTB quartets, offers seven pieces of music from the first half of the sixteenth century. This is proper adult music by lesser-known composers and lesser-known works by famous composers. Whatever the original forces, I have arranged all of the music for DTrTB recorders. The keys are friendly, and I have arranged things such that no player ever has to go higher than three fingers in the upper register for any instrument. In fact the descants never rise above an F.

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Three Anthems by Thomas Tomkins (DTrTB) MHE 10808 £4.00
I Am The Resurrection
 
O Pray For The Peace Of Jerusalem
 
I Know That My Redeemer Liveth
 
These three short but beautiful anthems by Thomas Tomkins are brought within the reach of a DTrTB recorder quartet by Ann Marshall’s arrangements. The pieces may not be well-known to recorder players, as the originals were in awkward recorder keys and/or used unusual vocal combinations (for example SSTB). Total playing time is about 4 minutes

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Three Water Pieces (DTrTB) MHE 31206a £5.50
Calypso Cove
 
The Waterfall
 
Caught In The Rain
 
More tuneful music from Ann Marshall. They are interesting pieces, but at the same time easy and happy-sounding. Recorder groups of even limited technical ability will take to them immediately! For a higher setting, see the next piece (MHE 31206).

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Three Water Pieces (DDTrT) MHE 31206 £5.50
See the previous piece (MHE 31206a).

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Three More Water Pieces (DTrTB) MHE 10307 £5.50
The Camargue
 
Lazing On The Riverbank
 
Kingston Harbour
 
In the same way as Three Water Pieces, Ann Marshall's suite of short, tuneful and straightforward pieces is designed to appeal to 'easy intermediate' players.

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Mr Playford in Cheltenham (DTrTB) MHE 30812 £6.00
Chestnut (or Dove's Vagary)
 
All In A Garden Green
 
Argeers
 
Grimstock
 
Mundesse
 
In 1651 John Playford published a large set of country dance tunes, under the title 'The English Dancing Master'. The publication was a great success, and it was reprinted many times. 'The English Dancing Master' comprised melodies only, and they have been arranged many times over the years. I wrote my five DTrTB arrangements for a session I was conducting at the 2012 Cheltenham Recorder Festival. The arrangements are not difficult, and in any case the tunes work nicely at almost any speed, so I hope that many groups will be able to enjoy playing them. No part reaches beyond 'three fingers pinched', and the bass part never rises above an A – it is hence very suitable for inexperienced bass players. Total playing time (depending on speeds adopted of course) will probably be seven or eight minutes.

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Four Pieces by Thomas Ravenscroft (DTrTB) MHE 40912 £6.00
By A Bank
 
A Round of Three Country Dances
 
The Three Ravens
 
Tomorrow The Fox Will Come To Towne
 
Thomas Ravenscroft (1582-1635) was an early collector of folk songs and a prolific composer of rounds – he is plausibly credited with writing 'Three Blind Mice'. Both rounds and folk songs are represented in this collection of straightforward music for recorder quartet. Total playing time is about seven minutes.

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Four Pieces by Thomas Tallis (DTrTB) MHE 61210 £6.00
O Ye Tender Babes
 
O Lord, In Thee Is All My Trust
 
Verily, Verily I Say Unto You
 
Out From The Deep
 
Three of these beautiful pieces were originally for voices, and one (O Ye Tender Babes) was originally a solo song with lute accompaniment. In order to bring this music within the grasp of as many recorder players as possible, Ann has used crotchet (or in one case dotted crotchet) beats throughout, and changed some of the keys. Total performance time is about eight minutes.

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Low Profile (BBBB) MHE 20311 £6.50
Low Dance
 
Low and Slow
 
A Walk on the Low Side
 
There are quite a few courses that feature sessions for basses only. There are not many pieces for such groups, and 'Low Profile' adds three more to that short list. The notes are not difficult, although the rhythms often interlock, so care needs to be taken with counting. The bass 4 part is particularly suited to the great bass, as it never ventures above an 'A'. Total performance time is about eight minutes.

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Four Easter Choruses (DTrTB) MHE 71008 £6.50
This Joyful Eastertide
 
God So Loved The World
 
Easter Morning
 
O Thou Whose Sweet Compassion
 
Especially compared to the vast amount of Christmas music, there is very little Easter music, and even less available for recorders. Ann Marshall has arranged four choruses drawn from various sources, by far the best known in the UK being Stainer's Crucifixion. All of the pieces are late Victorian or Edwardian, and what the composers have in common is that they studied composition in England, although one was Irish, and one American. The pieces are easy/moderate.

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Six Dances by Melchior Franck (DTrTB) MHE 90715 £7.00
Aufzug I
 
Pavana
 
Galliarda
 
Deutscher Tanz
 
Couranta
 
Aufzug II
 
The German composer Melchior Franck (1579–1639) was a prolific composer of the late Renaissance and early Baroque. Amongst many other works, he wrote no less than 600 motets. The dances of Susato and Praetorius are great, and are often played, but I have arranged six of Franck’s dances as a bit of a change, anticipating that they will be little-known. Total playing time is about eight minutes.

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Four Pastoral Miniatures (DTrTB) MHE 40114 £7.00
Upland Meadows
 
Butterflies
 
Cloudscape
 
The Hills
 
These four short pieces suggest scenes in the countryside. I wrote the piece 'Butterflies' in 2009, and it had to wait for five years for a companion piece to suggest itself, and then three came along at once! The pieces are of no more than easy moderate difficulty and the total playing time is about eight minutes.

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A Suite of Susato Dances (DTrTB) MHE 30715 £7.50
Allemande
 
Bransle (Hoboecken Dans)
 
Pavane (Wenn Durch Leiden)
 
Bergerette
 
Pavane
 
Bransle
 
Tielman Susato lived from about 1510 to 1570. He was a music publisher and an instrumentalist, but it is as a composer that he is now best known. He wrote many masses and motets, as well as chansons. Susato’s instrumental music is still much-performed today, particularly the dances from a large book often referred to as ‘The Danserye’. My suite comprises dances taken from that volume, and they typify his direct and tuneful style, whether the music is fast or slow, fun or reflective. I have chosen the six pieces such that they make a satisfying suite, with a total playing time of about nine minutes.

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