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A Suite from Handel's Water Music (DTrTBGtBCtB)
MHE 10318 £11.00
Handel’s Water Music needs no introduction, as one of the best-known pieces of ‘classical’ music. The piece is very well-represented in the world of recorder arrangements, except perhaps for groups of modest technical ability, who are in possession of a great bass and a contrabass. My arrangement of some of the best-loved numbers from Handel’s suite is therefore straightforward, but produces a rich sound, pleasing to players and audiences alike. Total playing time is about seven minutes.
Iam Lucis Orto Sidere (Lassus) (DDTrTrTTBBGtBCtB)
MHE 10717 £7.00
Lassus is probably best known for his beautiful sacred compositions. This short piece, arranged by Steve Marshall, is very different – it is a drinking song! The text is a parody of an eighth-century hymn with the same title. The (translated) original begins...Now that light is risen in the heavens, Lowly of heart, our God we pray that He from harm may keep us free, in all the deeds this day shall see. Lassus transforms this into…Now that light is risen in the heavens, one must begin to drink at once; therefore we shall be well, if we have drunk well. The piece - fast and vigorous - continues in the same vein!
Three Fantasias by Coprario (DDTrTB)
MHE 10817 £7.50
Fantasia No 1
Fantasia No 2
Fantasia No 3
Despite his Italian-looking name, Giovanni Coprario was an English composer, lutenist and viol player. His real name was John Cooper, and he italianised his name when Italian music became more fashionable in England. Coprario composed songs, as well as works for viols, such as these fantasias. Total playing time is about ten minutes.
The Ludlow Suite (DTrTB)
MHE 11117 £7.00
I wrote the Ludlow Suite for Alison Brooks and her Ludlow U3A recorder group. The suite of six short pieces is quite easy to play (especially for the descants) but I hope it’s interesting and tuneful. Total playing time is about seven minutes.
Four Canzonas by Banchieri (D(orTr)Tr(orT)TB)
MHE 20118 £7.50
Fantasia Quinta Decima
Seconda Sonata, Fuga Autentica in Arie Francese
Adriano Banchieri was born and died in Bologna. He played an important part in development of the madrigal, but was also well-known as a composer of the light and enormously popular canzonas and canzonettas. These four canzonas, all but one lively and brisk, demonstrate the style very well. There are few melodic ideas, but they tumble over one another with exciting effect. Total playing time is about five minutes, but the pieces also succeed at a less breakneck speed!
Four Metrophonics (TTBGtBCtBCtB)
MHE 20417 £9.00
I wrote these four miniatures for METRO - Helen Hooker’s eight-foot recorder orchestra, in which the smallest instrument is a tenor and the largest is a contrabass. In fact there are so many contras in the orchestra that I was able to write for two contra parts, the bottom of which involves the mighty subcontrabass. Despite the low-pitch, my pieces include some light and cheerful moments! The total playing time is about seven minutes.
ROSEMARY ROBINSON Linden Suite (SnoDTrTrTTBBGtBCtBSubCtB)
MHE 21117 £23.00
Linden Suite was written early in 2017 at the request of Josée Beeson, who wanted a new piece for her recorder courses in Lyme Regis. Note that there is an essential part for a sub-contrabass (contrabass in C) in this piece. This is a difficult work, which will provide an interesting challenge for any ensemble. Total playing time is about twelve minutes.