Symphony No 7 (Voice, SnoDTrTrTTBBGtBCtB)
MHE 10217 £24.00
Tragic Moon - Blue Moon
I wrote this symphony for a soprano voice and a recorder orchestra. The substantial (at nearly twenty minutes) symphony comprises settings of poems concerning the Moon, specially written by Judith Railton, and the voice is hence fundamental to the work. The music for the soprano is rather difficult, and requires both a big voice, and a range from Bb below the stave to top C. I was very fortunate to work with Judith Railton, who created such wonderful poems, and who was a terrific collaborator. It was also of huge value to work with the marvellous singer Alison Wray, who helped me to ensure that the finished result was challenging, but nevertheless singable.
Two Settings of Da Pacem Domine (Lassus) (TTBBGtBCtB(opt)SubCtB)
MHE 10416 £9.00
Da Pacem Nobis 1582
Da Pacem Nobis 1556
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.
Two Settings of Da Pacem Domine (Lassus) (DDTrTrTB)
MHE 10416a £7.00
This is a higher setting of arrangements I made for the first season of the Mellow Tones Recorder Orchestra – the eight-foot orchestra set up and conducted by Helen Hooker. 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. The low setting is available as MHE10416, and that is where the sound files can be found.
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!
Six Scroobious Songs (Voice, DTrTrTTBBBGtBGtBCtBCtB)
MHE 10916 £25.00
Songs 1 and 2
Songs 3 and 4
Songs 5 and 6
These songs were written for the soprano Portia Kitcher, and for Chris Burgess, director of the Hampshire Recorder Sinfonia, for a first performance in June 2017. The songs are settings of six poems by Edward Lear. There are three pairs of songs, each pair comprising a short limerick, quickly followed by a longer poem. The voice extends from a D to the A a twelfth higher. This is not a large vocal range, but the writing assumes a reasonably powerful voice. The accompanying orchestra is a sextet of solo players, with the rest of the orchestra divided into another six parts. Total performance time is about thirteen minutes.
Ann's Choice: Volume 9 (TrTB Trios) (TrTB)
MHE 20717 £5.50
Thirsis, Let Pity Move Thee (Morley)
O What Shall I Do? (Wilbye)
Cease, Sorrows Now (Weelkes)
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 9 comprises arrangements of three three-part English madrigals for TrTB recorders. The madrigals are by three giants of madrigal composition - Morley, Wilbye and Weelkes. In these pieces they demonstrate their ability to write very interesting music that is straightforward to play and that is in only three parts.
Symphony No 8 (SnoDDTrTrTTBBGtBCtB)
MHE 30417 £26.00
I wrote this symphony for Moira Usher and the Eastern Recorder Orchestra (EROS). In my previous two symphonies I worked with different forces (double choir and a voice), but this one returns to the UK’s traditional recorder orchestra instrumentation. I also took advantage of the fact that EROS contains some particularly talented players, to write the odd passage that could fairly be described as ‘challenging’! Total playing time is about nineteen minutes.
Ann's Choice: Volume 10 (TrTrB Trios) (TrTrB)
MHE 30717 £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.
Symphony No 9 (SnoDDTrTrTTBBGtBCtB)
MHE 40417 £23.00
1301: Granting of the Charter
1764: The Spinning Jenny & Cottonopolis
1894: Manchester Ship Canal
2006: Beetham Tower
I was asked to write a piece for the 70th anniversary of the Manchester Branch of the Society of Recorder Players. The exact type of piece was left up to me, and after working on it for a couple of weeks, it became obvious that it was going to be a large-scale work, and the result was this symphony, in which each movement was inspired by events in the history of Manchester. The symphony has fewer technical difficulties than my others to date, and I believe it could be tackled successfully by ensembles other than established recorder orchestras. The total performance time is about eighteen minutes.
Four Madrigals from The Triumphs of Oriana (DDTrTB)
MHE 50117 £9.00
Hence stars, too dim of light (East)
All Creatures Now (Bennet)
Lightly she whipped o'er the Dales (Mundy)
With angel's face and brightness (Norcombe)
The Triumphs of Oriana was a collection of twenty-five madrigals, published by Thomas Morley in 1601, and composed by some of the finest English madrigalists of the age. Ann has arranged four from the set, by East, Norcombe, Mundy and Bennet. These pieces work well at various speeds, as demonstrated by the available recordings, but a typical total playing time is about nine minutes.