MARG HALL Sunrise To Sunset (DTrTrTTBGtBorBCtB)
MHE 10505 £7.00
This suite of three light and tuneful pieces from Marg Hall will be very welcome with groups which have a contrabass, but want something outside the normal orchestral repertoire. Sunrise To Sunset was the winner of the Big Bass 2005 competition, set up to encourage the writing of accessible pieces involving bigger basses.
JOHN HAWKES Recorder Quartet No 4 (DTrTB)
MHE 41206 £7.50
This quartet by John Hawkes is rhythmic and harmonically adventurous, but no more than moderately difficult. John conducted this quartet at the 2006 Cheltenham Recorder Festival, and a good performance was secured once all of the Gbs were mastered!
JOHN HAWKES Suite Pastorale (DTrTB)
MHE 80810 £7.50
Suite Pastorale was written specifically for groups such as branches of the Society of Recorder Players. It brings within their technical reach the music of John Hawkes, which can often be slightly harder than they can manage. Total playing time is about twelve minutes.
JOHN HAWKES Miniature Suite (TrTTB)
MHE 40805 £8.50
The Miniature Suite displays the usual rhythmic vitality and at times pungent harmony of John Hawkes' writing. The six short and varied pieces in this group have already been played quite widely, although this is the first time that they have been published. They are not difficult, although some of the rhythms may need some work. For details of other compositions by John Hawkes, visit his website at www.johnhawkes.co.uk.
HELEN HOOKER (arr) Easy Baroque Consorts (Volume 1) (DTrTB)
MHE 10712 £6.00
An Ayre (Clarke)
This collection was created for an Easy Recorder Playing for Adults course at Hothorpe Hall in July 2012. The music makes no great technical demands, but allows players to hone their ensemble skills through the music of these three well-loved composers.
ROSEMARY ROBINSON The Hayes Suite (DTrTB)
MHE 10716 £9.50
‘The Hayes Suite' was written for use on the 2016 Easter Recorder Course. The piece is so named because the course was held at The Hayes Conference Centre in Derbyshire. Total playing time is about eight minutes.
ROSEMARY ROBINSON Sulgrave Suite (DTrTrTTBGtBCtB)
MHE 40405 £9.50
A suite of five miniatures by Rosemary Robinson which are charmingly easy on the ear. They do however give players something substantial to work on, as they require accurate tuning, and include some rhythmic difficulties - the Air, for example is graceful music, but 5 in a bar throughout.
ROSEMARY ROBINSON Arden Dances (DTrTTB)
MHE 10911 £14.00
These pieces by Rosemary Robinson were inspired by the four movements of the typical Baroque Suite (Allemande, Courante, Sarabande and Gigue), and each one represents one of the four Elements (Water, Air, Earth and Fire). The suite as a whole is an evocation of that remote and beautiful part of Warwickshire once covered by the Forest of Arden. The dances are of moderate difficulty.
ROSEMARY ROBINSON Ambion Hill (SnoDDTrTrTTBBGtBCtB)
MHE 10109 £15.00
Ambion Hill, in Leicestershire, is where the Battle of Bosworth Field is traditionally supposed to have been fought. Although the suite is not intended as a programmatic account of the battle, the ideas for it were formed during a blustery walk there. The suite is of moderate difficulty only, and total playing time is about 10 minutes.
ROSEMARY ROBINSON Fantasy Suite (SnoDDTrTrTTBBGtBCtB)
MHE 60108 £15.00
This 11 minute suite was composed by Rosemary Robinson for Justine Spence and the 2008 Northern Recorder Course, specifically for the course's chamber recorder orchestra. Complex and rich music, which will pose a challenge, even to a very good group of players.
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.
ROSEMARY ROBINSON Divertimento for Spinet and Recorder Orchestra (Spinet, DTrTBGtBCtB)
MHE 31215 £23.00
Introduction and Jig
This piece was written for the Recorder Orchestra Weekend held at the Mansion House, Biggleswade in October 2015. The conductor was Helen Hooker and the soloist was the composer. This is a substantial (thirteen-minute) piece, in which the spinet plays such an important part that it could be regarded more as a concerto. The solo part is difficult, while the orchestral parts are on the harder side of moderate. This is sure to be popular with recorder orchestras and their audiences.
ROSEMARY ROBINSON Rainsbrook Suite (SnoDTrTrTTBBGtBCtB)
MHE 21110 £24.00
Rainsbrook Suite was written during the summer of 2010. It takes its title from Rains Brook, a tributary of the River Leam, which runs south of Rugby, forming the border between Warwickshire and Northamptonshire. Total playing time is about fourteen minutes.
DIETRICH SCHNABEL Symphony No 1 in D minor (SnoDDTrTrTTBBBGtBGtBCtBCtB)
MHE 11008 £29.00
This Symphony leans strongly towards the Classical/Romantic style. There are melodious themes, and rhythmic, dance-like motifs, which are typical of the recorder. There are also, however, broad and monumental sound layers. These are much less typical, and represent something new in the world of the recorder orchestra, especially as they require an unusually large ensemble to provide the necessary weight. The notes are not difficult to play, and so can be tackled by any recorder orchestra with the required instruments, but it does need considerable stamina in order to maintain focus throughout the piece's 35 minute span.
DIETRICH SCHNABEL Symphony No 2 in G (SnoDDTrTrTTBBGtBCtB)
MHE 11012 £45.00
Scherzo - Intermezzo
My second symphony, like the first, is a long work (35 minutes), but it is lighter and more playful. It is also generally easier to play, although there are some tricky rhythms here and there. It seems to me that this symphony is more colourful, more logical and more coherent than the first.