The Dream-Country (DTrTrTTB (opt GtCt))
MHE 10118 £15.50
The Dream-Country was the commissioned piece for the 2018 SRP National Festival - only now published. My first priority was to write music that could be enjoyed by most, if not all, of the players at the Festival, as well as at the branches of the SRP. The music is therefore of no more than modest difficulty. The piece works well as DTrTrTTB or with the addition of GtCt. My second priority was to root my piece in Wessex, given that Wessex SRP was the commissioning SRP branch. I was aware that Thomas Hardy set almost all of his work in a fictional county of Wessex – a Dream-Country as he termed it. I extracted from Hardy’s books descriptions of three semi-fictional places, and wrote descriptive music that suggested themselves to me. Total performance time of the music is about ten minutes, and reading the text (also in the score) takes another three minutes.
The Cranbourne Suite (DTrTBGtBCtB)
MHE 10323 £18.00
Herne the Hunter
Windsor Great Park
Ann and Steve were jointly commissioned by ‘The Galliard Band’ to write music that would be played as part of the annual Cranbourne Arts Week. Cranbourne is very close to Windsor, and the four-movement suite that we wrote was inspired by Windsor and its near surroundings. Playing time is about ten minutes. There is also a version of the piece in which there is an added part for keyboard - please contact us if that is of interest to you.
ROSEMARY ROBINSON Revelry (SnoDDTrTrTTBBGtBCtB)
MHE 10522 £24.00
‘Revelry' was written early in 2022 at the request of Shirley Brown, who celebrated a special birthday by inviting a group of friends to join her for four days of recorder playing. This rather challenging suite was given its first performance in May 2022. Total playing time is about fourteen minutes.
Cave of the Black Spring (DTrTTBGtBCtB)
MHE 10623 £11.50
I read that there was a dramatic cave in the Swansea Valley which was surprisingly little-known. Surprising because it is the deepest in the UK, as well as the second longest in Wales. This cave is called ‘Cave of the Black Spring’ (‘Ogof Ffynnon Ddu’ in Welsh). It is called the ‘Black Spring’ because it flows through many chambers, passing through black limestone that, over the centuries, has produced waterfalls, rapids and deep potholes. Although I had no intention of visiting the cave myself, I often thought about it, in particular how the black water could be sometimes slow-moving, but then faster moving with water dripping from the roof. This eight-minute piece is not particularly difficult, but concentration is required because of the length of the piece, and because the speeds change frequently requiring attention to the conductor.
Four Warwickshire Portraits (DTrTTBGtBCtB)
MHE 11022 £23.00
The Great Fire of Warwick
The Ribbon Weavers
I wrote this piece for the Warwick branch of the Society of Recorder Players, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. The four varied movements were inspired by places or events in the history of Warwickshire - the Great Fire of Warwick, Stoneleigh Abbey, the Ribbon Weavers and Crackley Wood. This is a substantial (fifteen-minute) work that, more than once, I thought of as a symphony. It is, however, of no more than moderate difficulty. Although the great bass and contrabass parts are desirable, the piece also works well without them.
ROSEMARY ROBINSON A Masque for Midsummer (DTrTBGtBCtB)
MHE 11023 £15.00
I wrote this piece for the Bristol Branch of the Society of Recorder Players. The branch was founded in 1948, and its 75th Anniversary was celebrated in 2023. There are five movements, and the total playing time is about eight minutes.
O Mater Mundi (Mundy) (DTrTrTTBBBGtBCtB)
MHE 11123 £7.50
William Mundy (1529-1591) wrote mostly sacred music. He was popular in his day, and his work is still played. He is not to be confused with his son, John Mundy. The original of the piece is in five parts, but my arrangement is in ten. It is hence not an authentic sound (as far as we know) but it produces a sound that is rich and stirring. Playing time is about four minutes.
ROSEMARY ROBINSON Culford Suite (SnoDTrTTBBGtBCtB)
MHE 11222 £18.00
Under the October Twilight
Culford Suite was written for Moira Usher, and was given its first performance at the October Recorder Festival in 2022. The suite is in three movements, with a total duration of about ten minutes.
Somerset Pictures (DTrTBGtBCtB)
MHE 20323 £16.00
Glastonbury Tor and the Levels
The Strawberry Line
Steve and Ann were jointly commissioned to write this music on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Somerset branch of the Society of Recorder Players. Each of the three movements is intended to suggest various places in Somerset. The titles are 'The Coast', 'Glastonbury Tor and the Levels' and 'The Strawberry Line'. The music is of no more than medium difficulty, and the total playing time is about ten minutes.
Tota Pulchra Es (Bruckner) (TBGtBCtB)
MHE 20522 £6.00
Bruckner composed this sacred motet in 1878, and it is a beautiful piece with stirring chords and dramatic dynamics. Steve's arrangement of ‘Tota Pulchra Es’ is for an eight-foot group, and an additional contrabass in C, while not essential, would also be beneficial in providing some nice low E’s. Especially at the slow speed, the piece is not easy to play, but with careful attention to tongueing and breathing it is marvellous stuff!
Concertino for soprano sax and recorder orchestra (Sax, DTrTTBBGtBCtB)
MHE 20822 £18.00
I enjoyed playing the saxophone for many years, and I have often thought about writing something for sax and recorder orchestra. I finally twigged that making that happen was right under my nose, when I realised that the recorder player Helen Jones was also an excellent saxophonist, and would be available at a large recorder course. This ten-minute, three-movement concertino hence had its first performance at a massed playing session late in 2022. The saxophone part certainly has its difficulties, but is not virtuosic, and the music for the orchestra is no harder than moderate.
O Magnum Mysterium (Morales) (TTBB)
MHE 21022 £5.00
Cristóbal de Morales (1500-1553) was a skilled and prolific Spanish composer. The vast majority of his output was religious vocal music. Morales is often said to be the most important Spanish composer before Victoria, and he was also the first Spanish composer known outside the country. ‘O Magnum Mysterium’ is a short but beautiful piece that works well with the sonorous TTBB instrumentation. For a particular treat, try it an octave lower!
Bethena (Joplin) (TrTrTTBGtBCtB)
MHE 21023 £9.50
Scott Joplin (1868-1917) published this piece in 1905, and referred to it as a ‘concert waltz’. At the time it did not sell well, and only became better known in the 1970s, when it was recognised as particularly beautiful. Steve's recorder arrangement works well, once the main theme is mastered by everyone in the group! The playing time is somewhere between three and four minutes. I think we should follow Joplin’s decree that rags should never be playing fast.
Mini Metro Suite (DTrTBGtBCtB)
MHE 21123 £16.00
I originally wrote Mini Metro Suite for Helen Hooker’s eight-foot orchestra – METRO. I later re-wrote the piece you have, as a small (DTrTBGtCt) orchestra. There are four movements and they are not too difficult. I even tried hard (with success I think) to make the third movement playable, despite being in 5/4. The total duration is about nine minutes.
ROSEMARY ROBINSON Five Folk Songs (TrTrTB)
MHE 21222 £11.50
The Lark in the Clear Air
Ca' The Yowes
Flowers in the Valley
The Raggle-Taggle Gypsies-oh!
Rosemary wrote these folk song arrangements in the summer of 2022. They were given their first performance at the October Recorder Festival 2022, conducted by the composer. Total playing time is about ten minutes.
The Highnam Suite (DTrTBGtBCtB)
MHE 30222 £11.00
I wrote this suite for the Orchestra on the Hill. The six minutes of music, none of which is difficult, is a pleasing mixture of cheerful, bluesy and languid.
Ann's Choice: Volume 15 (Trios) (TrTB)
MHE 30522 £8.50
Of All the Birds that I have Heard
Whither Away So Fast?
Nous Voyons que les Hommes
Fly, Love, Aloft
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. This set comprises arrangements of TrTB trios, composed by Arcadelt, Mundy, Morley and Wilbye – giants of their time. Total playing time is about seven minutes.
Four French Chansons (Lassus) (DTrTTBBGtBCtB)
MHE 30822 £14.00
Gallans qui par terre
Avec le jour
Bonjour mon coeur
Un jour vis un foulon
Along with Palestrina and Victoria, Lassus was (and is) considered to be the most famous and influential musician at the end of the 16th century. At the time of writing I have published three sets of ‘The Lassus Collection’. The set you are now looking at is the result of taking four-part French-language chansons from 'The Lassus Collection' and converting them into larger-scale works for orchestra. A great sound! Total playing time is about six minutes.
MHE 31123 £8.00
Gabriel Fauré wrote his ‘Pavan’ in 1887. It was originally for piano, but the piece immediately found favour, and he composed a version for orchestra and choir. It is that latter version that is still played today. Ann's arrangement for five recorder parts looks fairly easy, but it has its difficulties, despite the change of key from the original F# minor to A minor. But whatever the difficulties, it is well worth persevering with this beautiful music. Playing time is about five minutes.
ROSEMARY ROBINSON Suite in the Olden Style (DTrTTB, Spinet)
MHE 31222 £16.00
This four-movement suite for recorders and spinet was written in 2022. It was given its first performance at the October Recorder Festival, with the spinet part played by the composer. The movements use elements of renaissance and medieval style, while still sounding like twenty-first century music. Total playing time is about nine minutes.
Three Tunes by O'Carolan (DTrTB)
MHE 40222 £9.50
Maggie in the Woods
Turlough O'Carolan (1670–1738) was a blind Celtic musician who was famous in his lifetime as a singer, harp player and composer. His compositions are still popular to this day, and we have chosen three of our favourites to arrange. We have given metronome marks, but these are purely suggestions. The two outer movements are probably fastish and the inner movement probably slowish, but they can work really well at any speed you like (or are capable of).
Two Motets by Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla (TBGtBCtB)
MHE 40522 £8.00
Stabat Mater Dolorosa
Velum Templi Scissum Est
Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla (1590 – 1664) was Spanish, but moved permanently to Pueblo in Mexico in 1620. At that time Pueblo was a large religious centre and Padilla was a major figure there. Little of Padilla’s music is now available, but these two motets are lovely, especially so on the bigger instruments. An (optional) part is provided for contrabass in C.
Traditional Tunes from Gloucestershire (DTrTBGtBCtB)
MHE 40822 £12.50
It is often possible to find evidence that a particular folk tune was being used at a particular time and in a particular place. That has been done for well over a hundred years by going around a part of the country, hearing people make music and writing down the tunes (collecting). Some well-known people have collected music in this way, for example Cecil Sharp, Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst. The tunes in this six-minute medley are a mixture of vigorous dances and gentler music, and they were all collected by Cecil Sharp in various parts of Gloucestershire between 1907 and 1913.
Brook Green Suite (DTrTTBGtBCtB)
MHE 50522 £17.50
Holst wrote Brook Green Suite in 1933 for the junior string orchestra of St Paul's Girls' School in Hammersmith. That junior orchestra must have been remarkably good, because the piece is not easy. And inevitably any recorder arrangement will not be easy either. But I have tried to arrange it so that it is faithful to the original, but as playable as possible for modestly-sized recorder ensembles.
Air on the G String (Bach) (DTrTBGtBCtB)
MHE 50822 £7.00
The much-arranged favourite by J S Bach, this time arranged for six recorder parts. Ignoring any consideration of ‘authenticity’, it works well one-to-a-part or as an orchestra. Playing time is about four minutes.
Jazz Fugue and Postlude (TBGtBCtB)
MHE 60522 £11.00
I wrote this pair of pieces, not at the request of anyone, but simply to enjoy myself. I thought that I would write a fugue in a jazz style, using the bigger recorders. When that was nearly finished I decided to add a short and fast second piece, which had a similar theme to that of the first - a sort of reversed Prelude and Fugue. The piece requires good command of swung quavers, and is sometimes quite fast. Although it's not easy, it provides a good work-out for good players of the bigger instruments. Playing time is about six minutes.
Two Chansons by Crecquillon (TrTTB)
MHE 60822 £5.50
Quand me souvient de ma triste fortune
Response: Un triste coeur
Thomas Crecquillon (1505–1557) was born in the Low Countries and, as far as we know, lived there all of his life. We also know that he wrote a great deal of music, and that he seems to have been highly regarded. This is especially evidenced by the fact that the largest music publishers of the time published more by Crecquillon than by any other composer. The total playing time of these two beautiful pieces is about four minutes.
November Suite (TrT)
MHE 70522 £10.00
I wrote this suite at the request of Jo Greer and Teresa Savage, who wanted some agreeable music for their favoured instruments. The result is a set of six pieces, in friendly keys and in various moods. Total playing time is about seven minutes.
Recorder Septet No 4 (DTrTrTBGtBCtB)
MHE 80522 £15.50
My fourth septet has a slightly mellower instrumentation than the first three, using a second treble instead of a sopranino. It is again equally suited to one-to-a-part playing or several-to-a-part orchestral playing. The piece is in five varied movements and has a total playing time of about ten minutes.
Spring Sinfonietta (DTrTrTTBB)
MHE 90522 £14.00
My Spring Sinfonietta found much favour pre-publication. It’s often difficult to know why some pieces are popular, and others are not. Maybe this piece has a feeling of the world leaving winter behind. Or perhaps its allegretto-andante-waltz-finale structure is familiar and comforting. Whatever the reason, I was very pleased!