Polyphonica's Christmas Bauble (DTrT)
MHE 10221 £6.00
A little bit of Christmas fun, written for my good friends, the trio Polyphonica. The music cracks along, including several well-known Christmas favourites. The only slight snag is that Polyphonica are very good players, so the music is rather difficult. But then, if you buy the music earlier in the year, you’ll have plenty of time to get it up to scratch before you impress your audiences in December!
Four Winter Pieces (Sno solo, DD ensembles)
MHE 40903 £4.50
A Frosty Morning
Birds In The Snow
The Frozen Lake
Bells Across The Meadow
Very easy pieces for two groups of descants, with a slightly harder part for a sopranino. Written for schools, but interesting pieces for adults also (who might want to play them on SnoTT). Also available for DTrTB quartet (MHE 40903a).
Introduction & Fantasy for Recorder Trio (DTrT)
MHE 20208 £4.50
A tradition at the Northern Recorder Course is that the student concert includes a performance by the Aries Gemshorn Trio, led by Janice Ormerod. This was written for the 2008 course, and is here transcribed for recorders. Quite easy, but an interesting three minute piece. Also available for TrTB recorders; see the next piece (MHE 20208a).
Three Pieces For Recorder Trio (DTrToptB)
MHE 20606 £5.00
Another piece originally written for the Aries Gemshorn Trio. I tried to write something which sounded somewhat mediaeval, while still being contemporary. The pieces work well on descant, treble and tenor recorders, and I have put them in such a key that bass recorders can also play by doubling the tenors at the octave.
Three Pieces For Gemshorn Trio (SAT gemshorns)
MHE 20606a £5.00
This is the original (gemshorn) version of Three Pieces for Recorder Trio (MHE 20606). I have been asked many times by gemshorn players whether the original was available and, despite being surprised to find there is some demand for contemporary gemshorn music, I am delighted to help!
Pastoral Fantasy (DTrT)
MHE 10114 £5.50
The Belgium-based recorder magazine – The Blokfluitist – asked me to write this trio as the music supplement for one of their 2013 issues. The brief was to write a fairly easy trio, whose full score would fit on four A4 sides. Despite these restrictions, I was pleased with the resulting four-minute piece. I assume that the editors were too, because it was accepted for publication!
MHE 40113 £5.50
Offenbach's famous Can-Can from his operetta 'Orpheus in the Underworld' is two minutes of riotous fun. It was a major challenge to arrange the orchestral piece for just three recorders, but it was great fun to do, and I hope and believe that the result retains some of the joie de vivre of the original. I wrote this arrangement for the recorder trio Bella Musica, and they report that it goes down very well with audiences! I have also arranged this piece for recorder octet (MHE 40113a).
Fantasia No 11 (Lupo) (DTrB)
MHE 31107 £5.50
This short fantasia, originally for three viols, achieves great beauty with the simplest of means. Ann and I have produced an edition which enables groups to dip their toes in the water of unbarred music - there is a score and parts with barlines, but then a version without barlines (as the original) for those who want a better understanding of why barlines can be an unwanted distraction. It sounds even more beautiful on TBCtB, and a bass clef version of the treble part is provided.
Three Fantasias in 3 Parts (Byrd) (TrTB)
MHE 20909 £5.75
William Byrd's short three-part fantasias, originally for viols, are a marvel of imitative invention using small-scale resources. I believe that the only editions of these pieces previously available were designed primarily for playing on viols, leading to recorder players having to change instruments for each fantasia, and play 'up the octave' or from unfamiliar clefs. This new edition makes life easier, and all three fantasias fit nicely on treble, tenor and bass recorders.
Three Madrigals for Recorder Trio Set 1 (DTrT)
MHE 40906 £5.75
As Fair As Morn
O What Shall I Do?
Though Philomela Lost Her Love
Little gems of three-part madrigal writing. These pieces may not be new to recorder players, but this is a new edition (by Steve & Ann Marshall), which tries to give as much help as possible to groups of limited experience who are unfamiliar with the conventions which often apply to music of this period. There are crotchet beats throughout, clear indications of what to do at changes of time signature, fully written-out repeats, and many other useful features.
Three Madrigals for Recorder Trio (Set 2) (DTrT)
MHE 90812 £5.75
Your Shining Eyes
Do You Not Know?
This second set of three-part madrigals concentrates on pieces that are easy to play. They are only in three parts, but even divorced from their words these marvels of concise writing are still beautiful and fun.
Recorder Trio No 3 (TTB)
MHE 11005 £8.00
Exploits the rich sounds of this unusual group of instruments, while still featuring some crisp and incisive rhythms. Of similar difficulty to Trios 1&2.
Five Shades Of Blue (DTrB)
MHE 10703 £8.50
A suite of pieces in different blues styles - from the 1920s up to 1980s funk. Bristling with accidentals and jazzy rhythms, but perfectly playable for competent trios who like jazz. I rearranged these pieces for the Tallgrass Trio (violin, clarinet and bassoon), and they can be seen playing Swing, Ballad and The Twenties here
Three Lyrics from the Country (contralto voice, TrTB)
MHE 10709 £9.00
The Top of the Hanger
Treading the Cotswold Way
These are settings of three poems by Judy Kendall, which are included in her book 'The Drier The Brighter'. The pieces were written at the request of the recorder trio Polyphonica, who were performing with the countertenor Robert Cross. Although the sound of a countertenor is unique, the voice part (from A to C, a 10th higher) is ideal for a contralto, and indeed works with most other voice types as well.
Low-down Blues (TBB)
MHE 11118 £9.50
I wrote this miniature suite at the request of the trio Polyphonica, to whom it is dedicated. They wanted something jazzy for low instruments, lasting no more than five minutes so, in accordance with the brief, the five tiny pieces in Low-down Blues last precisely five minutes, and it is for tenor and two basses. But it is not easy music! Nevertheless, if you are up to it, I think the suite is exciting, and a bit of a crowd-pleaser!
In The Silent West (alto voice, TTB)
MHE 11110 £11.00
The sun just touched the morning
As imperceptibly as grief
She sweeps with many-colored brooms
On this wondrous sea
I wrote these settings of four poems by Emily Dickinson for the recorder trio Polyphonica and the countertenor Robert Cross. Although the sound of a countertenor is unique, the voice part (from A to C, a 10th higher) is ideal for a contralto, and indeed works with most other voice types as well. The poems concern the passing of time, a common subject in the work of Emily Dickinson. They may be performed singly or in groups. Total playing time is about eight minutes. See MHE 11110a for a much larger-scale version of this piece.