Classical Section

In this case I am using this term as a 'catch-all' for music which does not fit well in any of the other categories.

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Album For The Young -Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky (the shortest spelling available) wrote these for beginning piano students. But.... 22 out of 24 work very well for recorders. There are never more than four players but the voicing required the shifting of  up or down a bit.

The entire group last about 25 min. The individual pieces never exceed 1:30 seconds.

Have fun.....

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Au Village - Moussorgsky

Modeste Moussorgsky composed this little 'Fantasia' on a folk tune (I think) called "In the Village". As an intermediate pianist this is squarely in my level of ability. The last time I was at my piano enjoying this little gem Moussorgsky seemed to speak to me, saying, " Lo.... ( well you get the idea).

Intermediate level recorders players will be needed for this ATB Trio. 

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Beethoven - Minuet in G

Beethoven's Minuet in G has a charming melody and counter subject. So.... about a week I wondered how this piece might be transcribed to recorders. At first I tried for recorder orchestra but after about 8 measures it had lost it's innocent and simple charm. Reduced to SATB voicing it works fairly well.

Get ready because I changed some chords....sorry!

Enjoy this free download with three good friends and grin (I hope)
 

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Bercovitz - Sonatina

M. Bercovitz is a composer from the Romantic Period. This may be his best known composition since there is very little information. This little three movement Sonatina is really charming. I can remember (and still) playing this many, many, many years ago.

Arranged for Trio (SAT) Recorders it has become lite and lovely.

Enjoy

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Bizet - Turkish Rondo

Georges Bizet (b.1838-d.1875) is one those tragic composers in music history where nothing seemed to find public aclaim until his death. The opera 'Carmen' is one of the most popular and frequently performed works in the entire repertoire.

The 'Turkish Rondo' comes from a volume called 'Three Musical Sketches'. The original piece was written for harmonium. Its strength is melodic ideas presented in rondo form. A weakness is the use of pedal points in the bass which means that you lower voices only get to support the fun rather than join in it.

Still, it has charm. 
 

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Brahms - Hungarian Dance # 8

Johannes Brahms composed Hungarian Dance #8 about 1869. There are a series of 21 dances published over a period of 25 years. No. 8 comes from the second book.

The key of A minor sits nicely on the recorder but to accomplish this transcription/arrangement it was necessary to utilize the entire range of notes available which creates a nice challenge. The SnSSATBBGbCb instrumentation was necessary but great fun to 'puzzle' the 'how is this going to work' thing  in the middle sections.

This would certainly be for an advanced adventurous recorder orchestra.. Enjoy     
 

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Brahms Waltzs Opus 39

These wonderful waltzes by Johannus Brahms were originally composed for piano and rest mostly in the advanced literature for that instrument. EXCEPT.... Brahms did a simplified version which can be played by the intermediate pianist. It is from this simplified version that I have transcribed  these quartet versions.

Listen to the mp3 and you will be amazed by their variety. 
 

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Bruckner - Prelude & Fugue

Anton Bruckner composed this lovely  D minor 1.Vorspiel & 2.Nochspiel (Fuge) in about November of 1927.  They well worth the effort. They have been arranged for SATB recorders which thins out a bit some of the more massive chords.

Overall this arrangements works very well. Enjoy! 

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Chaminade - Scarf Dance

Cecile Chaminade (1857-1944)  is a French romantic composer and performer. She was well known and respected at the turn of the twenth century. I found this little piano duet in a volume printed in 1920 and inherited from a good friend. 

Scored for SnSATBGbCb it would well for recorder orchestra and drips with french charm.

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Chaminade -Album des Entants-Volume One

Cecile Chaminade (1857-1944) is a major French Composer of the Romantic Period. Like many of her contemporaries she composed two volumes entitled "Album des Enfants" which contain 12 pieces each. They are charming and witty but of varying degrees of difficulty.
  1. Air
  2.  Intermezzo
  3. Canzonetta
  4. Rondeau
  5. Gavotte
  6. Gigue
  7. Romance
  8. Barcarolle
  9. Orientale
  10. Tarentelle
  11. Air de Ballet
  12. Marche Russe

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Chaminade-Album des Enfants-Volume Two

Cecile Chaminade (1857-1944) is a major French Composer of the Romantic Period. Like many of her contemporaries she composed two volumes entitled "Album des Enfants" which contain 12 pieces each. They are charming and witty but of varying degrees of difficulty.
  1. Idylle
  2. Aubade
  3. Rigaudon
  4. Eglogue
  5. Ballade
  6. Scherzo-Valse
  7. Elegie
  8. Novelette
  9. Patrouille
  10. Villanelle
  11. Conte de Fees
  12. Valse Mignonne

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Drdla - Souvenir

Drdla was born in 1868 in what is now the Czech Republic. 'Souvenir' was composed in 1904 achieving fame rather quickly. Originally scored for violin and piano it was adapted for many ensembles but 'oddly enough' never for recorder until now.

Scored for Recorder Orchestra (SnSSAAAATTBBGbGbCbSgbScb) the sound is full the theme being pass around. Gather a few friends and enjoy.

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Dvorak - Humoreske

Anton Dvorak composed 'Humoreske' as part of a cycle of short pieces for the piano. The cycle was entitled 'Humoresques" and published in Germany in 1894. This is number seven in the group and certainly gets the prize for most famous. Written for a very large number and variety of instrumentation. The list just to large to start.

The piece became so common that "familiarity became contempt".

This could be considered part of my unofficial 'Cartoon Series'.

I could also be approaching another childhood.

 

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Dvorak - Prelude & Fugetta

Antonin Dvorak composed these two charming pieces as his composition exercise for graduation from Organ School in 1856. 

The Prelude & Fugetta was edited by Christopher Lahme in 2010. It is from the Lahme score published under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Germany License from which I have made this transcription and offer it with parts at no cost.  

 

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Dvorak - Slavonic Dance

Slavonic Dance in G Minor by Antonin Dvorak was originally composed for Piano Duet in 1886. It was so popular that an arrangement for orchestra immediately followed the same year.  Arrangement for all kinds of ensembles abound.

This Recorder Orchestra is arrangement for SnSSAAATTBBGbGbCbSgbScb will delight the audience. Up to tempo it is a challenge.

Enjoy this free download with a few friends.
 

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Gabriel-Marie - La Cinquantaine

Gabriel-Marie (1852-1928) is a French romantic composer. La Cinquantaine was written to honor the 50 the wedding anniversary of a friend.

Scored for SnSATBGbCb almost everyone get a chance at this melody and the piece lasts about 3 min.  
 

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Godard - Berceuse

Benjamin Louis Paul Godard (18 August 1849 – 10 January 1895) was a French Romantic-era composer best known for his opera, "Jocelyn". The most famous moment from the oprea is a 'Berceuse' aria which has been arranged for multiple ensembles.

This recorder transcription for recorder orchestra uses SnSAAATBBGbCbSgbScb instruments.

Enjoy this free download with a few friends.

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Holst - A Somerset Rhapsody

'A Somerset Rhapsody' by Holst has been in my mind for 2 years. Did I dare attempt a recorder orchestra transcription? I would listen and follow the score at moments where ideas and projects came to a stop. Who would play it? The keys are going to be challenging. The thing is 10 min. long. These and other less printable thoughs swirled through me head when I would listen to this wonderful work yet again. 

It took two weeks of concentrated work but here it is with most of questions still unanswered. I had so much fun putting together the biggest puzzle, at least I hope the puzzle is together. Perhaps Holst is not laying in a different position in his grave.

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Largo from New World Symphony

Scored for SATBGbCb recorders this super famous theme could work in the upper range of recorders (GSnSATB) . 

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Mascagni - Intermezzo

Pietro Mascagni is a major Italian composer. Intermezzo is taken from 'Cavalleria Rusticana'.  This charming piece has been set for SATBGb recorders 

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Mendelssohn - Spring Song

Ah....Mendelssohn....there has alway been place in my heart for this romantic composer. I believe that the first piece of 'classical' music I ever heard was this composition used in a 'Merry Melodies' cartoon. So about three days ago I was looking at a 1910 volume of piano duets and there it was! Smitten again I wanted to see if maybe this would work for SATGb recorders. This is the product. 

I hope you enjoy playing this 'Old Saw' as much as I laughed my way through to the last measure.

Enjoy

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Mozart - Fugue in G Minor

Fugue in G Minor by Mozart was written for piano duet (at least that is how I know it). SATGb recorders work very well with only a bit of revoicing to make the ranges fit. 

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Mozart - Gallimathias Musicum

Better known as 'Quodlibet' this very early composition by Mozart was composed when he toured Europe with his father. No. 13 for keyboard is the only one of the 17 sections which did not fit the SnSATBGbCb arrangement. Some sections present challenges but there is plenty of fun to even out the work.

The sound file only reflects the written repeats. Enjoy!

 

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Offenbach - Barcarolle

Offenbach composed 'Barcarolle' as a part of his Operetta, "The Tales of Hoffman" . The melody is perhaps his best know and was arranged for ensembles of many variations.

The piece is short but charming and is arranged for recorder Orchestra, SnSsATBBGbCbSgbScb.

Enjoy this Free Download.
 

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Ravel-Pavane for a dead princess

Maurice Ravel originally composed "Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte" for piano but it was quickly transcribed for orchestra. My recorder orchestra transcription utilizes SnSAATBGbCb instrumentation.

Enjoy.
 

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Respighi - Six Small Pieces

Ottorino Respighi is an Italian composer who is best remembert to three tone poems for orchestra. The 'Fountains of Rome' is perhaps the most performed. Respighi compositions fall in the the late romantic period which placed him at a disadvantage in the 1920's & 1930's when music was moving into the modern era.

'Six Small Pieces' was written for piano four hands. Each section carries a dedication for one of his students. They are arranged for SnSATBGbCb recorders and would make an interesting group in performance.
  1. Romance
  2. Sicilian Air
  3. Armenian Air
  4. Noel, Noel!
  5. Cantilena Schottische
  6. The Little Highlanders

 

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Rubinstein - Melody in F

Anton Rubinstein was born in Russia in 1829 and died in 1894. Melody in F is No. 1 of "Two Melodies" composed in 1852. 

This piece is the perfect opportunity to let the lower voices shine with the basses having the melody.

Scored for SATBBBBGbGbCbSgbScb recorder orchestra 'Melody in F' is a free download.

Gather a 'few' friend and listen those lover voices take center stage.

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Schubert - Allegro in A minor

Schubert composed this "Allegro in A minor" for piano 4 hands. My friend Allyson and I have been enjoying the rich harmonies and lovely melodic content in our Thursday playing sessions.  About a month ago I wondered if maybe this could be trasnscribed for Recorder Orchestra. To make everything balance I had to use SnSnSSAAAATTTTBBBGbGbCbSgbScb. 

These pdf files are free. I hope that everyone has a great holiday season. 

Enjoy.
 

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Schubert - March # 1

Franz Schubert - Short Life - Long catalogue of work... Perhaps I am wrong to dig into the lovely 4 hand piano compositions of Schubert. Maybe. Nay..they are wonderful.

This lovely March has adapted to the recorder orchestra with amazing ease. Scored for SnSSAAATTBBGbGbCbSgbScb instruments, the work is 15 mins long and not really difficult.

Gather 15 friends around and enjoy this free download.

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Schubert - Serenade

Serenade by Franz Schubert has been used to charm listeners in almost every imaginable situation. Concert halls, Parlors, and churches are only a few. I believe I heard this in a cartoon sound track when I was in elementary school,  Now it is probably in the "Old Hat" section but I still love it.

So here it is scored for SSAAATTTBBGbGbCbSgbScg recorder Orchestra.

Enjoy

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