Every winter season, many teachers look for a special tune for their big concert. That's why we have created so many distinctive selections for your recorder programs, including these six works here.
Each of these arrangements has two soprano parts, one harder and close to the melody and one easier, either just requiring B, A, G, C or just B, A, G. In addition, all of the tunes have an optional part for alto recorder. From the pages of Music K-8 magazine and Recorder Classroom, A Joyous Season For Recorders includes:
Joyous Prelude - This symphonic prelude is based on J. S. Bach's striking "Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring." For our arrangement, we have three recorder parts: a soprano part that plays mainly the melody of the sustained section, using D, G, A, B, C, and D'; an optional soprano part that can be played with only G, A, and B; and an optional alto recorder part using G, C, D, E, F#, and G'.
Finlandia – A Hymn To Winter - Finlandia is a symphonic poem written by Jean Sibelius. While this work is complex, it has been nicely adapted for recorder. It's set for two soprano recorders (one easy and the other, a bit harder) and for an optional alto recorder. Soprano 1 requires low D, G, A, B, C, D', and E' (optional); Soprano 2 only requires G, A, B, and C; and the alto part calls for B, C, D, E, and G. Of course, it can be convincingly played just using the easiest, part 2, or any combination of the parts.
Saga Of The Three Ships - This unique performance piece can be played by even young, beginning players. The arrangement itself is a study in contrasts. The orchestra ebbs and flows until the recorders enter to play the melody in a slow quarter note fashion, instead of the traditional 6/8 version, making it accessible for beginners. Part 1 uses the notes D, E, G, A, B, C, and D'. Part 2 uses the notes G, A, B, and C. There's also an optional alto recorder part using A, B, C, D, and E.
Quest Of The Three Kings - Sounding like the soundtrack from a forgotten Cecil B. DeMille epic, we are just setting the mood for one of our favorite carols, "We Three Kings Of Orient Are." Our arrangement is set for full orchestra with three recorder parts: two sopranos and one alto. The first soprano part stays close to the melody using the notes D, E, F#, G, A, B, C, and D', while the second optional part requires only G, A, and B. The alto part is suitable for a beginner alto player and uses G, A, B, C, D, E, and G'.
Fantasy On An Old French Carol - This arrangement of "Il Est Né Le Divin Enfant" can accommodate your beginning students, more advanced players, and/or alto recorders in any combination. Recorder 1 is for your more advanced players, including the notes low D, G, A, B, C, high D, and, optionally, high E. Recorder 2 only requires G, A, and B, and it will sound great with just those players. The optional alto recorder part only uses G, C, D, and G'.
Ode To Joy - Many of the most popular recorder methods feature melodies from classical literature, but probably the most common one is the "Ode To Joy" from Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. One reason this theme is so common is that it is so powerful and it actually can be played by younger players. Our carefully crafted arrangement lets your more advanced students play the melody using G, A, B, C, low D, and high D, while your younger players are only required to play B, A, and G. There is also an optional alto recorder part.