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Traditional:  Cordöli (Heartache), Traditional song from Switzerland arranged by A. Bornstein
scoring: A (Piano)
What is the meaning of these icons?  6
Traditional:  La canzun dalla Margaretha, Traditional song from Switzerland arranged by A. Bornstein
scoring: ATB
What is the meaning of these icons?  6
Ferdinando Galimberti (flourished 1730-51):  Sinfonia No. 102 in Bb major
source: Fonds Blancheton, Op. 3. Ms. RES F–443. Manuscript preserved in Paris: Bibliothèque nationale de France
scoring: AATB
What is the meaning of these icons?  6
Eagles (XXI cent.):  Desperado
scoring: A (Piano)
What is the meaning of these icons?   8
Giovanni Battista Draghi (c. 1640 - 1708):  Scocca pur tutti tuoi strali
source: The second part of Musick’s Handmaid (London 1689)
scoring: A (Harpsichord)
What is the meaning of these icons?  10
Anonymous (XVII cent.):  Motley’s Maggot
source: The second part of Musick’s Handmaid (London 1689)
scoring: STB
What is the meaning of these icons?  8
Henry Carey (1687 - 1743):  Cantata V - «The sun was in his highest strength»
source: Six cantatas (London 1732)
scoring: TT (Bc)
What is the meaning of these icons?   8
Giovanni Battista Riccio (flourished 1609-21):  Canzon La Grileta a doi Violini in Ecco
source: Il terzo libro delle divine lodi musicali (Venice 1620)
scoring: AA (Bc)
What is the meaning of these icons?  6
Anonymous (XVIII cent.):  Dijn toen oend dijn lassen
source: Musyk Voor De Fluyt Anno 1739. Manuscript preserved in Boston: Harvard Musical Association Library
scoring: TTB
Only the simple melody survives in the original manuscript. I added two other parts and composed the variations.
What is the meaning of these icons?  8
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750):  Cantata «Er rufet seinen Schafen mit Namen» - BWV 175
source: Recorder Parts in Bach’s Sacred Music
scoring: GGGB or AAAB (Bass instrument)
From this cantata, I am publishing here the three movements in which the recorders are used.
Bach clearly requires three treble recorders in G. I have transposed the score from the original key of G major to F major so that the arrangement can be played on ordinary treble recorders and at the same time the three original recorder parts can be played in a philological performance of this cantata.
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Antonio Mortaro (? - 1619):  La Fachinetta
source: Primo libro de canzoni da sonare a quattro voci (Venice 1600), No. 3
scoring: SATB
What is the meaning of these icons?   13
Johann Christian Bach (1735 - 1782):  Se infida tu mi chiami - Canzonetta VI - WH 23 - Op. 6, No. 6
source: Six Canzonets. Op. 6 (London [1767])
scoring: AA (Bc)
What is the meaning of these icons?    6
Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach (1732 - 1795):  Mein Herz fleucht ihr entgegen
source: Die Amerikanerin. Ein lyrisches Gemälde (Riga 1776) - BR-JCFB G 47
scoring: S (Bc)
What is the meaning of these icons?   10
Tommaso Albinoni (1671 - c. 1750):  Allegro finale from Concerto VI - Op. 2
source: Sinfonie e concerti a 5. Op. 2 (Venice 1700)
scoring: AAB
What is the meaning of these icons?  10
Tommaso Albinoni (1671 - c. 1750):  Follia from Concerto II - Op. 2
source: Sinfonie e concerti a 5. Op. 2 (Venice 1700)
scoring: A (Harpsichord)
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Gary Brooker (1945 - 2022):  A Whiter Shade of Pale
source: Duos for treble recorders from well-known ancient and modern melodies, No. 34
scoring: AA
What is the meaning of these icons?   9
Anonymous (XVIII cent.):  Allegro in C major
source: Ms. Musica 2-N-13,2. Manuscript preserved in Saxon State and University Library Dresden, No. 30
scoring: STB
What is the meaning of these icons?  6
Antonio Mortaro (? - 1619):  La Bertozza
source: Primo libro de canzoni da sonare a quattro voci (Venice 1600), No. 1
scoring: ATTB
What is the meaning of these icons?  8
Artemio Motta (1661 - post 1717):  Concerto Secondo in F major
source: Concerti a cinque. Op. 1 (Modena 1701), No. 2
scoring: ATBL (Bass instrument)
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Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 - 1767):  Largo from Sonata TWV 41:a6
source: TheLeadingBass: for bass recorder players who occasionally want to take the lead, No. 14
scoring: B (Bc)
What is the meaning of these icons?    6
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 - 1767):  Solo 3 in D minor - TWV 41:a6
source: Essercizii musici, overo dodeci soli e dodeci trii à diversi stromenti (Hamburg [1740])
scoring: A (Bc)
What is the meaning of these icons?  8
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 - 1767):  Partia 6 in G major - TWV 41:Es1
source: La Petite Musique de Chambre; Die kleine Kammer-Musik. Hautbois, ou Violon, ou Flute traverse, Ou Clavessin, avec la Basse chiffrée (Hamburg 1728), No. 6
scoring: A (Bc)
What is the meaning of these icons?  8
Giovanni Battista Sammartini (c. 1700 - 1775):  Concertino No. 108 in G major
source: Fonds Blancheton, Op. 3. Ms. RES F–443. Manuscript preserved in Paris: Bibliothèque nationale de France
scoring: A (Harpsichord)
What is the meaning of these icons?   11
Johann Melchior Pichler (1695 - 1776):  Largo in F major
source: Fonds Blancheton, Op. 3. Ms. RES F–443. Manuscript preserved in Paris: Bibliothèque nationale de France
scoring: AATB
What is the meaning of these icons?  10
Peter Gabriel (1950 - ):  Washing of the Water
scoring: SATB
What is the meaning of these icons?   8
Santo Lapis (1699 - 1765):  Sonata I in F major
source: Sei duetti per due flauti o violini o fagotti (Paris c. 1740-48)
scoring: AA
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Jacob van Eyck (c. 1589 - 1657):  Onder de Linde groene a 4
source: Der Fluyten Lust-hof (Amsterdam 1649-54), No. 100
scoring: AAAB
This is the theme and variations of a piece published in Eyck’s collection.
The four–part arrangement is mine.
What is the meaning of these icons?  8
The Beatles (flourished 1960-70):  Hey Jude
scoring: SSAA
What is the meaning of these icons?    10
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 - 1767):  Partia 5 in E minor - TWV 41:e1
source: La Petite Musique de Chambre; Die kleine Kammer-Musik. Hautbois, ou Violon, ou Flute traverse, Ou Clavessin, avec la Basse chiffrée (Hamburg 1728), No. 5
scoring: C (Bc)
What is the meaning of these icons?   6
William Topham (flourished 1701-09):  Sonata VI in C major
source: Six sonatas compos’d in imitation of Arcangelo Corelli. Op. 3 (London [1709])
scoring: SSTTL (Bass instrument)
What is the meaning of these icons?  6
Giovanni Battista Vitali (1632 - 1692):  Suite in C major
source: Varie sonate alla francese, et all’itagliana a sei stromenti. Op. 11 (Modena 1684)
scoring: ATTBB (Bass instrument)
What is the meaning of these icons?  12
Henry Mancini (1924 - 1994):  Anywhere the Heart Goes - Meggie’s Theme from The Thorn Birds
scoring: ATBB
What is the meaning of these icons?   10
Domenico Galli (1649 - 1691):  Sonata X - First movement - Trattenimento musicale sopra il violoncello a’ solo (Modena 1691)
source: TheLeadingBass: for bass recorder players who occasionally want to take the lead, No. 13
scoring: B (Harpsichord)
The recorder bass part is the only original part for solo cello
What is the meaning of these icons?  8
Domenico Galli (1649 - 1691):  Sonata X in Bb major
source: Trattenimento musicale sopra il violoncello a’ solo (Modena 1691), No. 10
scoring: A
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Ferdinando Carulli (1770 - 1841):  Solfège 61
source: Solféges et vocalises, op. 195 (Paris 1826) - Trosiéme Partie: Solfége progressif dans tous les tons, et dans toutes les mesures, No. 61
scoring: A (Harpsichord)
What is the meaning of these icons?  6
King Crimson (XXI cent.):  Islands - Final section (1971)
scoring: SATTTB
Sometimes pop music used recorders: I think of The Fool on the Hill by The Beatles, where Paul plays a recorder with little technique but great musicality.
In the seventies, progressive musicians like Yes and especially Gentle Giant played great parts for the recorder.
This wonderful piece by King Crimson was recorded in 1971 and there is no recorder, just a glorious solo by Mark Charig on a trumpet. And yet the piece works very well in a recorder ensemble, sharing the trumpet solo and the harmonium part.
This is a real ensemble piece: solo parts can be boring, especially for the bass player. You have to think as a whole and taste the overall effect.
What is the meaning of these icons?   8
Giovanni Battista Pescetti (c. 1704 - 1766):  Fugue from Sonata III
source: Sonate per gravicembalo (London 1739)
scoring: A (Harpsichord)
What is the meaning of these icons?   12
Giovanni Battista Pescetti (c. 1704 - 1766):  Menuett from Sonata I
source: Sonate per gravicembalo (London 1739)
scoring: A (Harpsichord)
What is the meaning of these icons?  12
Giovanni Battista Pescetti (c. 1704 - 1766):  Non so frenar il pianto, Air
source: Demetrio (Florence 1732)
scoring: STTB (Bass instrument)
The bass part can be played on a great bass recorder or on any other bass instrument.
What is the meaning of these icons?  5
Giovanni Paolo Cima (c. 1570 - 1630):  Adiuro vos, filiae Hierusalem
source: Concerti ecclesiastici (Milan 1610), No. 1
scoring: A (Bc)
What is the meaning of these icons?   7
Andrea Bornstein (1956 - ):  Dieu mercy, j’ay bien labouré
source: Fantasies on Norman Songs from the Bayeux Manuscript, No. 9
scoring: ATB
What is the meaning of these icons?   5
Andrea Bornstein (1956 - ):  Le bon espoir que mon cueur a
source: Fantasies on Norman Songs from the Bayeux Manuscript, No. 5
scoring: ATB
What is the meaning of these icons?  6
Jim Brickman (1961 - ):  Angel Eyes
scoring: A (Piano)
What is the meaning of these icons?   5
Giovanni Bassano (c. 1560 - 1617):  Divisions on «Vestiva i colli e le campagne intorno»
source: Motetti, madrigali et canzone francese diminuiti per sonar con ogni sorte di stromenti (Venice 1591)
scoring: A (Harpsichord)
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Giovanni Bassano (c. 1560 - 1617):  Divisions on «Vestiva i colli e le campagne intorno»
source: Motetti, madrigali et canzone francese diminuiti per sonar con ogni sorte di stromenti (Venice 1591)
scoring: SATTB (Harpsichord)
This piece can be played by five SATTB recorders or by one recorder in C (soprano or tenor) and harpsichord.
What is the meaning of these icons?  5
Andrea Bornstein (1956 - ):  A la duche de Normandie
source: Fantasies on Norman Songs from the Bayeux Manuscript, No. 4
scoring: STB
The tenor is the only original voice.
What is the meaning of these icons?  5
Andrea Bornstein (1956 - ):  Follia alla parmigiana
scoring: ATTB
This collection of variations on La Follia is based on those found in the Parma manuscript CF–V–23: Sinfonie di Varij Autori (XVIII century). I have taken 11 of the 26 variations (plus the initial simple theme) and arranged them heavily for four recorders, whereas the original score is for one treble recorder and continuo.
What is the meaning of these icons?  4
Giovanni Paolo Cima (c. 1570 - 1630):  Sonata per il violino, cornetto e violone a 3
source: Concerti ecclesiastici (Milan 1610), No. 49
scoring: AA (Bc)
What is the meaning of these icons?    10
Giovanni Paolo Cima (c. 1570 - 1630):  Sonata per violino e violone
source: Concerti ecclesiastici (Milan 1610), No. 48
scoring: STB
The original score consists of only two lines, as the cello part is almost identical to the continuo part.
I have arranged the sonata heavily, adding a third voice and changing the original parts slightly.
What is the meaning of these icons?  6
Giovanni Battista Pescetti (c. 1704 - 1766):  Pensa che sei crudele, Air
source: Demetrio (Florence 1732)
scoring: AA (Harpsichord)
The bass line can be played on a bass recorder by simply transposing one note up an octave.
What is the meaning of these icons?  7
Johann Caspar Kerll (1627 - 1693):  Capriccio sopra il cucu
scoring: SATB
What is the meaning of these icons?  7
Johann Pachelbel (1653 - 1706):  Aria Quarta - P 196
scoring: A (Harpsichord)
What is the meaning of these icons?   5
Giuseppe Giamberti (c. 1600 - c. 1663):  Duo XXXI. Cucù
source: Duo tessuti con diversi solfeggiamenti, scherzi, perfidie, et oblighi (Rome 1657), No. 31
scoring: TB
What is the meaning of these icons?  5
Anonymous (XVIII cent.):  The Cuckoo Minuet
source: The delightful pocket companion for the German flute (London c. 1763)
scoring: AAB or ATB
This piece can be found in various English sources with different arrangements, but always for two flutes. I have added a bass part for a bass recorder, which can be omitted from the performance ad libitum.
What is the meaning of these icons?  3
Anonymous (XVIII cent.):  A Favourite Minuet
source: The delightful pocket companion for the German flute (London c. 1763)
scoring: A (Harpsichord)
The original score is for solo transverse flute. I have added the harmonic part and transposed the piece to F major for a treble recorder.
What is the meaning of these icons?  5
Andrea Bornstein (1956 - ):  En amours n’a sinon bien
source: Fantasies on Norman Songs from the Bayeux Manuscript, No. 6
scoring: A (Guitar)
What is the meaning of these icons?   6
John Frederick Lampe (1703 - 1751):  A Favourite Song in the Opera Amelia – «Amelia wishes when she dies»
source: The British Musical Miscellany (London c. 1734)
scoring: C (Harpsichord)
This aria was taken by John Walsh from the end of the third act of the opera Amelia: A New English Opera, first performed in London on 13 March 1732 at the New Theatre in the Hay–Market.
What is the meaning of these icons?  6
Benedetto Pallavicino (c. 1551 - 1601):  Canite tuba in Sion, Motet a 8
source: Promptuarium musicum (Strasbourg 1611–17)
scoring: SAATTTBB
What is the meaning of these icons?   5
Giovanni Battista Vitali (1632 - 1692):  Trio Sonata 5 in D minor - Op. 14, No. 5
source: Sonate da camera a tre. Due violini e violone. Op. 14 (Modena 1692)
scoring: AAB
What is the meaning of these icons?   5
Giuseppe Ferdinando Brivio (1699 - 1758):  Sonata X in A minor
source: XII Sonates en trio. Book 1 (Paris 18th cent.), No. 10
scoring: CC (Bc)
What is the meaning of these icons?   5
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750):  Variatio 30 - Quodlibet
source: Goldberg Variations - BWV 988 (1741), No. 30
scoring: SATB
What is the meaning of these icons?  5
Giuseppe Ferdinando Brivio (1699 - 1758):  Sonata I in F major
source: XII Sonates en trio. Book 1 (Paris 18th cent.), No. 1
scoring: AA (Bc)
What is the meaning of these icons?    6
Eiffel 65 (XXI cent.):  Blue (Da Ba Dee)
scoring: STB
What is the meaning of these icons?   6
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 - 1767):  Der Geschmack anderer - Oden mit Melodien (Berlin 1753)
source: TheLeadingBass: for bass recorder players who occasionally want to take the lead, No. 12
scoring: B (Bc)
What is the meaning of these icons?   7
Traditional:  El cant dels ocells, Traditional Catalan Christmas song and lullaby
scoring: ATB
What is the meaning of these icons?    6
Giuseppe Torelli (1658 - 1709):  Prelude in G minor
source: Select preludes or volentarys for ye violin (London 1705), No. 2
scoring: A
What is the meaning of these icons?  5
Arcangelo Corelli (1653 - 1713):  Prelude in F major
source: Select preludes or volentarys for ye violin (London 1705), No. 1
scoring: A
What is the meaning of these icons?  5
Nicola Cosimi (1667 - 1717):  Prelude in Bb major
source: Select preludes or volentarys for ye violin (London 1705), No. 3
scoring: A (Harpsichord)
The original score is for solo violin. I have arranged it for recorder and harpsichord, using the double and triple stops of the original violin part and the implied harmony.
What is the meaning of these icons?  4
Nicola Cosimi (1667 - 1717):  Sonata VI in C minor
source: 12 Sonate da camera. Op. 1 (Amsterdam 1702)
scoring: A (Bc)
What is the meaning of these icons?   6
Santo Lapis (1699 - 1765):  Sonata XII in F major
source: Sonnates pour le clavessin, pouvant également servir pour d’autres instrumens (The Hague c. 1730)
scoring: S (Harpsichord)
What is the meaning of these icons?  6
Santo Lapis (1699 - 1765):  Sonata IX in C major
source: Sonnates pour le clavessin, pouvant également servir pour d’autres instrumens (The Hague c. 1730)
scoring: S (Harpsichord)
What is the meaning of these icons?  6
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750):  Sollt ich meinem Gott nicht singen - BWV 413
source: TheLeadingBass: for bass recorder players who occasionally want to take the lead, No. 11
scoring: B (Harpsichord)
The recorder bass part is the original bass line. The other three vocal parts, plus a bass reinforcement, are played by the keyboard.
What is the meaning of these icons?  4
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750):  Chaconne - excerpt
source: Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor - BWV 1004
scoring: SATB
What is the meaning of these icons?  4
Nicola Matteis (c. 1650 - post 1713):  Two Almands
source: A collection of new songs. Book 1 (1696)
scoring: A (Bc)
What is the meaning of these icons?    7
Nicola Matteis (c. 1650 - post 1713):  Giga
source: Ayrs for the violin (1676-85)
scoring: ATB
What is the meaning of these icons?  5
Nicola Matteis (c. 1650 - post 1713):  To You I Gave a Virgin Heart
source: A collection of new songs. Book 1 (1696)
scoring: A (Bc)
What is the meaning of these icons?   5
Nicola Matteis (c. 1650 - post 1713):  Andamento con imitazione del basso
source: Ayrs for the violin (1676-85)
scoring: AB (Bc)
What is the meaning of these icons?   7
Nicola Porpora (1686 - 1768):  Sonata in F major
scoring: A (Harpsichord)
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Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886):  Ein kleines kindelein liegt in dem Krippelein
source: Weihnachtsbaum – S.186
scoring: SATBB or AAATB
This is an arrangement of part of the first piece in the Weihnachtsbaum suite, entitled Altes Weihnachtslied. The text is in the original print and can be sung by one to three voices together with the recorders.
What is the meaning of these icons?   5
Anonymous (XVIII cent.):  The Modest Concealment
source: The British Musical Miscellany (London c. 1734)
scoring: ATB
The part of the treble recorder has been added from scratch.
What is the meaning of these icons?  5
John Frederick Lampe (1703 - 1751):  Adagio in D minor from The Cuckoo. A Celebrated Concerto
scoring: ATBF
What is the meaning of these icons?  3
John Frederick Lampe (1703 - 1751):  The Cuckoo, A Celebrated Concerto
scoring: S (Harpsichord)
I have reconstructed this concerto using the harpsichord part, the only surviving part.
The original score in G major, as stated on the original title page, consisted of transverse flute, strings and continuo. I preferred to transpose it down a tone to F major for a soprano recorder, rather than up a third to Bb major for a treble recorder, because the character of the music is better suited to a higher recorder.
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Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886):  Adeste fideles. Just as the march of the Three Wise Men
source: Weihnachtsbaum – S.186
scoring: SSAATBF
What is the meaning of these icons?   3
Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886):  Die Hirten an der Krippe (In dulci jubilo)
source: Weihnachtsbaum – S.186
scoring: SAATB or SATTB
Surprisingly, this piece, written for piano by the great virtuoso Lizst, is suitable for a group of recorders if we transpose it from D flat major to C major. Our arrangement is abridged, omitting the whole of the original E major middle section.
What is the meaning of these icons?   4
César Franck (1822 - 1890):  Lento en re mineur
source: Pièces posthumes (Paris 1905)
scoring: STBL
What is the meaning of these icons?  3
César Franck (1822 - 1890):  Allegretto en ut mineur
source: Pièces posthumes (Paris 1905)
scoring: SATB or SAATB
What is the meaning of these icons?  3
César Franck (1822 - 1890):  Offertoire pour la Messe de Minuit
source: Pièces posthumes (Paris 1905)
scoring: AATB or ATTB (Harpsichord)
What is the meaning of these icons?   4
César Franck (1822 - 1890):  Andantino in Ab major
source: Pièces posthumes (Paris 1905)
scoring: T (Harpsichord)
What is the meaning of these icons?  3
César Franck (1822 - 1890):  Prelude en re mineur pour l’Ave maris stella
source: Pièces posthumes (Paris 1905)
scoring: SATB
What is the meaning of these icons?  3
César Franck (1822 - 1890):  À la venue de Noël
source: Pièces posthumes (Paris 1905)
scoring: SATB
What is the meaning of these icons?   4
Michel Corrette (1709 - 1795):  Gigue on «À la venue de Noël»
source: Nouveau livre de noëls (Paris 1741) - Suite 1
scoring: A (Harpsichord)
What is the meaning of these icons?   3
Andrea Bornstein (1956 - ):  Variations on «À la venue de Noël»
scoring: ATTB
What is the meaning of these icons?    6
Jean-François Dandrieu (c. 1682 - 1739):  À la venue de Noël
source: Noels (Paris c. 1725)
scoring: A (Harpsichord)
What is the meaning of these icons?    4
Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741):  Sempre penare senza speranza from cantata «Vengo a voi, luci adorate» - RV 682
source: TheLeadingBass: for bass recorder players who occasionally want to take the lead, No. 10
scoring: SB
What is the meaning of these icons?  3
Antonio Caldara (c. 1671 - 1736):  Laboravi in gemitu meo, Motet
source: Motetti a due e tre voci. Op. 4 (Bologna 1715)
scoring: ATB
What is the meaning of these icons?  4
Michel Richard Delalande (1657 - 1726):  Chaconne in G minor
source: Deuxième suite
scoring: ATB (Bc)
What is the meaning of these icons?   7
Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924):  Ave Maria
scoring: ATT
What is the meaning of these icons?   5
Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924):  L’Aurore s’allume
scoring: SATB
What is the meaning of these icons?  4
Peregrinus Cesena (flourished 1494-1508):  Non posso abandonarte
source: Frottole. Libro tertio (Venice 1504)
scoring: TTTB or ATTB
What is the meaning of these icons?  3
Gustav Holst (1874 - 1934):  In the Bleak Midwinter, A Christmas Carol
scoring: SATB
What is the meaning of these icons?   5