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Gian Maria Tasso (XVI cent.):  Duo 28 Sopra la Battaglia
source: Il primo libro a due voci (Venice 1559)
scoring: ST or TB
What is the meaning of these icons?  4
Bernardino Carnefresca [Lupacchino dal Vasto] (XVI cent.):  Duo 27 Sopra la Battaglia
source: Il primo libro a due voci (Venice 1559)
scoring: ST or TB
What is the meaning of these icons?  9
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750):  Führ auch mein Herz und Sinn, Chorale
source: Cantata BWV 5, «Wo soll ich fliehen hin»
scoring: A (Harpsichord)
I arranged the choral and made three sets of obbligato divisions on quavers, semiquavers and triplets.
What is the meaning of these icons?   8
Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897):  O Welt, ich muß dich lassen, Chorale prelude - Op. 122, No. 3
scoring: SAATB
What is the meaning of these icons?  6
Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897):  «Grausam erweiset sich Amor an mir» - Op. 113, No. 2
scoring: BBB
What is the meaning of these icons?  8
Domenico Scarlatti (1685 - 1757):  Sonata in C minor K 11
source: Duos for treble recorders from well-known ancient and modern melodies, No. 35
scoring: AA
What is the meaning of these icons?  10
Pietro Locatelli (1695 - 1764):  Minuetto e variazioni
source: Concerto grosso IV (Amsterdam 1735)
scoring: SAAATTBB
What is the meaning of these icons?  8
Leonardo Leo (1694 - 1744):  Solfeggio 1
source: Solfeos de Leo para los principiantes de musica. Por direccion de Dn. Ferdinando Blumenstein (c. 1760)
scoring: A (Bc)
What is the meaning of these icons?   10
James Paisible (c. 1656 - 1721):  A Scotch Tune
source: The Sprightly Companion (London 1695)
scoring: AAB
The only original part is the top.
What is the meaning of these icons?  8
Richard Leveridge (1670 - 1758):  Smile, my fair, and take the prize
source: A collection of songs (London 1727)
scoring: AB (Bc)
The bass recorder doubles the continuo line an octave above: hence it is ad libitum.
What is the meaning of these icons?   6
Ennio Morricone (1928 - 2020):  Carillon
source: from the musical score of Per qualche dollaro in piùFor a Few Dollars More (1965)
scoring: SSATB
What is the meaning of these icons?   10
Francesco Mancini (1672 - 1737):  Andante e Fuga in A minor from Concerto XVII
source: Concerti di Flauto, Violini, Violetta, e Basso di Diversi Autori (Naples 1725). Manuscript preserved in the Music conservatories of Naples, No. 17
scoring: AATB
What is the meaning of these icons?  6
Domenico Scarlatti (1685 - 1757):  Sonata in D minor K 52, No. 52
scoring: A (Harpsichord)
What is the meaning of these icons?  8
Domenico Modugno (1928 - 1994):  Notte di luna calante
source: TheLeadingBass: for bass recorder players who occasionally want to take the lead, No. 14
scoring: AB
What is the meaning of these icons?  10
Francesco Mancini (1672 - 1737):  Fuga in G minor from Concerto XIV
source: Concerti di Flauto, Violini, Violetta, e Basso di Diversi Autori (Naples 1725). Manuscript preserved in the Music conservatories of Naples, No. 14
scoring: AATB (Bass instrument)
What is the meaning of these icons?  10
Francesco Mancini (1672 - 1737):  Larghetto in F major from Concerto XIV
source: Concerti di Flauto, Violini, Violetta, e Basso di Diversi Autori (Naples 1725). Manuscript preserved in the Music conservatories of Naples, No. 14
scoring: SATB (Bass instrument)
What is the meaning of these icons?  4
Francesco Mancini (1672 - 1737):  Largo in A minor from Concerto XIII
source: Concerti di Flauto, Violini, Violetta, e Basso di Diversi Autori (Naples 1725). Manuscript preserved in the Music conservatories of Naples, No. 13
scoring: SATB
What is the meaning of these icons?  6
Johann Heinrich Müller (c. 1780 - 1826):  Canon No. 3 «Wann das Jahr vollendet seinen Lauf»
source: Zwölf Canons […] für drei Singstimmen ohne Begleitung (Leipzig [XIX cent.]), No. 3
scoring: AAB
What is the meaning of these icons?  11
Anonymous (XVI cent.):  Polnischer Tantz
source: Mus.ms. 1516. Teutsche, Französische und Lateinische Lieder mit 4 Stimmen (Augsburg c. 1540), Manuscript preserved in Munich: Bavarian State Library, No. 180
scoring: ATTB
What is the meaning of these icons?  10
Antonio Mortaro (? - 1619):  La Cornala
source: Primo libro de canzoni da sonare a quattro voci (Venice 1600), No. 6
scoring: SATB
What is the meaning of these icons?  8
Luigi Rossi (c. 1597 - 1653):  Passacaille in D minor
scoring: B (Harpsichord)
What is the meaning of these icons?  8
Michel Richard Delalande (1657 - 1726):  Chaconne in C major
scoring: SATB
What is the meaning of these icons?  6
John Baptist Grano (c. 1692 - c. 1748):  Sonata III in G major
source: Solos for a German flute (London c. 1728), No. 3
scoring: A (Bc)
10
Traditional Klezmer:  Unzer Toyrele #2
scoring: ATB
What is the meaning of these icons?  8
Johann Melchior Pichler (1695 - 1776):  Adagio in G minor from Concertino No. 110
source: Fonds Blancheton, Op. 3. Ms. RES F–443. Manuscript preserved in Paris: Bibliothèque nationale de France, No. 10
scoring: AATB or AAAB
What is the meaning of these icons?  8
Johann Melchior Pichler (1695 - 1776):  Concertino No. 109 in Bb major
source: Fonds Blancheton, Op. 3. Ms. RES F–443. Manuscript preserved in Paris: Bibliothèque nationale de France, No. 9
scoring: A (Harpsichord)
8
Dolly Parton (1946 - ):  I Will Always Love You
scoring: A (Piano)
What is the meaning of these icons?   6
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644 - 1704):  Adagio in C major from Sonata I - C 78
source: Fidicinium sacro-profanum (Nuremberg c. 1683)
scoring: SSTTB or SSATB
What is the meaning of these icons?  8
Domenico Scarlatti (1685 - 1757):  Sinfonia in F major
source: Ms. Rés. 2634. Manuscript preserved in Paris: Bibliothèque nationale de France
scoring: AA (Bc)
What is the meaning of these icons?  6
Luigi Rossi (c. 1597 - 1653):  Peccantem me quotidie et non poenitentem
scoring: TTT
What is the meaning of these icons?  6
Andrea Bornstein (1956 - ):  Wheat and Water
scoring: SAAB
What is the meaning of these icons?  12
John Baptist Grano (c. 1692 - c. 1748):  Sonata I in F major
source: Solos for a German flute (London c. 1728)
scoring: A (Bc)
What is the meaning of these icons?  8
Antonio Mortaro (? - 1619):  La Morona
source: Primo libro de canzoni da sonare a quattro voci (Venice 1600), No. 5
scoring: ATTB
What is the meaning of these icons?  6
John Baptist Grano (c. 1692 - c. 1748):  Sonata II in G minor
source: Solos for a German flute (London c. 1728)
scoring: A (Bc)
What is the meaning of these icons?    12
Giuseppe Ferdinando Brivio (1699 - 1758):  Minuet in F major
source: A choice collection of aires and duets for two German flutes (London n.d.)
scoring: AA
What is the meaning of these icons?  11
John Eccles (1668 - 1735):  A song on a lady’s drinking (London c. 1700)
scoring: A (Bc)
What is the meaning of these icons?   7
Giuseppe Ferdinando Brivio (1699 - 1758):  Sonata 12 in F major
source: XII Sonates en trio. Book 2 (Paris 18th cent.)
scoring: AA (Bc)
What is the meaning of these icons?  6
Giovanni Battista Sammartini (c. 1700 - 1775):  Adagio sempre piano in A minor from Concertino No. 105
source: Fonds Blancheton, Op. 3. Ms. RES F–443. Manuscript preserved in Paris: Bibliothèque nationale de France, No. 5
scoring: ATB
What is the meaning of these icons?   13
Pierre Bonnet (? 1538 - ? 1608):  Bien heureux qui se peut dire
scoring: ATTB
What is the meaning of these icons?   8
Eric Clapton (1945 - ):  Layla
scoring: A (Piano)
What is the meaning of these icons?   6
Antonio Mortaro (? - 1619):  La Pera
source: Primo libro de canzoni da sonare a quattro voci (Venice 1600), No. 4
scoring: ATTB
What is the meaning of these icons?  10
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, No. 2
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.
6
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)
10
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. 107 in G major
source: Fonds Blancheton, Op. 3. Ms. RES F–443. Manuscript preserved in Paris: Bibliothèque nationale de France, No. 7
scoring: A (Harpsichord)
What is the meaning of these icons?   13
Johann Melchior Pichler (1695 - 1776):  Largo in F major from Concertino No. 108
source: Fonds Blancheton, Op. 3. Ms. RES F–443. Manuscript preserved in Paris: Bibliothèque nationale de France, No. 8
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
8
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?   14
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