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Suite for Recorder Orchestra

Classical/Instrumental • 1995

Suite for Recorder Orchestra

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Tenor Recorder, Sopranino Recorder, Soprano Recorder, Alto Recorder, Bass Recorder, Great Bass Recorder, Contrabass Recorder
Type of score
Full score, Parts
1 to 5 from 5
David W Solomons
This suite for 11-part recorder orchestra ranging from Sopranino to Contrabass in 5 movements is provided in the zip file as 5 scores and 55 separate parts.
The sample shows part of the first movement.
The sound sample is a performance of the Amble round Mercury movement by the London Recorder Orchestra in 1998.
Story behind the piece:
At the suggestion of Dennis Bamforth, who used to conduct the Manchester Recorder Orchestra, I wrote this suite for them. It has since been played by them and by various other recorder orchestras in the UK and Germany, but the London Recorder Orchestra has provided the best recording so far. The movements are based on melodies and songs that I have written relating to various places and friends:

Meinau Rag - my first venture in ragtime writing) was originally a guitar and violin piece written in La Meinau, near Strasbourg, where I lived in 1976.

Amble round Mercury refers to the statue of Mercury in the pond in Tom Quad at Christ Church, where I was studying in the 1970s and uses an ambling ostinato which often recurs in my music. (Religious memories too convoluted to describe!)

Pretty How Town is based on the rhythms of a poem by e e cummings (anyone lived in a pretty how town with up so floating many bells down . . . .)
. . . and I like to think that Aldgate in London, where I lived in the 1980s, could have been described as such (at a stretch!!)

Landscape before sunrise also comes from my Aldgate East period and describes the view from my 18th floor balcony overlooking Mile End. The melody is based on the greeting "Goodnight" as spoken in various different languages.

Little Laser Lady is based on the rhythms of a poem by Mark Haviland, written for the love of his life. The Laser is an Australian car of course - but you knew that, didn't you?! The poem begins "She is the sun in the afternoon, She is the night's familiar"

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