Recorder quartet arrangements
Recorder quartet arrangements

Do you play in a recorder quartet? Are you quite done with Praetorius and Susato, and wished there was more intermediate level quartet music? If so, read on.....

In the early 1700s, the Netherlands had a wealthy populace, and music was a common hobby. So what did people play? Well, not everyone was able to play the big name composers that we today associate with that era. Instead, several publishers made good money by selling large collections of fairly simple monophonic melodies. One particular collection, "Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlieties en Contredansen" ("Old and New Dutch Peasant Songs and Contra Dances) numbered about a thousand melodies.

It is my plan to make my way through this collection, and, over the next year, produce at least 200 arrangements of these melodies for recorder quartet. By quartet I mean usually SATB, but also AATB and occasionally SAAT or even SSAA or AAAA. Harmonywise, my style is a tad more adventurous than would be historically justified for the 1700s, but I promise: nothing too wild. Technically everything should also be playable for an intermediate level player.

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