New Music for Recorder


The ARS is pleased to offer downloadable contemporary music written specifically for recorder players. These are original works for recorder (and potentially other instruments), not arrangements or transcriptions of previous works. These composers’ submissions are available to logged-in ARS members by clicking on the provided links below. Non-members may view a preview and listen to a sound sample, if available. For information about joining ARS, click HERE. Please note that the ARS does not specifically endorse nor commission any of the works provided on this page. We hope you enjoy playing and sharing these pieces! Please observe any copyright limitations requested by the composer.

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NEWEST ADDITION (scroll to the bottom): Tipsy Turvy by Gary Betts, for Sopranino, Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass/Contra Bass, added June 30, 2018.

 

Sacramento Warm-up Fugue
by Glen Shannon, 2004

An easy 4-part fugue that I composed for the Sacramento Recorder Society when I was conducting them for the first time. It targets a slightly below the average ARS chapter's playing level but offers lots of interpretive and ornamentation possibilities.

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Bergamasca
by Victor Eijkhout, 2015

A trio for ATB loosely based on the Bergamasca ground bass.

Other compositions by Victor Eijkhout can be found at http://imslp.org/wiki/Category:Eijkhout,_Victor

You can support this composer through https://www.patreon.com/FluteCore

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Times After Times
by Steven A. Jent, July 2016

Occasionally when I listen to unfamiliar music I'll hear a phrase and think I know what's coming next, and then I'm surprised when the composer does something different. Sometimes this prompts me to base a composition of my own on what I was expecting to hear but didn't. The first theme for this cheerful piece of swing was suggested by the brief ditty that plays when you complete a crossword puzzle on the New York Times website.

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Envelope
by Steven A. Jent, August 2016

An oddly melancholy piece for alto and tenor recorder.

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145 Ways To Go
by Michael Shonle, Oct. 14, 2013

This piece is a simple solo featuring a repeating theme and a set of variations. Each pattern is 8 bars long, and show the many ways that the simple 1 bar sequence can lead to.

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Autumn in the Air
by Marvin Levine (1928 - 2016)

This is a delightfully melancholy duet for two Altos that's full of imagery of the shortening days and cooling weather. Easily accessible to lower intermediate players and up.

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Friends Long Gone
by Marvin Levine (1928 - 2016)

A quasi-Klezmer piece suitable for intermediate and up, this duet for two Altos or AT has rich wide intervals (C#-Bb) and multiple moods. Beautiful haunting melodies and equal distribution of material between the parts make this a piece to have a good cry over with a friend who's still with us.

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Tango Para Mara
by Marvin Levine (1928 - 2016)

Written for his wife Mara, this duet for AT is suitable for upper intermediate players with fun syncopations and delicious tango feel.

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Wild Man Rooney (at Six in the Morning)
by Bradford Wright, May 2017

Lively and jazzy, just like our cat Wild Man Rooney. Upper intermediate to advanced level.

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Ripples for Fipples
by Bradford Wright, April 2017

Relaxing and meditative - with a twist. Upper intermediate to advanced level.

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Adagio for Recorder Quartet
by Bradford Wright, January 2017

Technically easy with rich chords. Don't play the ornament at the end too fast.

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Fuga alla Tango
by Bradford Wright, November 2016

Quartet for Soprano (switches to Sopranino), Alto, Tenor, and Great bass. Individual parts are not too hard, but ensemble can be tricky during the really fun overlapping syncopations. Upper intermediate to advanced level.

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Fuga IX
by Bradford Wright, September 2016

A four-part SATB intermediate level fugue.

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Fuga X
by Bradford Wright, September 2016

An SATB four-part fugue with a lot of chromatic 3 against 2 rhythm. Notes are not too hard, but keeping together is a challenge. Upper intermediate-advanced level.

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Fugue of the Birds
by Bradford Wright, August 2016

SnSAB fugue. Difficult but nice.

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Sonata 1
by Bradford Wright, March 2017

An alto duet in four movements. Advanced.

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Copacetic Rag
by Bradford Wright, November 2016

A duet for Soprano and Bongo drum. You can download the Bongo track to play against. Intermediate level.

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Duet for Alto Recorder and Harp
by Bradford Wright, April 2017

Duet for pedal harp and alto recorder. Intermediate level.

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Sassy Talk
by Bradford Wright, October 2014

Jazzy trio for alto recorder, piano, and cello. Upper intermediate level.

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Tango for Julie
by Bradford Wright, December 2014

Tango for alto recorder and piano. Advanced for recorder and piano.

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Hit and Miss Tango
by Bradford Wright, 2014

Imagine a tango with a metronome powered by a hit and miss engine. This is fun to play, but somewhat challenging - for both parts.

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Duet in g minor
by Bradford Wright, 2014

An easy short canonical duet for two sopranos.

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Conversation #1
by David E. Kemp, 2017

This is an exploration of a fugue subject that I remembered from a waking dream. (No, I don't listen to the radio as an alarm.) The theme starts as a four voice canon and then develops in various ways until the final chorale.

Parts are available from www.recordermusic.us upon request.

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Highland Concerto
by John Franek, completed January 2017

The Highland Concerto is a neo-baroque concerto grosso commissioned by the Highland Park Recorder Society for their "Hits and Highlights of 7 Centuries" concert, which celebrated the group's 30th anniversary. The piece was premiered on the 18th of March, 2017 in the United Methodist Church of New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Detailed throughout the progression of the piece is a dialogue between the harmonic worlds of the Baroque and Modern eras. These two worlds eventually form a cohesive whole in the final movement, finally resolving the intrinsic search for identity which follows the piece. The fourth movement also contains an extended harpsichord solo-cadenza, directly inspired by the iconic harpsichord solo in the first movement of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. 


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Roon's Tune
by Bradford Wright, 2017

A slow jazz piece for two altos, piano, and cello. The recorder parts are mostly in parallel, making it accessible for intermediate players. There are simultaneous end-stopped notes in the recorder parts toward the end (you may need to look up the fingerings), which add some dramatic effect.

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Three Ayres
by Ray Braswell, 2016

Three original motets for recorder quartet.

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Fugue on an Old Moo Call
by Gary Meyer, April 2018

This is an ancient call to bring the cows out of the field heard on the internet. (Song of Nature Jona Jinton). I found the challenge to write this as a fugue. I wrote this in Finale as a flute and string quartet.

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Duet for Recorder and Piano
by Bradford Wright, 2018

This is a true duet between piano and recorder. While it contains a D.S. al coda, the pianist may wish to reprint these pages to avoid the backward page turn.

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Sonata for Recorder and Piano
by Bradford Wright, 2017

A duet for alto recorder and piano that is fun to play, and easier than it looks.

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Tango on a Ground
by Bradford Wright, 2017

As the name suggests, this is a tango with a ground. The instrumentation is two alto recorders, piano, and long-suffering cello. It is easy to play. Some say it has a Theremin-like quality to it. My guess is that you will love it or hate it. This is a companion piece to Roon's Tune.

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Tune for Jessica
by Bradford Wright, 2018

A lively jazzy tune for soprano and alto recorders, cello, and piano. It is a companion piece to Roon's Tune and Tango on a Ground.

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Cool Cat Rooney
by Bradford Wright, 2018

Another in the series of jazzy new music for two recorders, piano, and cello. Intermediate level. Rooney the cat personally supervised the composition. The rolled chords at the end on the mp3 are too fast, but it was the best that I could get.

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Swing Lower, Sweet Chariot
by Bradford Wright, 2018

This is a jazzy take on the spiritual Swing Low Sweet Chariot. I originally wrote this piece for men's choir (freely available on request) with some added text. I discovered that it also works very well with low recorder choir, and could be useful as a prelude in church. Playing level is intermediate, but it takes some practice to polish the transitions.

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Syncopated Melody
by Bradford Wright, 2018

Like it says. Originally written for 3 bassoons (freely available on request), but works well on recorder, too. Advanced level due to 5/4 time signature and tempo.

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Tipsy Turvy
by Gary Betts, June 2018

A composition for SI, S, A, T, B/CB recorders. Medium Easy (a few double sharps). Keys of A and Bb Major.

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