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Little Recorder Suite No. 2 (for Descant Recorder(s) & Piano)

A suite of 4 pieces,

with more than a hint

of the Renaissance...

Each of these four pieces appropriates something from the Renaissance repertoire. 'La Bergamasca' and 'La Romanesca' are both bass lines that were commonly used by composers as a basis for variation, and by performers for improvisation. ('La Bergamasca' came with its own melody, but this was not always used.) 'Wat zal men op den Avond doen?', a melody originally from Germany, was used by Jacob van Eyck in his compendium of recorder variations 'Der Fluyten Lusthof' (1649). The title translates as 'What shall we do this evening?', and I believe the lyrics provide a rather saucy answer. 'L'homme armé' ('The Armed Man') is a popular tune from the 15th Century, and was used as the cantus firmus for many settings of the Ordinary of the Mass, in other words, the line of the melody was worked into the polyphonic choral texture.

The melodies used have been given a new setting in this suite. 'La Bergamasca' is reinterpreted as a bombastic Stravinskian prelude, followed by a placid chanson version of 'L'homme armé'. 'Wat zal men op den Avond doen?' is set as a lively musette, which, given its title, has more than a hint of bagpipes in the texture. A stately pavan on 'La Romanesca' rounds off proceedings, with a further nod to Stravinsky in the final cadence.


Descant Recorder (or group thereof), Piano

1) Prelude mp3 sample 3) Musette mp3 sample 4) Pavan mp3 sample LRS 2 - 001 Prelude.jpg LRS 2 - 002 Chanson.jpg LRS 2 - 003 Musette.jpg LRS 2 - 004 Pavan.jpg 2) Chanson mp3 sample Ian D. Crew Order this item from Sheet Music Plus

Ambrosius Benson (c. 1495 - 1550)

Elegant couples dancing in a landscape