I absolutely love an absurdly over-long Polish black-and-white film from the 1960s. I mean, who doesn’t? And the best absurdly over-long Polish black-and-white film from the 1960s simply has to be ‘Rękopis znaleziony w Saragossie’, or ‘The Saragossa Manuscript’ starring the iconic Zbigniew Cybulski, the so-called ‘Polish James Dean’. It is based on a book of almost the same name, and is a story, within a story, within a story, within a story, within…you get the idea. Then it spins back on itself. Admittedly, it takes a while, but it is worth sticking with, if only for the wonderful soundtrack by Krzysztof Penderecki.
This little bit of Baroque foolishness was originally written for two ‘Puny Tunes’ ocarinas (beautiful things), which have a very limited range based on a ‘C’ scale, with a few cross-fingerings for the odd accidental. For descant recorders, I have transposed things to G major, but have kept the very limited range. You could quite happily render this on tenor recorders too.