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Bass Recorder Solos
free music scores for BASS RECORDER in PDF and MIDI format
The first nine scores listed below are for solo (unaccompanied) Bass Recorder and for some entries there are treble clef transpositions for Recorders in F and C and Alto Saxophone. Beyond No.9 there is a mixture of music in parts and accompanied solos -- all featuring the bass.
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A book describing a general relational model which may be applied to western tonal music, revealing its mechanics to be, ultimately, those of a positional number system written in musical sound, and individual tonal compositions, to be specific examples of number processing.
To play a little early music amongst a friendly group is always a pleasure. Notwithstanding this fact, there is always a need for solitary practice as well... and also pleasures to be found in this discipline. Over the years, like many players, I have accumulated a good number of unaccompanied solo pieces which have provided useful and enjoyable practice material. The two principal sources for these solos are folksongs of the British Isles and melodies of the Baroque and Rococo periods. Most of the folksongs I have extended by the addition of variations-cum-divisions and many of the Baroque/Rococo melodies are arrangements of pieces written for instruments other than the recorder. Although collected for playing on a Bass Recorder, some of the solos are available in treble clef for recorders in C and F (as well of course, bass clef). Few articulation marks and ornaments are shown in the scores as individual tastes, technique and instruments are so various (in addition to which, the range and subtlety of possible articulations is beyond notation anyway)... so, for the most part, I leave these choices to the player. The sets of variations can be played as coherent pieces or each variation treated as an individual exercise: As often an increasing degree of dexterity is required by succeeding variations. The initial solos are grouped into units of approximately ten pages (No.1 to 9) within which there is a range of material from moderately easy to moderately difficult. Later pieces are somewhat more varied in character; and, as the years have passed, my ideas have gravitated from writing traditional variations/divisions toward the mathematical concept of 'symmetries' (explained in the book alluded to above).
I wish you well and hope you find something both useful and enjoyable in the archive below.
No. 1 - Solos Melodies by J.S.Bach, arranged from pieces written for Anna Magdelena and Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, and other pupils.
- Five Minuets, a March and Musette
- Six Preludes
- Three Inventions
- No. 1 for Treble/Alto Recorder
- No. 1 for Tenor/Descant/Soprano Recorder
No. 2 - Traditional Melodies of the British Isles, with Variations
- Bowman's Country Dance
- The Ash Grove
- All in the Garden Green
- Early One Morning
- The Curly Headed Ploughboy
- Blow Away the Morning Dew
- The Pleasures of the Town
- No. 2 for Treble/Alto Recorder
- No. 2 for Tenor/Descant/Soprano Recorder
No. 3 - Unaccompanied Dance Movements from the Solo Cello Suites by J.S.Bach
- Allemande (Suite No.4)
- Courante (Suite No.3)
- Courante (Suite No.5)
- Bourrée 1 & 2 (Suite No.3)
- Gavotte 1 & 2 (Suite No.5)
- Gigue (Suite No.5)
- Gigue (Suite No.4)
No. 4 - Unaccompanied Dance Movements from the Solo Cello Suites by J.S.Bach
- Courante (Suite No.6)
- Courante (Suite No.1)
- Courante (Suite No.2)
- Sarabande (Suite No.5)
- Courante (Suite No.4)
- Sarabande (Suite No.3)
- Minuet 1 & 2 (Suite No.1)
- Gavotte 1 & 2 (Suite No.4)
- Gigue (Suite No.1)
No. 5 - Traditional Melodies of the British Isles, with Variations
- The Miller of the Dee
- Fred Pigeon's Polka
- The Farmer's Boy
- Father O'Flynn
- Ward's Brae
- A Melody by Henry Carey
- The Lass of Richmond Hill
- Linnen Hall
- No.5 for Treble/Alto Recorder
No. 6 - Traditional Melodies of the British Isles, with Variations
- A Starry Night for a Ramble
- The Pilgrim
- Parson's Farewell
- Astley's Ride
- The Angler's Song
- The Broken Panel
- Lulu's Polka
- St.Paul's Wharf
- No.6 for Treble/Alto Recorder
No. 7 - Traditional Melodies of the British Isles, with Variations
- La Boulanger
- Bobbing Around
- The Dusky Night
- Foot's Minuet
- The Morning Star
- Buttered Peas
- Heel and Toe Polka
- Black Nag
- No.7 for Treble/Alto Recorder
No. 8 - Traditional Melodies of the British Isles, with Variations
- Blue Eyed Stranger
- Young Collins
- Lovely Nancy
- La Nouvelle Provence
- Miss Elenora Robertson
- The Steamboat Hornpipe
- The Lochmabem Hornpipe
- No.8 for Treble/Alto Recorder
No. 9 - Melodies from the Piano Sonatas of Josef Haydn
- Finale - Rondo (Sonata No.38, Hob.XVI/23)
- Finale - Theme and Variations (Sonata No.42, Hob.XVI/27)
- Finale - Rondo (Sonata No.50, Hob.XVI/37)
- Rondo (Sonata No.35, Hob.XVI/43)
No. 10 - Solo for Bass Recorder by William Boyce (with Piano Accompaniment)
arrangement of 'Softly Rise, O Southern Breeze' from the Serenata of 1745
As well as a written score two MIDI files provide an 'auto-accompaniment' via computer or other MIDI device. The piano part is routed to one speaker and the recorder to the other so that the latter may be muted leaving only the accompaniment sounding. This is a useful piece for high note practice - in the privacy of your own home!
No. 11 - Elizabethan Duets
- Sop & Alto Voices/Tenor & Bass Recorders
- The Lowest Trees Have Tops - John Dowland
- Sweet was the Song the Virgin Sung - William Ballet
- What is Beauty but a Breath - Thomas Ford
- To His Sweet Lute - Thomas Campian
- Jacke and Jone - Thomas Campian
- Leave Now Mine Eyes Lamenting - THomas Morley
- In Nets of Golden Wyers - Thomas Morley
- There is a Ladie Sweet and Kind - Thomas Ford
- O Thou That Art So Cruell - Thomas Morley
- I Should for Griefe - Thomas Morley
- Bass Recorder Part
No. 12 - Lady Hammond's Alman (Score)
- English Traditional Dance and Twelve Variations for bass recorder with Spinet/Harpsichord/Clavichord/Keyboard accompaniment.
- Score 20 pages, PDF 168Kb.
- Bass Recorder Part, 7 pages, PDF 72Kb.
- No. 12 in MIDI format
No. 13 - Ladies Pleasure (Score)
- English Traditional Dance and Eight Variations for bass recorder with Spinet/Harpsichord/Clavichord/Keyboard accompaniment.
- Score, 21 pages, PDF 228Kb
- Bass Recorder Part, 7 pages, PDF 77Kb.
- No. 13 in MIDI format
No. 14 - The Way to Norwich (Score)
- English Traditional Dance and Variations for bass recorder with Spinet/Harpsichord/Clavichord/Keyboard accompaniment.
- Score, 12 pages, PDF 144Kb
- Bass Recorder Part, 4 pages, PDF 50Kb.
- No. 14 in MIDI format
No. 15 - St. George's, Windsor by G.J. Elvey (Score)
No. 16 - Miss Thompson's Hornpipe (Score)
No. 17 - The West End (Score)
No. 18 - Three Bass Recorder Duets (Score)
No. 19 - Irby by J.H. Gauntlett (Score)
No. 20 - The Shepherd's Wife (Score)
No. 21 - All Round My Hat (Score)
No. 22 - Surrey by Henry Carey (Score)
No. 23 - The Dark Girl Dressed in Blue (Score)
- English dance tune and symmetries for bass recorder with Spinet/Clavichord/Keyboard accompaniment, 14 pages, PDF 185Kb.
- Bass Recorder Part, 6 pages, PDF 75Kb.
No. 24 - Mr Cosgill's Delight (Score)
No. 25 - Trio Sonata in F Major by C.P.E. Bach (Score)
- Transcribed for two bass recorders with Spinet/Clavichord/Keyboard accompaniment, 21 pages, PDF 240Kb.
- Bass Recorder I, 5 pages, PDF 84Kb.
- Bass Recorder II, 5 pages, PDF 74Kb.
- Available on request by email, subject to conditions.
No. 26 - Shrewsbury Lasses (Score)
No. 27 - Twin Sisters (Score)
No. 28 - Mallow Flowers and Horse Tails (Score)
No. 29 - Colchester by S.S.Wesley (Score)
No. 30 - The Divisors of Seventy-Two (Score)
- Trio for treble/glarken and two bass recorders with F# keys, 7 pages, PDF 62Kb.
- No.30 in MIDI format, 11Kb.
No. 32 - The Poplar-field (Words by William Cowper) (Score)
- The following 'Songs for Bass Recorder' seek to combine the experience of playing music with reading poetry, hopefully enhancing the joy of each. The music is in essence a meditation upon the poet's words, which may be silently read whilst playing, and perhaps, can best be experienced in the unaccompanied version:
- No.32 Unaccompanied Bass Recorder Solo, 3 pages, PDF 34Kb.
- Structurally each piece traverses the key cycle and so these pieces may provide useful practice in some of the more remote keys.
- Song for Bass Recorder/Alto Saxophone, Keyboard and Voice (alto/baritone), 7 pages, PDF 86Kb.
- In this form the 'Songs' may be played in a variety of configurations: As an instrumental piece for Bass Recorder and (quiet) keyboard instrument or Alto Saxophone and Piano. Alternatively the melody line may be shared between voice and instrument; many permutations are possible ranging from doubling throughout to a complete segregation. Phrasing and dynamic choices may be derived from the text.
- No.32 Bass Recorder Part, 2 pages, PDF 30Kb.
- No.32 Alto Saxophone Part, 2 pages, PDF 30Kb.
- No.32 Voice Part (treble clef), 2 pages, PDF 30Kb.
- No.32 in MIDI format, 16Kb.
No. 33 - The Garden of Sleep (Words by Clement Scott) (Score)
- Song for Bass Recorder/Alto Saxophone, Keyboard and Voice (alto/baritone), 9 pages, PDF 90Kb.
- No.33 Bass Recorder Part, 3 pages, PDF 38Kb.
- No.33 Alto Saxophone Part, 3 pages, PDF 38Kb.
- No.33 Voice Part (treble clef), 3 pages, PDF 38Kb.
- No.33 in MIDI format, 17Kb.
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