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Bass Recorder Solos

free music scores for BASS RECORDER in PDF and MIDI format


To play a little early music amongst a friendly group is always a pleasure. Notwithstanding, 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 and dances of the British Isles, and melodies of the Baroque and Rococo periods. Most of the songs and dances I have extended with the addition of variations-cum-divisions while 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... 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 range, often with keyboard accompaniment (ideally spinet) and many with computer generated MIDI file characterizations which might also serve as auto-accompaniments.

I wish you well and hope you find something both useful and enjoyable in the archive below.

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No. 1 - Solos Melodies by J.S.Bach, arranged from pieces written for Anna Magdelena and Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, and other pupils.
No. 2 - Traditional Melodies of the British Isles, with Variations
No. 3 - Unaccompanied Dance Movements from the Solo Cello Suites by J.S.Bach
No. 4 - Unaccompanied Dance Movements from the Solo Cello Suites by J.S.Bach
No. 5 - Traditional Melodies of the British Isles, with Variations
No. 6 - Traditional Melodies of the British Isles, with Variations
No. 7 - Traditional Melodies of the British Isles, with Variations
No. 8 - Traditional Melodies of the British Isles, with Variations
No. 9 - Melodies from the Piano Sonatas of Josef Haydn
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
No. 12A - Lady Hammond's Alman
No. 12B - Lady Hammond's Alman
No. 13 - Ladies Pleasure (Score)
No. 14 - The Way to Norwich (Score)
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)
No. 24 - Mr Cosgill's Delight (Score)
No. 25 - Trio Sonata in F Major by C.P.E. Bach (Score)
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)
No. 32 - The Poplar-field (Words by William Cowper) (Score)
No. 33 - The Garden of Sleep (Words by Clement Scott) (Score)
No. 35 - Clock-O'-Clay (Poem by John Clare) (Score)
No. 37 - Mrs. Jane Barbier (Poem by John Hughes) (Score)
No. 40 - The Duke of Kent's Waltz (Score)
No. 41 - Miss Spicer (Score)
No. 42 - Lady Susan Hamilton (Score)
No. 43 - The Labyrinth (Score)
No. 44 - Michael Turner's Waltz (Score)
No. 45 - Rosamond's Bower (Score)
No. 46 - Mansfield Park (Duet version)
No. 47 - Hope (Score)
No. 48 - Non lo dirò col labbro - G.F. Handel (Score)
No. 49 - Lullaby - Stephen Storace (Score)
No. 50 - Verdi Prati - G.F. Handel (Score)
No. 51 - Christina - Naomi Alexander (Score)
No. 52 - Northdown Waltz (Score)
No. 54 - Madame Buonaparte's Waltz (Score)
No. 55 - Lady Harriet Cavendish's fancy (Score)
No. 56 - Dances - F. Schubert, Op.9 (BRS)
No. 57 - The Ash Grove (BRS)
No. 58 - The Crystal Spring (BRS)
No. 59 - The Man in the Moon (Score)
No. 60 - Bedlam (Score)
No. 61 - The Lark in the Morn (Score)
No. 62 - Cold Blows the Wind (Score)
No. 63 - The Seeds of Love (Score)
No. 64 - If I were a Cassowary (BRS)
No. 66 - Poor Beasts! (BRS)
No. 67 - Hymn & Lamentation (Piano & Voice/s)

No. 68 - Earl Richard (Recorders & Voice)

No. 69 - Goldberg Air with Melody (Score)