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Fascinating Rohan (C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C-D) (Recorder Music)

Fascinating Rohan – Teaching Notes I can understand how, on first acquaintance, the piano part of this piece may appear extravagantly expansive and virtuosic as an accompaniment to a group of elementary recorder players, but that is to miss the point. It’s extravagance and boldness is a primary purpose of this piece. In the context […]

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Mr J.’s Stravinskian Serenade (E-F#-G-A-B-C-D) (Recorder Music)

Mr J.’s Stravinskian Serenade – Teaching Notes This is the only one of these pieces whose title did not entirely originate from me, but was suggested by a group of students. Having been studying the Russian ballets of Stravinsky, in particular Petroushka, some students in my extracurricular recorder club at The Alice Smith School were […]

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Three in G (Recorder Music)

(i) Mr J.’s Brahmsian Rhapsody (F#-G-A-B-C-D) (ii) Mr J.’s Mini Musical Odyssey (E-G-A-B-C-D) (iii) Mr J.’s Debussian Prelude (D-E-G-A-Bb-B-C-D) Three In G – Teaching Notes The three pieces in this set are not intended to be accurate pastiches of the composers identified in the titles as much as pieces that are within the technical and […]

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Leela’s Song (G-A-B-C-D) (Recorder Music)

Leela’s Song – Teaching Notes This piece is exclusively for the left hand on the recorder, but the students will have to master the art of splitting the thumb hole to attain the high ‘d’. This is already a lot for them to think about! As there are many sustained notes in the recorder part, […]

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Kiran’s Call (E-G-A-B-C) (Recorder Music)

Kiran’s Call – Teaching Notes Having become confident with their handling of the instrument, and attained some fluency using the basic three fingers of their left hand, it is time to challenge the students to start using their right hand, and to try to achieve a smooth transition from index to middle finger on their […]

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Gift of the Gab (G-A-B) (Recorder Music)

(i) Overture (ii) Barcarolle What a good idea to start with an overture! Explain to the student the purpose of an overture, introducing associated terms such as prelude and introduction, then listen to some examples. Suggestions: Carmen by Bizet William Tell by Rossini The Magic Flute by Mozart West Side Story by Bernstein Get the […]

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Piano Concerto (1999/2006) 13 mins

Composer’s note: On several occasions I had attempted to begin teaching my daughter, Leela, to play the piano, and, although initially keen, she had always been resistant, arguing that when I played I rampaged up and down the keyboard, not merely twiddling my fingers on the white notes near the middle. Then, at Easter-time in […]

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Fascinating Rohan for Small Orchestra (2006) 5 mins

1.1.1.1-1.1.1.0-Timp-Strings Dedicated to Rohan Jonathan Originally a piece for recorder and piano this was orchestrated after a request from conductor Warren Cohen.  

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