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 expressive capabilities of the students that allow a window through which an exploration of the core 18th and 19th Century repertoire can be meaningfully embarked upon.

The Mini Musical Odyssey proceeds from monody, through variants that suggest Baroque (Bach, Handel), Classical (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven) and the cusp of Romanticism (Schubert). In tandem with the Brahmsian melody this neatly encapsulates the Austro-German tradition that forms the bedrock of western classical music. The Debussian Prelude indicates the trend in the late 19th Century for much important music to come from beyond this narrow
geographical region.

Suggested listening:
Preludes and Fugues by J.S. Bach
Trio Sonatas by Handel
String Quartets by Haydn
Concerti by Mozart
Symphony No. 5 by Beethoven
Nacht und Traume by Schubert
Late piano music by Brahms
Preludes by Debussy

Each piece is structurally based around A and B sections which, when identified, will enable to
the students to help label the structures:
Brahmsian Melody ABA
Mini Musical Odyssey ABA1BA2
Debussian Prelude ABAB
Musical vocabulary and concepts to discuss include ternary, binary, rondo, variation and elaboration.


Brahmsian Melody ABA