Published recorder music by Malcolm Tattersall

Orpheus Music, Armidale NSW, is now the best source for all of the pieces below, since they hold all remaining stocks of the Cootamundra Music titles.

(1) Published by Cootamundra Music

Abbreviations: sSATB are sopranino, Soprano (Descant), Alto (Treble), Tenor and Bass recorders respectively.

CM 03 Malcolm Tattersall Native Companions Dancing An easy folk-like waltz inspired by John Shaw Neilson’s poem of the same name. SATB.

CM 04 Malcolm Tattersall Sweet Nightingales An affectionate tribute to some of the recorder’s best known ‘bird music,’ in the form of a set of variations on the English folk-song The Sweet Nightingale. Alto solo.

CM 12 Erik Satie arr. Tattersall Le Piccadilly A jaunty little ragtime piece, originally for piano, with origins in the Montmartre cabaret which provided the composer with an income for a while. SATB.

CM 14 Mozart arr. Tattersall Divertimento (KV 213)
Delightful music in Mozart’s happiest mood, composed for oboes, horns and bassoons. All four movements are transcribed in full. SAATB or SATTB.

CM 15 Trad arr. Tattersall The Woolshed Ball
Pairs of Polkas, Waltzes and Jigs from the Irish-Australian folk tradition arranged for 1 – 4 recorders with or without guitar, percussion, violin and/or cello. Suitable both for concert use and for dancing. S, S or A, A or T, T or B, etc.

CM 16 Trad arr. Tattersall Two Slow Airs Two ballads from the Irish-Australian folk tradition, Moreton Bay and The Streets of Forbes, in extended arrangements for recorder trio. Both are recorded on Music for Reflection. AAB and ATT respectively.

CM 17 Trad arr. Tattersall The Lion Sleeps Tonight A traditional African melody made popular again by The Lion King. SATB and optional Guitar.

CM 18 Trad arr. Tattersall The Shearers
Two more Australian folk-song melodies, ‘The Springtime it Brings on the Shearing’ and ‘One of the Has-Beens,’ in a simple medley for quartet. SATB.

(2) Published by Orpheus Music

Orpheus Music has published or republished several of my recorder compositions. They tend to be more difficult (approx. AMEB grades 5 – 8) and less conventional than those published by Cootamundra Music. Recorder Playbook, their most recent publication, is the exception for two reasons: it’s a collection of arrangements, and they are easy and conventional.

Ikaho Bass (or Alto or Tenor) solo

Japanese-influenced: modalism and extended instrumental techniques (flutter-tonguing, vocalisation, etc) evoke, without attempting to imitate, the sound of the shakuhachi. The mood is reflective, autumnal. Recorded on Music for Reflection.

Arabesques                                         Alto and Tenor          

Draws on an eclectic range of influences, from the structure  of Indian ragas to the symmetries of abstract decorative art. The first movement, slow and floridly decorated, is followed by a vigorous ‘moto perpetuo’ in 5/8 and 7/8. Both movements are recorded on Music for Reflection.

Alien Landscape II                            Quintet (AATTB)

An atmospheric piece using extended techniques (tremolo, fluttertongue) to evoke an imaginary landscape. It sounds like electronic music, which the first Alien Landscape was; it sounds very difficult, but isn’t.
Listen to an extract (mp3, 210KB) from a 1998 concert recording by Blue Moon.

Franklin River Alto solo

Inspired by the Tasmanian wilderness; generally lyrical, but using some extended techniques. Recorded on Music for Reflection.

Recorder Playbook             Small recorder ensembles (2 to 4 parts)

A collection mixing music from the Renaissance and Baroque with music current in various folk traditions. Many items are playable with alternative instrumentations, so that almost any small recorder ensemble (so long as they have at least one descant and one treble) will be able to play most of the pieces.

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