The compositions and arrangements on this page are for between three and eleven recorder players. Initially conceived as being for one player per part, they are of course equally suitable for mass playing as long as some care is taken to balance the number of players on each part.
There are many fine writers far better qualified to arrange early music for recorders, so David’s focus is on musical genres that have evolved during the last 100 years or so. One of his professional skills is to compose music which is reminiscent of another composer’s work without infringing copyright. For example, it was common practice during the 1950s to record a new jazz melody over a well known harmonic structure. So while many popular favourites are out of bounds, it is not beyond the bounds of possibility, or common decency, to concoct something equally satisfying and pleasing.
Lively traditional Greek folk dance in 8 parts. sopranino, descant, treble, tenor 1 & 2, bass 1 & 2, great bass. 2 2 2 3 beats to the bar. Very jolly and not too challenging. duration approx. 3 minutes.
Score & recorder parts:£8.50
David's use of parallel fifths and C14th cadences evokes the sound of portative organ. 6 parts. treble 1 & 2, tenor 1 & 2, bass 1 & 2. duration approx. 2 min.
Score & recorder parts:£4
A stimulating, challenging and rewarding exploration of some different ways in which quintuple metre is used in Balkan music. 7 parts. descant, treble 1 & 2, tenor 1 & 2, bass, great bass. Duration approx. 8 min.
Score & Recorder Parts:£12
David uses one of his songs for children as a basis for this melodic and reflective evocation of a summer evening. 6 parts. treble 1 & 2, tenor 1 & 2, bass 1 & 2. duration approx. 4 min.
Score & Recorder Parts:£5.50