Orpheus Music has published or republished several of my recorder compositions over the last few years. 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 here for two reasons: it's a collection of arrangements, and they are easy and conventional.
This page used to have details of my SibeliusMusic scores as well as my Orpheus publications but has been split. Please go to Music from SibeliusMusic, if that is what you want, and bookmark the new page. (Sorry for the detour.) Otherwise, just read on...
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 (Listen to an extract - mp3, 330 KB).
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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Updated June 2008
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