Soprano 2 Recorder from 25 Telemann Minuets for Recorders SSAT
This collection of Minuets has been arranged for recorder quartet from a publication by Telemann in 1728 entitled, "Sept fois Sept et Un" in two parts, a melody line and a basso continuo. The 50 pieces were composed in various keys, perhaps to be performed on a variety of instruments such as violin, recorder, oboe lute, mandolin or other melody instrument. I have selected several that I found work well for recorder group. In this arrangement, the melody line is taken directly as written by Telemann and the bass part was taken from the basso continuo line, with minor changes, while the other two parts, Alto and Tenor, were deduced from the chord structure in the figured bass. In some cases, the key was changed to make it more playable with the recorder quartet. It is my hope that these pieces will provide many enjoyable moments for recorder groups of all ages and abilities. Very few extra ornaments have been added to the score, however, that shouldn’t preclude the performer from putting them in, especially on the repeats, as was often the practice in Baroque times to add embellishments the second time through to give variety to the music and to give the performer an opportunity to demonstrate his/her playing skills. The arrangements in this collection were first put together in the summer of 2011 and 2012 for a small gathering of recorder players in Windsor, Ontario, where we would meet together once a week to go over the recorder reportoire that a former music teacher had compiled over the years. These were always always very enjoyable sessions, and this collection of minuets added a few more pages to the 1000 plus that we had to choose from. The arranger, Peter Baljeu, (born 1944 in the Netherlands) is a retired teacher whose career included teaching music (vocal, recorders, theory, etc.) to thousands ofstudents. Now he enjoys writing music (composing for orchestra, concert band, choirs, and small groups) as needed.
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