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Recorder Improvisation and Technique Book 3



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Recorder Improvisation and Technique Book 3
Advanced - Composing, Arranging, Analysis
Isabel McNeill Carley Orff Essentials Collection
By Isabel McNeill Carley

Book Three is for the student already confident playing both C and F recorders. These lessons focus in detail on how the Orff-Schulwerk Volumes' basic sequence can be successfully applied to recorder teaching and playing. Compositional forms are explored with improvised materials using major, modal, and minor scales as well as dominant and subdominant bass-lines, improvised melodies, ornamentation, paraphony, descants, and other enhancements. A final chapter expands on improvisation for movement, free solo improvisation, and various kinds of group improvisation.

Lesson 1: Review D Major, A Major, Finding basses for tunes, Improvising over I-V basses and chord patterns, Chord patterns on recorders
Titles:  Go Tell Aunt Nancy, Did You Ever See a Lassie, Nancy's Fancy

Lesson 2:  Tranposition, Variation, doubling in thirds and sixths 
Titles:  Dance for Alto Recorder and Timpani, French Canadian Tune, French Lullaby

Lesson 3:  Melodic ornamentation in historic styles, Melodic variations on a familiar tune 
Titles:  Moriske, Branle de Champaigne, Konigstanz, Mohrentanz 

Lesson 4:  Natural, Melodic, and Harmonic Minors; Minor scales of E, A, B, F#; Combining short dances into longer forms 
Titles:  Round Dance (Warum), The Siege of Limerick, Time-Change Dance, B Minor Dance

Lesson 5: Scale canons, Improvising a second part, Chords on recorder for improvisation, Improvised accompaniment 
Titles:  The Paw-Paw Patch, Unto Us a Child Is Born, La Guignolee, Viva le Musica, Spring Canon, Dick's Maggot  

Lesson 6: G Minor, Harmonic minor scale patterns, Melodic improvisation over I-V chord patterns
Titles:  Attaignant's Pavane, Greensleeves and Yellow Lace, Two Canons by Caldara, Joy in the Gates, Raisins and Almonds

Lesson 7: Minors and modes, Modal variations on a familiar tune, Variations on Q+A improvised tune, Parallel modes 
Titles:  Portabella, The Beaux Stratagem, Garry Owen, Scale Canons

Lesson 8: Hand-sign improvisation in parallel thirds, Adding improvised second parts to tunes, Organum, Faux Bourdon, Heterophony, Parallel thirds and sixths over a bass line, Shifting chords   
Titles:  A La Claire Fontaine, Yankee Doodle, Nun Bin Ich Einmal Frei, O Filii et Filiae

Lesson 9: Subdominant, Scale and hand-sign improvisation in faux bourdon, Improvising over AX chord patterns, Improvised Dorian dance over I-IV-V 
Titles:  Old Jubiter, a Trumpet Air, Dance for Recorders

Lesson 10:  Decoration of the Third, Chaconne, Completing a Rondo for Recorders 
Titles:  Greensleeves, Diego Ortiz (2 excerpts), Chaconne, Rondo for Recorders

Lesson 11:  Making Descants, Doubling the descant in thirds or sixths, Using sevenths and ninths
Titles:  Au Claire de la Lune, The Animal Song, Uns Kommt Ein Schiff, Marienruf, Los Cuatro Muleros, Time-Change Dance Two

Lesson 12:  Improvisation for movement, Accompanying movement, Improvisation for dramatic situations, Free solo improvisation over Klang-Ostinato, Unmetered free solo improvisation, Group improvisation 
Titles:  Skipping Dance

RESOURCES:  Fingerings for Recorders in F and C


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