Composition - - American Recorder Society
Song of the Heather - MLE 50
By Robert E. Agnew 2013
“Song of the Heather” was composed after a visit to the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, England. The melody of the piece came to me as I spent a day walking through the moors, visiting the ruins of the building Emily Brontë had in mind when she wrote Wuthering Heights." The work responds nicely to a variety of tempi, depending on what the performers want to evoke in the music. The work can be performed as a trio or with a consort of recorders, and a guitar or lute playing along with the tenor and bass parts would also be a nice addition, as would a consort of viols.
-- Robert E. Agnew
Winner, ARS is 75! Composition Competition, Duo/Trio Category

The idea for a composition competition came up in 2013 at an ARS board meeting  during a lively discussion of the (then) upcoming 75th anniversary of the ARS. How should we celebrate this wonderful milestone? We wanted to take on a project that we could afford, that we could complete in time, and that would be meaningful to as many ARS members as possible. The ARS is 75! Composition Competition consisted of five categories: Quartet/Quintet at the chapter reading level; Duo/Trio for low intermediate players; Solo for the advanced player; Recorder Orchestra piece at the upper intermediate level; and a category for young composers. I am pleased to present the winner of the Duo/Trio category.

Judges’ comments: Very nice, sensitive, catchy and pretty. Nice harmony, texture, range and voicing. Rhythms challenging, but possible for low intermediate.
—Glen Shannon, Editor
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Concert, Tonal/Melodic