Composition - - American Recorder Society
Fantasy on 'Schenectady'
By Anthony St. Pierre December 2010
 
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The Fantasy on 'Schenectady' might recall the Americana style of composers like Aaron Copland or Virgil Thompson. In 1801, Nehemiah Shumway of Schenectady, New York published a shape-note fuguing tune that he named 'Schenectady.' It is in the primitive style best known in the work of William Billings. (The composer is, himself, a native of Schenectady.)

Possibly the greatest challenge in this quartet is achieving pure tuning in the bare octaves and fifths, as well as in the parallel octave passages. Triple-barred note stems indicate flutter tonguing. Tricky entries for the tenor are eased with cues above the staff. Duration: 6:20  Performed by Scott Paterson, soprano;  Anthony St. Pierre, alto;  Anne Massicotte, tenor;  Janos Ungvary, bass.


                     -- Anthony St. Pierre
 
 
 
No. of Recorder Parts: 4
Difficulty: Challenging
Occasion: Thanksgiving
Libraries: New Music for Recorder
Date Added: 09/15/2018
 
Style: Concert, Fast/Up-tempo, Laid-back/Slow, Tonal/Melodic, Folk/Traditional, Variations/Fantasies/Adaptations