Composition - - American Recorder Society
Salix Gardens
By Anthony St. Pierre September 2008
 
S A T B
 
 
Perhaps best known through Benjamin Britten's vocal setting, this version of the Irish folk tune Down by the Salley Gardens (Salley=Salix=Willow) is suitable for fairly inexperienced players, but will prove satisfying to seasoned players as well. This is one of three Irish folk tune settings St. Pierre has made available to the ARS through this website (others are St. Paddy & Deirdre and The Moreen). All three make minimal technical demands on players.

Duration: 2:20

Scott Paterson (S), Takayo Shimoda (A), Janos Ungvary (T), and the composer (B) perform on the accompanying recording.
-- Anthony St. Pierre
 
 
A simple Irish tune in the Soprano with beautiful 3-part accompaniment, easy in all parts. The invitation to ornament the repeat gives more experienced players plenty of opportunity to have a little fun. This piece would also work very well expanded to large ensemble with bigger instruments at the lower octave in the accompaniment.
-- Glen Shannon

The composer has provided a play-along recording with the top (melody) voice missing:
No soprano (you play soprano)
 
 
 
No. of Recorder Parts: 4
Difficulty: Very Easy
Occasion: St. Patrick's Day
Libraries: New Music for Recorder, Play-alongs
Date Added: 01/05/2019
 
Style: Concert, Laid-back/Slow, Tonal/Melodic, Folk/Traditional, Variations/Fantasies/Adaptations, Recorded Accompaniment