Composition - - American Recorder Society
Introduction & Fantasy on 'Ave Virgo'
By Anthony St. Pierre May 2011
Not far into a reading of Perotin's conductus, Ave Virgo, the composer and his colleagues noted some strikingly anachronistic twists that turned out to be the result of missed accidentals! This mishap gave rise to the present decidedly modern setting of the tune (bass; bb. 33-55). Technical challenges are minimal in this essay of 2:45 duration.

Performers on the included recording of St. Pierre's instrumental setting are: Scott Paterson, alto; Takayo Shimoda; the composer, bass. A link to a YouTube choral performance of the Perotin is provided here as well.
-- Anthony St. Pierre
Fun medieval-sounding passages with parallel fourths make this easy trio for intermediate players into a sort of introduction to the style. Frequent triplets look back to the Holy Trinity, an essential part of some Medieval music, yet modern harmonies that are definitely not Medieval bring the piece into the 21st century. It’s an enjoyable and luxurious piece, suitable for a chapter meeting or afternoon play session, or as part of a larger concert program.
-- Glen Shannon
No. of Recorder Parts: 3
Difficulty: Easy
Occasion: Any
Libraries: New Music for Recorder
Date Added: 03/27/2019
Style: Concert, Tonal/Melodic, Variations/Fantasies/Adaptations