The Harmonious Blockflute* is an attempt to provide engaging new material with which to evangelize the recorder to the public, and show that there can be more to playing recorder than Mary Had a Little Lamb.
The general imagery of the piece consists of a short opening fanfare proclamation, followed by a village festival scene with the fanfare motive threading through. The syncopated “tango” rhythm of 3+3+2 can be a little tricky at first, especially to players accustomed to the square rhythms of Playford dances. As well, the occasional appearance of accidentals gives players some challenges to overcome in preparation for the performance.
*Any similarities to Händel’s Harmonious Blacksmith beyond the title are pure coincidence. (text continued in download)