Composition - - American Recorder Society
Owls - MLE 71
By Eulalie Emeriaud 2020
Owls is the story of a hunt. It begins at dusk, the mysterious hour, when night birds are just opening their eyes. Then their wings slowly start to flap… it is time to fly! In the dark sky, the owls seem to dance, moving in circles with their eyes wide open. They are aware of every movement. Their flight is completely silent; they look like dangerous shadows… until they hasten to their prey. The pursuit is on… and the owls always win! A big part of Owls is based on a special mode: while one voice evolves in a chromatic scale, another voice alternates perfect fourths and fifths with it.
-- Eulalie Emeriaud

Constance (Connie) Primus, ARS member since 1968, generously sponsored this month’s Member’s Library Edition because she wanted to challenge a young serious composer to create an innovative, but accessible, recorder trio. Active for years in the Denver Chapter, she helped organize other chapters in Colorado, directed summer workshops there, and served four years as president of the ARS Board. She has encouraged ARS chapters and workshops to commission music for the recorder, an effort that produced “Minstrels” by Hans Ulrich Staeps published by Sweet Pipes, Inc. and “Dialogue and Dance” by Cecil Effinger published by the ARS. One of her lifetime goals has been to share her love of music.
A thoroughly engaging trio inspired by a friend’s painting, this newly composed piece by a conservatory student puts everything we think about the recorder to the test. Occasional extended techniques make use of the flexibility of our instrument, and finger-twisting chromatic patterns invoke our daily practice regimen. Separate parts and play-along software exports are available for ARS members at and a live recording is published on YouTube at
-Glen Shannon
No. of Recorder Parts:
Members' Library Editions, Play-alongs
Date Added:
Recorded Accompaniment