Composition - - American Recorder Society
Modal America
By Anthony St. Pierre March 2021
Composers as disparate as J.C. Bach, Beethoven, Forkel, Paganini, and Ives have written variations on ‘America.’ (‘My Country, ‘Tis of Thee,’ or ‘God Save the King/Queen’) These four modal variations on ‘America’ — one in each of the church modes (Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian) — are easy sight reading for players between the novice and intermediate stages. This brief opus (approx. three minutes) provides a fun way to introduce modal scales to a young ensemble or a school audience.
-- Anthony St. Pierre
This clever little set of variations on a popular well-known melody explores four of the medieval church modes- Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian and Mixolydian (a scale of the white notes on a keyboard starting on D, E, F and G respectively). The top part has the melody, but the less familiar placement of whole- and half-steps in the modes creates surprise harmonic twists, while the tune remains recognizable. The composer includes a brief description of the music and the modes as part of the PDF download.
-- Glen Shannon

The composer has provided a play-along recording:
No soprano - you play soprano (melody)
No. of Recorder Parts: 4
Difficulty: Very Easy
Occasion: Any
Libraries: New Music for Recorder, Play-alongs
Date Added: 03/24/2021
Style: Social/Casual, Fast/Up-tempo, Laid-back/Slow, Tonal/Melodic, Variations/Fantasies/Adaptations, Recorded Accompaniment