Composition - - American Recorder Society
Cormorant Tuesday
S or T and piano
I like the drama of this instrumental, one of a set of 3 piano solos from 1983 named after a black cormorant which sailed over my hillside home at the time near Wellington Airport, New Zealand. I performed this as a piano solo in restaurants, then subsequently re-arranged it into a landscape instrumental, then a version for piano trio, and here a version for soprano or tenor recorder (or flute) and piano. While the simple melody represents the solo bird, the piano represents the wind carrying it aloft. The triplets can be played with rubato or rits, if preferred.
-- Kass Finlay McAuliffe
Also see Cormorant Sunday in the ARS New Music Library.
So beautiful! And very easy for both the flute/C recorder and the piano; a tenor would suit the music better than a soprano. Long tones on the recorder part sail along supported by low piano strumming. It is easy to hear what the composer means when she suggests the imagery of seabirds aloft. This one should be presented any time there’s a piano nearby.
-- Glen Shannon
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New Music for Recorder
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Social/Casual, Concert, Laid-back/Slow, Tonal/Melodic