Composition - - American Recorder Society
Blue Ridge Water Music - MLE 73
By Daniel Hay 2021
Solo Tenor
I wrote Blue Ridge Water Music shortly after Hurricane Katrina. It is a single piece with four movements, but each movement can also stand alone. I wrote these in the field, as it were, while visiting many of the 250 waterfalls in Transylvania County, NC.

Each movement is made up of small segments, many of which repeat. When the music sends you back more than one segment, such as in Part Two measure 6 and Part Four measures 5 and 17, ignore the internal repeats when playing through that iteration.
I don’t usually indicate much in the way of phrasing, as I prefer the performer to express my music the way they wish. When I play my music I often change the slurring and expression for repeated sections, as a way to introduce just enough variation that the listener thinks they might not have heard this phrase before.
-- Daniel Hay

This Members' Library Edition was made possible by a generous donation from Bee Neufeld. As a United Church of Christ minister, Bee played hymns on the recorder to provide music for funeral interments. A charter member of the Portland Recorder Society and the Recorder Orchestra of Oregon, she also directs the recorder consort at her retirement community. Bee is excited to sponsor Daniel J. Hayes’s composition to be part of a tradition hundreds of years old - music lovers financially supporting composers. She hopes his music will bring joy to all those who play and hear it. She wonders: Where would we have been without music during Covid-19?
“Scripted improvisation” might aptly describe this set of four movements for Tenor recorder solo. The written notes provide the general script, but that is just the starting point, like the printed words of a Shakespearean soliloquy. The freedom to interpret the notes on the page, in the moment, brings a different sort of inner satisfaction than playing an ensemble piece, which often necessitates pre-decided phrasing or group gestures. As you get to know the music, you begin to find little phrases, eddies and ripples that were not immediately apparent in the first readings. These discoveries are very personal, and no two players will tell the same story. Performances can be found on Daniel Hay’s YouTube channel.
— Glen Shannon
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Members' Library Editions
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Tonal/Melodic, Improvisatory Schemes