Composition - - American Recorder Society
Still Waters
By Kass Finlay McAuliffe 1979 Arranged arranged for recorders in 2021
S A T B (or A T T T/B, or other possibilities - see reviewer's comments)
Originally titled "Prelude" the piano version was the first track on my independently made LP of easy listening piano solos in 1979. Retitled and arranged for recorder quartet, this somewhat solemn composition is mainly comprised of a series of slowly resolving parallel chords with their tensions and resolutions.
-- Kass Finlay McAuliffe
A beautiful and very easy little piece in close 4-part harmony. The parallel chords described by the composer provide constant tension and release. Four equal voices create a sound almost without a melody, and like the water in the title, the music has energy but no distinct shape of its own. Perfect for beginning ensembles to get to know one another’s playing in a group setting, this piece also has an elasticity for more experienced ensembles to explore. The instrumentation is also flexible, in that all four parts fit on tenors (or four altos or basses reading C fingerings), opening up some possibilities for expanding the orchestration to include high and low choirs.
-- Glen Shannon
No. of Recorder Parts:
Very Easy
New Music for Recorder
Date Added:
Social/Casual, Concert, Laid-back/Slow, Tonal/Melodic