Composition - - American Recorder Society
Fanfare: returning - PtRM 2022
By Erik Pearson 2021
“Fanfare: returning” was inspired by Renaissance horn fanfares. In looking through my recorder music, I realized that there was not a ton of music that dealt with themes in the same way that “fanfares” do: the passing around of melodic and rhythmic motifs between voices in an almost bell-like manner. I thought mixing more modern harmonic sounds with the ringing of the bells in a fanfare might be a nice way of celebrating Play the Recorder Month. Of course, since playing music in any ensemble was risky during the pandemic, a return to being able to do so was and will be something to celebrate. I wanted also to write a piece of music that had structural use in a concert setting as well- a short piece to call people back from intermission, or kick off the concert and let people get settled for what is to come. I hope this music satisfies all of those things, or is, at least, fun to play!
- Erik Pearson
Play-the-Recorder Month and Play-the-Recorder Day grew out of a one-day worldwide event on April 1, 1989, during the 50th anniversary year of the American Recorder Society. Its success caused the ARS to declare an annual celebration starting with Play-the-Recorder Day on March 28, 1992. The single day was later expanded to monthlong activities plus a focus on one day, which have been observed each March since then.

This special music commissioned for Play-the-Recorder Month 2022 is published as a Supplement to the Winter 2021 American Recorder for the members of the American Recorder Society.

This Play-the-Recorder Month Composition is made possible by a generous donation from Eiji Miki. “I started playing recorders at the College of Engineering of the University of Michigan in 1960. I joined the Ann Arbor chapter of the American Recorder Society, and have been a member since then. So, I feel indebted to ARS for its advocacy for recorder playing all over the country. My sponsorship of a new composition for the recorder is my way of paying forward. I hope many future recorder players will enjoy the new compositions, in addition to medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music.”

Play-along tracks (one part missing), slowed down:
No soprano (you play soprano)
No alto (you play alto)
No tenor (you play tenor)
No bass (you play bass)

All parts at slower tempo with metronome
All parts at slower tempo without metronome

Video at slower tempo with metronome

All parts at normal tempo

Many thanks to Emily O'Brien for recording all audio tracks and videos!
No. of Recorder Parts:
Play the Recorder Month Archive, Play-alongs
Date Added:
Social/Casual, Concert, Tonal/Melodic, Neo-Renaissance/Baroque/Classical