Composition - - American Recorder Society
The Plaint - MLE 74
By Will Ayton 2021
Composer notes: The Plaint is a four-part setting of a single-line melody that came for a visit one day while I was fooling around at the piano. When melodies like this show up, they are often shaped by my Celtic DNA and seem to have their own personality. The meaning of the title Plaint might be either that of a sad mournful song, or an intense complaint seeking for redress of some grievance. This melody seemed to have elements of both sentiments.
— Will Ayton
Humming and strumming come together in a delightful song setting. The easy nature of this piece allows players of all levels to enjoy making beautiful sounds unburdened by complex technical challenges. After a brief introduction, the main melody opens with a leap of a 5th, inviting the others to come join in. Separate parts as well as play-along recordings with one part missing are available for ARS members:

All parts (SATB)
All parts (SATB) with metronome clicks
All parts minus soprano - you play soprano
All parts minus alto - you play alto
All parts minus tenor - you play tenor
All parts minus bass - you play bass
PDF: Play-along instructions
No. of Recorder Parts: 4
Difficulty: Easy
Occasion: Any
Libraries: Members' Library Editions, Play-alongs
Date Added: 02/28/2022
Style: Laid-back/Slow, Tonal/Melodic, Folk/Traditional, Recorded Accompaniment