Here are versions of the VERY GREATEST MUSIC (in our opinion), centrally from J. S. Bach, that can be adapted for the people’s instrument—alto recorder—and keyboard, for alto and bass recorder duet, and other combinations.
Our promise: Recorder players will never in this website be at a loss for a challenge or for a high quality of music, at a low price.
- About this Site
- Background of this Project
- Level of Difficulty
- Technical Problems Addressed
by Pieces on this Site
Uses of these transcriptions:
- Études for technique improvement.
- Ways of becoming acquainted with a wide swath of musical history, such as many astoundingly little-known Bach cantata obbligatos.
- Secondary emphasis on bass recorder repertoire, including solos without the sneaking suspicion that the alto is more appropriate.
- Don’t listen to great music and consider it done, but continue discovering it from the inside by playing it in transcription. Expand your recorder horizons!
- And of course, put these on your concert programs.
A few suggestions, from our vast Catalog:
- Solos and Duets for Intermediate-plus Level Players
- Other works of about the same difficulty level for alto & kbd: Aria from Cantata 51 , Bourrée I & II from English Suite No. 1 , BWV 1046 Trio , Handel Polonaise
- 11 large (c. 50-100+ pp.) groupings—very inexpensive—of solo pts. from the following sections: 1. Bach Concertos 2. Bach Organ music 3. Bach Keyboard Works, Pt. One 4. Bach Keyboard Works Pt. Two 5. Bach Chamber Works, Pt. One 6. Bach Misc. Chamber & Vocal Works 7. Bach Cantatas 8. Pre-Mozart 9. Early Mozart 10. Later Mozart & Early 19th c. 11. Post-Schubert
- For bass & kbd: Bach’s “Deathbed” Chorale, Lento assai from Beethoven’s Op. 135 (doubling alto)
Arrangements for alto (usually) and kbd.
- Ever a favorite, from Bach’s Schübler Chorales: BWV 650
- For advanced players: arr. of Kbd. concertos, 5 organ trio sonatas, 1st, 3rd and 4th Cello Suites, all with newly composed bass lines, the Passacaglia, “Dorian” Toccata, BWV 540/1, 541, 542, 544/1, the “Italian Concerto”, Brandenburg Concerto #3, and #2 & 4 in kbd. reduction versions
- Lute Suites No. 1&2, BWV 996-7, arias, etc., from Cantata 7, 114, 29, 94, 51
- The exquisite Schubert fragment, with a new completion, D. 571
- Arrs. of works by composers long unheard for various reasons, e.g.: Strozzi, Chabrier, Joplin, Fanny Mendelssohn, and St.-Georges
Arrangements for recorder duet/trio/quartet, etc.
- Complete W. F. Bach Flute (6) and Viola (3) duets transcribed for 2 altos
- many duets for alto/bass (or S/T), e.g. Mahler’s “Rheinlegendchen”, “Von der Jugend”, Excerpt from 2nd Symphony, appropriate for memorial services, and Strauss Sr.’s Radetzky March for New Year’s
- Set of 24 Duets from Mediæval to Mahler, primarily for soprano & alto
- Set of 30 English Country Dances arr. for S&A
- From Dufay to de Falla, a large group for different duet combinations
- Wa is me, what mun I do!—8 duets
- The sublime Bach’s Cantata 4/3, arr. for 3 recs.
- Quartets/Quintets from Bach, Beethoven, Satie, and a group of 19th-c. composers looking backward
and many, many more in 5 different categories, ever-growing as long as Arranger/Composer Scheide can draw breath (see also jscheidemusic.com)