Andante moderato from Symphony No. 6, for Bass recorder doubling Alto, Tenor and Soprano

Andante moderato from Symphony No. 6, for Bass recorder doubling Alto, Tenor and Soprano

from: G. Mahler (1860-1911)

In original key of Eb major. There are different opinions as to whether this should be the 2nd or the 3rd movement of the symphony. There are some optional high F#’s for both alto and bass, and optional low E for alto and low B for soprano. The original dynamics, slurs and articulations are indicated, but of course there is a limit to how faithfully a recorder can perform them, especially the dynamics. They are included mainly so that the composer’s original intent is transmitted, and the best possible recorderistic solution found.

These arrangements of symphonies, of Mahler in particular, are especially for folks who know the movements from which they are taken, so that the context can come to mind while playing—but they will also be great at introducing people to these works. They keep very close to the original register, but may profitably be run through in at least three different ways: 1. using just one recorder, changing between F and C fingering, 2. going through with each required size, 1st playing all the soprano sections, then alto, etc., or 3. switching as indicated in the scores.

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