ComposerDavid Bedford
FormatPerformance Set(download)
PublisherDavid Bedford Music
Instrumentsrecorder and string ensemble
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Picture of Set of performance parts for Recorder Concerto by David Bedford: full score, piano score, solo recorder player and strings. Duration 17 minutes.

Recorder Concerto by David Bedford for solo recorder player and strings. Duration 17 minutes.

The Recorder Concerto was composed in 1994 and was commissioned by Marcus Davey for Piers Adams with funds made available by South West Arts and the Dartington International Summer School.

The Recorder Concerto is in five, continuously played, movements. The chattering first contrasts the chatter with Piers Adams' bubbling and liquid recorder. That irresistible repetition is picked up in Movement 2 with an accelerating anxiety which the cool of the recorder serves to nurse. The instrument's melodic ideas soon take wing and spread a kind of healing. In movement 4 the sprinting flight has less of anxiety about it than exhilaration but at the end this gives way to pensive undulation. The finale starts slow but soon rushes to a heart-warming flight and ultimately an undanceably fast jig. You are left in no doubt that this is a lyrical work which keeps faith with the recorder's "grain".

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