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Mel Bay presents Recorder in the Baroque Era Paperback – August 15, 2008
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There is a short table of embellishments that a novice will likely find pretty useless. I have studied baroque ornamentation and I've read many tables of this type, but the written-out forms of two of the ornaments are confusing to me. A paragraph of text explaining a bit more about ornamentation in baroque music would have been a good addition to a page that is half blank. There is not a bit of information about how ornaments should be fingered when standard recorder fingering is awkward.
The music is given in lead sheet form - just melodies with chord symbols of guitar. I like the idea of including chord symbols so that a guitarist who doesn't really read music could accompany the recorder player, but, again, there is absolutely no guidance for guitarists. The kinds of accompaniment patterns guitarists would ordinarily play along with American or Irish fiddle tunes are just wrong with baroque music. I fear that novice guitarists would have a hard time figuring out how to play these pieces in ways that would suit the styles.
Most of the tunes seem like reasonable choices, even though a great many appear to be from keyboard music rather than music for melodic instruments. A few strike me as odd choices for a book of this typel The whole notes in the Bach sarabande will feel pretty empty and meaningless without the carefully worked-out bass lines that are in the original.Read more ›