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Early American Roots Recorder Edition

Early American Roots Recorder Edition edited by Geoff Wysham and Scott Reiss. For Recorder (Soprano). Perfect binding, Solos. Maggie's Music. American. Beginning-Intermediate. Book. 88 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.96835).

ISBN 9780786631919. American. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

Early American Roots, a companion book to HESPERUS' CD of the same name, presents a cross section of popular instrumental music from the English Colonies and early Federal America; divisions, shape note hymns, country dances and cotillions, arranged for the recorder. When America was still a colony, music in the New World was a welcome link to the settlers' original home; England, Holland, France, Germany, Ireland and Scotland. During the 18th century, as the colonies became independent from England, their music reflected this new freedom in its unusual textures and dissonances. Recorders and flageolets (the wooden predecessor to the tin pennywhistle) were easily carried about and made excellent solo instruments for both the new and old styles of music. They arrived in the New World in pockets, packs and bundles.

Scott Reiss, the "mind boggling" recorder player and HESPERUS' co-director, arranges all the tunes on the CD for recorders, writing down every improvised ornament, slur and counter melody. Use this book as a technical study guide as well as a source of performing and arranging ideas. An invaluable guide to a little-known, but lively repertoire.

  • A Sett of Hornpipes  
  • A Sett of Jiggs  
  • About Hesperus  
  • About the Album: Early American Roots  
  • About the Music 
  • Acknowledgements 
  • Argeers 
  • arson's Farewell  
  • Bobbing Joe 
  • Butter'd Peas  
  • Ca Ira 
  • Captain Kidd 
  • Chelsea Reach  
  • Childgrove 
  • Cuckolds All in a Row  
  • Daniel Purcell's Ground  
  • Daphne 
  • How To Use This Book 
  • Introduction 
  • Johnny Cock Thy Beaver  
  • La Poulle  
  • Lusty Gallant  
  • Madison's Whim  
  • Nashville 
  • New Jersey  
  • Portsmouth 
  • Rockbridge  
  • Rufty Tufty 
  • Scotch Cap 
  • Spirit of Gambo  
  • Staines Morris 
  • Techniques 
  • The Ball 
  • The Colly Flower  
  • The Garden Hymn 
  • The Killerman  
  • The Merry Milkmaids 
  • The Merry Strollers  
  • The President's March  
  • The Swallow 

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