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Art of the Recorder


 for Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass Recorders

Art of the Violin
for Four Violins (see link)

Art of the Flute
for Piccolo, Two Flutes, Alto Flute

Art of the Bassoon
for Four Bassoons

Art of the Cello
for Four Cellos

First composed in three movements,1975;
first and last movements recomposed June 19-24, 2004;
middle movement replaced February 2013
Duration: about 10 minutes

*Recorder Full Score, PDF       Recorder Parts, PDF       Cover

*Flute Full Score, PDF          Flute parts      Cover
*Bassoon Full Score, PDF      Bassoon parts     Cover
*Cello Full Score, PDF         Cello parts     Cover

(for a good recording, see Art of the Violin under Music for Strings; 

the synthesis below is of recorders)

I. Just For Fun

    Root'n Toot'n     [3:03]    Synth MP3   Finale Score 

II. Elegy for Izabela
Synth MP3      Finale Score 

III. An Original Traditional Melody

      Allegro Jigolo [3:56]     Synth MP3    Finale Score



In 1975 I wrote a recorder quartet for my father, Heber Robinson, who was an enthusiastic recorder player with a group at the local Unitarian-Universalist Church in Peabody, Massachusetts. However, the work was too contemporary for the other performers, and the piece was never played.

          In hopes of finding other performance opportunities, I wrote a large number of arrangements for other instruments; Art of the Violin, Art of the Flute, Art of the Double Reed, and Art of the Saxophone. However none found a happy home. (Part of the gag—forgive me for explaining a joke—was that this was an experiment in music that could be played by any instruments that fit the range, after suitable transposition and modification of phrasing or bowing. So it really isn’t the Art of any specific Instrument.)

          In 2004 I decided that the piece must be at fault, and I rewrote the first and last movements from scratch, keeping nothing from the originals. I made new arrangements for four flutes and four violins as before, Performers continued to shy away; the middle movement was one of the most atonal I had ever written, slow and very short (only one minute) and titled “So You Think I’m Too Old-Fashioned”. However even with this kind of title, and the fact that it represented the usual reaction to my music by my fellow composers, no one liked it.

          Thus I was motivated by 38 years of rejection to throw out the troublesome middle movement and write a new one. On February 4, 2013, a fine local violinist, Izabela Spiewak, who had played on the memorial concert for my sister in 2010, died of leukemia. This new middle movement is an elegy in her memory.

          I have made other arrangements for four flutes, four bassoons, four violins, and four cellos. The violin version is the only one yet performed (February 18, 2014). I will probably continue to make such arrangements until someone stops me, or I retire from composition.