Do you play in a recorder quartet? Are you quite done with Praetorius and Susato, and wished there was more intermediate level quartet music? If so, hit the play button and read on.....
In the early 1700s, the Netherlands had a wealthy populace, and music was a common hobby. So what did people play? Well, not everyone was able to play the big name composers that we today associate with that era. Instead, several publishers made good money by selling large collections of fairly simple monophonic melodies. One particular collection, "Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlieties en Contredansen" ("Old and New Dutch Peasant Songs and Contra Dances) numbered about a thousand melodies.
It is my plan to make my way through this collection, and, over the next year, produce at least 240 arrangements of these melodies for recorder quartet. By quartet I mean usually SATB, but also AATB and occasionally SAAT or even SSAA or AAAA. Harmonywise, my style is a tad more adventurous than would be historically justified for the 1700s, but I promise: nothing too wild. Technically everything should also be playable for an intermediate level player.
Ok, what do you get if you support me?
- If the funding goal is met, I will finish at least 240 arrangements.
- The whole collection will be released under CC-BY license, including MuseScore sources, and published on IMSLP, the International Music Score Library Project.
- I foresee reaching the end point in about a year after funding, but you don't have to wait for me to finish everything: I will release a batch of 25 pieces approximately every 6 weeks.
If you want to see what you will be getting,
- listen to the playlist above for some selections from the letter E;
- to see the scores, why don't you amble to over to this page on imslp, and download a few samples?
Risks and challenges
Since I aim to produce a large collection, there is a risk of me suffering burn-out or running out of inspiration, or just not finding the time. However, as you can see at the link to imslp, I have already produced a number of these tunes at a reasonable rate, so an aim of one year for 240 pieces sounds reasonable.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)