The third Saturday in March, March 19, 2016, is designated "Recorder Day." ARS members around the world are encouraged to play the new composition written especially for this occasion entitled "Steamed Bass and Fischmaul" by Matthias Maute, an internationally renowned composer, conductor and musician. Matthias comments about his music:
The title of the piece "Steamed Bass and Fischmaul" was born after a conversation with a witty friend who was - rightly so! -bemused by the word Fischmaul-technique. This technique, as far as I know officially launched by Hans-Martin Linde in the 60s, helps to keep notes short by briefly opening the mouth in between notes. It goes without saying that a simple movement with the tongue at the end of a note will result in the same staccato effect, albeit with much less effort. This more refined technique has put the "Fischmaul" out of business. Here is to its memory!
You will find the music score in the centerfold of the Winter 2015 issue of American Recorder magazine or as an
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Last year the Seattle Recorder Society Chapter performed a program titled "Music from Around the World." Local groups participating included the Recorder Orchestra of Puget Sound, Maple Forest Duo (recorder duet), a recorder trio and ensembles that included guitar, voice and drums. The event included a "Play-In" where music for a Turkish March was distributed in advance, but music was also available for anyone who wanted to play at the event. There was a free drawing for plastic recorders and an activities table for young children.
A number of years ago, then SRS Director Peter Seibert led a group of recorder players for an informal concert on the Bainbridge Island Ferry sailing from Seattle and back again playing - you guessed it - Handel's Water Music, which he had arranged for recorders.
Share your enthusiasm for the recorder! During the month of March, pick up a recorder and just play for the fun of it - or participate in a concert whether at a local retirement home, a school, community center, cafe or on a concert stage. One shared musical experience can go a long way toward the enrichment of many lives!
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