M.C. Handel's Old Favorites For Recorder

From Plank Road Publishing

by M.C. Handel

Over the years, M.C. Handel has selected many old favorite songs to adapt for young players. With the help of distinctive arrangements and orchestrations by Paul Jennings, these have become very popular with the Music K-8 magazine subscribers and their students.

This great collection includes:

  • Wade In The Water - We've added big band brass to a funky rock setting of this rhythmic spiritual. Your students will feel like they're playing with the pros using low E, G, A, B, D, and high E. You can use the tracks to let your players try some pentatonic improvisation, and the divisi notes at the end are optional.
  • Arirang - This richly orchestrated setting of the best known Korean folk song uses the recorder notes D, E, G, A, B, and high D. We have recorded this arrangement at two different tempos. The faster version sounds best, but it may be a little fast for some students, so we give you the tracks in both tempos.
  • When Johnny Comes Marching Home - Dating back to the Civil War, this arrangement features a small orchestra reminiscent of the era. The tempo is slower for young players, and is set in 3/4 rather than the original 6/8. (Low E, G, A, B, C, D, E)
  • Red River Valley - A favorite at campfires for more than a century, this setting features a second part and a vocal part for extra flexibility. (Low D, E, G, A, B, C, D; OPT. PT. 2 Low D, E, F#, G, A, B)
  • When The Saints Go Marching In - Celebrate New Orleans with this spirited Dixieland classic. The authentic background tracks make this a superb way to play in this early jazz style, and your students only need G, A, B, C, and D.
  • O, How Lovely Is The Evening - Though this beautiful, traditional piece was arranged as a 3-part round for recorders (G, A, B, C, D, E), we decided to include lyrics and a recording with a vocal performance for maximum flexibility.

About the Downloadable OptionThe downloadable version contains all the components the print version would, but in electronic format. (Visit the Download Help page for more info.)

About the Convenience Combo Kit The Convenience Combo Kit includes both the Kit with CD and the Downloadable Kit.

About the Audio RecordingsAudio recordings contain full performance and accompaniment only (instrumental) tracks.

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Product Description
M.C. Handel's Old Favorites For Recorder - Kit with CD
Teacher's Handbook with Reproducible Student Parts & Performance/Accompaniment CD
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M.C. Handel's Old Favorites For Recorder - Downloadable Collection
Downloadable PDF and Performance/Accompaniment MP3s: 59.9MB
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M.C.'s Old Favorites For Recorder - Convenience Combo Kit (kit w/CD & download)
Both Print and Downloadable. Download is 59.9MB
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M.C. Handel's Old Favorites For Recorder - Hard Copy Book/Downloadable Audio
Hard copy book with downloadable Performance/Accompaniment MP3s: Downloadable audio is 58MB.
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Sound Samples

Song Title
Wade In The Water
When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Red River Valley (Recorder)
Red River Valley (Vocal)
When The Saints Go Marching In
O, How Lovely Is The Evening (recorder)
O, How Lovely Is The Evening (voice)

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