Perseverance: Adventure On Mars
From Plank Road Publishingby Paul Jennings and Teresa Jennings
This recorder feature is a nod to the monumental accomplishment of the Perseverance rover that landed on Mars in 2021. Part 1 is for G, A, and B on soprano recorder, and the piece is fine with just this part. There is a second soprano part that uses E, G, A, B, and C, this one slightly harder but still very playable. We have also included a beginning level alto recorder part that uses A, C, D, E, F, and G.
Our work was inspired by a real artistic connoisseur of Mars, Gustav Holst. After a short evocative intro, we go into an A section fighting across the rough terrain of the red planet. This section is followed by a lovely folk-like theme, rich with the quiet of our alien surroundings. After our form returns to the A section, it concludes with a pounding series of dissonant clusters resolving to a solid open fifth on the tonic A. (from Music K-8, Vol. 32, No. 1)
(Run time: 2:29)
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