Variations on a Carol

"Coventry Carol" has always fascinated me for some reason. Maybe it's because it's the only carol that pays attention to the slaughter of The Holy Innocents.

 

I love the sound of the solo recorder in a large space. I've written several pieces for solo recorder, but this is the only one that has progressed to the point where I can really say I'm satisfied with it just as it is.

 

Comments welcome. Wearing asbestos undies.

Fantasy on Coventry Carol.mp3

Fantasy on Coventry Carol.pdf

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  • Hi, James.I listened with pleasure Your "variationes". They have a scent of New Year celebrations and something authentic, "old fashion", modest but nice and tasteful. Only (maybe) keep all variations in d moll its too simple? I prefere the modal variation too, then I can change the modus of melodi line, something different that major or minore. But other way - its for recorder that  is a fairly limited instrument.

    Thank you for shared your music.

    Vlad

  • Thanks for your kind words. If I add more variations, I will seriously consider a modulation. I'm sort of working along the lines of Van Eyck, but there's no reason to keep all the variations in the same key. Unfortunately, I can't change the key on existing work because the range and technical limits of the instrument would make that very difficult.

    Vlad Burlea said:

    Hi, James.I listened with pleasure Your "variationes". They have a scent of New Year celebrations and something authentic, "old fashion", modest but nice and tasteful. Only (maybe) keep all variations in d moll its too simple? I prefere the modal variation too, then I can change the modus of melodi line, something different that major or minore. But other way - its for recorder that  is a fairly limited instrument.

    Thank you for shared your music.

    Vlad

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