Music by Christopher Ball


Solos

12 Studies for Treble Solo £6.95
"... these studies are not just another set of exercises, but are melodious and user friendly and interspersed with a good crop of helpful instructions. You will enjoy playing these studies, and if you follow the author's injunctions, they will do your technique a power of good."
Pan Overheard for    Treble Recorder                                                                                  £2.20
Pan Overheard for    Descant or Tenor                                                                                £2.20
" ... this happy evocative piece." "Pan shows off with plenty of pentatonic roulades."
Pagan Piper for Tenor or Treble                                                                                           £2.50
A haunting impressionistic piece, evoking the great god Pan and inspired by Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poem "A Musical Instrument".


Duos

Devienne Duos for 2 wind instruments                                                                                 £6.95
Each duo is in two movements (originally for two flutes) arranged for Treble and Tenor or Treble Recorder and Flute or Oboe: very melodious and rewarding to play (about Grade 5-6)
Locatelli Sonata in G for Descant & Treble                                                                         £2.95
This charming sonata of medium difficulty was originally thought to be by Telemann.
Sonatinas in the Classical Style No.l in F for 2 Trebles                                                     £4.00
"The four cheery cheeky movements are easy and of equal interest to each player."
10 Easy Duets for      Des & Tr or Des & Ten                                                                     £4.50
The top line is taken by a descant recorder and the second line can be played either on a treble or tenor recorder, with equal interest in both parts. Composed in a traditional melodic style covering a variety of moods and both useful and entertaining for teachers and pupils alike.
Modal Airs & Dances for    2 Treble Recorders                                                                  £5.75
"It is lively, tunely, inventive and invasion of the Ionian Dance by 'Sumer is icumen in' brings the group to a heartening conclusion."
Suite in the Baroque Style for Des & Tr or Des & Ten                                                      £5.75
"... shows a fertile mind with a strong sense of historical style and an unfailing inventiveness. The suite has seven extensive movements that will give intermediate players plenty of enjoyable activity."
10 New English Country Dances 1-5 for 2 Trebles                                                           £5.50
10 New English Country Dances 6-10 for 2 Trebles                                                         £5.50
Duets for two treble recorders written in the English folk tune idiom with interesting parts for both players.
"The 10 Country Dances are packed full of good tunes. These have become some of my top favourite duets in the recorder repertoire."
Haydn Duo Sonata No.l      for Descant & Treble                                                               £3.75
Haydn Duo Sonata No.2      for Descant & Treble                                                             £3.75
"These charming works provide a most agreeable diversion for recorder-playing pairs ... and give the descant player plenty of exercise ...in all sorts of constantly changing configurations and groupings."
Cimarosa Sonatas Nos.1-4 for Descant & Treble                                                               £3.75
Cimarosa Sonatas Nos.5-9 for Descant & Treble                                                               £3.75
Cimarosa Sonatas Nos.10-13 for Descant & Treble                                          £4.25
"Christopher Ball has translated these enchanting works into eminently suitable wind-music shape... Excellent as teaching material and as spielmusik."


Trios

5 Contrasts      (SAT) £10.00
"The opening number, 'Mock Baroque', is a lively ritornello movement with witty rhythmical twists. An expressive 'Carol' leads to a 'Miniature March' that makes engaging play with the bugle call 'Cookhouse'. A sultry, sinuous 'Spanish Nocturne' then introduces the finale, an 'Organ Grinder's Tune', which brings this attractive suite to a breezy conclusion."extra parts £2.00 each


Quartets

Suite: Light and Shade (SATB)                                                                                         £10.00
"The five movements (Madrigal, Saraband, Nowell, Siciliano and ]ig) are all carefully characterised ... great variety of articulation... an imaginative and lively Suite with interests in all the parts. Highly recommended!" - Helen Hooker. Extra parts £1.50 each
Sanz Spanish Airs & Dances (SATB )                                                                               £10.00
Three lively and rhythmic fast dances and two exceptionally beautiful slow airs make up this
suite. The music has earned many admirers again in this century from its use by Rodrigo in his much played and often recorded "Fantasia para un Gentilhombre" for guitar and orchestra. Parts £1.70 each
Country Fairs (SSAT )                                                                                £10.00
"These five pieces (Trotlin' to the Fair, Scarborough, Brigg & Strawberry/ Fairs and Come to the Fair) group together excellently and their different moods set each other off perfectly. These pieces are certainly easy on the ear and easy on the players too."extra parts £1.70 each
Mozart: 5 Country Dances (SATB)                                                           being re-set
Humperdinck: Hansel & Gretel's Dance (SATB)                                    £6.00
"Ten nicely contrasted tuneful pieces in easy keys and straightforward rhythms but with teasing twists now and then to keep you on the watch."extra parts £1.20 each
A Purcell Suite (SATB)                                                                               being re-set
"/ have always regretted the apparent lack of a good recorder arrangement of 'Fairest Isle': here that want is graciously supplied, along with effective settings of 'Nymphs & Shepherds', 'Hark! The Echoing Air' and 'Man is for the Woman Made'."extra parts £1.20 each
The Fairground Organ (SSAT) or (SSTT)                                                £10.50
"This immediately attractive suite ... My morning class were captivated ... should be particularly enjoyed by consorts who cannot muster a bass."
"My young consort has enjoyed 'The Fairground Organ' more than anything I can remember."
extra parts £2.30 each
Lambranzi: Tunes from the Dancing School (SATB)                             £8.50
extra parts £1.20 each
Lambranzi: 2nd Suite (SATB)                                                                 £7.50
"Sheer quality of the music ... " - S. Wood, Leeds extra parts £1.20 each
Divertimento   (SATB)                                                                            £10.50
"This composer can turn a nice tune, spicing his music with frequent sparks of wit. The whole five-movement piece is all most diverting and lakes just over ten minutes to perform Pts £1.75 each


Quintets

Schein: Banchetto Musicale (SSATB )                                                        being re-set
Music for a Banquet (Sopr. SATB )                                                             £10.50
"Three movements of this suite were written for a BBC commission, and have received more than a hundred broadcasts ... combination of Elizabethan harmony with modern rhythmic figures. ... Audiences will love this suite, which plays for about eleven minutes."extra parts £1.25 each


Recorder & Piano

A Summer Day (Treble & Piano)                                                 £3.95
"Originally an orchestral piece commissioned by the BBC, in which version it received over 100 broadcasts. The quiet pastoral tune transcribes perfectly for treble recorder and piano."
Music for a Festival (Descant Recorder & Piano)                      £7.95
"Five nicely contrasted pieces make up this eleven-minute suite. The recorder part lies well and presents lots of tiny performance details for a keen player to relish. The Calypso is one unrelenting frolic."


Recorder & String Orchestra*

Concerto Score £14.50; parts £3.00 ea.
"... a sheer joy throughout, by turns dreamy and pensive, playful and mildly ironic. Above all it is superbly crafted, as well as being highly attractive and entertaining. You will end up whistling the tunes." - Classical Record Review " ... well crafted and melodic,... unmistakably English .. a delight; full of jaunty, confident ideas and whimsical turns of phrase." - Classic FM Magazine
(*Rec. Pt, String Pts - Vll, V12, Via, Cello, DBass; Pno ace for first movement)


Unattributed quotations are from Paul Clark's reviews in "Recorder Magazine"

All the pieces which have separate parts can be purchased separately

All Christopher Ball's Recorder Music is distributed by
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LIGHT ORCHESTRAL COMPOSITIONS COMMISIONED BY BBC
A SUMMER DAY
ROUNDELAY
ADAGIO FOR STRINGS [THE HEART'S FAREWELL]
REVELLER'S JIG
HIGHLAND PROCESSION
HILLBILLY SQUARE DANCE
THE JESTER
UNWILLING WALTZ


ORCHESTRAL ARRANGEMENTS COMMISSIONED BY BBC
THE LARK IN THE CLEAR AIR [TRAD.]
LONDONDERRY AIR [TRAD.]
HANSEL & GRETEL'S DANCE [HUMPERDINCK]
SERENADE [HAYDN]
SERENADE [SAINT-SAENS]
INDIAN CANZONETTA [DVORAK]
ROMANCE [DVORAK]
WHAT IS A YOUTH ? [NINO ROTA]
MEDIEVAL MEDLEY [ANON. 13™ CENTURY TUNES]
PORTSMOUTH [TRAD.]
IN THE MOUNTAINS [TCHAIKOVSKY]
OH, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MORNING [RODGERS]
PENNY LANE [LENNON / McCARTNEY]
THE FOOL ON THE HILL [LENNON / McCARTNEY]
HEY JUDE [LENNON / McCARTNEY]
I WONT DANCE [JEROME KERN]
TROLLEY SONG [MARTIN / BLANE]
FERRYBOAT SERENADE [ADAMSON / Dl LAZZARO/ PANZERI]
WHISTLING RUFUS [KERRY MILLS]
ELIZABETHAN SERENADE [RONALD BINGE]
TEDDY BEARS' PICNIC [BRATTON]

Marylebone Journal 2010

 

 

Fanfare Magazine (May/June 2010)

 

 

Cello Concerto 2