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Descant Recorder 3 Descant Recorder

Descant Recorder Grade 3 exams consist of three pieces, chosen by the candidate from the appropriate lists in the current syllabus, scales and broken chords, sight-reading and aural tests.

Total marks in all individual Practical exams are 150. 100 marks are required to achieve Pass, 120 marks to pass with Merit and 130 marks to pass with Distinction.

Descant Recorder Grade 3 (2018-2021)

Pieces

Three pieces: one chosen by the candidate from each of the three Lists, A, B and C - 30 marks each

List A

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 Anon.
arr. Le Clerc
Le Menuet à 4–6 coupé Or La chapelière
No. 7 Or No. 8 from Vaudeville & Menuet
Schott (ED 12862)

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2 Anon. English
arr. Hechler
Watkins Ale
No. 25 from Spielbuch for Descant Recorder, arr. Hechler
Moeck (EM2076)

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3 Handel
arr. Hechler
Menuett
No. 41 from Spielbuch for Descant Recorder, arr. Hechler
Moeck (EM2076)

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4 Beethoven
arr. Bullard
Maigesang
Op. 52 No. 4
Time Pieces for Descant/Soprano Recorder, Vol. 1, arr. Bennetts and Bowman
ABRSM

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5 Susato
arr. Bullard
Basse danse bergeret
from Musyck Boexken
Time Pieces for Descant/Soprano Recorder, Vol. 1, arr. Bennetts and Bowman
ABRSM

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6 Gluck
arr. Lawrance
Aria
from Orfeo ed Euridice
Winner Scores All for Descant Recorder, arr. Lawrance
Brass Wind (0322)

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Piano accomp. published separately as Winner Scores All for Descant Recorder, Piano accompaniment, arr. Lawrance
Brass Wind (0322PA)
7 Gossec
arr. Griffiths
Tambourin
World Famous Classics for Recorder
Fentone (F837-400)

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Piano accomp. published separately as World Famous Classics for Recorder, Piano accompaniment
Fentone (F838-401)
8 Haydn
arr. Bergmann
Pastorale
1st movt from Partie
First Repertoire for Descant Recorder
Faber

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9 Purcell
arr. Beechey or Kostujak
Rondo
from The Fairy Queen, Z. 629
No. 4 from Purcell A Second Set of Theatre Tunes, arr. Beechey
Schott (ED 12294)

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No. 8 from Baroque Recorder Anthology for Soprano Recorder, Vol. 2
Schott (ED 13135)

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10 Telemann
arr. Kostujak
Allegro
No. 22 from Baroque Recorder Anthology for Soprano Recorder, Vol. 2
Schott (ED 13135)

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List B

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 Keith Amos May Dawn
No. 6 from The First Amos Recorder Album
Keith Amos: The First Amos Recorder Album
CMA Publications (232)

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2 Howard Blake
arr. Lawrance
Walking in the Air
from The Snowman
Winner Scores All for Descant Recorder, arr. Lawrance
Brass Wind (0322)

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Piano accomp. published separately as Winner Scores All for Descant Recorder, Piano accompaniment, arr. Lawrance
Brass Wind (0322PA)
3 Tchaikovsky
arr. Lawrance
Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy
from The Nutcracker
Winner Scores All for Descant Recorder, arr. Lawrance
Brass Wind (0322)

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Piano accomp. published separately as Winner Scores All for Descant Recorder, Piano accompaniment, arr. Lawrance
Brass Wind (0322PA)
4 Paolo Conte
arr. Adams
At Sunset
First Repertoire for Descant Recorder
Faber

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5 Alan Haughton Celtic Dance Or Seven Seas Hornpipe
from Fun Club for Descant Recorder, Grade 2–3
Alan Haughton: Fun Club for Descant Recorder, Grade 2–3: Student Copy
Kevin Mayhew (3611807)

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Piano accomp. published separately as Fun Club for Descant Recorder, Grade 2–3: Teacher Copy
Kevin Mayhew (3611804)
6 Hindemith
arr. Bennetts and Bowman
March
from Let's Build a Town
Time Pieces for Descant/Soprano Recorder, Vol. 1, arr. Bennetts and Bowman
ABRSM

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7 Prokofiev
arr. Bennetts and Bowman
March
No. 10 from Musiques d'enfants, Op. 65
Time Pieces for Descant/Soprano Recorder, Vol. 1, arr. Bennetts and Bowman
ABRSM

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8 Russell-Smith Warm and Cosy Or Lumpy Custard Blues
from Easy Blue Recorder
Russell-Smith: Easy Blue Recorder
Universal (UE21354)

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9 Trad. Irish
arr. Campbell
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
Celtic Folk Songs for All Ages for Soprano Recorder, arr. Curnow and Campbell
Curnow Music (CMP 1065-05-400)

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10 Trad. Newfoundland
arr. Curnow
Jack Was Every Inch a Sailor
Celtic Folk Songs for All Ages for Soprano Recorder, arr. Curnow and Campbell
Curnow Music (CMP 1065-05-400)

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List C

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 Peter Bowman Winter Solstice
Time Pieces for Descant/Soprano Recorder, Vol. 1, arr. Bennetts and Bowman
ABRSM

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2 Elizabeth Cooper Cheeky Sparrow
No. 8 from The Woodpecker and Friends
(unaccompanied)
Elizabeth Cooper: The Woodpecker and Friends
Kirklees Music

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3 van Eyck Janneman en Alemoer
from Der Fluyten Lust-hof
(complete)
No. 11 from van Eyck: Der Fluyten Lust-hof: The Beginners' Collection
XYZ (1042)

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4 Hinke Allegro marciale
No. 24 from 50 Graded Studies for Recorder
Faber

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5 Playford 'Twas within a Furlong of Edinburgh Town
No. 23 from 50 Graded Studies for Recorder
Faber

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6 de Lavigne
arr. Puscoiu
Allegro giocoso
from Sonata 'La Persane'
Classical Repertoire for Recorder, arr. Puscoiu
Mel Bay (MLB95333)

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7 Mozart
arr. Puscoiu
Minuet
from Eine kleine Nachtmusik
P. 83 from Classical Repertoire for Recorder, arr. Puscoiu
Mel Bay (MLB95333)

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8 Jan Nykl Study in C
No. 6 from 35 Studies
Jan Nykl: 35 Studies
Bärenreiter Praha (H7132)

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9 Trad. Irish
arr. Bowman
Molly on the Shore
No. 33 from Irish Folk Tunes for Descant Recorder, arr. Bowman
Schott (ED 13568)

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10 Sarah Watts Study in Orange Or Study in Pink
from Fresh Air for Descant Recorder
Sarah Watts: Fresh Air for Descant Recorder
Kevin Mayhew (3611884)

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