Swirling Leaves

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Swirling Leaves (Racheal Cogan 2015)

Geri Bollinger: Contrabass Recorder

Racheal Cogan: Tenor Recorders  and  Bass Recorder

Mixing: Racheal Cogan

All recorders made by Geri Bollinger

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The instrument all pulled apart - including optional mouthpiece.
Tenor Recorder (by Geri Bollinger). Here the  instrument is all pulled apart – including the optional mouthpiece.

 

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I wrote this piece to celebrate a tenor recorder that Geri Bollinger had very generously given to me. It is a beautiful instrument (you can see it in the pictures) with a unique headpiece. The headpiece is in two parts. When the parts are together, it can be played like a fairly traditional style recorder. When the top alone is used, with small adjustments of the mouth and face, you can have control of pitch, dynamics, and the timbre of the instrument. The timbral spectrum is awesome – all the way from a super breathy sound to the more pure tones of a typical recorder. When you listen to this piece you will be able to hear the breathy tones exploited in what I call the more Carnivale like sections in the music. For me, this quartet has the feel of walking through rustling autumn leaves in a broken down Carnival site whilst the wind noisily shakes out the trees.

Awesome Contrabass Recorder
Awesome Contrabass Recorder

Many thanks go to Geri for playing the Contrabass in this recording and for his invaluable advice and suggestions.

Swirling Leaves is written for two Tenor Recorders, Bass Recorder and Contrabass Recorder.

Geri’s website is here:

www.geri-bollinger.ch

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6 thoughts on “Swirling Leaves

  1. Now I can enjoy strolling, running and kicking piles of autumn leaves with you, each time I listen to this piece. Did you notice how the wind picks up a little pile and does a whirly dance? Delightful, thanks Racheal.

  2. Wonderful composition and great description! Thank you for sharing!!

  3. Evocative. Lovely to see you are composing. Cheers Ros

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