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
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.
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.
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