Geisler's SUMMER TIME OFFER to recorder players
- From Richard Geisler, one of my favorite arrangers for recorders :-)!
Here's my SUMMER OFFER, once more & finally. It's good all the way to
Sept. 21! - Scroll down to see listing of titles. Richard Geisler:
I celebrated July 4 by playing in our local town band...my clarinet, not
a recorder! It's traditional for the band to play for the Independence
Day parade. At mid point during the parade, an announcement is broadcast
to the people lining the curbs, all motion stops, spectators stand,
hands go to hearts...and then we are all treated to a pop version of
"The Star Spangled Banner" as sung acappella by a solo female vocalist
who bends pitches, slides from note to note as she croons away at her
swoony, night-club version of, "Oh say, can you see.....bombs bursting
in air", etc. I'm convinced the national anthem will never make the pop
Treat yourself to some goody oldies. America has a wonderful history
stored in old songs...pop songs from another, almost forgotten time.
These are my "Summer Offer" to you. I love a good summertime tune, and I
think it would be the same for you.
Since I first made my SUMMER OFFER to you in July, I've worked on a
very bouncy arr't of THE SALTY DOG RAG, recorded by Red Foley in 1952.
I learned it first as a popular folk dance, and my folkband learned to
play it. Then I thought the tune could be arranged to be played by an
ensemble of recorders. It can be! I did it! And it's challenging &
fun to play. If you are up for a challenge and a good time, order
it....You can ask to hear it as a midi first if you wonder it recorders
should dare to play a jazzy ragtime tune.
THE SALTY DOG RAG, $4.95: 7p.Score+SATTB+opt'l Cb/Vc+lyrics w/ melody.
See my other offerings below.
I try to interest recorder players younger & older to play the very
enjoyable and sometime challenging arrangements I make. This time,
however, James Oppenheimer, who lives in Poughkeepsie, NY sent me his
arrangement of Grainger's "In an English Country Garden", and he's given
me the go-ahead to offer it to other recorder players gratis. So I will!
You need buy nothing, but I hope you will, and to sweeten my hot-time
offer, order some of the pieces you see listed below. I'll include
James's arr't. Email me, include your postal address. I'll mail you
pieces you picked with invoice. Send me a check as payment once received.
~ Richard Geisler
Take a look at what's cookin' on the grill. If you're curious but not
convinced email me and ask to hear midis of pieces you are
considering...before you order them.
Selected from the AMERICANA EDITION (now updated to 33 titles) Email me
if you would like to receive a Word File of the entire catalogue
__$4.95 - Medley of Old Love Songs from 19th c America: "Annie Laurie",
"Aura Lee" & "Clementine". These old favorites are arranged oh so
cleverly to titillate players who are called upon switch recorders and
play in different musical styles: 5p Sc + 4pts: SATB
__$8.95 - American Medley: God Bless America, America the Beautiful,
Battle Hymn, My Country 'Tis of Thee. In this quintet arr't. of
patriotic songs 3 of the players change from C to F recorders as they
play these beautiful songs. 6p Sc +5 pts: S, S&A, A&T, T&B, B
__$8.95 - Americana ex Machina: a delightfully fun, challenging medley
of songs that moved America: "Come, Josephine, in My Flying Machine",
"In My Merry Oldsmobile" & "The Gospel Train": 11p Sc+6 pts: SAATB+opt'l
__$4.95 - Ashokan Farewell, J. Ungar, a supremely satisfying arr't of
the beautiful waltz used for Ken Burn's series on the Civil War. 3p
__$3.95 - Dandy Yankee Doodle. Original Revolutionary War marching song
found on the body of a dead fifer is transformed into Yankee Doodle: SATB
__$3.95 - Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis (1904), A. Sterling & K. Mills:
the forever popular love song inspired by the 1903 World Fair in
__$6.95 - Mockingbird Hill (1950)+ Listen to the Mocking Bird (1856) Two
great old tunes that let recorders toot up their name.. to record..to
imitate..birds. Spiced with bird-like ornaments - 6p Sc + 4 pts: SATB +
__$3.95 - Polly Wolly Doodle (All the Day) Golly! This arr't holds
lots of doodling fun for everyone as the melody is played in a variety
of ways. SATB
__$4.95 - Over the Rainbow, H.Arlen & E.Y. Harburg. 3p Sc+5 pts:
SATB+melody & lyrics+opt'l A2 & T2. Easy listening, exquisitely fun to
play, this is a luscious soft jazz arr't of the iconic popular song
originally sung by Judy Garland in the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz.
__$5.95 - The Sea: maggie, milly, molly & may (musical arr't of
Cumming's poem)+ Dieu, qu'il la fait bon regarder, Debussy: a
child-like, arr't of Cummings' poem about 4 girls who go to the sea to
play + Debussy's profound chanson about the beauty of the sea: 7p Sc + 5
__$4.95 - Yankee Doodle Boy (1904), George Cohan: SATB or optional
SAATTBB. Americana all the way! a whooping favorite, played at political