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Descant Recorder 2 Descant Recorder

Descant Recorder Grade 2 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 2 (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 Dowland
arr. Yeo
The King of Denmark's Galliard
No. 28 from Renaissance Recorder Anthology for Soprano (Descant) Recorder, Vol. 1
Schott (ED 13591)

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2 Susato
arr. Yeo
Bergerette
No. 31 from Renaissance Recorder Anthology for Soprano (Descant) Recorder, Vol. 1
Schott (ED 13591)

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3 Holborne
arr. Rosenberg
The Night Watch Or The Honie-suckle
No. 5 from First Repertoire Pieces for Recorder (Descant/Soprano)
Boosey & Hawkes (BH2100109)

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4 M. Marais March pour les matelots
No. 1 from Vaudeville & Menuet
Schott (ED 12862)

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5 North
arr. Bowman
North's Maggot
No. 26 from Baroque Recorder Anthology for Soprano Recorder, Vol. 1
Schott (ED 13134)

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6 Playford
arr. Bowman
The British Toper
from The Dancing Master
No. 9 from Baroque Recorder Anthology for Soprano Recorder, Vol. 1
Schott (ED 13134)

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7 M. Praetorius
arr. Bullard
Volte
from Terpsichore
Time Pieces for Descant/Soprano Recorder, Vol. 1, arr. Bennetts and Bowman
ABRSM

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8 Trad. Provençal
arr. Bullard
Marcho di Rei
Time Pieces for Descant/Soprano Recorder, Vol. 1, arr. Bennetts and Bowman
ABRSM

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9 Telemann
arr. Bergmann
Andante
from Partita No. 1
First Repertoire for Descant Recorder
Faber

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10 Telemann
arr. Bergmann
Pastourelle
First Repertoire for Descant Recorder
Faber

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List B

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 Anon., arr. Copland
arr. Bennetts and Bowman
Simple Gifts
from Old American Songs 1
Time Pieces for Descant/Soprano Recorder, Vol. 1, arr. Bennetts and Bowman
ABRSM

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2 Humperdinck
arr. Bullard
Evening Prayer
from Hänsel und Gretel
Time Pieces for Descant/Soprano Recorder, Vol. 1, arr. Bennetts and Bowman
ABRSM

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3 Keith Amos The Darting Kingfisher
No. 4 from The First Amos Recorder Album
Keith Amos: The First Amos Recorder Album
CMA Publications (232)

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4 Burt Bacharach
arr. Lawrance
Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head
from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
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)
5 Schubert
arr. Lawrance
Briar-Rose (Heidenröslein)
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)
6 Stephen Binnington Light Rock
No. 1 from Mega Fun Recorder
Spartan Press (SP1130)

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7 Bonsor Caribbean Or The Merry-Go-Round
No. 7 Or No. 8 from The Really Easy Recorder Book
Faber

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8 Alan Haughton Groovy Baby
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)
9 Trad. Hungarian
arr. Daróci Bárdos
Rábaközi táncnóták
No. 9 from A banyának három lába (Hungarian Folk Song Arrangements), arr. Daróci Bárdos
Editio Musica Budapest (Z.14835)

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10 Pam Wedgwood Cat Walk
from Easy Jazzin' About for Descant Recorder
Pam Wedgwood: Easy Jazzin' About for Descant Recorder
Faber

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List C

No. Composer Piece information Publication(s)
1 Sally Adams Allegro vivo
No. 17 from 50 Graded Studies for Recorder
Faber

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2 E. Widmann Rosina (Allemande)
No. 11 from 50 Graded Studies for Recorder
Faber

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3 Kathryn Bennetts Pip's Pedal
Time Pieces for Descant/Soprano Recorder, Vol. 1, arr. Bennetts and Bowman
ABRSM

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4 Elizabeth Cooper Dumdiddle Drakes Or Diddledum Ducks
No. 4 Or No. 5 from The Woodpecker and Friends
(unaccompanied)
Elizabeth Cooper: The Woodpecker and Friends
Kirklees Music

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5 van Eyck Al hebben de Princen haren
from Der Fluyten Lust-hof
(Theme and Modo 2 (Var. 1))
No. 27 from van Eyck: Der Fluyten Lust-hof: The Beginners' Collection
XYZ (1042)

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No. 19 from 50 Graded Studies for Recorder
Faber

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6 Handel
arr. Puscoiu
Impertinence
Classical Repertoire for Recorder, arr. Puscoiu
Mel Bay (MLB95333)

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7 Purcell
arr. Puscoiu
Martial Air
Classical Repertoire for Recorder, arr. Puscoiu
Mel Bay (MLB95333)

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8 Keuning Study in G
No. 30 from 30 Simple Studies
Keuning: 30 Simple Studies
Harmonia (HU2160)

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9 Trad. American
arr. Lawrance
Buffalo Girls
Winner Scores All for Descant Recorder, arr. Lawrance
Brass Wind (0322)

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

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