Response to Bach
Commissioning new works for recorder duo
To celebrate their 20 year working partnership Kathryn and Peter embarked on a project to commission new works for recorder duet.
To arrange the fifteen Two-part Inventions of J.S. Bach for soprano (descant) and bass recorders and to commission seven composers to write a "Response to Bach" — one new work for each of the seven pairs of inventions. Bach composed his Two-part Inventions as study pieces for his son Wilhelm Friedrich to provide "... a clear method not only of learning to play cleanly in two parts but also with further practice to proceed correctly and well to three obbligato parts and also to acquire at the same time not only good inventions but also the ability to develop them well and above all to cultivate a cantabile style of playing and to gain from the beginning a strong foretaste of composition.
The "Response to Bach" project was launched on 24th October 2006 at a concert held in St Gregory's, the performance centre of the music department at Canterbury Christ Church University which included two world premieres and the first complete performance of our arrangements of Bach's Two-part Inventions.
We have commissioned a total of five new works for the "Response to Bach" project:
On Reflection (2006) for tenor and bass recorders by Roderick Watkins
Intervention (2006) for alto and tenor recorders by Michael Wolters
One Voice in Two Parts (2006) for soprano and bass recorders by Nicola LeFanu
Two Lines (2007) for tenor and bass recorders by Gavin Bryars
New works were commissioned with assistance from Canterbury Christ Church University and audience donations
J. S. B. Readdressed (2007) for tenor and bass recorders by Hans-Martin Linde
The Quarter-tone Recorder
An ongoing project begun in 1995 in which we have explored the microtonal potential of the recorder. The work has resulted in the publication of The Quarter-tone Recorder Manual (Moeck Ed 2084) and the CD A Journey Among Travellers.
Kathryn und Peter durchqueren die
(Kathryn and Peter
A radio play and stage production
by Michael Wolters and Marcus Dross
The music for recorder duo, composed by
Michael Wolters, is based on a cross-section through Antarctica along the
route taken by the explorer Robert Scott and his team. The rising and
falling contours of the bed-rock and the ice sheet are transformed into a
35-minute duet composed entirely in eighth-tones for alto and tenor
New works for Recorder Duo by:
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