This collection is a treasury of melodies originating in Russia, Latvia, Poland, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, and Hungary, including several from Yiddish and Klezmer sources. The solos are especially well suited to performance on the soprano recorder, and they provide excellent material for developing skills in rapid tonguing, extended breath-control, and the playing of high notes. Arrangements of charming Russian folk tunes include Against the Red Sun and Jump Little Rabbit. Among old favorites are March Slav and In the Field Stood a Birch. Jewish melodies include Hava Nagilah, Hevenu Shalom Alechem and Varnitschkes. Although arranged primarily for soprano recorder, most of these solos can be played on tenor or alto recorder. (On the alto, use C fingerings.) A separate flute edition is available.
Against the Red Sun
Ah, We Sowed, Sowed the Millet
Ah, Why Did It Happen?
Ah, Why Sit So Sadly
Along the Stone-Paved Road
At the Gates
Captain’s Daughter, Don’t Go Strolling at Midnight
Hechalutz (Zum Gali Gali)
Hevenu Shalom Alechem
Hushaby My Little Bird
I Bought My Misfortune
I Was Walking in the Meadows
I, A Young Woman, Shall Walk along the Danube
In the Field Stood a Birch
In the Meadows, In the Meadows, Still in the Meadows
Jump Little Rabbit
Mari of Volga
Oh, Thou Vaniushka
Over the Valleys, Over the Mountains
Sha, Shtil, Macht Nisht Kayn Geruder!
Should I Go to the River?
The Cossack Rode beyond the Danube
Trink Bruder, Trink Oys!
Twas in Our Wide Lawn
Twas in the City of Kazan
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