Glen Shannon (b. 1966) is a composer and recorder enthusiast living in El Cerrito, CA where he a member of the East Bay (CA) Recorder Society and newly appointed Co-Director of the Barbary Coast Recorder Orchestra. His love of straightforward, approachable music for the recorder has garnered him several prizes in composition contests since 1997, including the Chicago and Washington, DC Recorder Societies, the ARS and the former Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet. Members of the former Flanders Recorder Quartet, Tom Beets and Joris Van Goethem, have commissioned works from him for their advanced-level “AirForce” workshops in the UK and Northern Europe, and they most recently commissioned a Bass-Contrabass duet that they recorded for their first CD, as the duo FR2. Glen publishes his music under his own name at http://www.glenshannonmusic.com, and has also had works published by Moeck Verlag, PRB Productions, Loux Music Publishing Company, the European recorder magazines “Recorder”in the UK and “Blokfluitist” in the Netherlands, and the American Recorder Society. Performances of some of his works can be found on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/glenshannon. Glen is active in the American Recorder Society as editor of the quarterly Members’ Library Editions, a series introducing new recorder music to the worldwide membership, and is the editor of the annual ARS Play-the-Recorder-Month piece that appears with the Winter edition of the American Recorder magazine.
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Hello again Portland! I had a blast teaching your recorders to speak French last Spring, and this time around we’re going to speak some German. After our warmup we’ll play two versions of an anthem for my local ARS chapter, the East Bay (EBRS). Our president came up to me in 2010 and said, “So, Glen, as our Composer-in-Residence, it’s high time you composed something for our residents.” The resulting piece is a Bach-style chorale of a melody harmonized in 4 voices. The second version may be familiar to CGEMR attendees in 2016, but in case you don’t have a photographic memory, it might as well be new . This second version is the chorale wrapped in a fully orchestrated blanket, with something for everyone at any given chapter meeting. Something new this year will be two movements out of Telemann’s famous Paris Quartets. These 12 quartets are scored for flute, violin, viola da gamba or cello, and continuo. They are of the highest quality, written for professional players (Telemann himself played the continuo harpsichord) and earned Telemann a most respected reputation in Paris. But there are no recorders in them, so I have started arranging them for us! We will do an accessible movement each from quartets 6 and 10. Then, following the German theme we will play the fugue movement of my Federal Prelude & Fugue, the winner in the Washington DC chapter’s 2013 composition contest. Finally, time permitting, I’d love to introduce you to the music of Allan Rosenheck, a New Yorker who lived in Switzerland for most of his life and wrote some great music for recorders. This piece is called “Bananas”, and has kind of like a calypso feel. I’m looking forward to seeing you all on Sept 12! -Glen Shannon