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1. Round
for 3 - 6 treble recorders

A round is a type of canon, which may continue repeating it indefinitely. This round is at maximum
a canon in six. A new part can join every measure.

Michael Praetorius


1. 2. 3. (1571 - 1621)

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Bo - na dies om - nes Stu - den - tes, Cha - ri - tes et Mu - sas co - li - te:
Source: Musae sioniae VIII

2. Round
for 4 - 6 tenor or treble recorders

This round is the oldest known six-part canon. The year of composition is estimated to be c. 1260.

6
1. 2. 3.

b
& 4 . .
Sum - er is i - cu - men in, Lhu - de sing cuc - cu! Gro - weth sed and

. . .
4. 5. 6.

&b . . .
blo - weth med And springth the w - de nu, Sing cuc - cu! A - we ble - teth


& b . .
af - ter lomb, lhouth af - ter cal - ue cu. Bul - luc ster - teth, buc - ke uer - teth, Mur - ie sing cuc -

b . . . . . . . ..
& .
cu! Cuc - cu, cuc - cu, wel sin-ges thu cuc - cu; Ne swik thu nau - er nu.
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3. Canon in three
for three treble or bass recorders

in w
Johann Walter
(1496 - 1670)

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3. 2.

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4. Canon in three
for treble, tenor- and bass recorder

Don't worry about unusual clefs! Here you allways use G-clef c-fingerings for all recorders.
The first part starts with tenor recorder, the second part two bars later with bass recorder
played like a tenor recorder and further the treble recorder in the same way.

w
Attention: bass and treble recorder require f sharp instead of f.

in Johann Walter
(1496 - 1670)
1. 2. 3. 1.

& with normal B tenor fingerings B tenor fingerings & C w


Tenor recorder Bass recorder with 8 Treble recorder with
w w
fingerings and f# instead of f and f# instead of f

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only 1.

w w w
& w

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&

w w w
& . #

w #
& w w w w

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& w

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only 3. 3.

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& w

U
2.

U
& w w
1. Source: 26 fugues, contain Secundi toni and Septimi Toni
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5. Canon in three at the second


for a tenor and two bass recorders

The first part starts playing the bass recorder with bass fingerings (incl. f#), the second
part follows two bars later with tenor recorder fingerings on the bass recorder (read G-clef
with f# and c#!) and the third part again two bars later playing the tenor recorder with
treble recorder fingerings (read G-clef f-fingerings without key signature!)

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina


(ca. 1515 - 1594)
1. 2. 3. 1.
?# # # ? # c .
B tenor fingerings,
Bass recorder Bass recorder with Tenor recorder with
with normal
fingerings play f# and c#!
treble fingerings and
without key signature
J
Ple - ni sunt c - li


2. 3.
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J
et ter - - - ra, et ter - - - -

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- - - - - - - ra glo - ri - a tu -

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- a, glo - ri - a tu - - - - - - - - a, glo -

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ri - a tu - - - - - a, glo - ri - a tu - - -

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3. 2.

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- - - a, tu - - - - a, glo - ri - a tu - a.

Source: Missa Sacerdotes Domini, Sanctus


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6. Canon in three Prenez sur moi


for tenor, bass and great bass recorder

The first part of this chanson starts playing as usual the great bass or tenor recorder, the
second part one bar later on the bass or treble recorder, but with tenor recorder fingerings
(read G-clef with f#!) and the third part again a bar later playing the tenor or descant
recorder, but now in the way if you would play a bass recorder (read F-clef, bass fingerings
and b flat!)

Johannes Ockeghem
(1410 - 1497)

1. 2. 3. 1. 2.
.
8
B bass fingerings 3
V B tenor fingerings & 2 .
Great bass Bass recorder with Tenor recorder with
recorder with
tenor fingerings and f# instead of f and bb instead of b Pre - nez sur moi

3.
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vo - stre_e - xem - ple_a - mou - reux:

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Com - men - - - ce - ment da - mours


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est sa - - - vou - reux et le moy - en plain

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de pai - ne_et tris - tes - - - - se et la fin est da - voir plai -

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& J J
- - sant mais - tres - - - - - - - - - -
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J
J
- - se, mais au sail - lir sont

& .
J
les pas dan - ge - reux.

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only 3. 2.

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7. FABER-Round
for 3 - 7 tenor recorder and great bass recorder

Johann Sebastian Bach composed this round probably for Benjamin Gottlieb Faber or Balthasar
Schmidt or Johann Schmidt (Schmied = engl. Smith = lat. Faber). Bach wrote: Domine Possessor
Fidelis Amici Beatum Esse Recordari tibi haud ignotum: itaque Bonae Artis Cultorem Habeas verum amIcum Tuum.

Johann Sebastian Bach


(1685 - 1750)

1.
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& ..
Basso ostinato with great bass recorder in C

b 2
w

F, A, B, E, Repetatur


2. 3. 4.

b w
& w

& b . ..
.
BWV 1078
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8. Canon in three
for treble, tenor and great bass recorder

You allways use G-clef c-fingerings for all recorders. Attention: the treble recorder requires
f sharp instead of f.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(1756 - 1791)

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1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

Vc
Tenor recorder 8
V recorder with & B J
Great bass Treble recorder with
with normal tenor fingerings
tenor fingerings fingerings and f# instead of f

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#

U
V b
3.

#
#

2. u
Source: KV 508a original F major

9. Four-part round
for four treble or tenor recorders
Joseph Haydn

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1.
w
(1732 - 1809)

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&b C w


2.
U # # #
&b


#
3.
U
&b

#
4.
U
&b ..
Source: Hob. XXVIIa:5 original G minor = using c-fingerings with treble recorders
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Three four-part rounds


for four treble recorders

You can play this three rounds with treble recorder fingerings on tenor or bass recorders.


Adrian Wehlte

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