Syrta : recorder trio
by Racheal Cogan (2004)
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Syrta are a form of music and dance from the island of Crete in Greece. These four consist of two old anonymous traditional melodies called Sfakianos and Gavalohorianos and two that I have composed. I have arranged them as a series for three recorders: treble, tenor and bass. I have kept the main melody in the treble. In the contexts I have heard and participated in this style of music in Crete these melodies are often very simple; the sections are repeated many times, often in groups of three and the instrumentalists and singer/s will improvise and embellish on the melodies within the style. A series of Syrta are often strung together and can last as long as is appropriate in the context of the performance and the musicians' preferences. In this arrangement each section is usually repeated three times, and there are sometimes small ornamental differences in each repetition. If you can find someone familiar with the style, or willing to learn, it would be nice to have a percussion instrument like a daf or bendir with these Syrta.
Instrumentation: Three recorders : treble, tenor and bass
Duration: 6 min.
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