Philadelphia Recorder Society

A chapter of the American Recorder Society

Our Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be May 17, 2014, from 10 AM until noon in the large meeting room at Cathedral Village.

Visitors are welcome.


Information for April 19, 2014:

Music Director Rainer Beckmann sends the following greeting:

Dear fellow recorder players,

In the past months, beautiful music of the Renaissance helped us through a harsh winter. Now that spring has finally arrived, we will return to some of the special projects we embarked on this year, including large ensemble pieces and works by J.S. Bach.

At the upcoming meeting, we will warm up with Lodovico da Viadana's Vinea mea electa (SATB), a responsory for Good Friday. Viadana's sinfonia La Romana (1610) then features two recorder choirs both made up of SAAT.

Johann Sebastian Bach's motet Lobet den Herrn alle Heiden was arranged for recorder quartet (SATB) by LaNoue Davenport, the composer of this year's ARS Play-the-Recorder-Month piece. We will continue to work on this long composition at our May meeting.

In the past years, it has become a tradition of ours to pay reference to St. Patrick's Day in March. Due to the snow day in February, we will do so now in April! The Road To Lisdoonvarna is a traditional Irish jig. It serves as first movement in A Celtic Cluster, a recorder orchestra suite arranged by Steve Marshall.

A seating chart for A Celtic Cluster will be provided on the room's white board. Please be so kind and choose your seat according to the part you would like to play in this final piece. Thank you for your cooperation.

I very much look forward to exploring this colorful playlist with you!

With warm regards,
Rainer Beckmann


  1. Vinea mea electa (SATB), Ludovico Grossi da Viadana (1560-1627)

    SATB
  2. La Romana, Viadana

    SAAT Choir 1 SAAT Choir 2
  3. Lobet den Herrn alle Heiden (BWV230), Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

    Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
  4. A Celtic Cluster: The Road To Lisdoonvarna, Traditional (arr. Steve Marshall)

    Sopranino Soprano Alto 1 Tenor 1 Bass Great Bass
        Alto 2 Tenor 2    

Links to printable sheet music along with the complete monthly newsletter are available in the password-protected Members Area. An email with username and password is sent to PRS members. Newcomers and friends will find printed copies at the meeting.


ARS 75th Anniversary

The Philadelphia Recorder Society celebrated the 75th anniversary of the American Recorder Society on Play-The-Recorder Day, March 15, 2014. After playing the "Arrival" movement of A Day in the Park by LaNoue Davenport (the ARS selection for this event), thirty attendees gathered to light candles and sing "Happy Birthday, ARS." Music Director Rainer Beckmann, who proposed this special celebration, baked his family's German recipe for chocolate-hazelnut cake for all to enjoy. (Click the thumbnails below for larger images.) The video below is the group playing In Nomine by Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625).

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ARS Recognizes PRS

page from the American Recorder Society magazineThe Spring 2013 issue of American Recorder, the American Recorder Society magazine, highlights three PRS-related activities in it's 'Chapters & Consorts' section: a) The Fall 2012 PRS Workshop, b) The initial Piffaro Collegium Musicum semester, and c) The Suburban Station performances that raised money for Philabundance. The page is reproduced through a link on the right.


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