Shadowing Bach cover small…an excellent preparation for our “favourite” Bach orchestral bits…but also independently from that context, they are very good practicing pieces.” (Barthold Kuijken)

Alison Melville’s book offers an original and engaging treatment of a very specific subset of the repertoire…All of these exercises would certainly be beneficial to players of modern flute as well, and a few are charming enough to perform as unaccompanied caprices.” (Linda Pereksta, Traverso)

…a fabulous addition to the pedagogy repertoire.” (Amy Hamilton, Professor of Flute, Wilfrid Laurier University)

Exploring elements of the flute parts from the St. John and St. Matthew Passions, the Magnificat, the B Minor Mass, Christmas Oratorio and the Mass in A, these studies offer players of historical and/or modern flutes a useful tool for the development of technical facility, good intonation and aspects of Baroque playing practice. Many of the studies are also playable on alto recorder. More info, and purchase options:


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“Every contribution to the body of recorder studies is welcome, especially when the music is as inventive and thoughtfully presented as it is in Alison Melville’s Hors d’Oeuvres, and Guus Haverkate’s set, 12 Capital Studies…very enjoyable…” (American Recorder, Spring 2017)

Published in July 2016, these studies were created to help improve technical facility while making music and having some fun in the process, and are intended for the use of intermediate and advanced recorder players. I offer these in the hope that they’ll be musically enjoyable as well as useful for assistance in the playing of the recorder’s multifaceted core repertoire. Some studies are presented in more than one key, and most are created for work on one or two specific technical issues. Many thanks to the American Recorder Society, whose Sitka Residency Grant helped fund my stay at the Sitka Centre for Art and Ecology in April/May 2016, where I finished work on this book!

My apologies to my francophone and francophile friends and colleagues – yes, in French, hors d’oeuvre is  invariable, but in its borrowed existence in English vocabulary, it can be pluralized!  =O

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Wonderful airs and variations from James Oswald’s The Caledonian Pocket Companion, set for C and F recorders, flutes and other melody instruments. Oswald was one of 18th-century Scotland’s most celebrated musical figures, and published numerous important tune collections. It’s music close to my heart, and well worth the exploration if you’re not already familiar with it. Released in tandem with Robbie Burns Day at the end of January, 2019.

You can see a sample page, hear a sample tune, and order yourself a copy here: