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Welcome to the New York Recorder Guild
A chapter of the American Recorder Society

We are a group of recorder players in the New York metropolitan area who celebrate the recorder and its music by giving players an opportunity to meet and make music together!

Upcoming meetings

Our 2022-23 season has concluded.

Stayed tuned for the announcement of meeting dates for the 2023-24 season!

Happy summer!

Recent meetings

SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2023, AT 1:30 PM

"Break-up Songs circa 1500" led by Susan Hellauer


Who was that country music star who said he got one hit song from every marriage, and five hit songs from every divorce? Well, 'twas ever thus. We’ll play a half dozen sadly beautiful breakup songs from the years around 1500 by Josquin des Prez, Antoine Brumel, Pierre de la Rue, and Nicolas Gombert.



"Birds, Bees, and the Rest of Us: 500 Years of Music for the Season of Love" led by Valerie Horst

Join us as we welcome in the Springtime with a range pieces spanning centuries including an early 15th century canon; a 2012 composition "Mockingbird" by Charlotte Van Ryswyk; Josquin's "Baisés Moy" (Kiss me); "Soubz Ce Tumbel (Epitaph de L'Amant Vert)"–a piece written to mourn the death of Queen Marguerite of Austria's beloved green parrot; a ribald piece "In Maien" by Ludwig Senfl (1486-1542/43); and a 5-part arrangement of the famed tune about Daphne, the unrequited love of the spellbound Apollo.



NYRG Music Director Deborah Booth will use this opportunity of conducting the February & March sessions back-to-back by revisiting a few of the more successful pieces we have played, allowing us to work on the music with more depth. We will look at two pieces from last month: Floriano Canali's La Stella in 4 parts and John Wilbye's Fantasia for 6 parts. We will also revisit one of the 14th-century pieces from our November meeting (either the Giovanni da Firenze or Francesco Landini). These were really fun and definitely out of the usual “recorder canon”! Also included will be a quite difficult 5-part Fantasia by Giovanni Coperario filled with spooky dissonances and beautifully spun-out resolutions. And there may also be a couple of new surprises!

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