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Composer: Waterman - Rodney

Instrumentation: Treble

Period/genre: Australian Contemporary

Grade: Difficult

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*Contemporary Piece.* Attractive short piece using Brazilian rhythms and some extended techniques.

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  • OMP092 Rodney Waterman Zana

    Zana began life as an improvisation and was inspired by "the beauty and possibilities" of Fred Morgan's Ganassi altos that the composer played whilst working as a tester in Morgan's workshop. Waterman has infused his love of the Ganassi recorder with a Brazilian flavour and produced a sunny Samba-type piece for alto in g', although an alternative version in f' is also supplied.

    The work is relatively short but can be taken at many levels. For instance, intermediate players may be looking to simply expand their repertoire, whereas advanced performers could integrate rhythmic accompaniment ad libitum or add a guitar part.  There's no reason why central ideas can't also be improvised around.  At the very least Waterman's music should be instilled with zest and energy, just as the composer intended.

    Louise Phillips The Recorder Magazine Summer 2003 Vol. 23 no. 2

    OMP092 Rodney Waterman Zana

    Rodney Waterman, the composer of Zana (named after recorderist and Orpheus Music Proprietor Zana Clarke), is an Australian recorder player who is enamoured of Brazilian popular music.   Zana is pure fun.  Waterman uses mild special effects to create a parody of a samba.  Most hilarious is his use of a wide vibrato created by waving the cupped right hand over the window (familiar to most recorder players through Hans-Martin Linde's Music for a Bird and/or the final section of Ryohei Hirose's Meditation) to imitate the sound of an old, out of tune Wurlitzer electric organ.  The most difficult aspect of this piece is its rhythms.  They are very tricky to read, but flow naturally once they become familiar.

    Zana offers two scores: one for Ganassi alto in g' (preferred), the other for standard alto in f.

    Pete Rose, American Recorder, March 2004

    To view a video of this recording:
    This video was part of Orpheus Music 25th Celebration, a celebration to share Australian music around the world. Orpheus Music's legacy of keeping Australian music relevant to the musical history of Australia and part of the recorder repertoire is something we are deeply passionate about. We would like to thank all the ensembles and recorder players around the world who took part in our celebration. 

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