This is one of the very first items of recorder music that I ever purchased, together with a music stand and very cheap pair of Boosey & Hawkes recorders (treble and tenor) at a Singapore music house TMA in High Street in 1963. All items excepting the treble which was quite awful, have survived the passing years and are in the same decrepit state as myself - but I am digressing - back to "First Concert" pieces.
Imagine my disappointment, dear surfer, when playing these works for the first time in the quiet of the DPT office on H.M.S. Victorious after some three weeks of experience with my first descant using the School Recorder Book Vol. 1. It was a doddle, a cinch, dead easy - A WASTE OF MONEY. Having at that time no teacher (recorder players were pretty rare on Her Majesty's aircraft carriers in those days) I was completely unable to appreciate a structured approach to music, I went straight from the above tutor to Concerto in F
in one leap. I was a somewhat disgusted to find that these Concert Pieces
were the most simplest arrangements possible using only between three and five notes. After just one session, it was banished to my
. Having spent so much money on it (I could have bought at least 3 Tigers!) I never had the heart to ditch it in the South China Sea and by pure chance it survives until this day (March 2002).