What a nightmare! We went to the Oxfam book & music shop in Chelmsford on Saturday. They usually have a bit of recorder music, mostly easier things, Recorder from the Beginning and things like that, with the occasional 'ooooh' item. But not this time.
The recorder section had grown from being maybe a dozen books to being maybe a dozen inches deep. Someone had cleared out a lot of music. A lot of good music! Lots of it at my standard (or aspired standard!) I've come home with, hmm, rather a lot:
Eight Traditional Japanese Pieces
Hopkins Dance Suite
Baston - a descant concerto and a treble concerto
Tenor recorder solos
TCM G4 album from early 90s for treble
TCM G4 and G5 album from early 90s for descant
96 Recorder Routines (treble exercises based around scales)
Quantz Caprices and Fantasias arranged for treble
Plus other things that escape my mind for the moment. All for Â£17, and everything under Â£2 (actually, I think everything was under Â£1.49!!)
And all the pieces which were accompanied I got both a score and a part. This seems to be quite rare in the charity shop world, where the things I find tend not to have a part in it (which is still fine for playing, except for the odd iffy page-turn).
What with having a root round Cambridge on Wednesday, and a delivery from musicroom.com on Thursday, I can't quite believe how much music I've picked up in less than a week.
Actually, being my sad old self, devoted to spreadsheets, I made a catalogue of my recorder music. (a) So I can have a copy here at work so if I am browsing online I don't end up buying any duplicates; and (b) so come the time I find a teacher and they say 'bring along your music', I can say 'well, um, look at my list of 44
music books that I own [which excludes the ones I've grown out of but haven't sold yet]'
I keep my music in A4 magazine-type files. I have four - descant, treble, tenor/bass/mixed and 'stuff' (syllabuses, theory books, etc). The treble folder is now full, and the others are getting there. I think I'll have to move the stuff out on to a shelf so it can hold music, though in order to make the shelf space I will probably have to sell my last OU course books which live on the same shelf