Last night I was dreaming about recorders.
Where I work, just on the other side of the fence there is a church. We get invites when there is a lunchtime carol service, around harvest festival time, things like that.
In my dream, I was performing there
I was doing a lunchtime recital and an astonishing number of my colleagues had turned up. I was doing a practice-recital prior to a diploma, so we can safely assume it to be set several years hence
Reckon I must have nicked the idea from anacrusis
Anyway, after I'd done the proper recital bit, I rounded off with two short extras - they were the two pieces I played at my first lesson with my teacher last month! Only played not so shakily in my dream as at that lesson
The first was a Van Eyck piece only I played it on tenor not descant. I didn't have to actually listen to myself play it, the dream just hopped straight to the end having gone very well indeed
The second was The Elephant by Saint-Saens, I own an arrangement for treble (it's in Time Pieces 2, and on the G4 syllabub). At my first lesson, my teacher had said it was a good piece, though of course needed to be played on a great bass. In my dream, I had somehow managed to borrow a contra bass from somebody, so my final piece before sending everyone back to the office to work for the afternoon was The Elephant on a contra bass, which had to be introduced with 'yes, this great big thing way taller than me really is a recorder'.
Have nosed at the orchestral score for The Elephant this morning. The pitch is such that even if you had a sub-sub-contra (i.e. octave below contra), you still can't get the bottom note (an E) to match the double bass. Still, if anyone wants to lend me a sub-sub-contra, I'll give it a go