Michala Petri Discovers the New World in Four Bold,
The late 17th and early 18th centuries were the Golden Age of the Recorder. Played by amateurs and
Virtuoso Contemporary Concertos Embodying the Diversity of the American Spirit.
professional and admire by musical connoisseurs, the recorder was everywhere. From Italy to England,
the greatest composers of the day were writing hundreds of masterworks to meet the public’s
demand! Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, a scrappy group of colonists were carving a new
nation out of the wilderness...
But where were the recorders??? It is one of the great ironies of the recorder’s long history, that despite
being ubiquitous in nearly every American public music school program, few composers ever
explored writing for it.
In order to set this egregious state of affairs to right, Michala Petri, the first Lady of the Recorder, invited
four American composers to make their own discovery of just what an Old World Recorder can do!
For the newest installment of her ground-breaking Concerto Project, four works have been specially
commissioned to showcase the sound of the modern recorder, including the late Steven Stucky’s thoroughly
contemporary Etudes, Roberto Sierra’s Latin-tinged Prelude, Habanera and Perpetual Motion,
Harpsichord virtuoso Antony Newman’s Neo-Baroque Concerto for recorder, harpsicord & strings, and
Sean Hickey’s boldly-wrought A Pacifying Weapon.