I love the sound of the alto recorder, but I have found it difficult
to find tunes that have been arranged for it.
When I first began to play this instrument, I bought
several instruction and tune books which seemed to have plenty
of interesting music. I spent a lot of time learning the fingering
for these tunes, but when I tried to play them at jam sessions
I found that the other musicians were never playing tunes in the
key that I had learned.
It seems that some authors who put out books for
alto recorder just take tunes made for soprano recorder and change
the key to make the fingering the same. This is a really easy
way to make one book into two, but it's a little frustrating for
I decided to look for tunes that could be played
on the alto recorder in their usual keys. I found plenty, including
some that won't work on the the soprano recorder. Many are traditional
tunes; some are arrangements of fiddle tunes that I have written.
I am posting the sheet music here for other alto recorder players