The CD contains backing tracks for these thirty one titles:
... A Whole New World Berceuse (Faure) Bourree - The Fireworks Music Calypso Carol Chanson de Matin Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Consider Yourself Easy Winners Fur Elise Grand March from Aida I Feel Pretty If I Were a Rich Man In the Hall of the Mountain King In the Hall of the Mountain King (accelerando version) James Bond Theme Jingle Bell Rock Jupiter - Planets Moon River Neighbours Parade Ride of the Valkyries Rock Around the Clock Singin' in the Rain Soldier, Soldier Spring - The Four Seasons Summer Nights The Dambusters March Titanic Theme We're Off to See the Wizard Where is Love? Yesterday
'...Lawrance has selected his tunes carefully and takes tunes which stand the test of time - so even though some of the films, musicals and television programmes to which they relate are not current, I have found that children are generally familiar with them. Together with tunes that they definitely do know (James Bond, Chitty, Rudolph, Match of the Day and so on) a sense of security is given; and they have then been very ready to try out the renaissance, baroque and classical themes included, confident that they will be enjoyable and fun to play. The book is also available with an accompanying CD, and piano accompaniments. Technically it would work from a good grade 1 upwards: they have been very useful for the just-about-passed-grade-2 pupil, when, unbeknown to them, I have suggested pieces on a certain theme (compound time, flat key signatures and the like). Not quite the casual dipping suggested, but still much enjoyed. (And mums liked them too.)...'
Reviewed Music Teacher
For optional piano accompaniment see Next Title.
Easy Winners for Descant Recorder has something for everyone. From Christmas tunes to classics, from television themes to folk tunes, the fifty-two unaccompanied tunes have been carefully selected and arranged. The choice of range, technique, and style of music has been carefully geared to the instrument and ability range. Easy Winners for Descant Recorder is an essential companion to a tutor book and an ideal partner to Winners Galore for Descant Recorder.
Peter Lawrance had lessons with James Brown at the Royal Academy of Music after which he attended Liverpool and Reading Universities, studying composition with Hugh Wood and the horn with James Eastham. He then followed an extensive career in playing and teaching, including working as head of an instrumental teaching service and as an examiner for the Guildhall School of Music.
His educational music and compositions for brass, wind and orchestra have been widely published and performed.