• New in Print - Airs for the Seasons by James Oswald

    Airs for the Seasons by James OswaldJohn Goodin has announced the availability of his self-published work Airs for the Seasons, by James Oswald.

    Oswald (1710-1769) began publishing his series in 1755. Each Air was printed on a single page with the melody on one staff and a bass line (with figures) on a second staff.

    Each piece was named after a plant and the Airs were organized into groups of twelve for each season, forty-eight in all. For whatever reason, Oswald repeated this process a couple of years later with all new music and all new plant titles, resulting in a total of ninety-six Airs.

    Each individual Air included from two to four separate movements in different time signatures and tempos, almost always in the same key. The result is a cornucopia of beautiful melodies, many of which sound complete even without their figured bass parts, and are well-suited for playing as solos on the modern mandolin.

    This book chose twenty-four of these Airs, six from each season of the year, arranged for solo mandolin. In most cases the key has been changed to make them more accessible to intermediate players and, in a few cases, notes have been added from bass parts to suit the author's taste.

    While these Airs were probably intended primarily for players of the violin and flute they are suitable for mandolin in these arrangements.

    Selections

    Spring

    • The Auricula
    • The Frierís Cowl
    • The Lilac
    • The Pyracantha
    • The Rocket
    • The Junquill

    Summer

    • The Batchelorís Button
    • The Heliotrope
    • The Lark-Spur
    • The Oleander
    • The Sweet William
    • The Corn Flag

    Autumn

    • The Amaranthus
    • The Ambrosia
    • The Candy=Tuft
    • The Jasmine
    • The Oriental Mallow
    • The Scabious

    Winter

    • The Almond
    • The Arbutus
    • The Box
    • The Golden Rod
    • The Holly
    • The Phillyrea

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