Recorder players need recorder music. There is a lot of it, some is great, some is not. Here is a brief guide to the better recorder music.
Some is freely available online. Click here for a selection. All good, however bound editions are nicer to play from than loose printed sheets. So buy some music at least. In particular, beginners are best served by books with graded recorder music, better still they have audio as well. The recorder music library on this site has many beginners (and more advanced) pieces, with audio players included.
Most of the great recorder music was written in the 17th and 18th century. 17th century manuscripts, like the one below on the left, are not easily read. 18th century ones (below right) are better, but still a challenge. Modern editions of this old music are far easier for us to read.
When buying music, a little care gets a lot more. In particular, never buy a single sonata when a volume with three is available for the same price. The titles below have been selected on this basis. If you buy all of them, you'll have an excellent library.
Once you can read music and play simple pieces, like the preliminary ones on this site or in similar beginners books, then you are ready to start your music collection. The titles below are classics, for good reason. Some are duets, but are fine for solo playing.
A classic. Out of print, but available on Amazon
Miniature pieces from the great master, arranged as sporano/alto duets
More sporano/alto duets, from perhaps the greatest recorder composer.
From 1650, these simple tunes are still widely played
Arrangements for two, three and four recorders
Simple charming pieces from the great composer.
Soprano recorder and keyboard
The line between intermediate and advanced is blurred. The notes in the pieces here are more easily reached than the advanced pieces. Correct style, particularly for Boismortier, is another matter altogether.
While these pieces reflect my taste, there is general agreement that these guys are the ones to know. The pieces listed merely scratch the surface, particularly so for Telemann, whose output was prodigious.