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 New Publications, New Sheet Music Publications - October 2018

Welcome to our hand-picked highlights from amongst new and recent sheet music publications, which this month include anthologies of opera arias from Boosey & Hawkes, Christmas piano music from Faber, collections of folksongs and French choral music, the launch of a new critical edition of the music of Tchaikovsky, and violin pieces by Joachim and Paganini.

Piano

Composed in 1800 and published as a Grande Sonate, Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in B flat major op. 22 marks the end of his first creative period. The only surviving handwritten source is a copyist’s manuscript that served as an engraver’s copy but which conflicts in many details with the original print. Bärenreiter's new publication is edited by Jonathan Del Mar.

Available Format: Sheet Music

How to Play Jazz Piano is a fun and simple introduction to jazz for young players with a basic knowledge of the piano (about Grade 2 standard). It includes suggested listening ideas and covers improvisation, swing, syncopated rhythms, basic chords and chord symbols, scales, and jazz modes.

Available Format: Sheet Music

The Faber Music Christmas Piano Anthology is an essential collection of the greatest Christmas songs and carols, specially arranged for the intermediate pianist. The perfect gift for Christmas, this anthology includes favourites such as O Holy Night, Sleigh Ride, and It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, alongside arrangements of Winter (from The Four Seasons), Troika (from Lieutenant Kijé), and more.

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This songbook features nine pieces from the score of Disney's 2018 film Christopher Robin in arrangements for solo piano by Philip Keveren.

Also available for easy piano.

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Strings & Guitar

Joseph Joachim’s Fantasy on Hungarian Hungarian Themes (1850), and Fantasy on Irish [Scottish] Themes (1852) were his first virtuoso pieces for violin with orchestral accompaniment. The young Jewish-Hungarian musician spent many summers in England and the familiar Irish melodies held great appeal for English audiences. Bärenreiter's new Urtext edition presents both pieces in reductions for violin and piano.

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Paganini’s Capriccio for solo violin is a work that is practically unknown in its original form, consisting of two movements: Andante and Presto. The first (Andante) is a variation based on Paisiello’s theme, In cor più non mi sento, while the second (Presto) is a virtuosic variation. Ricordi's new critical edition is based upon an autograph manuscript found in the Berlin Staatsbibliothek.

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This set of inventive and hugely contrasting Études for solo violin was written between 2010 and 2014, the last two as commissions from the London Sinfonietta. The final piece in this eight-minute collection is the most unusual: serene and meditative, it utilises a novel technique by which the player sustains hushed three-note chords.

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Warm-ups and Essential Exercises for Viola

Fit in 15 Minutes is intended for occasional players who are short of time and want to maintain and improve their viola technique in a concentrated and effective quarter of an hour. Each exercise is offered at three levels of technical proficiency: for beginners, advanced players, and tertiary students and professionals.

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24 Easy Pieces from 5 Centuries using half to 3rd Position

The Easy Concert Pieces series features easy to moderately difficult works for double bass with piano accompaniment, with pieces from across several periods (including music by, amongst others, Mozart, Corelli, Tchaikovsky, Bottesini, Bartók, Hindemith, and Haydn). All pieces are included on the accompanying CD, both as a full version and also as a playalong with just the piano accompaniment.

Available Format: Sheet Music with CD

This volume contains forty-three pieces for the developing player, using accessible keys so that practising is easy and fun. The book also introduces playing techniques from different styles such as flamenco, and includes helpful playing instructions, fingering suggestions for both hands, and a glossary of technical terms.

Volumes 2 and 3 also available.

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Woodwind

Paul Harris's Basics series is widely regarded as the leading method for beginner players and their teachers. Bassoon Basics offers helpful fingering diagrams and rhythm boxes, activities, duets, and a wide range of repertoire, including original pieces and well-loved favourites from every genre. Starting at absolute beginner level the tutor progresses to about Grade 2.

Available Format: Sheet Music/Online Audio

Vocal & Choral

This publication collects arias and other operatic excerpts by John Adams, Benjamin Britten, Carlisle Floyd, Richard Strauss, Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky, and other composers published by Boosey & Hawkes. It includes extensive plot notes and translations.

Also available for mezzo-soprano, tenor, and baritone/bass.

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This book contains valuable practice material for candidates preparing for ABRSM's new Singing for Musical Theatre exams at Grades 1-3. It features sample tests for the sight-singing requirements from 2019, written in attractive and accessible styles relevant to musical theatre singers.

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Carus's collection is a treasure trove for choirs wanting to explore music from France, containing forty-five sacred compositions for mostly four-part mixed choir, with works from the Renaissance to the present day. In addition to works by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Gabriel Fauré, and Camille Saint-Saëns, the collection includes first editions of previously largely unknown works by composers such as Adolphe Adam and Charles-Marie Widor.

Available Format: Sheet Music, CD

Set to a popular text by Walter de la Mare, this secular work is an expressive homage to J. S. Bach, combining lyrical vocal lines with a contrapuntal accompaniment.

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Carus's collection explores the musical world of Great Britain and Ireland with twenty-one arrangements of English-language verse songs, canons, and ballads for mixed unaccompanied chorus. The folk songs are as diverse as the stories they tell: from the moving Greensleeves and Two hearts beat as one, through charming settings such as A rosebud by my early walk and There were three ravens, to saucy and tongue-in-cheek songs such as Dashing away with the smoothing iron and The mother-in-law.

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In spring 1816 Franz Schubert, just nineteen years old, completed his second setting of the Stabat Mater. Carus Verlag's new edition is the first to be based on a critical evaluation of the primary sources. It is a rewarding work for choral societies and choirs to perform, as the choir has the largest portion to sing, and the choral parts are not too demanding.

Vocal Score also available.

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Orchestral & Study Scores

Schott launches its New Academic Edition of Tchaikovsky's Complete Works with this volume of the 1875 version of the First Piano Concerto. The aim of the edition is to present the composer’s enormous legacy as exhaustively as possible: every musical text published is an outcome of comprehensive analysis of extant sources, including the reproduction of all changes made by the composer.

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This is the first publication of the orchestral cycle Songs of Travel. Three of the nine orchestrations are by the composer, dating from 1905; the remainder were scored by his assistant Roy Douglas in 1960, two years after the composer’s death. Among the latter was the hitherto lost epilogue I have trod the upward and the downward path.

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Krzysztof Penderecki’s Sixth Symphony received its world premiere in 2017. The work is comprised of eight songs on Chinese texts connected by solo intermezzos played on the Chinese stringed instrument, erhu. Penderecki has declared this symphony to be his farewell to the genre. The score of this work is now published by Schott.

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