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 New Publications, New Sheet Music Publications - December 2018

Welcome to our hand-picked highlights from amongst new and recent sheet music publications, which this month include piano music by Smetana and Beethoven, a new edition from Bärenreiter of the two string quartets by Saint-Saëns, cello music by Fauré, and music from the film A Star is Born featuring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.

Piano & Organ

Smetana’s piano sketch, also known as Macbeth and the Witches, originated in 1859 while the composer was living in Sweden, but only appeared in print posthumously in 1912. Bärenreiter's new Urtext edition proceeds from the only surviving source, Smetana’s pencil sketch. The editor has added as little as possible to the musical text in order to faithfully recreate the challenge of performing a sketch. Missing rests and rhythmic ‘anomalies’ have been left as in the autograph.

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Murray Perahia continues his series of Beethoven's piano sonatas for Henle Verlag with this new edition of the Sonata in A major, Op. 2/2. The publication includes Perahia’s own suggested fingerings, which have been tried and tested over several decades of performing these works, and offer a new approach to these milestones of the piano repertoire.

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Joan Cabanilles was cathedral organist in Valencia and a towering figure in Spanish organ music of the late seventeenth century. The third and final volume in Bärenreiter's series contains three versos, three pasacalles, two galliards, two toccatas and such special forms as Paseos de tercer tono, Diferencias de Folías and a Jácara.

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Strings

Sarasate's two Op. 22 dances (Romanza andaluza and Jota Navarra) were completed in 1878 during his first concert tour through Scandinavia. After their initial performances, the lyrical Romanza soon outstripped its sister piece in popularity. Previously available from Henle only as part of a complete collection of Spanish Dances (HN1370), it is now published as a stand-alone edition.

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This brief, tuneful piece was probably committed to paper in 1894, though Fauré based it on an older version for cello and organ. After its first performance in November 1894 it rapidly became popular and is a well-loved encore piece at concerts today. This Henle Urtext edition includes performance markings by David Geringas.

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Woodwind and Brass

The Easy Concert Pieces series offers varied repertoire from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern eras along with jazz and pop. All the pieces are included on the CD in full and playback versions. Volume Three includes music by Handel, Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Rubinstein, Grieg, Debussy, Ravel and others.

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Weber's virtuoso concert piece is to this day regarded as one of the most difficult in the whole horn repertoire – not least because the soloist has to play three-part chords in the cadenza! This Henle Urtext edition is based on the autograph, the engraver’s copy (checked by Weber himself) and the first edition, and so offers the best possible musical text for those wishing to learn this highly effective piece.

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Chamber Music

This work, composed in 1878/79, marks the beginning of a series of significant late works by César Franck. Although received coolly at its first performance in January 1880, it has since become recognised as a major milestone in the history of French chamber music, and it now adorns the Henle catalogue in a new Urtext edition.

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Saint-Saëns's String Quartet No. 1 appears here for the first time in a new scholarly-critical edition by Bärenreiter. Also available are String Quartet No. 2 in G major, Op. 153, (which is also the first edition to contain the original version of the Finale), and a miniature score of both quartets.

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Although composed in the autumn of 1855, Smetana only found a publisher for this work in 1880, when one of his pupils invited the Hamburg publisher Hugo Pohle to a performance at short notice. Smetana specialist Milan Pospíšil has based this Henle Urtext on the first edition by Pohle, but has also drawn upon the earlier sources, enabling him to iron out numerous inconsistencies found in the first edition.

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Vocal & Choral

Beethoven’s work for four-part mixed chorus and symphony orchestra defies straightforward categorisation, but can best be described as a choral ode. Carus Verlag now presents a new critical edition, based on the first printed edition and the performance score which Beethoven himself checked and corrected.

Full score also available.

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30 Anthems for the Church Year

This collection includes specially commissioned anthems by composers including Philip Moore, Richard Shephard and Philip Wilby, as well as works by such newer writers as Owain Park, Ghislaine Reece Trapp, Amy Summers and Toby Young. The pieces employ a wide range of interesting and inspiring texts that echo the themes of the Sunday readings, as well as familiar words that have been given a new lease of life by inventive and imaginative settings. Many of the pieces are flexible so they can comfortably be sung by smaller groups. The organ parts are straightforward and can also be played on the piano.

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Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Alfred Music presents a PVG songbook featuring the soundtrack to 2018’s box-office hit A Star Is Born, starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. Original, full-colour photography and movie artwork within this beautifully-packaged portfolio help provide a glimpse into the music and visual aesthetic of a Hollywood classic’s third remake.

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Orchestral

Dvořák composed his three Slavonic Rhapsodies in 1878. They were issued by the publisher Simrock the following year as three independent orchestral pieces. Now Bärenreiter completes its series of scholarly-critical editions with its publication of the third Rhapsody in A flat major. The editor Robert Simon has taken Dvořák's authorised first edition as his principal source.

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Symphonies from Daphnis et Eglé and Les Sibarites

Rameau was commissioned to write Daphnis et Églé to celebrate the birth of the second son of the Dauphin in 1753. Although Les Sibarites has survived only in an incomplete transcription by Rameau's pupil Jean Rollet, all of the dances could be reconstructed. This Bärenreiter score includes all instrumental movements from both operas.

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