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 New Publications, New Sheet Music Publications - July 2019

New Sheet Music June 2019Welcome to our selection of new sheet music publications, which this month includes more piano music by Beethoven, as publishers such as Henle and Bärenreiter continue their preparations for the 250th anniversary of his birth next year. Also featured are violin works by Tchaikovsky, Grieg, and Sibelius; Bruch's Kol Nidrei for cello and piano; choral music by John Rutter and Bob Chilcott; and study scores from Henle and Breitkopf of music by Mozart, Handel, Alban Berg, and Bartók.

Piano

Completed in 1864, Rhapsodie espagnole is a reminiscence of Liszt’s extended travels to Spain and Portugal in 1844–45. The long-unavailable autograph manuscript of the composition is now accessible once more – an occasion for Henle to revise its Urtext edition.

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In late 1821 Beethoven began work on his final piano sonata, considered a towering masterwork ever since its publication. Jonathan Del Mar has re-examined the source material, including proof sheets and errata lists that accompanied its publication. Supplementing the text is a detailed critical commentary, as well as valuable notes on performance practice.

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The compositions collected here demonstrate the diversity of the variation genre in Beethoven’s early piano works. Beethoven found the models for these variations in popular song (WoO 64 on a Swiss song), contemporary opera (WoO 70 on Nel cor più non mi sento by Paisiello), and his own compositions (WoO 77 on a theme from the finale of Piano Sonata op. 22).

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Among Beethoven's variations on original themes, WoO 80 from 1806 constitutes a special case in that he consciously draws on older practices: a chromatically descending bass line provides the foundation for the variations, its ostinato-like repetition lending the composition the air of a passacaglia.

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This volume collects five famous sonatas by Beethoven, all bearing a popular epithet: Moonlight, Pastorale, Tempest, Funeral March, and Pathétique. They do not all number among the most difficult of his sonatas but do demand an advanced keyboard technique. This collection also features fingerings by Murray Perahia.

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This selection of five “easy” sonatas offers advanced students of piano the perfect entry point into the singular world of Beethoven's piano sonatas. Arranged in increasing level of difficulty, this volume features an in-depth essay by Murray Perahia on the sketches and structure of the Sonata Op. 14/1, as well as his invaluable fingerings.

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Pedal use is a fundamental part of expressive piano playing. This introduction is a collection of pieces adapted to all levels of manual dexterity, enabling learners to improve their mastery of both the musical function and technique of pedaling. The volume contains both individual and joint studies for the three pedals of modern pianos.

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Strings & Woodwind

Critical Performance Edition by Jascha Heifetz

This edition of Tchaikovsky's complete works for for violin and piano is primarily based on the first print by the Russian publisher Jurgenson. Jascha Heifetz's bowings, fingerings and performance suggestions are an integral part of this edition.

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Written in 1867, the Violin Sonata Op. 13 draws on Grieg’s enthusiasm for Norwegian folk music; the lively outer movements in particular take as their model the traditional “jumping dance.” Aside from the second print edition of 1887 revised by Grieg himself, the autograph manuscript in Stockholm was also consulted for this edition, thus offering an optimal musical text.

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Sibelius's final opus-number compositions, Opp. 115 and 116, were originally composed at the suggestion of the publishers Carl Fischer but were refused due to their high performance demands, and were published instead by Breitkopf & Härtel. Op. 115 consists of four programmatically-titled pieces containing melodic lines as well as virtuosic runs and lively rhythms.

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Sibelius completed the three pieces of Op. 116 in the spring of 1929. Like the Op. 115 set, they were initially thought to be too demanding, and the available musical sources indicate that Sibelius had second thoughts on some details, making emendations to the pieces before their publication by Breitkopf & Härtel in December 1930.

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Kol Nidrei numbers among Max Bruch’s most famous compositions. In this publication, based on the first edition of 1881, the work appears for the first time in an Urtext edition substantiated by scholarly research, for which not just the musical sources, but also numerous letters and documents from the Max Bruch Archive were consulted. Christian Poltéra has provided markings in the solo part.

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This duo was written during Busoni's training with Wilhelm Mayer in Graz, who remarked: "The invention is pretty, the work exquisite", praising the contrapuntal abilities of the then 14-year-old. Busoni was in his youth particularly gifted at the piano, and it is probably due to this talent that the piano part often moves beyond pure accompaniment in order to be an equal musical partner to the flutes.

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Choral & Orchestral

This vividly communicative six-movement work is full of musical contrasts from the jaunty London Zoo to the solemn Lines written in the Tower of London. The work celebrates London through its six songs and contains texts by Rudyard Kipling, Walter Raleigh, and William Wordsworth, alongside new material by Delphine Chalmers and the composer.

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Originally commissioned in a version for upper voices by the New Orleans Children's Chorus for performance in June 2019, Bob Chilcott's Samba Mass is a joyous and colourful setting of the Latin Missa brevis. The work is framed by the gentle bossa nova style of the Kyrie and Agnus Dei. Compelling samba rhythms come to the fore in the vivacious Gloria, which is followed by a Sanctus that offsets a steady flow of quavers with rhythmic syncopations.

Original version for upper voices also available.

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This ‘fragment of a Japonisme’ proved to be Oliver Knussen’s final work. The eight-minute piece couches seven haiku settings in richly evocative music, incorporating signals from Japanese theatre. It concerns the Hototogisu (or Lesser Cuckoo), a bird widely invoked in Japanese haiku poetry, where the poet listens for its arrival from the mountains both as a harbinger of summer and a voice from the land of the dead.

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With this publication, Henle inaugurates a series of study scores based on the text of the Bartók Complete Edition. Bartók specialist Klára Móricz includes both versions of the piece's ending in her edition and summarises the history of the work in a fascinating foreword. A brief commentary section provides information about the principles underlying the edition.

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Composed at the end of 1785, Mozart’s Piano Concerto in E flat major forms a group of three with the two famous concerti in A major K488 and in C minor K491, which he completed in March of the following year. Henle is issuing this concerto, undeservedly overshadowed by its famous siblings, in a handy study edition.

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New Study Scores from Breitkopf & Härtel

Recent Urtext study scores from Breitkopf & Härtel include two Mozart symphonies (No. 39 in E flat major K543, and No. 13 in F major K112), sixteen Handel organ concertos split into three volumes, and Alban Berg's Sieben frühe Lieder for voice and orchestra.

View all of the recent scores.