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 New Publications, New Sheet Music Publications - February 2020

New Sheet Music February 2020Welcome to our selection of new sheet music publications, which this month includes a reconstruction of Mozart's unfinished Great C Minor Mass from Bärenreiter; a critical edition of Mahler's Fourth Symphony from Breitkopf; choral music by Vaughan Williams, Bruckner, and Ponchielli; a new saxophone piece by John Harle written for Jess Gillam; an arrangement for piano duet of John Adams's popular work, Short Ride in a Fast Machine; and orchestral music by Beethoven, Ravel, and Sibelius.

Piano

This three-volume collection presents pieces advancing from very easy to intermediate level, presented in chronological order across five centuries from Baroque through to jazz, pop and minimal music. Book 1 contains pieces in the five-finger range at various pitches, followed by pieces spanning an octave range with simple rhythms and easy chord sequences.

Books 2 and 3 also available.

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A treasure trove of graded pieces ranging from Bartók's most accessible teaching pieces to recital repertoire by Rachmaninov, Bach, and Debussy. Carefully edited so an adult or mature student can progress easily by level, and ideal as a reference tool for piano teachers, it includes an easy-to-use table of contents and index, and is beautifully comb-bound so pages always stay open!

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Adolf Busch’s compositions have had only a marginal place in the canon, though they have recently been rediscovered. His Piano Sonata Op. 25, his most extensive masterpiece in this genre, has now been made available in this Breitkopf edition, suitable for both professional performers and advanced amateur pianists.

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This pioneering collection of original works spans composers from different backgrounds and ages, and from various parts of the country from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu in the east to Penang in the north. This musical survey, which has been in the planning for several years, was the culmination of the country’s first ever contemporary composers piano festival, Free Hand 2019.

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Christina & Michelle Naughton, to whom the piece is dedicated, said: "In addition to being a brilliant adaption of the orchestral piece, the four-hand version of Short Ride independently deserves a prominent place in the four-hand piano repertoire. Just as a black and white photo can capture beauty and detail not readily apparent in colour, transcribing the spectacular orchestration to piano alone reveals additional rhythmic and tonal aspects of this masterpiece."

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Strings & Woodwind

Before Beethoven penned a more concise finale, the Grosse Fuge concluded his String Quartet Op. 130. After his death, the original manuscript was separated into movements and distributed to different owners. The parts of the autograph strewn across libraries in Europe and the United States have now been reunited in this facsimile edition, rendered in high-quality colour printing, reproducing the autograph in such detail that Beethoven’s correction process where he pasted over previous entries becomes evident.

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Friedrich Schneider's Cello Sonata in F major was probably composed in 1831 for the daughter of the Cologne music patron, Dr. Erich Heinrich Verkenius. With its expressiveness, monumental structure, and post-Beethovenian sensuality, this sonata strongly anticipates Romanticism. Breitkopf's edition offers two solo parts: an unmarked text as well as a version with fingerings and bowings by Leipzig-based cellist Jürnjakob Timm.

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Drawing on Cumbrian folk tunes, RANT! is a portrait of the saxophonist Jess Gillam: her energy, her sound and her presence, painted in music from her own part of England. A 'rant' in the tradition of English folk music is an energetic dance and means 'to make merry' - a reflection of Jess's fearless and exuberant performances.

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Discover the world of jazz from its roots in ragtime to blues, bebop and beyond! Ideal for established beginners (approximately Grade 3+ standard), this book teaches improvisation, syncopated rhythms, and jazz scales and modes. It also presents suggested listening ideas and melodic 'phrase banks' based on typical jazz chords alongside plenty of new pieces.

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Choral, Vocal, & Opera

Mozart’s unfinished mass is impressive not only for its monumentality but for its fragmentary state which has fascinated performers for decades. Bärenreiter now presents an edition reflecting the cutting edge of scholarship, with unfinished sections being meticulously completed and reconstructed, drawing on original Mozart compositions and paying attention to a stylistically appropriate and transparent sound.

Full score, study score, and orchestral material also available.

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This collection of new arrangements and editions features well-loved and lesser-known Vaughan Williams songs, anthems, and carols for mixed-voice choir. It presents unison or treble pieces re-scored for SATB, and provides new accompaniment options that widen the appeal of the pieces for church or concert use.

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Amilcare Ponchielli is mainly known nowadays as the composer of the opera La Gioconda. His sacred works were composed in his later years, when he was maestro di cappella at the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Bergamo. There his Mass in A flat Op. 20 was premiered on Christmas Day 1882. The Mass is captivating because of its flowing, singable melodies, rich harmonies, and warm tonal colours.

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Bärenreiter continues its reissues of vocal scores to major Mozart operas in hardback editions. This edition of Die Zauberflöte includes an appendix with the duet between Tamino and Papageno, Pamina, wo bist du?, which has been handed down in a copy of the score from the early nineteenth century and thought, at least in parts, to stem from Mozart.

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This dramatic choral work sets a text by David Warner that artfully weaves together multiple witnessing stories of Christ's Resurrection into a single narrative. The work is scored for mixed voices without soloists, conveying a universal perspective on this story, accompanied by piano four-hands or orchestra.

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Bruckner's Mass in E minor, composed in 1866 but revised extensively in 1876–1882, stands out because of its scoring, omitting strings in favour of wind and brass alone. This new edition takes into consideration the surviving parts from the Bruckner Archive at the St. Florian Monastery, enabling more precise editorial decisions regarding the scoring of individual passages as well as articulation and dynamics.

Full score also available.

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This setting of Psalm 139 by Chilcott is warm and mesmerising; the chant-like texture and shifting tonalities impart the sensation of being entranced in prayer. The words offer respite, as one is safe in the omnipresence of God. Tranquil yet powerful, this work captures a sense of the total stillness after a storm.

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Swedish choral conductor Hans Vainikainen has arranged three of Avicii’s best songs. Hey Brother, Levels, and Without you are now available for six-part mixed or female choir. The arrangements offer a wide variety of vocal and choral possibilities, and all parts are of the same musical standard. However, for all their sophistication the arrangements remain manageable and easy to learn, displaying the typical groove of each Avicii song within a multi-layered texture.

Other Avicii arrangements also available.

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Critically acclaimed across the UK, the sell-out intoxicating musical by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss tells the story of the six wives of Henry VIII. This official songbook remixes five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a celebration of twenty-first century girl power, with piano/vocal arrangements of all nine songs from the show, alongside an introduction to the songs, lyric pages and an eight-page colour section of cast photos.

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Orchestral

Even after publication, Mahler repeatedly refined the orchestration of his Fourth Symphony, using the occasion of performances in his last two New York concerts in February 1911 to review once again the score and parts. This performance material served as the main source for Breitkopf's new edition, as well as corrections and annotations made in conjunction with performances by conductors such as Willem Mengelberg.

Hardback full score, vocal score, and orchestral material also available.

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The performance and publication history of Sibelius's four-part Lemminkäinen suite is rather complex, resulting in a first complete printing of all four movements only as recently as 2013. Breitkopf now offers full orchestral scores of each movement separately, based on the Complete Edition of the Works of Jean Sibelius, including the famous Swan of Tuonela.

Other movements from Lemminkäinen also available.

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Ravel's own orchestration of four pieces from his piano suite pays homage to French music of the late eighteenth century, and quickly gained great popularity. Breitkopf's new study score, edited by Jean-François Monnard, includes a preface featuring a great deal of information on the interpretation and performance history of the work.

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Produced from the new Beethoven Complete Edition, numerous aspects and issues from the sources have been further illuminated; new findings and source evaluations taken into account here pertain to the metronome marks, the contrabassoon part, and the underlying vocal text in the finale, as well as the original rendering of sforzato and forte markings.

Vocal score, choral score, and orchestral material also available.

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