Monday, 21 April 2014

Summer is Icumen In

As the days are getting longer and warmer, here is the manuscript of the famous medieval song Summer is Icumen In.  Written in early music notation, it is a bit different to modern musical notation and practice.  There is still a lot of discussion about the origins of the notation but our modern way of writing combines Gregorian style notation such as this with Islamic influences from the medieval muslim empire in places such as Spain, which also gave us many of our modern instruments such as guitar and oboe.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

The Tiptree Sneeze

This is what happens when you need to sneeze during a concert and you're holding a trombone...

Friday, 28 February 2014

Miniature violin workshop

An 18th Century Violin workshop, recreated inside a violin
I love this - it is an 18th century violin makers workshop built inside a full size violin. It was on display in the Time Machine museum in Arizona and all the instruments and tools inside are fully functional, so clever!

On the violin theme, Ricordi have just published a new edition of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons for violin and piano, you can see it here:       Unlike some complete editions, this is very affordable at £18.90.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

A Long Overdue Update!

A lot has been happening at VS Music Supplies, and it has been too long since I posted here.

Firstly, there is now a section for vintage and second-hand sheet music on the website.  This covers recent editions such as the one shown here, to early 20th century music.  Much more to be added over the days ahead!

Secondly, VS Music Supplies is now on Pinterest, where you can see pictures of new products, old sheet music and anything else that catches my eye!

Thirdly there has been a slight reorganisation of the website, not very radical but quite a major tweak, affecting sheet music for all instruments.  Another change to ensemble sheet music will follow later in the year.

I will keep posting new music here in due course, but the Pinterest board is more up to the minute than this blog.

In the meantime, I have come across this article about the merits of polishing a fiddle or other string instrument which I think is worth a read for all string players:

Thursday, 4 July 2013

New ABRSM Woodwind Syllabus

Today ABRSM has published the new woodwind syllabus for 2014-2017.  You can download the full syllabus in pdf using these links:
Descant Recorder
Treble Recorder

The new flute and clarinet exam books are now available, you can order the flute ones here and the clarinet ones here

There have been a lot of changes to the alternative pieces lists, plus a number of new publications.  I am working through the list at present, adding any I don't currently have on the website, as long as they are available.  Some are reprinting at the moment and some haven't yet been published.  It's nice to see ABRSM supporting some smaller publishers by putting their music on the syllabus.

Friday, 7 June 2013

New ABRSM Woodwind Syllabus for 2014

In summer each year the music exam boards bring out the new syllabus for a few instruments.  This year ABRSM is refreshing the woodwind syllabus, with new requirements for flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, bassoon and recorder.  They have helpfully sent me an advance copy of all the pieces on the new syllabus and there are a lot of changes.

I'm not allowed to tell you what these are as they are under an embargo until 4th July, but there are a lot of new pieces, many from smaller publishers, which is welcome.  There are also new exam pieces books for flute and clarinet.  I am adding any pieces which I don't currently have, but there are a few brand new books which are still being printed.

One other change is that ABRSM are no longer using paper forms for exam entries, instead students/teachers have to enter online.

I will have all the pieces up on the website by 4th July, if you want to check out the syllabus in full then you can use this link to the exam section of the ABRSM website.

P.S. While they do have a shop, you will find that some of the books and delivery charges are cheaper with VS Music Supplies!