Friday, 7 August 2009

New Music This Week

At this time of year there is always a flurry of new music appearing along with the new syllabuses.

The most popular so far is More Time Pieces for Cello, Vol 1 and Vol 2. These contain a collection of pieces for cello and piano, published by ABRSM.

Staying with the cello theme, a new publication from Spartan Press, Let's Swing - Cello, contains 15 original compositions for cello in blues, jazz and swing styles. A welcome addition to the repertoire which is dominated by 19th century music, it comes with both piano accompaniment and CD backing tracks. A similar volume - Let's Swing for clarinet was published earlier this year.

Camden Music has added to its classical guitar collection with Songs from Erin, by Garry Ryan. Two pieces influenced by irish music.

A new piece for string quartet - Scatter the Mud - (great name!) is a collection of jigs in a ceilidh style, published by Spartan Press.

For flexible woodwind ensemble, Queen's Temple has published Wizard's Waltz, which is suitable for almost any combination of clarinets, flutes, oboes, saxophones and bassoons at grade 2-3 standard. By well-known composer Paul Harris.

I have added a new publisher to the website - Recital Music. A specialist double bass publisher, Recital Music has had a number of pieces added to the 2010 ABRSM double bass syllabus. Being a small business myself, I'm keen to promote other small concerns whenever possible, so it's good to be able to offer this publisher too. I now have most of their music on the website, though there are a few pieces missing which I will keep an eye on during August and add as soon as they are available.

There are a number of brass pieces by Brass Wind on the new ABRSM syllabus which are not yet published: A Blast from the Past (Gorb), Framed (McDowell), The Green and Pleasant Trombone Book, Winner Scores All and Metal Bars. Some of them will appear during August, a couple may slip into September. I will add them to the website as soon as they are available.

Finally, to Christmas. Believe it or not, I sold my first Christmas music in July! As Scottish schools go back soon, I am seeing demand for Christmas music start to rise, so will start creating my Christmas music section today. It will take a while, so please bear with me.

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