Saturday, 26 September 2009
We are now in the slightly manic phase of the year, when everyone is buying music books and, bizarrely, people tend to order exactly the same books on the same day. It's weird - you don't sell any copies of some books for 9 months, then you get several orders at the same time. It's a struggle to keep up with demand at this time of year, and I'm pretty tired.
Newly published music includes Green and Pleasant, for trombone or euphonium, available in treble or bass clef and on the new exam syllabus.
Other new music - Six Studies in English Folksong for Tuba, by Vaughan Williams. Bass clef only.
For advanced double bass players, there is Moving On Again, a piece written in 2007. And for more intermediate players, there is Bass in Space.
For those still waiting for Winner Scores All, the latest update from the publisher is that it is due out mid-October. I hope to have more new music next week, if time permits.
Friday, 11 September 2009
ABRSM Publishing have issued a new book this week - Spectrum for Violin. It contains new contemporary pieces for violin and comes with a CD.
New to the website is Cool Clarinet, a tutor book series for young beginners. There are a number of books, including duets and trios. Just put Cool Clarinet in the search engine to see the full list.
The books are published by Kevin Mayhew, as is another addition to the website: The Church Organist. This is a handy conversion course for pianists who are taking up the organ for their local church, and it covers all the basics of technique and equipment in the first volume. The second volume contains some standard repertoire and a third volume in in preparation, to cover improvisation.
There are still a number of books listed on the new exam syllabus for various instruments which have not yet been published. I am checking them each week and will add them as soon as they are published.
Friday, 4 September 2009
The Associated Board cello exam recordings have been published this week, with the exception of the grade 8 one for some reason. They are all now on the website. Curiously, the retail prices in a few cases are lower than the price list I received a couple of months ago. I have added them at the new price, but some retailers have used the old price list.
This week I have also completed adding new pieces from the Trinity guitar syllabus, as there have been a few changes.
A few oddities this week - I ordered a piece of flute music (Out of the Cool) some time ago for a customer, only to be told it was being reprinted. It finally turned up and I sent it out, only for the customer to ring me and tell me the piano part was incomplete. To cut a long story short, it turned out the whole print run was faulty and will have to be pulped. It will be months before it is ready again.
Then there's the parcel which left Holland on 26th August and still hasn't arrived. And the warehouse person for another publisher who managed to send me the invoice for the correct book yet put the wrong book in the parcel. These kinds of things are really annoying when you have customers waiting. Such is life...