Friday, 22 July 2011

New Music This Week, 22/07/11

A new violin tutor - Take off with the Violin - has now been published by Kevin Mayhew. It's designed for young beginners and Book 1 also has a teacher's book to accompany it.

There's a new repertoire book for cello - My First Concert - with comes with playalong CD.

Karl Jenkins' concerto for violin, Sarikiz, has just been published in a violin/piano edition. This work was premiered in 2009 and is reminiscent of Vivaldi.

For classical guitar, we have Baroque Guitar Anthology Vol 1, and for flute Irish Folk Tunes, both published by Schott and both with accompanying CD.

I'm still adding cross links to all the Trinity 2012 piano pieces, but all the books except the Grade 6 with CD are now in stock, the grade 6 should only be a couple of days as Faber forgot to put it in this week's delivery. They're already selling well, with the new book/CD combo proving expecially popular.

That's it for this week, more new music to come next week.

Friday, 8 July 2011

New Music This Week, 08/07/11

This week has been dominated by the release of the new 2012-2015 ABRSM violin syllabus.

This includes new pieces, scales and sight reading tests from 2012. Here is the exam materials section, there are several pages as the old books are still there for a few more months.

A new development on the website is cross links, so you will find other books relating to the same grade whenever you click on one of the new 2012 books. I've wanted to do this for a while, but this is the first time I've been able to provide this kind of linkage. They also link to repertoire pieces, not just exam books. I hope it makes shopping much easier.

In addition to this, ABRSM has also published new scales and sight reading books for cello, double bass and viola. These are also valid from 2012.

Other new titles:

West Side Story - piano arrangement

Bernstein for Piano - collected works, some never published before

Bernstein Broadway Songs -easy arrangements of well know Bernstein songs

That's it for this week, after adding all the new string books over the last few days, I'm off to put my feet up for a bit!

Friday, 1 July 2011

New Music This Week, 01/07/11

This week has been dominated by the publication of the new Trinity Guildhall 2012 piano syllabus. This is notable for two things: it's out on time (a first for Trinity) and they have adopted the ABRSM practice of packaging CDs with the exam pieces book. I don't know why they have taken so long to do this; they're bound to sell more and as the book/CD package is not subject to VAT it's not only cheaper but much easier administratively too.

They have still produced separate CDs, and you can find all three products in the Piano Exam Pieces section of the website (the link takes you to the page where they are listed, starting second row down). They're not in stock yet, I'll get them in gradually over the next few months as sales for new exam pieces are slow to get off the mark.

Trinity has also published a new (2nd) series of its Sound at Sight (sight reading) books for piano. Four books this time instead of three. I'm not sure if the original series will disappear in time, will need to check that out. This link takes you to the page where all the books are listed, starting about half way down.

On a completely different theme, a new piece for euphonium - Goblin's Rondo, a well-known piece by Bazzini originally written for violin.

Staying on the violin theme, next week the ABRSM publishes its new violin syllabus along with new technical requirements for all string instruments. I'm part way through adding them, ABRSM says were not allowed to sell them/put them on the website until 7th July, an embargo which they themselves and other big retailers roundly ignore, so I hope to have them up by the middle of the week.