Friday, 25 February 2011

New Music This Week, 25/02/11


Finally, what we've all been waiting for has arrived - the theme to Downton Abbey! I'm humming it as I type; when I watched the first programme of this series my very first thought was "what's that music?"
So here it is, arranged for piano. As yet I haven't got my hands on a copy so I'm not sure how difficult is though I guess intermediate standard. Hope to have it in stock by Tuesday.
Other new music this week- 100 years of Popular Music: 30s Volume 1. Contains hits such as A Foggy Day, Blue Moon, I got rhythm, Over the Rainbow, the Lady is a Tramp, and many, many more.
Another book in this series, published last week - 100 Years of Popular Music: 70s Volume 1, contains songs such as Amarillo, Diamonds are forever, Hi Ho Silver Lining, Leaving on a Jet Plane, Save your Kisses for me, Send in the Clowns, Stand by your Man and many other classics.
And another great compilation book, for piano - Music for Pleasure, 100 famous tunes for piano, excellent value.
Other activities this week include a good number of organ pieces published by Kevin Mayhew, on the website for the first time. And the cello tutor/studies section has doubled in size, so much more to choose from there.

Monday, 14 February 2011

New Music This Week, 14/02/11


A brand new tutor for young alto sax players has just been published - Super Sax. It's written by Heather Hammond, who is also behind the phenomenally successful Funky Flute and Cool Clarinet. There is also a repertoire collection to accompany the tutor book.
Heather Hammond has also just published the next book in her series for clarinet; Cool Clarinet 3. This takes players up to around grade standard and is accompanied by a repertoire book
Drumming Styles is a new book which contains over 70 beats, tips on how to play and a demonstration CD. By Noam Ledermann.
Another well known composer for children, Mary Cohen, has just published two more books for strings. Bags of Fun for Violin and Cello are full of tunes designed to give beginners confidence to play on open strings and the first two positions.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

New Music This Week, 05/02/11



If you're keen on the theory of music, compose your own or are studying music at an advanced level, this new publication may be for you. Behind Bars has been years in preparation and as a result comes with a hefty price tag. It may be one for libraries and universities rather than the average music lover!

The ABRSM Theory Exams and Answers have now been published; they are available in the Theory section of the website.

The viola is an often neglected instrument, so a new sonatina is to be welcomed.

Himalayan Suite for flute and piano is another new publication, and comes adorned with a picture of one of my favourite flowers, the Himalayan Poppy.

For student Clarinettists, I Hate Crossing the Break! is sure to be a welcome collection of studies by prolific composer Paul Harris.

Taylor-Made is a collection of pieces for cello which help cellists to learn the different positions, and comes with CD.

Horn Warm Ups is a new collection of exercises for French Horn, tested by the horn section of Opera North!

For oboe, we have an arrangement of Gounod's Serenade.

As always, if you can't find what you're looking for on the website, just drop a line to: contact@vsmusicsupplies.com If it's in print, we'll find it!