Thursday, 23 February 2012

New This Week, 23rd February 2012

I know I normally start with new music, but thought this week I'd start with a new product for the shop.  I do rely on customers to help get the products people want - if you ask, I'll get if I can - and last week a customer came to me with a problem.  The ligature she had bought didn't fit, it turned out that she had recently bought a new mouthpiece for her daughter which was shaped differently to the standard one.  So I had a chat with my supplier and we suggested this Rovner Star Series 1RL would do the job.  It's flexible enough to adapt to the mouthpiece which is shorter than the standard one.  Rovner ligatures can be pricey, but this is good value at £13.99.

So, on with the new music, in no particular order.

Discovering Rock Violin with CD - a tutor for a variety of rock violin techniques

Come Fly with Me - the famous tune set for grade 3 standard concert band

Hey Jude - the Beatles tune set for grade 2 concert band

Lip Slurs for French Horn - progressive exercises for horn

Alfred has published a revised edition of the Ultimate Beginner series, a "mega pak" consisting of book, CD and DVD to cover all the basics:
Acoustic Guitar
Blues Guitar
Electric Guitar
Rock Guitar
At £22.99, these packs are sure to keep the beginner going for quite some time!

Several new study scores: Gabrieli's In Excelsiis, Telemann's oboe concerto in F minor, Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata Vergine, and Pachelbel's Canon e Gigue for three violins and basso continuo.

For four recorders (Descant, 2 trebles and tenor) we have Frescobald's Canzona.

Following the success of his Ten International Cello Encores, Aaron Minsky has now published a similar volume - Ten International Violin Encores.

Finally, for piano we have Dvorak's Mazurka Op 56 No 4 in D Minor.

That's all for this week, have a good weekend.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

New Music This Week, 14th February 2012

This week I've been catching up on recent publications and trying to work through the long list of music which is lying around either on my computer or in a pile of paper notifications by the desk.  Still a long way to go, but I have made good progress!

Starting with piano, we have Goodbye Lenin by Yann Tiersen, The Secret Piano by Alexis Ffrench, Classical Piano Anthology Vol 2, Movie Classics 2 with CD and a revised edition of Microjazz for Absolute Beginners with CD.

For piano duet we have Gurlitt Hours of Rest and Latin for Two.

A new series - From Bach to Ravel - from De Haske covers alto sax, clarinet, oboe and flute, and contains well known pieces arranged for the instruments with CD.  Piano accompaniment separate.

Not to be outdone, Boosey & Hawkes have published a new series - West Side Story Playalong.  Some supply problems for a couple of the instruments, the ones available now are on the website.

A new title in the Jazz Ballads series, this time for flute.  Also for flute, Brass Wind has just published a version for flute in its popular series Winner Scores All (a version with CD will shortly arrive too).  And for treble recorder we have Baroque Recorder Anthology Vol 4.

For two guitars we have Guitar Dance Collection.

Leonard Bernstein's Broadway musical Peter Pan is now available for voice and piano.  Sticking with the American theme, 15 Art Songs for Low Voice is also out.

For choir, we have Kaleidoscope, the latest in the Boosey & Hawkes Concerts for Choirs series, for SSA.  And a new collection of Christopher Norton arrangements, In The Need of Prayer.

That's it for this week, will see how far I can get in my pile of new music before next week!

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

New Music this Week, 07 February 2012

As this is Diamond Jubilee week, I thought I'd start off with the National Anthem.  If you're planning a musical event for the Diamond Jubilee, then this is what you need for your orchestra, and at a great price of £9.99!

I've been catching up on new music published recently and which I've not had time to load.  Here's a quick round-up:

Flute Globetrotters - music for flute with CD

New editions of Fiddle Time Scales 1, Fiddle Time Scales 2, and Viola Time Scales, adjusted to match the recent ABRSM syllabus changes.  OUP have also published a new book in the series - Cello Time Scales.

Play Vienna - De Haske are trying to cash in on the craze for Viennese music with this collection for accordion, violin, trumpet, clarinet, flute, horn, alto sax, cello, piano and trombone.  Some great tunes, with playalong CD.

A new opera - Wagner Dream is a contemporary addition to operatic repertoire.  Copland's Four Motets for SATB is also out now.

For advanced pianists, the Boosey & Hawkes Piano Anthology is a great buy.

Sticking with the piano, Haydn's piano sonata in C and three of Bach's Two Part Inventions are newly published by Wiener Urtext.  And if you need more encouragement to practice, the Great Book of Studies will ensure your technique is perfect!

For young string players, Octotunes is a collection of easy tunes for beginner string ensembles.

That's it for this week, hope you have escaped the snow and ice this week!