Friday, 26 October 2012

New Sheet Music This Week, 26th Oct 2012

At this time of year, new publications start to slow up a bit, but there are still plenty in the pipeline.

One of the instruments which suffers from a lack of good quality, interesting and above all inexpensive music is the French Horn.  Would you pay well over £20 for a book of studies?  Yikes!  Brass Wind Publications are trying to reverse that trend, almost single-handedly, and have published a number of new music books this year.  The latest is Philip Godfrey's Three Impromptus for Horn, which arrived this week.

At this time of year I get bombarded with lists of Christmas music from publishers, I can't put it all on the website so I pick and choose, trying to get something for every instrument.  So this week I also got Great Carols for F/Eb horn, which has a CD included too.  There really aren't too many carol books for horn.  I also got Great Carols for Flute, Oboe and Mallets, which has to be a first in music publishing!  Also looking to fill another gap, I got Great Carols for Bassoon, Trombone and Euphonium (TC and BC).  There aren't many carol books for bassoon either, so bassoonists get a raw deal at Christmas.

Other new sheet music this week:

Spectrum for Piano Duet(ABRSM)

Piping Down the Valleys Wild for flute (Brass Wind)

Mahler's Adagietto from the 5th Symphony for Organ (Suddeutscher Musikkverlag)

A new edition of Petr Eben's Musica Dominicalis for organ

Organ and Keyboard Music at the Salzburg Court 1500-1800 (Barenreiter)

Friday, 12 October 2012

New Sheet Music this week, 12th October 2012

The exam boards have deluged us with new syllabus books this summer and it's been hard to keep up.  Some old favourites still there, but new books making an appearance too.  This book - Scaley Winners - actually qualifies under both categories as it is a renamed and republished book that has been around for a while - as Easy Winners for the Lower Grade Scales.  It got confused with Easy Winners a lot, so it is now a lot clearer though just the same. It contains tunes specially selected for containing chunks of scales, to help kids both learn the scales and see the point of them!

Faber have been re-publishing Improve Your Sight Reading books in line with recent changes i ABRSM syllabi.  This week we have the book for cello grades 4-5, and a new one for piano duets, Grades 0-1 and Grades 2-3.

Faber has also published a title for violin called "Best of Grade".  There are 5 books, covering grades 1 to 5, and they contain a collection of previous exam pieces and favourites appropriate for each grade, with a playalong CD too.

The lastest in Schott's Jazz Ballads series, this time for Trumpet, is also available now.  A songlist to die for:
 Dream A Little Dream Of Me
  - What A Wonderful World
  - Night And Day
  - Moon River
  - Body And Soul
  - Summertime
  - Hills
  - My Funny Valentine
  - Autumn Leaves
  - Bein' Green
  - My Way
  - Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
  - Blue Moon
  - Imagination
  - As Time Goes By
  - So What

along with backing CD.

Sticking with trumpet, a new collection of Graded Exercises and Studies by Phil Lawrence is now out.

Exploring Jazz Drums is also another new addition to Schott's Exploring Jazz collection, comes with CD.

The complete organ music of Charles Ives has just been published by Theodore Presser.

And turning to Christmas, we have a number of pieces for choir:
Angels and Shepherds, The Earthly Choir, and A Blue Christmas, all by Christopher Norton.

Finally, for the budding vocalists, there is It's Never too Late to Sing Christmas, carols and songs with a CD containing piano accompaniments.

More Christmas next time....