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.... 

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