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 New Publications, New Sheet Music Publications - April 2018

Welcome to our hand-picked highlights from amongst new and recent sheet music publications, which this month include music from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, piano music by Bartók from Henle Verlag, a new edition of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto from Bärenreiter (using a recently-discovered source for the solo violin part), and a series of vocal anthologies from Chester Music.

Piano & Organ

Bartók: Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, op. 20

The manner in which Bartók combines folk melodies with subtle, avant-garde sounds here was later described by Bartók himself as venturing to “the outermost limits”. He also breaks up the song structures so radically into their constituent motives that the title “improvisations” best conveys his approach to this folk music. The musical text of this Urtext edition, edited by Bartók expert László Somfai, is taken from the relevant volume of the Bartók Complete Edition.

Available Format: Sheet Music

Bartók: Romanian Christmas Songs

In the first edition of 1918, these pieces were conceived for children’s hands and so were published “without octaves”; but in the revised edition of 1936 presented here, Bartók added an appendix featuring alternative “concert versions”. Henle's Urtext edition integrates these concert variants directly into the musical text, and also offers the original melodies and translations of the texts to provide an insight into the origins of this rather different kind of Christmas music.

Available Format: Sheet Music

Mozart: Piano Sonata in A major, K331 (300i)

This new Urtext edition of Mozart’s Piano Sonata in A major K331 (300i), with the famous Rondo ‘Alla turca’, draws on a recently-discovered autograph source to create a version which has substantial differences to earlier editions – particularly in the six variations and the Menuetto. Particular attention is also paid to the specific use of articulation marks, as Mozart learned to use them from his father Leopold.

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Debussy: Nocturne for Piano

One of Debussy's most popular early piano works, this piece is straightforward in its construction but highly advanced in its harmonies. Nothing is known about the history of its composition: Debussy’s 1892 contract with his publisher states merely that the composer had originally called it “Interlude”, but then decided upon the far more suitable title of “Nocturne”.

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Einaudi: Graded Pieces For Piano - Preparatory To Grade 2

This folio presents twenty of Ludovico Einaudi's most popular piano works in special arrangements matched to the grade criteria of the major examination boards, designed as a progressive course for beginner players. Each piece is preceded by companion exercises which focus on specific techniques or musical ideas.

Also available for Grades 3-5.

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The Chester Piano Anthology

Thirty-nine popular works for piano featuring selected works from the major exam board syllabuses, spanning Grades 5 to 8 and beyond. Featured composers include Elgar, Holst, Milhaud, Glass, Barber, Terry Riley, Judith Weir, Nico Muhly, and many more.

Available Format: Sheet Music

Thirty Contemporary Pieces for Solo Piano

This collection presents music by twenty-four of the world's foremost composers, featuring thirteen previously unpublished scores. Suitable for intermediate-level pianists, these engaging, accessible pieces reflect the spectrum of styles present in the music of today, including composers such as Max Richter, Joby Talbot, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Dario Marianelli, and more.

Available Format: Sheet Music

Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (Solo Piano)

Star Wars composer John Williams returned to compose the soundtrack to this latest instalment of the blockbuster franchise, and he has approved the piano solo arrangements in this songbook, including pieces such as The Rebellion is Reborn, Fun with Finn and Rose, The Supremacy, Canto Bight, The Battle of Crait, and more.

Also available for easy piano.

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Herbert Sumsion: Complete Organ Works

Herbert Sumsion was born in Gloucester in 1899, and succeeded Herbert Brewer as Organist and Master of the Choristers at Gloucester Cathedral. His compositions are in the same mould as Howells and Finzi, and yet there is a distinct style that endears his music to performers and listeners alike. His church music compositions have been prolific and wide-ranging. This volume presents his complete works for organ.

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Strings

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, op. 64

One of the violinists with whom Mendelssohn is known to have performed his violin concerto was Hubert Léonard, a young Belgian virtuoso about whom little is known. Recently-discovered proofs for the violin part reveal how Léonard played the concerto. Besides containing bowing marks and fingerings, they also show how Léonard executed shifts of position and where he employed open strings, as well as modifications to dynamic markings and additional legato bowings. Alongside this revised edition, Bärenreiter has also published the early version of the concerto from 1844, and a separate booklet on performance practice.

Available Format: Sheet Music

Hot Violin 1 - 20 Easy Pop Pieces in 1st Position

The wide variety of pieces in this book from blues, jazz, rock and pop music is suitable for beginners and intended for lessons and the first performances. The pupils are carefully introduced to technical and musical themes, starting with several one-finger pieces before working on first-position fingerings. Additional parts are available for download free of charge.

Available Format: Sheet Music/CD

Easy Concert Pieces for Double Bass and Piano Volume 1

A varied selection of easy concert pieces for double bass and piano from the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods through to the modern era, ordered according to level of musical and technical difficulty. Volume 1 contains pieces in half and first position, and some simple techniques such as portato, staccato and legato bowing are introduced along with pizzicato, using rudimentary dynamics ranging from piano to forte, crescendo and decrescendo and simple phrasing.

Available Format: Sheet Music/CD

Woodwind & Brass

10 Favourite Film Themes For Flute

This interactive play-along book contains ten classic film themes in easy arrangements, suitable for grades 1-3, including films such as Frozen, Beauty And The Beast, The Great Escape, and many more. Also included are professionally recorded backing tracks and demo recordings to stream or download.

Also available for clarinet and saxophone.

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Guilmant: Morceau symphonique for trombone and piano

and Morceau de lecture à vue

Alexandre Guilmant was one of the great representatives of the French Romantic organ school, and composed almost exclusively for that instrument. A rare exception is this Morceau symphonique, written in 1902 for the Paris Conservatoire’s annual trombone class competition, here presented in its first-ever Urtext edition. Henle also offers the sight-reading piece that Guilmant wrote for the same competition, published here for the very first time.

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The Essence Of The Blues (Flute)

10 etudes for playing and improvising on the blues

This new method provides musicians with an introduction to the language of blues. In ten solo studies, which can be accompanied by professionally performed and recorded playbacks, the musician learns to master the essential basics step by step. Each piece comes with appropriate scale exercises, tips for studying and practising, and suggestions for improvisations.

Also available for clarinet, alto & tenor saxophone, trumpet, and trombone..

Available Format: Sheet Music/CD

Vocal & Choral

Novello Easy Chorals

This collection presents a varied selection of pieces, flexibly scored in one, two, or sometimes three easy parts. Suitable for choirs of all types, each arrangement comes with helpful tips, from advice on vocal technique to developing good choral practice. There are ideas to enhance your performance beyond the music, and exercises based on the pieces to help improve singing both individually and as a choir.

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The Chester Vocal Anthology: Soprano

Twenty-five popular works for soprano with piano accompaniment, featuring selected pieces from the major exam board syllabuses, spanning Grades 5 to 8 and beyond. Includes a preface and performance notes by Mary Bevan and Joseph Middleton.

Also available for mezzo-soprano/contralto, tenor, and baritone/bass.

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Korngold: Die Tote Stadt (Study Score)

Korngold's operatic masterpiece, composed when he was only 23, was one of the great stage successes of the 1920s and 30s. Korngold was fascinated by the libretto's symbolic plot and created an iridescent orchestral score awash with vivid colours. Eulenburg presents this study score of the complete opera.

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Taylor Swift: Reputation (PVG)

Taylor Swift's 2017 album continues her chart-topping success, led by the previously-released singles Look What You Made Me Do and ...Ready for It. This songbook features these songs plus thirteen more arranged for piano and voice with guitar chord frames.

Also available for easy piano and guitar.

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Disney Songs for Male Singers (Music Minus One)

The music in this book includes the lyrics, vocal lines, and piano accompaniments for ten favourite Disney songs. The online audio tracks contain demos for listening, and separate professionally-recorded full-band backing tracks so you can sing along. Songs include The Bare Necessities, Strangers like Me, You've Got a Friend in Me, Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, and others.

Also available for female singers.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber: Unmasked - The Platinum Collection (PVG)

Andrew Lloyd Webber turned seventy last month, and this compilation is being released in commemoration of his fifty-year career of composing classic Broadway musicals. This folio for piano, voice, and guitar features thirty-nine songs including Another Suitcase in Another Hall, Any Dream Will Do, Don't Cry for Me Argentina, Love Never Dies, Memory, Pie Jesu, Sunset Boulevard, You're in the Band, and more.

Also available for easy piano.

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Theory

Lang Lang Music Theory Cards

This pack of fifty-two brightly coloured cards features imaginative ‘True or false’, ‘What’s the difference?’ and ‘Explain this!’ questions to improve note-reading and music theory skills. Designed to make theory fun and extend knowledge, the Lang Lang Music Theory Cards can be used alongside The Lang Lang Piano Method, but are also ideal for any beginner musician.

Available Format: Accessory