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 New Publications, New Sheet Music Publications - May 2018

Welcome to our hand-picked highlights from amongst new and recent sheet music publications, which this month include new editions of symphonies by Dvořák and Vaughan Williams, organ works by Puccini, a critical edition of Handel's oratorio, Judas Maccabaeus, and the vocal score of George Benjamin's most recent opera, Lessons in Love and Violence.

Piano and Organ

Beethoven: Three Piano Sonatas, WoO 47 "Kurfürsten Sonatas"

Bärenreiter continue their survey of Beethoven's piano sonatas under the editorship of Jonathan Del Mar with these three pieces composed in 1783, known as the Kurfürsten Sonatas. For students, they offer an ideal introduction to the early Classical sonata repertoire.

Available Format: Sheet Music

Rachmaninov: Preludes for Piano (Critical Edition)

This Practical Edition of Rachmaninov's Preludes (based on the Critical Edition of the Complete Works), takes into account all extant sources: manuscripts, sketches, drafts, fair copies, publishers’ proofs corrected by the composer and authorised copies, and sound recordings by the composer himself.

Other pieces available: Études-Tableaux, Moments musicaux, Morceaux de fantaisie, and Morceaux de salon.

Available Format: Sheet Music

The Music Notebooks of Mozart and His Sister for Piano

Until now this Bärenreiter edition was only available as part of the boxed set of Mozart’s piano works (now out of print). Based on the New Mozart Edition, this is the only publication to contain all the pieces, sketches and fragments found in the notebooks. The foreword provides information on the pieces themselves as well as on the question of their authorship; besides Mozart’s earliest juvenilia, the notebooks also contain works by Leopold Mozart and others.

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Jazz Piano Basics - Book 1

Book One of a two-volume series presenting the fundamentals of jazz in a logical and accessible manner, primarily through short, progressive exercises. Concepts covered include: improvisation, swing rhythms, common jazz chords and scales, accompaniment techniques, 12-bar blues, and more.

Book 2 also available.

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Ultimate Piano Solos

Over fifty best-selling piano solos, suitable for the intermediate piano player, including Classical pieces such as Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Satie’s Gymnopédie No.1, and Fauré’s Pavane, modern classics from La La Land and Twilight, and songs arranged for piano from the likes of The Piano Guys, Ed Sheeran, Joni Mitchell, and Louis Armstrong.

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The Easy Piano Series: Shows

Specially arranged in a clear, easy-to-read format, this volume contains twelve really easy arrangements of popular show tunes for the Grade 1-2 level pianist, including favourites such as Memory (Cats), Summer Nights (Grease), Wait For It (Hamilton), and more.

Also available - The Easy Piano Series: Film.

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Puccini: Selected Organ Works

Sonate, Versetti, Marce

Now that the manuscripts of the organ sonatas have resurfaced, it has finally become possible to form an acquaintance with the major part of Puccini’s early compositions in Lucca, which until now were known only from anecdotes. This selection of twelve works from Carus Verlag sheds light on this segment of his oeuvre.

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Strings & Guitar

Debussy: Works for Violin and Piano

The first edition of Debussy's Violin Sonata, published during the final year of his life, contained many rhythmic errors, as well as discrepancies between the separate violin part and the piano score. Bärenreiter's new edition examines this piece in a fresh light. In addition, this volume contains arrangements of La fille aux cheveux de lin and Il pleure dans mon coeur by the American violinist Arthur Hartmann, as well as Debussy's own arrangement of his well-known piano piece, Minstrels.

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Fred Sherry: A Grand Tour of Cello Technique

A practice guide for the modern cellist

A Grand Tour of Cello Technique is a thought-provoking practice guide, enabling cellists at all levels to develop their own style through an exploration of different ways of fingering and bowing. With a particular emphasis on music of the 20th and 21st centuries, and its connections with earlier music, Fred Sherry takes the reader on a voyage of discovery of the art and science of cello technique, informed by music ranging from Bach to Berio.

Available Format: Sheet Music

Disney Songs for Violin Duet

Designed for violinists familiar with first position, each two-page arrangement in this collection includes a violin 1 and violin 2 part, with each taking a turn at playing the melody for a fun ensemble experience. Songs include: Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Hakuna Matata, Let It Go, A Spoonful of Sugar, Under the Sea, and more.

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Mexican Folk Fiddle Tunes

42 Traditional Pieces

Forty-two original melodies, from intermediate to difficult level, divided into 'Son huasteco' and 'Son calentano'. All pieces are written for solo violin, including chord symbols. The experienced editors provide background information, instructions for ornamentation and improvisation, and translations of all Spanish texts. The volume also contains an mp3-CD with recordings of all tunes.

Available Format: Sheet Music/CD

Pink Floyd: The Wall (Guitar Recorded Versions)

This folio includes new authentic transcriptions with notes and tablature for all twenty-six songs from the iconic concept album by Pink Floyd, including Run like Hell, Comfortably Numb, Hey You, Young Lust, and more.

Available Format: Sheet Music

Vocal & Choral

Handel: Judas Maccabaeus (Full Score)

Carus Verlag presents the first critical edition of Handel's oratorio. The frequent performances given by Handel himself resulted in a particularly large number of reworkings. This new edition offers the work in two versions: from the first performance in 1747, and from the last oratorio season during Handel’s lifetime (1758/59). A vocal score and orchestral material will be available later in the year.

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George Benjamin: Lessons in Love and Violence (Vocal Score)

Inspired by the fast-moving scenes and vulnerable, complex characters of Elizabethan drama, this new opera by George Benjamin considers what space, if any, exists for love and human affection inside the dangerous machinery of power. A king, compelled to choose between love and political hard-headedness, makes a fatal decision, allowing his country to slide into civil war, and setting his own wife and son implacably against him.

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John Rutter: Carols for SA and Men

9 carols for sopranos, altos, and unison men

This collection includes nine of John Rutter's most popular Christmas carols, re-scored by the composer into three parts: for sopranos, altos, and unison men. These festive favourites continue to delight choirs and audiences across the world.

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Handel: Messiah (Paperback Full Score)

Previously only available as a hardback edition as part of the Halle Handel Edition, this full score of Handel's oratorio has now been published by Bärenreiter in a paperback version. The musical text remains the same, although the foreword has been revised and supplemented by an English translation.

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Bugsy Malone: Piano/Vocal Selections

Six songs from the favourite children’s musical by Paul Williams, arranged for piano and voice with guitar chords. Songs include Fat Sam’s Grand Slam, My Name is Tallulah, Bad Guys, Bugsy Malone, So You Wanna Be a Boxer, and You Give a Little Love.

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Stormzy: Gang Signs & Prayer (Piano, Vocal and Guitar)

Released in 2017, Stormzy's debut album was the first ever grime album to reach No. 1 in the UK charts, and includes hits such as Big For Your Boots, Shut Up, and Blinded By Your Grace. Specially arranged for piano and vocal with full lyrics and chords, this artist-approved book also contains separate lyric pages.

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Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 in G major, op. 88 (Full Score)

The performance material available up until now for Dvořák's Eighth Symphony has been notorious for its myriad mistakes. Jonathan Del Mar's new edition takes into account the engraver’s copy, which was discovered in a bin in 1964. Its title page bears the words “Copied from my original manuscript” in Dvořák's hand. This source proves that many of the readings contained in the first edition, and faithfully adopted in all subsequent editions, were simply slips of the copyist’s pen.

Orchestral material also available.

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Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 4 (Study Score)

Described by Walton as the 'greatest symphony since Beethoven', Vaughan Williams's Fourth Symphony is noted for its dissonant harmonic language. This new scholarly edition from Oxford University Press, edited by David Matthews, replaces the previous edition from 1935. The preface includes an explanation of editorial method and detailed textual notes.

Available Format: Sheet Music