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2017/11/17

To Notice Such Things – Jon Lord

Suite for flute solo, piano and string orchestra

Jon Lord

 

•  Composed in 6 contrasting movements

•  Written in memory of a friend

• By former keyboard player of Deep Purple

 

Written in memory of Sir John Mortimer, To Notice Such Things is composed in 6 contrasting movements for flute and piano. Each movement of the work reflects an aspect of Mortimer’s personality.

Lord says of the piece, “I wanted to give the flute the job of speaking for John throughout the Suite; his laughter and his sighs, his wistfulness and occasional mild cantankerousness, his playfulness, and also the anguish and then the acceptance of his final days.”

Jon Lord is the former keyboard player for the band, Deep Purple. His work, To Notice Such Things also appears on a studio album of the same name, released in 2010.

 

Schott Student Edition: Serenade & Valse for Cello

Serenade & Valse

Marie Dare

• Suitable for lessons and performance

• Easy to intermediate

• With tips and tricks

Serenade & Valse by the relatively unknown composer, Marie Dare is an attractive addition to the repertoire in the first years of study (Level 2) and can be played entirely in first position.
The Schott Student Edition presents motivational teaching repertoire in five levels, from easy to advanced. These editions feature easy-to-read printing along with tips and suggestions from highly experienced music educators.

 

3 Character Pieces for Clarinet

Bestiary

Alexis Ciesla

• Perfect for intermediate students
• Interesting and fun character pieces
• Intermediate level piano accompaniment

 

Alexis Ciesla’s musical Bestiarium presents wild animals at play.
The characters of rattlesnake, koi and fox are presented in three sound sentences.
Ideal for clarinet students with 3-4 years of instruction. The accompanying piano voices are well suited for students of the same age.

2017/11/14

Two New Cello Works by Kapustin

• For cello and piano

• Kapustin’s iconic jazz style

 

Burlesque Op. 97

Burlesque is a jolly piece, starting with two lines of solo cello music (arco), which  switches to pizzicato as the piano picks up the theme. The work parodies contrasting styles, abruptly juxtaposing a jazz idiom with a lyrical, romantic line, all the time displaying a great sense of humour in this frequent exchange. Towards the end a teasing dialogue ensues between cello and piano as they toss the jazz theme back and forth.

In 1999 Kapustin wrote three short compositions for cello and piano, BurlesqueElegy (ED 22848) and Nearly Waltz (ED 22852).

 

Nearly Waltz Op. 98

Nearly Waltz refers to both the tempo and mood, but alternately switches between 5/4 and 3/4 time. The cheerful theme in the cello is accompanied by the almost stormy piano part. The middle section is in a regular waltz tempo and is framed by the key part, which again resumes the opening theme.

 

Easy Concert Pieces for Clarinet and Piano

Volumes 1 and 2

Mauz / Warnecke

• Easy to intermediate

• Wide variety of styles

• Play-along CD included

 

The Easy Concert Pieces series provides a veritable treasure trove of easy repertoire for lessons, concerts and enjoyment, carefully selected by Rudolph Mauz, in accordance with pedagogical methods. Featuring works from the Baroque to Modern eras, a wide variety of styles are covered.

Volume 1 contains easy pieces that are playable in the first two years of lessons. The included piano accompaniments are also easy and therefore can be played by another student. Alternatively all accompaniments are available on the play-along CD.
Works by:
Charpentier, Petzold, Clarke, Vivaldi, Graupner, Haydn, Antoni, , Reinagle, Lefèfre, Blasius, Beethoven, Baermann, Kranz, Tschaikowsky, Sullivan, Fleissner, Mauz, Haussmann, Telemann, Handel, Steibelt, Schubert, Strauss, Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Grieg, Humperdinck, MacDowell, ravel, Joplin, Seiber, Zehm, Regner, and Cullen.

2017/10/13

Pocket Fantasies for Solo Guitar

Pocket Fantasies
37 Miniatures for Solo Guitar

Thomas Fellow

• Repertoire book with 37 original compositions
• Challenging pieces for concert guitar
• From the composer of the standard work FellowGuitarBook

 

Thomas Fellow forms a mosaic of 37 melodious miniatures. As a musical crossover artist, Fellow manages to develop his own personal musical language by naturally combining modern sounds with the instrument’s concert tradition.

Contents include: Kaleidoscope – Two Tiny Feet – Fabula – Zoo Tales – Firmamentum Suite – Minotaurus – Tarantula – Fancy Dances – and many more.

Thomas Fellow is a professor of acoustic guitar at the Carl Maria von Weber University of Music in Dresden. This training was established on his initiative there. The innovative, contemporary approach of combining existing fundamental elements of classical guitar education and jazz guitar education with the wealth of folkloric influences is unique.

The Saxophone Method

The Saxophone Method Book 1 and Repertoire Book 1

John O’Neill

• Understand the fundamentals of good playing technique
• Gain the confidence to play with a real band
• Featuring live-recorded backing tracks and extra online content
• Volume 2 coming November

 

From best-selling author, John O’Neill, The Saxophone Method is a complete course for the beginner to intermediate saxophonist. Start by mastering the essential foundation techniques of breathing, embouchure, tone production, and tonguing required to be a great player in any style. With a wide range of tunes from all over the world you will be exposed to a great variety of musical styles to motivate and inspire.
The mp3 backing tracks, available as free downloads, feature top professional musicians and will give you the feeling of playing in a great band from the very beginning.
The Saxophone Method is supplemented by two Repertoire Books to give you even more music to practice and enjoy, and perfectly complements the Jazz Method for Saxophone.

 

Saxophone Mantras

15 Technical Studies for Saxophone

Christoph Enzel

  • Targeted techniques
  • For all saxophonists
  • Also useful as warm-ups

 

An ideal reference for advanced saxophonists that can be used in lessons or as concert preparation. This book brings together studies that focus on saxophone-specific technical difficulties, such as register changes, dexterity in the low register, and coordination of the ring and little fingers. Similar to Buddhist meditation mantras, the exercises are repeated, gradually increasing in difficulty and endurance.

2017/09/18

Piano Junior Level 3 available now!

Piano Junior

Level 3 – Lesson Book, Performance, Duet, and Theory

Hans-Günter Heumann

The third installment of this popular new piano method has now been released. This brings 4 new titles to the PJ range including a lesson book, duet book, theory book and performance book.

Level three expands on key concepts from books one and two including expanding wider intervals, crossing over and passing over,  accompaniment using typical chord progressions, a basic introduction to pedal work and a wider music vocabularly to name just a few.

 

What is Piano Junior?
Piano Junior is a superb piano course for beginners. It’s creative, it’s interactive, it’s colourful, it has its own website with additional online material – and most importantly, it really works! Its characters, PJ the friendly robot and his sidekick Mozart the dog, motivate and encourage children throughout each level. The course is available as core Lesson Books, along with supplementary Theory, Duet and Performance Books at each stage.

Who is Piano Junior for?
Suitable for children from around the age of 6, Piano Junior takes young students on their first steps and prepares them with a solid foundation for early grades.

A method for the digital age
Teachers, parents and students can visit www.piano-junior.com for demonstration videos and recordings, along with a host of other free downloadable resources which really bring practice sessions at home to life!

Other titles in the series:

Piano Junior: Duet Book 3 Piano Junior: Duet Book 3
7,00 €
Piano Junior: Theory Book 3 Piano Junior: Theory Book 3
8,00 €
Piano Junior: Performance Book 3 Piano Junior: Performance Book 3
7,00 €

 

Kapustin for all!

Sonatina

opus 100

Nikolai Kapustin

• Special edition to celebrate Kapustin’s 80th birthday
• Approachable to intermediate players
• With a Preface by Masahiro Kawakami

There are few pieces in Kapustin’s oevre which are not written in his iconic virtuosic style. After being approached by a music school for children, the composer wrote this Sonata with the direction that it should be “not too difficult”.

The Sonatina is written in one movement using Kapustin’s expected jazz influence. The piece is written in the style of a simple classical sonatina, which makes it easily approachable, and sounds like a fusion of Haydn and Mozart with a jazz combo.