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Ghostly Piano Tales

By Melanie Spanswick

• Fascinating and mysterious ghost stories

• For beginners' lessons and first auditions

• Experimental playing techniques 

Ghostly Piano Tales is a collection of 24 imaginative solo piano pieces of very easy to medium difficulty, which are ideally suited for beginners' lessons and first auditions.

The selection presents mysterious stories of ghostly and supernatural phenomena from all over the world. Some of the numerous mythical legends, beings and places date back centuries. With interpretation notes on experimental playing techniques. 


ISMN: 979-0-001-21993-8
Price: £ 12.50 / € 14.50
Order No: ED 23833

 

 

The Matrix

By Don Davis

• Study Score

• Choral feature

• Orchestral Work

It was one of the most groundbreaking science fiction films of all time. The Matrix was an overwhelming success when it was released by Warner Bros. in 1999, praised by critics and audiences alike. The film follows the story of Neo, a computer hacker who discovers that the 'reality' known to most people is a computer-simulated world—the 'Matrix'—controlled by sentient machines. It is actually two hundred years in the future, and most humans have been cultivated so that our bodies can be harvested for energy. A group of rebels born into this dystopian future, led by Morpheus, recruit and extract Neo, who they believe will fulfil a prophecy to bring balance between man and machine. The Wachowskis' main inspiration was Baudrillard's 1981 book Simulacra & Simulation. They even made the cast read it. But they also looked to films from the past, such as Total Recall, Ghost in the Shell and the works of Kurosawa. With the story and their unique visual style in place, the Wachowskis turned to collaborator Don Davis to write the music.

Don Davis has enjoyed success ranging from his well-known film and television scores to contemporary orchestral and chamber works for the concert stage. For The Matrix, he turned to minimalism—specifically the work of Adams and Glass—as a model for the sound. He seamlessly fused concert music, elements of "Hollywood" style and many avant-garde compositional techniques to create a unique post-modern sound.

Central to the score is the recurring motif of cross-fading brass chords. As the shifting chords swell, each group struggles for dominance, mirroring the competing realities on the screen. Other features include the blurry effect of 16th notes in the low strings, representing the droplets of computer code. A choir appears periodically, signalling both the horror of humanity's enslavement and the hope that Neo will save them from their dystopian world and bring peace to man and machine.

Now musicians, music students, conductors—all music lovers—can study The Matrix in this durable, high-quality edition, carefully reproduced and edited from the original handwritten manuscript. The 2nd edition features a new layout, corrections to minor engraving errors, and a detailed analysis by Dr Chris Heckman based on his doctoral thesis.


ISMN: 979-89-85795-59-2
Price: £ 70.00/ € 79.00
Order No: OMNI 95592

 

 

How to train your Dragon 3: The Hidden World

By John Powell

• Study Score

• Part of the How to Train Your Dragon Soundtracks series 

• Orchestral Work

With How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, director Dean DeBlois completed his trilogy of films for DreamWorks Animation, based on the book series by Cressida Cowell. Like its two predecessors, it was a financial success for the studio, grossing $520 million worldwide. Once again, DeBlois turned to John Powell to provide the musical narration.

This time, instead of relying heavily on existing music, Powell wrote a plethora of new themes, including one for the rumoured Hidden World and the vicious warlord Grimmel the Grisly. Powell composed a new love theme when Toothless meets a rare female Light Fury dragon; the light and feathery melody accompanies them as they flirt in the sky.

Throughout the score, Powell's inventive melodies and textures remain focused on providing a clear narrative. As with the previous two entries, this music required exceptional dexterity from the musicians as they performed over 100 minutes of dazzling and eye-catching orchestral music.

For the first time, musicians, music students, conductors – anyone who loves music – can study How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World in this durable, high-quality edition, carefully reproduced and edited from the original scores.


ISMN: 979-89-85795-58-5
Price: £ 70.00/ € 79.00
Order No: OMNI 95585

 

 

The Mask of Zorro

By James Horner

• Study Score

• Orchestral Work

For more than a century, the legendary tale of Zorro has graced screens big and small. Despite a television series in the early 90s, it had been 50 years since the hero had been seen on the big screen. That changed in 1998 when TriStar Pictures released director Martin Campbell's swashbuckling adventure film, The Mask of Zorro, which captivated audiences worldwide. It's more of a sequel, as we see an ageing Don de la Vega passing the torch to the next generation. But the film integrates the traditional moral themes of the genre, protecting the poor and defenceless while resisting oppression. At a time when CGI was the new kid on the block, the filmmakers chose to tell the story without the aid of computers, relying instead on death-defying stunts and practical effects. One of the essential elements that contributed to its success was the evocative musical score composed by James Horner. 

Campbell's "practical rather than CGI" approach inspired Horner to adopt a similar strategy, using a smaller orchestra with a minimum of electronics. Even with a modest ensemble, Horner created one of his most colourful, sweeping and exciting scores. Much of the score features the vibrant flamenco style, defined by hand-clapping, foot-stomping (zapateado) and rhythmic guitar. Horner also captured the Spanish (and Mexican) essence with folk instruments such as castanets and tambourine. And much of the melodic and harmonic content is derived from the Spanish Phrygian scale.

The love story between Zorro (Antonio Banderas) and Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones) allowed Horner to create a sweeping, memorable love theme. The dramatic ascending and descending melody perfectly captures their passionate, tumultuous relationship, while the simplicity of the opening phrase reflects the innocence of the young child we see at the beginning of the film.

Now musicians, music students, conductors – any music lover – can study The Mask of Zorro in this durable, high-quality edition, carefully reproduced and edited from the original handwritten manuscript.


ISMN: 979-89-85795-56-1
Price: £ 70.00/ € 79.00
Order No: OMNI 95561

 

 

Piano Concerto in A Minor

By Leokadiya Kashperova

The Piano Concerto (1900) is Kashperova's earliest surviving orchestral work, and it was premiered by the composer the following year in Moscow and St Petersburg, bringing her much wider recognition and paving the way for an international career. Cast in three movements and in a Romantic idiom, pianistic virtuosity is often channelled into the pianist’s left hand, which is required to negotiate widely-spaced ‘extreme’ arpeggios – awkwardly angular when adagio, fiendishly technical when molto allegro. Kashperova’s orchestral colours are achieved by felicitous solos for the woodwind, horns and brass. Noteworthy, too, are unexpected glimpses of chamber music when, in the last movement for example, the piano combines fleetingly with solo violin and solo cello in passages. The concerto’s quick music (Molto allegro and Allegro con anima) admirably portrays the vivacious personality of their composer, described in 1906 as offering those around her ‘an abundance of joy, excitement and fun’. The central movement, by contrast, is a tender Adagio which offers the listener a gem of musical poetry.


ISMN: 978-1-78454-906-0
Price: £ 25.99/ € 29.00
Order No: BH 14202

 

 

Let Us Love One Another

By James MacMillan

• Choral Work

• Suitable for Easter, weddings or general thanksgiving

• Easy - Intemediate 

Setting of a prayer by Mother Cornelia Connelly, foundress of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus in 1846 and latterly Mayfield School. In 1863 she was inspired to transform the ruins of the Old Palace of Mayfield into a girls’ school embodying the ethos of the Society; this was accomplished in 1872. The Cornelian ethos of the text make this piece suitable for a wide range of occasions, such as Easter, weddings and general thanksgiving. The choral writing is expressively scored in response to the poem; the organ part, for manuals throughout, is supportive and provides musical punctuation, with a short decorative postlude. 


ISMN: 978-1-78454-905-3
Price: £ 3.75/ € 5.00
Order No: BH 14201

 

 

In Carmel's Shade

This is an approachable and affecting setting of a devotional poem by the revered Carmelite nun St Thérèse of Lisieux (1873–97). The choral writing, marked ‘placid’, comprises simple four-part homophony.

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9 Komponistinnen aus 3 Jahrhunderten (9 Compositions from 3 Centuries)

The 7th volume of the Urtext Primo series with easy-to-master pieces features female composers of three centuries, including Elisabetta Gambarini and Marianna von Martines (representing the 18th century), Louise Farrenc, Fanny Hensel, Clara Schumann, Francisca Gonzaga, and Marie Jaëll (19th cent.) as well as Mélanie Bonis and Lili Boulanger (20th cent.). In addition to the already published edition in German and English, this volume is now also available in French and Spanish, including practising and playing tips, short biographies of the composers and tabular information on the level of difficulty.

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