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Work of the Week – Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Das Wunder der Heliane

The rediscovery continues: Erich Wolfgang Korngold's long-forgotten opera Das Wunder der Heliane (“The Miracle of Heliane”) has experienced a renaissance in recent years. A new version of the piece is now being premiered: The Nederlandse Reisopera presents Das Wunder der Heliane in a version for medium orchestra by Fergus McAlpine. This means that smaller opera houses can now also perform the piece. The premiere will take place in Enschede on September 30.

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Remembering Anthony Gilbert (1934-2023)

Schott Music is very sad to learn that British Composer Anthony Gilbert passed away on 5 July 2023.  Gilbert’s career as a published composer began on 7 September 1962 when he assigned the copyright for his Piano Sonata to Schott and this was followed soon after with the publication of his Missa Brevis and Sinfonia for chamber orchestra.  This formal relationship with Schott lasted until 1994 before Gilbert started a new relationship with University of York Music Press, his most well-known works include Nine or Ten Osannas, Crow-Cry, Moonfaring, Six of the Bestiary and Certain Lights Reflecting.

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The Twentieth-Century Renaissance of Solo Music for Violoncello

It is impossible to imagine the music scene of the past 40 years without the presence of the cellist Julius Berger. Born in Augsburg, he has enriched the music world in myriad ways as a performer, a teacher, and a thinker who explores ideas beyond the “beaten path”. Among other things, he made a significant contribution to the literature of his instrument with his discovery and first recording of Luigi Boccherini's concertos, as well as through his commitment to new music through numerous world premieres.

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Inspiring Female Composers

In honour of International Women’s Day, we at Schott Music are proud to showcase the careers and insightful compositions of Dobrinka Tabakova, Zoë Martlew, and Priaulx Rainier.

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In Celebration of Lunar New Year

In keeping with the Lunar calendar, Lunar New Year, commonly referred to as Chinese New Year, is an annual 15-day celebration which typically begins on the first new moon of the year and lasts until the following full moon. This year celebrations began on January 22nd 2023.

Each year in the Lunar calendar is represented by one of 12 Chinese zodiac. The Lunar New Year marks the transition from one animal to the next with 2023 being the Year of the Rabbit.

Whilst Lunar New Year is now celebrated around the world, it remains one of the most important festivals in China as well as other East Asian countries including Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Mongolia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines. Traditionally the festival began as a time to honour deities and ancestors, but more recently it has become a time to feast and visit family members. To observe this year’s festival, we’re celebrating our Chinese composers and the works that they’ve published with Schott Music.

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Marcus Weiss presents new CD

After the saxophone was invented a good 180 years ago, it enjoyed great success in certain musical styles. It has never found a regular place in the symphony orchestra, however. It is still seen as fairly new, and it has not been showered with solo works either - at least until recently. Marcus Weiss has now selected four very characteristic concert pieces from the last two decades that demonstrate a wide range of possibilities for the instrument.

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Happy 80th birthday to Gavin Bryars

Schott Music wishes composer Gavin Bryars a very happy 80th birthday! We are immensely proud of our many years working with Gavin and look forward to celebrating this milestone anniversary with a number of events including a new harpsichord concerto for Mahan Esfahani in March with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and a portrait concert at King's Place in November which will coincide with the release of a new book by David Wordsworth, published by Kahn & Averill.

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