September 2003 - NEW ISSUES
Debussy - An Album
The piano music of French composer Claude-Achille Debussy (1862-1918) constitutes one of the most original bodies of Keyboard music ever written. Debussy's musical evolution is reflected in the way his music grows from its roots in the French romantic school to a thoroughly twentieth century style by the works of his maturity such as the Préludes and Études. Along the way, Debussy absorbed and transformed all of the musical influences he came under, from Wagnerian harmony, to jazz dance rhythms, Oriental painting and decorative arts and the unusual sound of the Javanese Gamelan Orchestra. This generous volume (80 pages) in the Basic Piano Literature Series, covers music from the formative stages of his development to his musical maturity, has been meticulously edited with reference to the best contemporary and urtext sources, and includes insightful notes on each piece by Phyllis Lehrer and Paul Sheftel. The volume includes the complete Children's Corner Suite, Cake-walk (Le Petite Negre), Arabesque No. 1, Clair de Lune, La plus que lente, Rêverie, and four of the Préludes for Piano (La Cathédrale engloutie, La fille aux cheveux de lin, Minstrels and Bruyères). This is a collection that belongs in the library of every piano teacher and serious piano student.
PL117 - Debussy - An Album - ed. Lehrer and Sheftel - Piano Album - $9.95 (ISBN 0-8258-5004-5)
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Swing Into Christmas
Here's a Christmas collection for piano that is hip and really fun to play. These uniquely jazz-styled arrangements of favorite Christmas songs have been written in a variety of current styles: Swing, Latin, Rock and Ballad. The play-along CD will give the player a chance to "jam" with a fine jazz combo. There are two tracks on the CD for each carol or song, one with alto sax solo and rhythm secion (piano, drum & bass) and one without the solo part, for playing along purposes. Repertoire offered includes: Angels We Have Heard on High, Deck the Halls, The First Noel, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, Go Tell It on the Mountain, Greensleeves (What Child Is This?), Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Jingle Bells and more.
ATJ324 - Swing Into Christmas - arr. Strommen - Piano Book - $14.95 (ISBN 0-8258-5315-X)
Gramercy Square is a beautiful collection of intermediate level pieces in a lyrical style, with strong, memorable melodies and simple left hand accompaniments. The music is an atmospheric look at the sights, sounds and memories produced by urban life in and around a New York landmark. This is music shaped and propelled by the melodic impulse and will be very satisfying for young pianists to play. The book's pieces are titled Come October, Gramercy Square, Letter from Home, Public Transportation, Sand Pebble, Secrets and Summer's End.
PL1025 - Gramercy Square - Scianni - Piano Book - $7.95 (ISBN 0-8258-5075-4)
Snare Drum Duets
Snare Drum Duets is a collection of graded (three levels) duets for two snare drums designed to be a training tool for young drum players. Compared to playing solos alone, performing a duet with another performer teaches balance, precision and concentration skills, which are required for any kind of ensemble playing from rock and jazz to orchestral situations. The book comes with a CD of the duet performance, as well as additional performance tracks for Part 1 and Part 2, for play-along purposes. Students of these duets will learn precision use of both stick on the drum in unison, balance between performers, control of matched dynamics, accents, stick bounces and much more.
DRM106 - Snare Drum Duets - Brown - 2 Snare Drums (Book with CD) -- $14.95 (ISBN 0-8258-4990-X)