Jan Freidlin: Four Stories

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The ability to write an effective miniature for solo piano – one which is personal but idiomatic, original but accessible – remains one of the true challenges for any composer, and one that many “big names” in classical music have seemingly avoided.

Not so for composer Jan Freidlin, who succeeds not just once but four times in quick succession in his latest publication from Edition Dohr, Four Stories.

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Blues, Boogie & Gospel Collection

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tim-richards-bluesTim Richards will be known to many readers as the best-selling author of the seminal Improvising Blues Piano, which set a new standard in jazz education publishing upon its first release back in 1997.

His follow up books Exploring Jazz Piano volumes 1 and 2, and Exploring Latin Piano (co-written with John Crawford de Cominges) have consolidated his place as a leading authority in the field of blues and jazz piano playing and teaching. Before proceeding, let me say that if you don’t already own Tim’s previous books, you owe it to yourself to buy copies right away.

Tim’s latest publication (once again brought to us by the forward-thinking Schott Music) is called Tim Richards Blues, Boogie and Gospel Collection – hereafter BBGC for short.

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Sheet Music: November 2016

Continuing the new review format launched last month, this month’s round-up of the latest Sheet Music includes:

  • The Faber Music Piano Anthology (Faber)
  • Barbara Arens: Piano Tranquillo / Vivace (Edition Breitkopf)
  • The Piano Playlist (Schott Music)
  • My First Chopin (Schott Music)

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Sheet Music: October 2016

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When I launched Pianodao, I didn’t plan to write sheet music reviews here, so I couldn’t have imagined how popular they would soon become!

I hope you will enjoy the new monthly format offering a round up of the latest sheet music, with an in-depth review of the month’s  “Pianodao Choice” followed by short reviews of other recent publications.

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Christine Brown’s Printed Legacy

Following on from Karen Marshall’s moving tribute to the late Christine Brown, I have pleasure in providing an overview of Christine’s publications, which are available from Faber Music.

The ten books I will be looking at collectively add up to a huge addition to any piano student or teacher’s library, and teachers may well find that some of these titles become standard resources they return to regularly.

These books were published in addition to Christine’s well-known edition of Czerny’s 101 Exercises Op.261, also published by Faber Music, which Karen has already recommended in her tribute.

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Piano Village (Elena Kats-Chernin)

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Elena Kats-Chernin (born 1957) is an Australian composer, originally from Uzbekistan (at the time part of the Soviet Union). Kats-Chernin has won numerous prizes, and her music was featured in the opening ceremony’s of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and the 2003 Rugby World Cup. Her output includes 6 operas, the popular ballet Wild Swans, numerous orchestral and instrumental works, film scores and a large amount of piano music.

Piano Village brings together 25 of her piano solos in a single gorgeously presented volume recently published in the UK by Boosey & Hawkes. And it’s a stunning book.

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