Alison Mathews is a contemporary British composer whose delightful piano music has established itself as one of the highlights within the growing Editions Musica Ferrum catalogue.
I have previously given glowing reviews to her excellent Treasure Trove (for intermediate pianists, read the review) and Doodles (for elementary players, reviewed here).
Alison’s latest collection is aimed at the early advanced player. Landscapes: Poetic Piano Solos consists of 14 original compositions that would suit players between around UK Grade 5-7 level. Let’s take a look (and a listen!) …
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In this guest post, Alison Mathews outlines a fabulous benefit project she has committed to, as well as unveiling a brilliant new piano composition…
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Guest Post by Alison Mathews
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With Halloween approaching, it is an excellent time to engage pupils in some creative work and explore the evocative and haunting sounds the piano can make. I’d like to share a short story and resources that may inspire you and your pupils to be creative!
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Sheet Music Review by Guest Reviewer Karen Marshall
I was delighted last week to receive the above publications which I have been readily using with my students of all ages and grades.
Initial impressions after using Mosaic with my whole teaching practice are that these books are best placed with the teenage and adult market, but with material also for primary age children. Younger children in my practice loved compositions in the collection particularly by Ben Crosland and Sarah Konecsni.
This is a job well done, and I congratulate all the composers and Nikolas Sideris on the contents of these volumes.
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Sheet Music Review
Alison Mathews’ excellent collection Treasure Trove has proved a big hit with my students who have been working through it, and I’m delighted that publishers Editions Musica Ferrum have now brought out another collection composed by her: Doodles.
It is very clear straight away that this publication explores very different terrain to Treasure Trove however.
So what is the concept here, and do I think it works?
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Let’s find out…
Sheet Music Review Christmas 2017 Roundup
For musicians, the countdown to Christmas is about to begin in earnest, if it hasn’t already. Sheet music needs to be acquired, pianists and students must start learning their Christmas repertoire, preparing for seasonal performances, and so on.
In this review, I will round up some of the Christmas piano publications that I’ve received in recent months – as well as revealing my favourite standard Christmas Song book at the end!
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Sheet Music Review
Regular readers will know that I have huge admiration for the independent publisher Editions Musica Ferrum, whose publications consistently bring high-end quality and creative originality.
In recent months EMF have been adding to their range of publications suitable for intermediate, and younger players, building on the success of their best-selling Cool Beans series by Ben Crosland, and EMF founder Nikolas Sideris’s outstanding Fairyland in Treble. Among the most recent releases, I’m going to take a look at four real gems:
- Alison Mathews: Treasure Trove
- Simon Hester: Megabytes I: The Private Life of Bugs
- Barbara Arens: All Beautiful & Splendid Things
- Bonislava Taneva: Sound Stories
These are all available for immediate purchase worldwide, directly from the publisher’s website here. And Pianodao Members are entitled to 20% discount on all purchases.
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Sheet Music Review
Hot off the press from Editions Musica Ferrum, Capturing the Spirit of Christmas features 12 Carols arranged for piano, six by Barbara Arens and six by Alison Mathews. Several of Barbara’s books have been featured here before, and Alison will be known to many readers as the composer of Piano Planets, a collection of original pieces previously published by EVC Music Publications.
As with all Editions Musica Ferrum publications, the book has a high quality presentation with a traditional vibe. I’m a fan of this approach, and rather feel the score is a work of art in its own right! But what of the content?
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