Sheet Music Review
Editions Musica Ferrum have been steadily building an interesting catalogue of excellent, premium publications over recent years, several of which I have previously reviewed here.
Among the most distinctive (but also among the publisher’s best kept secrets) are those featuring the works of EMF’s ever-modest proprietor Nikolas Sideris, a composer of formidable musical intelligence and imagination who is perhaps best known for his extraordinary duet collection Fairyland in Treble.
Reviewing the latter, I concluded:
“I must say that this book stands out as being VERY special indeed. It’s truly an essential purchase.”
Fans of that duet book will undoubtedly be delighted to know that its successor, The Dusk of Day, The Dawn of Night, is now available. So let’s take a look…
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Sheet Music Review
Composer Ben Crosland will be known to many Pianodao readers for his popular Cool Beans series of books published by Editions Musica Ferrum, the most recent (and in my view best) of which, Magic Beans, I reviewed here.
Ben’s latest publication, also from Editions Musica Ferrum, is Songs from Rainbow Hill, a collection of “Lyric Pieces for Solo Piano” that ties in with his new album recording of the same name.
As such this is very different from his previous publications, taking us deeper into Ben’s own compositional world. So let’s enter …
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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.
Continue reading Mosaic Volumes 1 & 2
Editions Musica Ferrum have recently brought out two volumes of pieces in a new series called Mosaic, featuring original music by a dozen or so composers, organised by difficulty level and suitable for beginner to early intermediate players.
I have enjoyed the privilege of contributing to the project, with two of my own compositions included in each book so far, and more to come!
Karen Marshall will be writing an independent review of the first two books, which will be published here on the Pianodao site soon. In the meantime, I decided to catch up with Editions Musica Ferrum founder Nikolas Sideris and ask him more about the project…
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Nikolas Sideris is a publisher, and the owner of Editions Musica Ferrum. He is also a composer, for classical music and music for computer games. He is a pianist, piano and music teacher and a food addict! Here’s his story…
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Sheet Music Review
The Piano Duet is a musical genre that I have explored too little with my students in the past, so a few years ago I decided to stock up on a few duet books. Finding excellent material for more advanced students was easy enough, given the wonderful works for “One Piano Four Hands” by such classical greats as Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Debussy, Poulenc et al. But finding good material for beginners and intermediate players proved far more difficult.
Fast forward to 2016 and that gap in the market has been addressed by a succession of simply great publications over the last few years.
Here is my selection of some of the best, which I hope you will go ahead and explore for yourselves!
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