2017 has been a fabulous year in so many ways!
I want to start by thanking everyone who has supported me – personally and professionally – and the Pianodao site this year,
The site has welcomed 120,000 visits, coming from almost every country in the world (more than 90 – but there just a few central African countries still resisting the site’s charms!) and has been recognised as one of the top 20 piano blog sites worldwide.
Here are some highlights – specifically I will list the Top Ten Most Read Reviews of 2017, as well as the Top Ten Most Read Articles.
Phew! Here goes…
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With preparations for Christmas concerts, shows and services under way for many piano players, it is tempting to leave our Active Repertoire to one side while we focus on festive favourites.
If you would like to read about some of the best new Christmas sheet music, do check out my recent round up review here.
So here is a special gift to help balance our musical goals over the next few weeks, in the run up to Christmas itself.
Christmas Repertoire Sheet DOWNLOAD
The Christmas Repertoire sheet can of course be used how you like, but personally I advise my students to use it exactly as we use our standard Active Repertoire sheets throughout the rest of the year.
For now, why not just copy over the three pieces from your current Active Repertoire sheet, but as we approach Christmas, look to replace or supplement those pieces with your Seasonal choices?
Alternatively, some will want to focus solely on Christmas Carols and songs, revising those already learnt in previous years as repertoire to play from memory over the coming weeks.
As always, the choice is with each player. And however you use the Christmas Repertoire sheets, I hope that it will make a positive contribution to your piano journey over the next two months!
Sheet Music Review
In my recent review of Bärenreiter’s new edition of the Sonata in A major K331 by Mozart, I mentioned that they are a publisher who take pride in achieving the highest standards in all their publications. In their own words:
“Bärenreiter Urtext is a seal of quality assigned only to scholarly-critical editions. It guarantees that the musical text represents the current state of research prepared in accordance with clearly defined editorial guidelines.
Bärenreiter Urtext: the last word in authentic text – the musicians’ choice.”
Piano Kaleidoscope is a new piano anthology, produced by Bärenreiter as an appetiser for their Urtext Editions, specially priced at the pocket-money price of just £4.00. And it is the best bargain I’ve ever reviewed here!
But who is it for, and does it achieve more than its basic aim of promoting the rest of their published range? Let’s find out…
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Sheet Music Review
Ask any classical performer to name which edition of the core repertoire they most highly regard both for daily use and as an authoritative Urtext Edition, and the name G. Henle Verlag will be at or close to the top of their list.
In their own words:
“Musicians need to be able to rely on their sheet music. This should be undistorted, free of errors, practical and durable. This is exactly what we provide. We call it Henle Urtext. Musicians around the world, both amateurs and professionals, know us.
Unlike the other music publishers, we have concentrated almost exclusively on producing Urtext editions of the great “classical” compositions ever since Günter Henle founded our company in 1948. As the world’s undisputed leader in this premium class, we have the most know-how about Urtext as well as the most comprehensive Urtext catalogue, comprising 1.000 titles to date.”
To this extensive catagloue, Henle recently added a new series of publications specifically aimed at those “returning to the piano”. That series, ‘At the Piano’ is happily now available in English.
According to the publisher:
- Each volume includes original pieces by one composer.
- The works are arranged in progressive order of difficulty (from easy to medium level).
- The works complement one another conceptually.
- The length of the pieces ranges from one to eight pages.
- The works contain fingerings and practical tips on technique and
There’s even this promotional video:
There are 12 volumes in the series, each focussing on the music of one core composer, and for this review I will be focussing on the Mozart volume in the series.
Details of the rest, including the lists of pieces they include, are on the Henle Verlag website here.
Continue reading At the Piano: Mozart