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  • Guitar Basics

    Nick Walker

    Product Code: AHTQY
    Paperback 7 years +
    "Guitar Basics" is a landmark method for young guitarists. It starts at absolute beginner level and progresses to Initial/Preparatory Grade. The method is set out in fifteen stages and contains original pieces and traditional tunes in an array of styles including classical, folk and world music as well as well-known favourite film and TV themes such as "James Bond", "Batman" and "The Flintstones". There is a thorough introduction to standard notation, with sections on chords and TAB, whilst ensemble pieces are ideal for group teaching, including 'Wider Opportunities'. The enhanced CD provides accompaniment parts, teachers' notes and tips for parents which are easily downloaded, or it can be simply used to play the fun backing tracks.
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  • EPTA Teachers' Choice Piano Collection 2

    Product Code: BZTUB
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    Selected by piano teachers for piano teachers, EPTA Teachers' Choice Piano Collection 2 is a collection of the most popular pieces for Grade 5-8 level students, as voted for by members of the European Piano Teacher's Association (EPTA). Each piece is introduced with a comment from a teacher, providing first-hand insights, tips and technical advice.
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  • Pam Wedgwood's Piano Basics 1

    Pam Wedgwood

    Product Code: BCNFA
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    Pam Wedgwood's Piano Basics 1 (Beginner to Pre-Grade Level 1) takes you on your first steps to becoming a pianist and well-rounded musician. This unique method provides the building blocks to develop a sound technique in an imaginative and practical way, whilst also establishing essential theory and general musical knowledge. Packed with plenty of Pam's toetapping, irresistible pieces, there's no better way to learn the piano! - Warm-ups, fun exercises and great tunes throughout: from Pam's own jazzy pieces plus well-known tunes. - Theory quizzes and fact files help to develop a broad knowledge of music. - Teacher's piano accompaniments for many of the pieces bring the music to life. - The accompanying CD contains complete performances and imaginative backing tracks to play along with. - A host of online supporting resources is available to download from www.fabermusic.com/pianobasics.
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  • The Faber Music Christmas Piano Anthology

    Various

    Product Code: BSZRC
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    The Faber Music Christmas Piano Anthology is an essential collection of the greatest Christmas songs and carols, specially arranged for solo piano, for the intermediate pianist.
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  • Me and My Piano

    Fanny Waterman

    Product Code: AGMEE
    Paperback 7 years +
    "Me and My Piano" is the best-selling tutor series designed especially for younger beginners. Part 1 takes the young pianist step-by-step through the earliest stages of piano technique, first with separate hands, then with a sequence of very easy pieces for hands together. All use a constant five finger hand position in the key of C major. Games and puzzles give theory a new lease of life, and children will love the rhymes and songs introducing characters such as the Ostrich and Sammy Squirrel. Originally published in 1989, this new edition retains all the quality teaching material and engaging colour illustrations of the original, with a fresh new look, improved presentation and complete new music setting.
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  • The Lion King

    Hal Leonard Publishing Corpora

    Product Code: AQKBR
    Paperback
    Our deluxe songbook features piano/vocal arrangements of 14 songs by Elton John and Tim Rice from this beloved Tony -winning musical: Be Prepared * Can You Feel the Love Tonight * Chow Down * Circle of Life * Endless Night * Hakuna Matata * He Lives in You (Reprise) * I Just Can't Wait to Be King * King of Pride Rock * The Madness of King Scar * The Morning Report * Nants' Ingonyama * Shadowland * They Live in You. Includes a special section of fantastic full-color photos from the Broadway production
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  • Lang Lang Piano Book

    Lang Lang

    Product Code: CCOAE
    Hardback
    Featuring all 29 pieces from the album Lang Lang Piano Book, this is a collection of the most significant pieces from Lang Lang's personal musical journey. It is beautifully presented as a high-end cased book, featuring marbled endpapers, page-finder ribbon and sewn binding. It includes exclusive photographs, comments from Lang Lang on every piece and an edition of Fur Elise annotated with Lang Lang's own performance notes. This is a book for all pianists to treasure and revisit again and again.
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  • Great Operas of Wagner

    Michael Steen

    Product Code: CCMFQ
    Hardback
    "Great Operas of Wagner" is a hardback compendium of Michael Steen's eGuides (internet guides) to all the operas composed by Richard Wagner, the great German opera composer. The book is a companion to "Great Operas of Puccini", a similar hardback being published simultaneously. The books are associated with the series of internet guides, "The Great Opera Companion" subtitled "Guides to One hundred Best Operas". This is Steen's first venture into hardback self-publication, having previously been involved in the publication of internet ebooks. Recently, he has been developing the series of internet guides, "The Great Opera Companion", (see www.greatoperas.net). (1) Original purpose. The guides were originally designed to inform the author's wife (who is not especially enthusiastic about opera generally, or about Wagner), in a quick, efficient, light and amusing way, about what it would help her to know and expect when being taken to a performance. Also, people generally find that they do not have time, and there are too many distractions, to inform themselves once they have arrived in the foyer. A broad-ranging but economical, practical, crisp, and modern guide contributes greatly to appreciation and enjoyment. (2) Structure helpful to the user. Each individual guide, or chapter, is divided into sections. A quick grasp can be obtained from BACKGROUND and the following WHO'S WHO and WHAT'S WHAT (a short summary of the opera story and the roles). In TALKING POINTS the information is expanded, and may possibly facilitate conversation during the interval. ACT by ACT enables the opera-goer to `dig deeper', to appreciate further detail about the story and aspects of the music. The guides provide a brief potted biography of the composer, or a cross reference to one. (3) Self-standing guides. Each guide is self-standing and designed to be the sole point of reference for a specific opera. In such a structure, there is an inevitable element of duplication as information is amplified or repeated. Steen has had to judge the balance between making each guide easy to follow for the user, while avoiding too many cross-references. And the self-standing guide on Wagner's "Ring", (Part Two of the book) has been structured so that the individual components may be used comfortably by both those primarily interested in the full "Ring" cycle, on the one hand, and those wanting a guide to just part of the cycle, on the other. In such a structure, it is helpful for certain of the images to be repeated. This also provides an element of unity and cohesion to the publication. (4) Non-technical. It has been assumed that the user has not necessarily been taught music but is motivated, educated and intelligent. Only in the guides on the later Wagner operas are there a small number of musical examples quoted. To help the reader, the musical notation has been simplified. The examples are necessary to elaborate on Wagner's objectives. And to give substance to various expressions, such as to Wagner's `Tristan chord' which greatly influenced subsequent music; and to his leitmotives (recurring musical themes which Wagner uses to portray a person, object or emotion etc.). (5) User-friendly: indexes, summaries glossaries The hardbacks require indexes which are not so necessary in the ebook environment. Both hardbacks include a comprehensive index, including an index to some better known items, choruses etc. in the operas (for example, The Pilgrims' Chorus, and The Ride of the Valkyries). The Wagner book provides a separate index for the Wagner family. The comprehensive index on Wagner himself provides a means of following his personal and musical development. For "The Ring", a glossary of what George Bernard Shaw called `the curious harlequinade of gods, dwarfs and giants' is provided. (6) What about productions? There is well-identified controversy today about the extent to which it should be acceptable for opera directors to change the time and...
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  • O Hototogisu!

    Oliver Knussen

    Product Code: CCGFW
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    O Hototogisu! is presented here as a typeset score with two facsimile pages from the composer's manuscript. This exquisite 'fragment of a Japonisme' - premiered in 2017 and conceived as a kind of double concerto for soprano, flute and ensemble of 23 players - proved to be Oliver Knussen's final work. The 8-minute piece couches seven exquisite haiku settings in richly evocative music which incorporates signals from Japanese theatre (particularly Kabuki). It concerns the Hototogisu (or Lesser Cuckoo), a bird widely invoked in Japanese haiku poetry of the 17th-19th centuries, where the poet listens for its arrival from the mountains both as a harbinger of summer and a voice from the land of the dead.
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  • Speakings

    Jonathan Harvey

    Product Code: CCDRL
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    Speakings for large orchestra and electronics is undoubtably one of Jonathan Harvey's most important and ambitious works. Composed in 2008, it utilises a unique process of electronic transformation developed at IRCAM to explore the possibility that an orchestra could be made to 'speak'. Winner of the prestigious Monaco Prize, the 25-minute work belongs to a fascinating clutch of works composed around the time of Harvey's final opera, Wagner Dream, which contain musical allusions to Wagner, in this case Parsifal. Unfolding over three continuous movements, the music moves from the babbling of a baby and the frenetic chatter of human life in all its expressions, to music of unity, a hymn which is close to Gregorian chant in which, in Harvey's words 'the paradise of the sounding temple is imagined'. Typeset, and with input from Gilbert Nouno who collaborated with Harvey on the electronic element, this long-awaited new edition makes this stunning piece even more accessible to conductors and enthusiasts.
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  • Nobody wants to be a donkey

    Lin Marsh

    Product Code: CCAKZ
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    Nobody wants to be a donkey is a lively nativity musical by Lin Marsh which tells the traditional Christmas story with plenty of humour and engaging songs that children will love singing. The poor old donkey hates having to wear those ears that the others laugh at, but everyone gradually realises that the donkey may be one of the most important characters in the story. With 36 speaking parts this nativity is suitable for a whole primary school production, or for Key Stage 2. The songs are in a fun, modern style and there's even one for the staff to sing! Exciting performance and backing tracks are available to download to help schools without a pianist.
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  • King of glory, King of peace

    Alexander L'Estrange

    Product Code: CBZQW
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    Commissioned by King's School, Bruton, to mark the school's 500th anniversary, King of glory, King of peace is Alexander L'Estrange's triumphant setting of the George Herbert poem (for SATB and organ). The dichotomy of reigning both in glory and in peace is first represented by the glorious, rhythmical organ motif and second by the more peaceful chord sequences concluding verses 1 and 3. Far from competing with one another, the two styles reign with equal importance.
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  • Wassail! Unison Edition

    Alexander L'Estrange

    Product Code: CBZQV
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    Wassail! Carols of Comfort and Joy (this edition for unison and simple two-part voices and piano) is a sequence of 12 uplifting folk-inspired Christmas songs, exploring both sacred and secular aspects of the festive season. Includes such favourites as The Sussex carol, Gaudete! and The holly and the ivy.
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  • Winter Songs

    Joanna Forbes L'Estrange

    Product Code: CBZQU
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    Commissioned by Finchley Children's Music Group, Winter Songs by Joanna Forbes L'Estrange and Alexander L'Estrange comprises three contrasting songs for upper voices and piano accompaniment, setting lyrics by Joanna. Each song presents a view of winter which, for different reasons, implores us to value kindness and compassion above all else. Hibernation sets the wintery scene, leading into the musical theatre-style song Reality check: a touching tale from the perspective of a homeless person. The jazzy and uplifting Presence completes the set; its swinging style featuring a fun scat section; the song's chorus is perfect for adding choreography. Winter Songs would be ideal for school and youth choir performances at any time of the year but particularly during the winter months, including at Christmas.
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  • Morning Glory on the Vine

    Joni Mitchell

    Product Code: CBGUQ
    Hardback
    In 1971, as her groundbreaking album Blue emerged as a singular commercial and critical success around the world, Joni Mitchell puzzled over what gift to give her friends that Christmas. The result was a handmade book, with only one hundred copies produced, filled with Joni's hand-written lyrics and reproductions of many of her stunning drawings - portraits, abstracts, random concertgoers, and more. Each was given to a friend and, until now, the edition has remained private. Today, with Morning Glory on the Vine, Joni's long-ago personal Christmas present is a present to us all.
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  • 'Til Wrong Feels Right

    Iggy Pop

    Product Code: BZOLS
    Hardback
    THESE ARE THE WORDS THAT CAME TO ME. NO MATTER HOW THEY GOT HERE, THEY DID THE F***ING JOB. Iggy Pop hasn't left a mark on music; he's left it battered and bruised, too. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010, here for the first time are his collected lyrics, complete with stunning original photographs, illustrations alongside Iggy and others' reflections on a genre-defining music career that spans five decades. The ultimate book for every rock and roll fan.
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  • I'll Be Your Mirror

    Lou Reed

    Product Code: CBRFI
    Hardback
    Out of print for several years, a comprehensive volume of Lou Reed's lyrics with brand new introductions, now updated in a new text design to include the lyrics from his final album with Metallica, Lulu. Through his many incarnations-from proto punk to glam rocker to elder statesman of the avant garde Lou Reed's work has maintained an undeniable vividness and raw beauty, fueled by precise character studies and rendered with an admirable shot of moral ambiguity. Beginning with his formative days in the Velvet Underground and continuing through his remarkable solo albums like Transformer, Berlin, and New York, Doin' The Things We Want To is crucial to an appreciation of Lou Reed, not only as a consummate underground musician, but as one of the truly significant visionary lyricists of the rock n' roll era. Containing a body of work that spans more than six decades and facsimile pages from late career lyrics, this is a monument to the literary qualities of an American original.
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  • The Ring of the Nibelung

    Richard Wagner

    Product Code: CAXQS
    Paperback
    A superb new translation of the libretto to Wagner's Ring cycle 'Smiling in sorrow I sing of love' The Ring of the Nibelung, Wagner's epic cycle of four musical dramas about primal envy, cosmic conflict, the search for glory, spectacular self-sacrifice, redeeming human love and the downfall of gods, revolutionized the nature of opera and conjured up an entire mythological world. It is also one of the greatest texts ever written for the lyric stage, where words are not an adjunct to the music, but an essential part of a transformative experience. John Deathridge's superb new facing page translation of the Ring libretto conveys the pungency and vitality of Wagner's words, reflecting the work's literary power while retaining its sense and dramatic energy. Translated with an introduction and notes by John Deathridge
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  • Double Bass Exam Pack 2020-2023, Initial Grade

    ABRSM

    Product Code: BYNPG
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    This book brings together in one place selected exam pieces, scales and sight-reading to support ABRSM's Initial Grade Double Bass syllabus for 2020-2023. The pieces, three from each of Lists A, B and C, have been carefully selected to offer an attractive and varied range of styles, creating a collection that provides an excellent source of repertoire to suit every performer. The book also contains helpful footnotes and, for those preparing for exams, useful syllabus information. Inspiring recordings of the nine pieces featured in the book, plus piano accompaniment tracks for use when practising, are available from www.abrsm.org/initialgrade/audio (access code included in the book).
  • Cello Exam Pieces 2020-2023, ABRSM Grade 5, Score, Part & CD

    ABRSM

    Product Code: BYNPF
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    This book contains nine pieces from ABRSM's Grade 5 Cello syllabus for 2020-2023, three pieces chosen from each of Lists A, B and C. The pieces have been carefully selected to offer an attractive and varied range of styles, creating a collection that provides an excellent source of repertoire to suit every performer. The book also contains helpful footnotes and, for those preparing for exams, useful syllabus information. The enclosed CD features inspiring recordings of the nine pieces in this book, plus piano accompaniment tracks for use when practising. A version of this book without the CD is also available, as are audio downloads (see www.abrsmdownloads.org for more details).
  • Viola Exam Pack 2020-2023, Initial Grade

    ABRSM

    Product Code: BYNPE
    Other
    This book brings together in one place selected exam pieces, scales and sight-reading to support ABRSM's Initial Grade Viola syllabus for 2020-2023. The pieces, three from each of Lists A, B and C, have been carefully selected to offer an attractive and varied range of styles, creating a collection that provides an excellent source of repertoire to suit every performer. The book also contains helpful footnotes and, for those preparing for exams, useful syllabus information. Inspiring recordings of the nine pieces featured in the book, plus piano accompaniment tracks for use when practising, are available from www.abrsm.org/initialgrade/audio (access code included in the book).
  • Violin Exam Pieces 2020-2023, ABRSM Grade 1, Score & Part

    ABRSM

    Product Code: BYNPC
    Other
    This book contains nine pieces from ABRSM's Grade 1 Violin syllabus for 2020-2023, three pieces chosen from each of Lists A, B and C. The pieces have been carefully selected to offer an attractive and varied range of styles, creating a collection that provides an excellent source of repertoire to suit every performer. The book also contains helpful footnotes and, for those preparing for exams, useful syllabus information. Inspiring recordings of the nine pieces featured in this book, plus piano accompaniment tracks, are available. These can be purchased as part of the Violin Exam Pieces with CD package or as audio downloads (see www.abrsmdownloads.org for more details).
  • Cello Exam Pack 2020-2023, Initial Grade

    ABRSM

    Product Code: BYNPB
    Other
    This book brings together in one place selected exam pieces, scales and sight-reading to support ABRSM's Initial Grade Cello syllabus for 2020-2023. The pieces, three from each of Lists A, B and C, have been carefully selected to offer an attractive and varied range of styles, creating a collection that provides an excellent source of repertoire to suit every performer. The book also contains helpful footnotes and, for those preparing for exams, useful syllabus information. Inspiring recordings of the nine pieces featured in the book, plus piano accompaniment tracks for use when practising, are available from www.abrsm.org/initialgrade/audio (access code included in the book).
  • Violin Exam Pieces 2020-2023, ABRSM Grade 6, Score, Part & CD

    ABRSM

    Product Code: BYNPA
    Other
    This book contains nine pieces from ABRSM's Grade 6 Violin syllabus for 2020-2023, three pieces chosen from each of Lists A, B and C. The pieces have been carefully selected to offer an attractive and varied range of styles, creating a collection that provides an excellent source of repertoire to suit every performer. The book also contains helpful footnotes and, for those preparing for exams, useful syllabus information. The enclosed CD features inspiring recordings of the nine pieces in this book, plus piano accompaniment tracks for use when practising. A version of this book without the CD is also available, as are audio downloads (see www.abrsmdownloads.org for more details).

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