Here, for the first time in modern edition, is the second in our series of Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s superb arrangements of seven of Mozart’s piano concertos, the Concerto in B flat, K456. Any performer of Mozart’s piano concertos must have wondered how the sparsely notated sections would have been realized at the time, and no one is better placed to provide an answer than the composer’s own pupil. Even though Mozart had written a complete set of cadenzas for this work, those composed independently by Hummel, and also his added lead-ins (Eingänge), seem at least to have been inspired by his teacher’s models, providing indispensable insights into the performance practice related to this repertory. These scores create a unique opportunity for today’s pianists, and students, to perform Mozart’s masterpieces with just a handful of friends or colleagues rather than with full orchestra, or even to play them as solo works in their own right.
Editor:Leonardo Miucci Publication date: April 2014 Instruments: Flute, violin, violoncello, pianoforte Format: Full score and parts Pages: xix/55 + 2 x 12 + 16 ISMN: 979 0 708092 86 5 ISBN: 978 1 905779 22 20 Code: HH355.FSP Price: £39.00 more info
This powerful sonata in D major is one of Bitti’s most Corelli-like creations. It opens with a composite movement in which slow sections alternate with cadenza-like quick ones. Its second movement is what the English of the time called a “double-stopped” fugue, where the single violin mimics the contrapuntal interplay of the two violins in a trio sonata. An almost comic movement follows, beginning as an Adagio, in which a “walking bass” partners deliberately mechanical scale progressions on the violin, before suddenly transmuting into a sparkling perpetuum mobile. The final two movements are more conventional: a stately Adagio in a broad, sarabande-like style and a vigorous gigue-like Allegro.
Editor:Alessandro Borin | Antonio Frigé Publication date: April 2014 Instruments: Violin, basso continuo Format: Full score and parts Pages: x/14 + 6 + 4 ISMN: 979 0 708041 51 1 ISBN: 978 1 904229 60 5 Code: HH337.FSP Price: £12.50 more info
“The earliest string quartets” was how the great musicologist Edward Dent described Alessandro Scarlatti’s set of four sonatas, published here for the first time in their original scoring. All in minor keys, these works are unique for the energy of the fugal writing, the passionate chromaticism of the slow movements and the playful, asymmetrical phrasing of the final Minuets. The scoring leaves open a range of performance possibilities, from one to a part, with or without continuo, to orchestral performance. This new edition provides a valuable opportunity to discover the music of an innovative genius whose extensive output remains largely unexplored.
Editor:Rosalind Halton Publication date: March 2014 Instruments: Two Violins, viola, violoncello Format: Full score and parts Pages: xiv/33 + 4 x 16 ISMN: 979 0 708092 09 4 ISBN: 978 1 905779 51 2 Code: HH361.FSP Price: £28.00 more info
Joseph Bodin de Boismortier’s [VI] Sonates en Trio Pour deux Violons avec la Baße Op. 18 appeared in 1727. Each consists of four or five movements, at least one being a dance; most of the slow movements feature the familiar Corellian “walking bass”, while one of the fast movements in each sonata is fugal or based on imitative entries. Though adhering to Italian models, the sonatas also display certain French elements, along with characteristics of Boismortier’s own individual style, and their harmonic language is especially rich. These expertly crafted works — veritable gems of high-baroque French instrumental music — deserve to become part of the repertoire of all period instrumental groups.
Editor:Michael Elphinstone Publication date: March 2014 Instruments: Two Violins, basso continuo Format: Full score and parts Pages: xiii/28 + 3 x 12 ISMN: 979 0 708092 94 0 ISBN: 978 1 905779 58 1 Code: HH364.FSP Price: £25.00 more info
Commissioned by Slovak virtuoso accordionist Milan Osadsky, Nirmali Fenn’s The Edge of Self homes in on one of the instrument’s most characteristic features — its unique capacity for producing sustained notes and note clusters. Marked by passages of extreme stillness and others that shake with anticipation of intense activity, the piece begins highly compressed, expands in the middle to form extremely dense chords, and finally retreats, compressing to one note.
Publication date: February 2014 Instruments: Accordion solo Series:Contemporary Format: Playing score Pages: iv/7 ISMN: 979 0 708024 93 4 Duration: c.10' Code: HH366.SOL Price: £13.50 more info
This piece is a poetic representation of the ice phenomenon “diamond dust”. Its light, ponderous beginning exploits the guitar’s delicate timbral qualities, while the second, more aggressive section is quite percussive in texture, depicting the full gamut of elements that constitute this elusive state of ice.
Composer:Litha Efthymiou Publication date: December 2013 Instrument: Guitar Series:Contemporary Format: Playing score Pages: iv/4 ISMN: 979 0 708092 89 6 Code: HH363.SOL Price: £7.25 more info
Inspired by American poet Clayton Eshleman’s reflections on the drawings of Henri Michaux, Nirmali Fenn creates a subdued yet highly expressive sound world in her latest work. The solo viola’s open strings, of which the top and bottom are detuned, trapping the music within a tritone pair, act like outer voices, as in counterpoint. They are, in the composer’s words, “like balloon strings”, limiting the melody lines on other strings and generating an acute sense of elasticity as the relationship between the lines is stretched to the extreme.
Publication date: October 2013 Instruments: Viola solo Series:Contemporary Format: Playing score Pages: iv/3 ISMN: 979 0 708092 87 2 Duration: c.5' Code: HH352.SOL Price: £12.00 more info
Haydn’s first set of Lieder, adapted for the English market by William Shield, who was to become his close friend, were an instant commercial success, with the most popular of them reissued separately not only in England but also in Ireland and America. Generously illustrated with facsimiles from the original publications, which were notated on two staves, the new edition, the first in 200 years, uses three staves to clarify the voice and keyboard parts, and includes an Introduction and full Critical Commentary.
Editor:Christopher Hogwood Publication date: September 2013 Series:@Haydn Instruments: Voice & keyboard Format: Full score Pages: xviii/28 ISMN: 979 0 708059 70 7 ISBN: 978 1 905779 99 4 Code: HH192.FSC Price: £14.50 more info