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With the July-August issue, we are offering readers the chance to download the full score of Jeff Novotny's The Uninformed Security Guard, as well as an MP3 of the piece performed by the composer.

The Uninformed Security Guard is an adventurous, rhapsodic piano solo that combines traditional stride piano, contemporary jazz and classical technique. It is written in a somewhat classical ternary form with coda, with a number of the themes reworked and developed. The dynamic range varies from mysteriously quiet to brash; the harmony is a mixture of consonance and dissonance, primarily based on the jazz idiom but with a nod to contemporary classical sounds. At one point you will hear the famous Tristan and Isolde leitmotif. The rapid flourishes near the end of the piece are challenging and will give the skilled player a chance to strut their technique! The title refers to a misspelling of ‘uniformed security guard’. Je‑ Novotny is a jazz and contemporary composer and arranger based in Atlanta, Georgia. He writes for both large and small ensembles and his music spans a variety of styles, from traditional jazz to third-stream, contemporary and world music. He studied classical and jazz composition and philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Massachusetts. His music is available at Sheetmusicplus.com and recordings are available on Amazon, iTunes, CDBaby and YouTube.

Sheet music

The full score may be downloaded below:


MP3 recording

An MP3 of the piece, performed by the composer, can be downloaded below:

 

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With the May-June 2014 issue of International Piano, we are offering readers the chance to download the full score of Nimrod Borenstein’s Reminiscences of Childhood, Op 54 as well as a selection of recordings made on the instruments at Finchcocks Musical Museum

Reminiscences of Childhood, Op 54 by Nimrod Borenstein is a set of three contrasting pieces entitled Lucilla’s Beehive, Uchti-Tuchti and The Melancholic Mobile. These pieces offer three different ways of looking at childhood: the first piece focuses on the innocence and beauty of childhood; the second, a fast scherzo like piece, is about playfulness; and the highly dramatic third piece is written as if we were looking at childhood from an adult perspective, complete with identification and regrets.

The full score may be downloaded below:


Lucilla’s Beehive
Uchti-Tuchti
The Melancholic Mobile


Finchcocks Musical Museum in Kent holds a diverse collection of historical keyboards, featuring household names like Pleyel and Erard as well as rare models such as Fritz and Henschker.

To complement the article in our May-June issue, a selection of recordings made on the instruments at Finchcocks are available to download below:


Full track listing:

Mendelssohn Song Without Words in A (Broadwood)
Kinderszenen (Graf fortepiano)
Schubert Dances (Fritz Fortepiano)

 

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Download free MP3 recordings of Tone Poems Volume 2 by Michael Glenn Williams, recorded by pianist Sean Chen and released on Navona/Naxos. The sheet music is published by GWhiz Arts & Sciences and is available on www.gwhiz.com


Full track listing:

"The Last Night" from Tone Poems vol 2
"Forgotten Waltz" from For the Young Artist vol 1
"Ocean Whirlpool" from For the Young Artist vol 2
"Ringtone no. 3" from Ringtones

 

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Courtesy of Piano Street Urtext, we are offering International Piano readers the chance to download a free MP3 recording of Chopin's Fantaisie-Impromptuperformed by the editor of the score, David Warn.

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Full track listing:

1| Fantaisie-Impromptu

 

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We are offering International Piano readers the opportunity to download a free MP3 recording of Charles-Marie Widor’s Valses caractéristiques Op 26a, No 1.

The free sheet music of this piece featured in the May/June issue and comes courtesy of Crescendo Music Publications.

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Full track listing:

1 | Valses caractéristiques Op 26a, No 1

 

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Courtesy of Usonix and Richard A. Bielicki we are giving International Piano readers the opportunity to download a 6-track CD of piano music absolutely free!

All tracks are composed and performed by Richard A. Bielicki, and are taken from his latest release: The Sacred & the Profane, available on the Usonix label.

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Full track listing:

1 | Canon in C

2 | Mantra for the Mythical Phoenix

3 | Sonata No. 2 "August" - Mvt. III - Toccata: Vivo

4 | Paganini Variations: Theme and Variations 6 - 10 (this appears as a single track - there seemed no point in separating them out here).

5 | Jazz Prelude 5: Reflections of Summer

6 | Jazz Prelude 10: Boogie Fun

 

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Courtesy of Jean Muller and Fondamenta we are offering International Piano readers the opportunity to download two tracks from Jean Muller’s latest release, Chopin Recital. The two tracks available to International Piano readers are Ballade No.1 and Mazurka in C Major.

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Full track listing:

1 | Ballade No.1
from Chopin Recital by Jean Muller

6 | Mazurka in C Major
from Chopin Recital by Jean Muller

 

International Piano Music - Weaving MElodies        International Piano Music - Two studies

 

Sheet music download

Two studies for piano solo (Hommage á Keith Jarrett)
After the song "Over the Rainbow" by H. Arlen
1. Contrapuntal study for two hands
by Frédéric Meinders

 

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Courtesy of James Bacon and Usonix Records we are offering International Piano readers the opportunity to download a 5-track CD of piano music absolutely free! Performed by Beth Pei-Fen Chen, the disc showcases the Bösendorfer Phoenix piano. Pioneered by mechanical engineer and piano enthusiast Richard Dain, the Phoenix bridge agraffe system represents one of the most exciting advances in piano technology in over a century. For more information, see p.63 of the September/October issue of International Piano.

All the tracks were recorded on the Bösendorfer Phoenix piano at the www.pianorecording.co.uk studio in Sheffield by Beth Pei-Fen Chen.

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Full track listing:

1 | from The Singing Piano Vol.II (not yet released)
INTERNATIONAL PIANO EXCLUSIVE TRACK
CLAUDE DEBUSSY
Clair de Lune

2 | from a Liszt CD (not yet released)
INTERNATIONAL PIANO EXCLUSIVE TRACK
FRANZ LISZT
Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 (excerpt)

3 | from The Singing Piano Vol.I
FREDERIC CHOPIN
Nocturne Op.27 No.2

4 | from Through Time and Space: 24 preludes for solo piano
JAMES BACON
The Briefest Glimpse

5 | from Through Time and Space: 24 preludes for solo piano
JAMES BACON
Through Time and Space

 

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Courtesy of Odradek Recordings we are offering International Piano readers the opportunity to download a 22-track CD of piano music absolutely free! Performed by various artists, the disc showcases music by Maurice Ravel, György Ligeti and Arnold Schoenberg, as well as eight exclusive tracks from Javier Negrín’s future release and a world premiere recording of Unsuk Chin’s Six Études.

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Full track listing:

1, 2, 3 & 4 | Duo Miho & Masumi Hio (pnos)
MAURICE RAVEL
Rhapsodie espagnole
I – Prélude à la nuit (4:07)
II - Malagueña (1:58)
III - Habanera (2:49)
IV - Feria (6:22)

5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12 | Javier Negrín (pno)
ALEXANDER SCRIABIN – International Piano EXCLUSIVE
Preludes
Op.11 No.1 (0:56)
Op.11 No.8 (1:28)
Op.11 No.11 (1:41)
Op.11 No.14 (0:54)
Op.11 No.19 (1:12)
Op.13 No.1 (0:42)
Op.13 No.5 (1:01)
Op.13 No.7 (1:11)

13, 14 & 15 | Mei Yi Foo (pno)
UNSUK CHIN
Six Piano Etudes (World Premiere Recording)
No. 1: In C (3:26)
No. 5: Toccata (3:00)
GYÖRGY LIGETI
Musica Ricerata
No. 11: (Omaggio a Girolamo Frescobaldi) Andante misurato e tranquillo (3:26)

16, 17, 18, 19, 20 & 21 | Pina Napolitano (pno)
ARNOLD SCHOENBERG
Suite für Klavier op.25
I. Präludium (1:09)
II. Gavotte (1:32)
III. Musette (2:58)
IV. Intermezzo (3:35)
V. Menuett (4:20)
VI. Gigue (2:59)

22 | Domenico Codispoti (pno)
ENRIQUE GRANADOS
Goyescas
El Amore y la Muerta: Balada (12:52)

 

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Courtesy of Mark Bebbington and Somm Recordings we are offering International Piano readers the chance to download a 14-track CD of British piano music absolutely free! Performed by Mark Bebbington, the CD showcases music by John Ireland, Howard Ferguson, Frank Bridge and Ivor Gurney, as well as an exclusive track from Mark’s new CD: The Piano Music of Sir Arthur Bliss Volume 1.

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Full track listing:

1 | from CD0111 – The Complete Piano Music of Sir Arthur Bliss Volume 1
INTERNATIONAL PIANO EXCLUSIVE TRACK
ARTHUR BLISS
5 – Toccata [3:47]

2 | from CD038 – Piano Music by Ivor Gurney & Howard Ferguson
IVOR GURNEY
6 – Nocturne in A flat [5:56]

3 | from CD241 – Ferguson/Finzi/Austin/Rawsthorne
HOWARD FERGUSON
3 – Piano Concerto (with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra) Finale allegro gioviale [6:49]

4 | from CD056 – The Piano Music of Frank Bridge Volume 1
FRANK BRIDGE
    1 – Capriccio No.1 [2:36]

5, 6, 7 & 8 | from CD082 – The Piano Music of Frank Bridge Volume 2
FRANK BRIDGE
Fairy Tale Suite
1 – The Princess [3:00]
2 – The Ogre [1:27]
3 – The Spell [3:27]
4 – The Prince [2:55]

9 & 10 | from CD099 – The Piano Music of John Ireland Volume 3
JOHN IRELAND
8 – April [4:46]
9 – Bergomask [3:35]

11 | from CD074 – The Piano Music of John Ireland Volume 1
JOHN IRELAND
10 – Ballade [10:24]

12,13 & 14 | from CD088 – The Piano Music of John Ireland Volume 2
JOHN IRELAND
16 – Love is a Sickness (freely transcribed by Robert Helps) [3:25]
12 – The Darkened Valley [4:03]
3 – Song of the Springtides [7:40]


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