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New for the end of October!

Новости 30.10.2018, 13:15

I am currently writing some short, easy pieces for piano. The first two are out now - Afternoon and Evening Fugue. Neither piece is paticularly programmatic, but their titles derive from the time of day when they were written, so I suppose they could be said to reflect my feelings at that time. Both pieces are easy, but the fugue is, obviously, more demanding. Afternoon has only one note at a time in the LH and, mostly, two notes in the RH. The tempo is slow enough to make the music easy to ...

 

New music for July/August

Новости 22.10.2018, 10:17

Well, as it's my birthday today (31st July) what better way to celebrate than by releasing two brand new pieces of music composed this week. The first is a trio for 2 trumpets and trombone. The title is The 201 which, while enigmatic, is really rather simple to explain. I undertook this to comply with a call for scores where there was a requirement for 201, which I found out meant 2 tpts, 0 hns and 1 tbne! It's a very jolly piece, with plenty of work for all the players. The trombone is definitely ...

 

LMS sheet music and licences

Новости 29.09.2018, 12:46

Hi All. I've never been happy with the way MusicaNeo makes sales have limited licences. As far as I'm concerned, whenever I buy sheet music, whether it be for band or for myself, I automatically believe that I now own that copy of the music and I can play it for as many times as I like in perpetuity. My band has sheet music that is even older than I am and we keep bringing some of it out to go on the concert programmes on a fairly regular basis. I mistakenly set all my music to have a licence, ...

 

Christmas is HERE!

Новости 27.08.2018, 09:25

Well, it may only be August, but I have spent this month arranging a number of Christmas carols for brass quintet, Wind quintet and String quintet or string orchestra. In reverse order the list so far is: Christmas Interlude (Past 3 o'clock, The Gloucestershire Carol and Greensleeves) It Came Upon the Midnight Clear The Holly and the Ivy Away in a Manger God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen I Saw Three Ships Ding Dong Merrily on High This adds to my existing list of Christmas music, ...

 

Sonata for Horn and Piano

Новости 07.07.2018, 09:29

Sudden inspiration came to me at 6:15 this morning and the result is the first movement of a sonata for horn and piano. This is a jaunty piece, after a slower introduction,  of approximately 4 minutes in length. All the ideas, bar one, are included in the opening slower section and after they have all be stated they are thrown into the mixing pot and allowed to develop. The horn and piano have nearly equal roles in this piece and there is much dialogue between them as they pass the various ...

 

New suite of Dowland madrigals for brass quartet

Новости 18.06.2018, 08:35

Just posted today, and on sale sometime tomorrow a new setting of five of John Dowland's stunningly beautiful madrigals, including "Come Again, Sweet Love", "Shall I Strive", "Now, Alas, I Needs Must Part", "Go Crystall Teares" and "In This Trembling Shadow". In the near future I must do some more of these because they are so gorgeous. These will have to do for now to whet your appetite!

 

Slow and steady wins the race - eventually!

Новости 14.06.2018, 17:37

Well, what can I say? Progress is slow in getting book 7 of the madrigals finished. The biggest issue is that, as the music becomes more and more complex, it becomes mre and more difficult to 'thin out the herd' and so I have had to accept the fact that some of these beautiful songs will have to be cast with larger ensembles. This also means that I have to be really careful about voice leading, harmonic progression and other considerations. Another kicker is that, in this book, the final songs are ...

 

Busy, Busy, Busy...

Новости 21.05.2018, 08:32

March, April and May 2018 have seen a rapid increase in my own compositions. Spring seems to have put a spring into my musical step. Most importantly, I have written three completely new sonatas for unaccompanied French Horn. These works are each between 10 and 15 minutes long and can be played as complete sonatas or you can pick and choose movements for your recital programmes. The French Horn is an unusual development for me, as is writing for unaccompanied instruments. I found the work challenging ...

 

Famous Composers Series continues

Новости 16.04.2018, 17:06

An update to this series. There are now two pieces by Mozart and four by Verdi on the site. They are all reasonably priced (under $10) so why not take a punt on these excellent arrangements for your summer programmes.

 

A new "Famous Composers" series is born

Новости 12.04.2018, 16:54

I am happy to announce that I am now releasing a series of pieces by famous composers for brass quintet or sextet. Composers include Beethoven, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Verdi. Released today (12th April) are three works by Beethoven and five by Mendelssohn. Soon to follow will be arias from Verdi and Mozart and a number of other works which are more or less well known (especially if you are a Classic FM listener.) Don't knock it! These pieces are great as audience pleasers.

 
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