His Third Piano Concerto was given its world premiere in Kiev last month. Commissioned by the Polish Cultural Ministry, it will also be performed in Krakow and Warsaw later this spring. Shcherbakov’s popular Flute Concerto will be performed in Krakow (Poland), at the Festival of Modern Music (June, 8). On June, 10th in Krakow his Diptych “LiebesTod” will be performed. Last November, the piece was performed 2 times in Buenos-Aires (Argentina) and last month at the Moscow Philharmonic. For more information on Igor Shcherbakov’s music contact Lauren Keiser Music Publishing.
This new edition offers for the first time a clarinet solo part edited with commentary by internationally-acclaimed clarinet artist Richard Stoltzman. Includes piano reduction by Sarah Gibson along with a CD containing Stoltzman’s original recording with the IRIS Chamber Orchestra.
J.S. Bach – Toccata and Fugue in d minor
Transcribed for solo violin by Stuart Carlson
Available through Hal Leonard HL00124287, $11.95
Stuart Carlson writes: “While studying Bach’s ‘Toccata and Fugue’ for organ, I was intrigued by the fact that many of the chords and motifs within it can be transitioned for performance on the violin. I later discovered that there is historical speculation that Bach may have composed this piece for solo violin.
Inspired by this, I used the urtext of the piece to create this arrangement. It is in the piece’s original key, and it is designed to transcribe the full and grand sound of the organ to the solo violin. This arrangement intentionally creates the true sound of Bach’s piece, while adding variation-like figures within the Fugue’s main theme – which is repeated throughout. These figures include sixteenth-note triplets, thirty-second notes, and additional double-stops. It was important to me to remain true to my sense of what Bach may have intended for this piece if played on a violin, while allowing my own musical and stylistic preferences to blend into this arrangement. I’d like to thank Lauren Keiser, Paul Schoenfeld, and Stephen Shipps for their help and support.”
Hal Leonard # HL00127941, $12.95
Violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv presented the world premiere of Angel’s Touch in December, 2013. She says of the work; “Angel’s Touch embodies a child-like mysticism, exploring naivety, hope, and inner peace leading to enlightenment. Deliciously dark motifs are triumphed by happiness in the end. It is quite reflective of the composer’s own childhood in post-war and Soviet-occupied Ukraine. It is sprinkled with Ukrainian folklore elements from the Carpathian Mountains, also reminding me of my own childhood. As I premiered this work in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, I was overcome with the gravitas attached to this formidable piece of art. It will live on as a testament to human achievement.”
Hal Leonard # HL00042670, $37.95
Netsuke are Japanese miniature carvings that were originally made to secure objects suspended from a man’s sash. This piece for violin and piano was inspired by six exquisite carvings from the Bushell Collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
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Available from Hal Leonard HL00126550, $14.95
Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880), celebrated virtuoso violinist and composer, completed his Polonaise No. 2 at the zenith of his career in 1869. The work is scored for solo violin accompanied by either piano or orchestra.
This virtuoso piece showcases the bowing that Wieniawski perfected. The playing of many fast, short and accented notes on one bow stroke is called the Wieniawski staccato. The slow midsection in F major contains some of Wieniawski’s most lyrical themes. Double stops, trills conclude this irresistible work.
The signed and dated (1869) manuscript found its home in the library of Jascha Heifetz. As a member of Mr. Heifetz’s studio I studied this work with the Master. The instructions and demonstrations of this performing genius are forever etched in my memory.
This Critical Urtext Edition is based on the composer’s manuscript and the first printed edition (Schott 1875).
Notes by Endre Granat
Available from Hal Leonard HL00126549, $22.95
Outside of his native Norway, Johan Halvorsen (1864-1935) is known internationally only for his arrangement of Handel’s Harpsichord Suite. The Passacaglia is performed as a mainstay of Duo programs in his arrangements for both Violin/Viola and Violin/Cello. Jascha Heifetz established these duos in the standard literature by playing and recording countless performances with William Primrose and Gregor Piatigorsky.
As the Editors researched the Heifetz Collection, which is housed at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., we discovered the manuscript that becomes the basis of this new edition. Mr. Heifetz composed a new arrangement of the Passacaglia for Two Violins dated 1920 with his revision in 1966. We are pleased to have the opportunity of publishing this arrangement for the first time and we believe this brilliant arrangement will take its rightful place alongside the Viola and Cello versions as the new foundation of the Violin Duo repertoire.
Notes by Stephen Shipps
During the residency, Gong will support the artistic programs of the orchestra by performing as a piano soloist while performances of his compositions will be introduced to myriad Classical audiences throughout China. He is also scheduled for a two year concert recital tour of mainland
China performing his works. For more information about Peng-Peng Gong’s music contact Lauren Keiser Music Publishing.
Donald Crockett’s Blue Earth for orchestra will be performed by The Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Gil Rose conductor at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall on March 28. A recording session follows on April 2 for an all-Crockett disc to be released on the BMOP Sound label. Crockett will be the visiting composer in residence at NEC during the same week.
The version of Dance Concerto for clarinet/bass clarinet and wind ensemble has begun its run with the premiere performance by the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble, H. Robert Reynolds, conductor and Stefan Van Sant, soloist on February 9. Commissioned by a consortium of 22 wind ensembles nationwide, the premiere run will continue through the 2014/15 season at schools such as Eastman, University of Michigan, University of Texas, Hartt School, University of Maryland, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Michigan State, Arizona State and many others. For more information on Donald Crockett’s music, contact Keiser Classical.
Gwyneth Walker has been traveling the country attending performances of many of her chamber works. Brass music was featured in an all-Walker concert entitled BRIGHT BRASS in February. Jay Hunsberger, Principal Tuba of the Sarasota (FL) Orchestra, and students from his studio at the University of South Florida, performed many works, including CELESTIAL KEYS (Tuba and Organ) and BELOVED BASS (Tuba and Piano).
In January, Dr. Walker was in Harrisonburg, VA, for an all-Walker program of string chamber music. The performers were “Musica Harmonia,” a piano quartet based primarily at Eastern Mennonite University. The concert program included A VISION OF HILLS (piano trio) and LETTERS TO THE WORLD (piano quartet).
On the horizon, “Musica Harmonia” is preparing to record a CD of Walker string works
in June. A new piano trio has been commissioned by Fairfield University (CT), to
celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Quick Center for the Arts – October of
2015. For more information on Gwyneth Walker’s instrumental music, contact Lauren Keiser Music Publishing.