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Tung Auditorium, Liverpool University, 19 June 2024, 7.30 pm

Noting the Landscape
pixelStephen Pratt
Noting the Landscape was composed in the aftermath of the Covid pandemic. During the periods of lockdown Stephen Pratt had found it impossible to compose and he turned instead to painting. But a subsequent commission from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society to write a piece to mark his 75th birthday provided just the incentive he needed to return to composition. As the work developed, Stephen recognized that the music that was emerging was more ‘the expression of feeling than painting’: Beethoven used similar words to describe his ‘Pastoral’ Symphony, showing that he had been there long before!
Composer:  Stephen Pratt
Publication date:  May 2024
Instruments:  Orchestra
Format:  Study score
Duration: c.20'
Pages:  vi/69
ISMN:  979 0 708213 23 9 
Code:  HH609.SSC
Price:  £32.00               more information

Notenbeispiel Music example (pdf)

Six Sonatas for two violins pixel
pixelJohn Addison
John Addison, who was probably Scottish by birth, served the Edinburgh Musical Society as a violinist from 1769 to 1787. In 1772 he brought out in Edinburgh a volume containing six duets in the form of three- or four-movement sonatas for two unaccompanied violins, his only works to survive. Such duets were highly popular throughout the eighteenth century as music for domestic recreation and teaching purposes. Addison’s sonatas are varied and enterprising, including two fugal and two canonic movements but not neglecting a more lyrical vein.
Composer:  John Addison
Editor: Michael Talbot
Publication date:  May 2024
Instruments:  Two violins
Format:  Full score and parts
Series: Baroque
Pages:  xi/37 + 2 x 20
ISMN:  979 0 708213 16 1 
ISBN:  978 1 914137 63 1
Code:  HH601.FSP
Price:  £39.00               more information

Leaflet Music example Sonata 1 (pdf)
Leaflet Music example Sonata 2 (pdf)
Leaflet Music example Sonata 3 (pdf)
Leaflet Music example Sonata 4 (pdf)
Leaflet Music example Sonata 5 (pdf)
Leaflet Music example Sonata 6 (pdf)

They are deliberately cosmopolitan in style, looking back to Corelli and Handel but also including features drawing on more recent Italian and French music. In technical respects they are only moderately difficult. Violinists will enjoy the constant interplay between the two instruments, which share the main material very equally. Reference works have hitherto largely ignored Addison, but he is a composer with something to say whose music deserves to be played and heard today.

ed. Michael Talbot

Priory Church, Bolton Abbey, 7 June 2024, 7.30 pm
Walshaw Lodge recital hall, Hebden Bridge, 15 June 2024, 2 pm

Chaos in fourteen lines
pixelTimothy Raymond
Chaos in fourteen lines
Cast in two parts, Timothy Raymond’s cycle of seven songs represents a kind of musical portrait of an American poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay, whose reputation as a master of verse, and of the sonnet in particular, was offset by her adventurous – even notorious – personal life. A ‘Counting-out Rhyme’ (the genre of the children’s ‘One potato, two potato …’ game) opens the sequence and recurs in fragments as a kind of Mussorgskyan link (like the ‘Promenade’ in Pictures) both between and within a few of the songs. As in some counting-out games, the rhyme might partly be understood as a metaphor for something of a quasi-fatalistic nature.

Part I explores themes of love, regretting its loss and sometime futility. Part II, opening with the lightest song in the work, rapidly darkens to a nightmarish mood and concludes with the sonnet (fourteen lines) that, paraphrased, gives the work its title. Its succinct expression of the philosophical and technical dilemmas of the poet, as she struggles to put the violent and demonic tyranny of existential Disorder into the Order of the poem, is reminiscent of the age-old conflict of Dionysus and Apollo — the archetype that has underpinned so much artistic endeavour.

Chaos in fourteen lines was commissioned by Canadian pianist Margaret Bruce.
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Composer: Timothy Raymond
Publication date:  March 2024
Instruments: Soprano and piano
Format: Full score
Duration: c.10'
Pages: vi/26
ISMN: 979 0 708213 17 8 
Code: HH602.FSC
Price: £15.00               more information

Leaflet 1. Counting-out rhyme         (pdf)
Leaflet 2. Time does not bring relief (pdf)
Leaflet 3. Ebb                                 (pdf)
Leaflet 4. Desolation dreamed of      (pdf)
Leaflet 5. Thursday                         (pdf)
Leaflet 6. Some things are dark       (pdf)
Leaflet 7. Chaos in fourteen lines     (pdf)

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is included in the Grade 6 Piano syllabus of the ABRSM

The Little Ballerina / Nocturne
pixelChristian Hartmann
Den lille danserinnen (‘The Little Ballerina’) evokes a charming, gracious, light-footed dancer, while Nocturne makes the piano sing in the romantic tradition. Both these delightful short pieces would be ideal encores!
Composer: Christian Hartmannn
Publication date:  April 2016
Instruments: Piano
Format: Performing score
Duration: c.4'
Pages: iii/4
ISMN: 979 0 708146 15 5 
Code: HH398.SOL
Price: £7.95               More information

Notenbeispiel Music example (pdf)
"I love these two little pieces, and I am sure many late intermediate players will enjoy them equally."
Read Andrew Eales's review in Pianodao
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Julian Lambert online piano tutorial

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You can download the current catalogue (pdf) by clicking the cover on the right.
Spring 2024
Catalogue 2018