Play it Again is a lively collection of favourite tunes, both new and old, expertly arranged for easy viola the upbeat accompaniments really bring the music to life, yet remain fairly straight forward. All viola parts are written in first position so they are perfect for the absolute beginner, helping young players to gain confidence and learn basic technique in a fun and lively way.Both pupil and your teacher can really relax and have fun!
The ´Unbeaten Tracks´ series has made a profound mark on the music world with its volumes of specially commissioned pieces for intermediate-level players. This new volume for organ continues in the same vein with a kaleidoscopic mix of pieces and styles. In addition small´Biopics have been collected for each composer giving nuggets of information regarding inspiration, these are designed to give players a greater insight into the pieces. Unbeaten Tracks for solo organ has been produced in association with the Royal College of Organists.
Take a trip back in time to old Vienna - city of courtly intrigue, secret assignations, masked balls at the Schonbrunn Palace, elegant carriages in the Prater - a classic, orderly world conjured up by the music of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. The 18th century gives way to the Romantic 19th in the lyrical strains of Brahms, and the swirling, abandoned waltzes of Johann Strauss the younger - an epoch when the city itself was transformed into one endless, glittering ballroom. Finally, explore the introspective, Fin de Siecle world of Gustav Mahler, whose passionate but anguished lyricism heralded the downfall of the Hapsburg dynasty and the end of Vienna´s heyday as Europe´s most opulent capital. 150 years of the world´s most glorious music, written for one of Europe´s most beautiful cities, is contained in this volume. Play the music, and let yourself be taken back to Vienna - city of dreams.
England - ´this sceptured isle, this throne of kings´. A land of pomp and circumstance, spectacular ceremony and ancient courtly ritual, magnificently evoked by the stately music of Purcell, Clarke and Handel - royal composers par excellence. A land, too, of wistful nostalgic folksongs from the mellow English countryside; of ironic humor so aptly captured by the great Victorian partnership of Gilbert and Sullivan; and of endless, sunlit Edwardian summers so poignantly celebrated in the noble music of Parry and Elgar.400 years of England´s great musical heritage, from the Tudors to the closing years of the Empire - are contained in this album. Play music, and breathe the air of this ´green and pleasant land´.
Italy - a sun-soaked land of olives and cypresses, of art, culture and civilisation, where wine flows freely and passions run high. The land where everyone sings, and where opera was born. From the sparkling wit of Rossini - a man who enjoyed his food even more than his music, to Verdi´s sophisticated world of triumphal marches and glittering balls, ladies of easy virtue and men who love and leave them; from Puccini´s doomed heroines - fiery Tosca, fragile Butterfly and consumptive Mimi - who suffer for their loves (but still die singing!) to the parched southern landscape of Pagliacci, where tempers flare quickly and blood stains the arid earth - whether in real life or on the stage, Italy has always expressed its joys and sorrows in memorable melody.Mediterranean night; or watch the seasons change in the lush Italian countryside to the cheerful strains of Vivaldi. Play the music, and breathe the heady air of Italy.
19th century Paris - a city for lovers and artists, a city of nightlife, scandal, sleazy cabarets and café-concerts in the Bohemian district of Pigalle - and of moonlight reflected on the Seine. A city whose unquenchable appetite for life, love, excitement and gaiety is evoked by the brilliant posters of Toulouse Lautrec, and by the equally exuberant music of Berlioz, Bizet, Gounod, Satie, and Offenbach, whose hetic Can-Can encapsulates the spirit of Belle Epoque. But not all is revealed in the smoky flare of the spotlight. Discover the shimmer of Impressionist colours on the City of Light through the exquisite miniatures of Faure. Debussy and Ravel - and Paris will unfold another facet of her mysterious charm.This selection of enchanting melodies by La crème de la crème of French composers will take you back in time to the Paris of a century ago - the most romantic city in the world.
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