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We publish more than 450 varied editions
for guitar, for strings and for early music instruments.
our editions are presented by category for easy and fast on-line
browsing - just click on the appropriate catalogue title listed
March 2013 new
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Corda Music On-Line Catalogues
are very pleased to announce a brand new publication:
Messiah : A Rhetorical Guide by Judy Tarling ISBN
This is a book
for all lovers of Handel's Messiah, whether performer or listener,
choir member or director, solo singer or orchestral musician. The
story of the creation of the Messiah is followed by a close
unpicking and rhetorical analysis of the biblical text as
presented to Handel by his friend Charles Jennens. Then Handel's
setting of the text to music is described, showing how devices
such as word-painting, repetition, questions and exclamations
portray and enhance the Christian message and add to its impact on
the listener. This is followed by a performer's guide to
delivering Handel's ideas using rhetorical techniques of delivery;
the book finishes with a review of the audience's reception of
this great work, put into the context of contemporary ideas about
what constituted the sublime, and revealing many layers of
rhetorical craft beneath the familiar music. 220 pages, with
copious musical examples. See Messiah
Out of more
than 240 editions, we have some 30 books for solo guitar, ranging
from collections of easy pieces for beginner and intermediate
students up to advanced works for concert performance. There are
also tutor books widely used for school teaching. We have more
than 150 ensemble pieces for guitar trio, quartet, quintet, sextet
and octet, covering every ability from beginner to professional.
In addition, you will find more than 25 guitar duets, an
intriguing selection of chamber music for guitar with other
instruments and some delightful volumes of guitar songs from the
19th century. To hear some sample recordings from our editions,
in viola music, but our editions include works for violin, viola,
cello and double bass, ranging from baroque and early classical
repertoire to modern times. Many of these are now in print for the
first time. There are also pieces suitable for school ensembles.
Our Viola section features works by William Alwyn, Gordon Jacob,
Arnold Bax, Watson Forbes, Kenneth Harding, Minna Keal, Adam Gorb,
Brian Chapple, John Webb and other contemporary composers. In
addition to solo viola music there are ensembles for 3, 4, 5 and 6
violas. See VIOLA
MUSIC for the separate catalogue. To hear some sample
recordings from our editions, click: Recordings
ensemble music from the mid 16th century up to 1800. Principally
for string players and singers, but including some flute music and
consort music apt for recorders and other melody instruments. The
scholarly editions are based on careful study of the original
sources and we are proud to list several eminent musicologists
amongst our editors. Of special importance are the books by Judy
Tarling: Baroque String Playing,
is now in its third edition, and The
Weapons of Rhetoric, WOR-1.
See also Alison Crum's new book The
Viol Rules. To hear some sample recordings from our editions,
pages of the three main catalogues above will give you a short
description of each piece of music, with prices and details of
extra sets of parts, etc. Feel free to contact us if you need to
ask for more information. If you only want a plain list of
prices without detail of the music's content, click on the
link below. This includes a few works which do not come under the
headings of the three main catalogues, for example a couple of
works for wind instruments by Minna Keal, and some saxophone
arrangements made for the Paragon Saxophone Quartet. For ordering
music, see the link at the foot of this page.
List of Prices
and the Guitar
This project throws a revealing light on the
popularity of the guitar in Germany around 1800. Many poems by
Goethe and Schiller were used by composers before the famous
settings by Schubert, and large numbers of these songs were
accompanied by guitar. A selection of 24 songs is available on a
CD, and there are four books of songs published so far.
A special project by Ian Gammie and Dr Derek
McCulloch, developed from their published catalogue of the music
collection held by the Jane Austen Trust at Chawton in Hampshire.
The project will encompass the publication and recording of
domestic chamber music and songs by composers whose works were
copied by Jane Austen into her own manuscript books. For
performances of this music by ensembles The Windsor Box &
Fir Company and Café Mozart. see: Concerts
The CD "
Endearing Young Charms " The Guitar
Songs of Tom Moore (1779 - 1852)
fascinating insight into the musical life of the Irish poet Thomas
Moore (1779 - 1852) He was the most famous singer of his
generation and an erstwhile guitarist. Check out two books of his
songs with guitar accompaniment, (including The Minstrel Boy, The
Last Rose of Summer, The Meeting of the Waters, The Harp that
once, etc) plus a CD recording and a mine of information about
early 19th century guitar songs.
have a number of CDs featuring music from our printed editions, or
featuring artists who have close associations with Corda Music.
See also the websites for two music groups who perform our music
on a regular basis. www.galliarda.org.uk
from Corda Music
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