Welcome to Corda Music Publications

Thank you for visiting our web pages and we hope that there will be some music to interest you. Corda Music Publications have many hundreds of editions currently available, and regularly add new items to the catalogue. The website is intentionally designed without complicated graphics and animations so that information will download as quickly as possible. We apologise to those who prefer to sit by their flickering screens for hours at a time in order to admire kneecap-cracking graphics and all-singing all-dancing fantastickalls from the whizz kids of the Web.

New prices are listed as from March 2016. Our music publications are catalogued into the following three main categories:

GUITAR MUSIC, including new editions, and accompanying CDs Goethe and the Guitar and Endearing Young Charms, the guitar songs of Tom Moore. From August 2017 a new book 19th Century Guitar Songs An Idiosyncratic Survey is available. Price 20, 264 pages, including 50 pages of music examples.

EARLY MUSIC, including Judy Tarling's three books: Baroque String Playing, The Weapons of Rhetoric, Hamdel's Messiah A Rhetorical Guide,  Alison Crum's The Viol Rules, and Carin Zwilling's The Original Songs in Shakespeare's Plays

MUSIC FOR STRINGS, including new editions for Viola and Guitar.

Full details are given at catalogues, but before you explore further you may find the following summary helpful in navigating a route through our site. The individual catalogues give a short description of each work, with details of prices, sets of parts, etc. Where appropriate, there is grading of the music for levels of difficulty so that teachers can choose music suited to their students. You will find an overview of the entire Corda catalogue in numerical order (with prices) at: Price List.

The Guitar Catalogue is divided into separate pages for Guitar Solo, Guitar Duet, Trios, Quartets, larger ensembles including Octets, and chamber music for Guitar with other instruments. The chamber music section currently includes Voice and Guitar, though we expect to enlarge this series until eventually it has its own page. There is already a good selection of 19th century guitar songs available. Start at Guitar Index

The Early Music Catalogue is mostly on one long page, but there are some digressions available, - for example, the work on Jane Austen's music Jane Austen, including CDs, and another features the books by Judy Tarling on Baroque String Playing and The Weapons of Rhetoric. Our Early Music editions are for period instruments from approximately 1550 - 1800. They include a variety of consort music for viols, and works for voices and instruments. There is a range of books by the internationally acknowledged teacher Alison Crum designed for those learning to play the viol. Though we specialise in early music for strings, many of the consort pieces can also be performed by recorders, etc. Start at Early Music Index

The String Catalogue has a variety of solo and chamber music pieces, with particular emphasis on works for the viola, including a number of viola ensemble pieces. We also publish most of the works by the much admired composer Minna Keal who died recently in her 91st year. These works include her Cello Concerto, the Ballade for Viola and Piano and two string quartets. There are works by William Alwyn (Pastoral Fantasia for Viola and String Orchestra, Sonata Impromptu for Violin and Viola) and teaching books for the Viola by Watson Forbes. We are currently preparing an edition of Gordon Jacob's CONCERT PIECE for Viola and Orchestra. Start at String Index

We can accept payment by VISA, MASTERCARD, AMEX or by bank transfer. Our phone, fax and postal address is at the foot of this page. Email address and printable order form can be found at: How to order. Our email address for other more general correspondence is: webmaster

Because the Ancient Babylonians (or was it the Sumerians?) only gave us a measly 24 hours in each day and a mere seven days in each week, we do struggle at times to keep all our pages up to date. But please contact us directly by fax, phone or email if you have any questions; we can't guarantee to have the right answer every time, but we'll do our best. Additionally, please check out our What's New? page regularly to see what new titles have arrived in the last few months.

If you prefer to contact us in one of the following languages we will be happy to discuss the music with you (though we may have to reply in English if the matter is complicated!). We can read - and to a varying extent, speak - the following languages:
Spanish, French, German, Italian.
Though the Internet is too often dominated by English, we welcome the chance to do our bit in redressing the linguistic balance. So please write in one of these languages if you prefer, and with the intermittent aid of a dictionary we will do our best to reply.

It is perhaps worth pointing out that we are not a music shop - only humble publishers. It is very gratifying to be sent orders for bagpipe music or operatic scores (we have even had orders for instruments and spare strings), but unfortunately we can only supply what is in our own catalogues! We will answer musical enquiries to the best of our abilities and try to point you in the right direction if we cannot be of direct assistance. You can also find the addresses of music shops who stock our editions at music shops. If you would like to know a bit more about the history of Corda Music Publications, click on Corda History.

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Corda Music Publications, 183 Beech Road, St Albans, Herts AL3 5AN, Great Britain

Tel / Fax: (+44) 0 1727 852752       email:  orders@cordamusic.co.uk 

Last updated 1st August 2018 Please contact us if you experience a broken link between any of our web pages, - we do our best to keep them tidy, but the best laid plans of mice and men gang oft aglay . . . . . . .