New Sheet Music Releases: Mark Houghton, Edvard Grieg, Frederic Hand, Dusan Bogdanovic, and More
We get so much sheet music sent to us by various publishers year ’round—literally hundreds of pieces in every setting imaginable (solo guitar, multiple guitars, guitar-flute, guitar-harp, etc.)—but we don’t have the space to write about the great majority of them in our four quarterly issues each year.
So, just as are now listing new classical guitar CD releases every other Tuesday here, we’re now going use the Tuesdays in between those to announce new print music releases. As with the CDs, these are not reviews (some will be reviewed in the magazine, but frankly most will not), but we think it’s important to at least get the word out about what’s being offered to guitarists out there. Where possible, we’ve linked the titles to the publisher’s website, and stated the degree of difficulty (if provided by the publisher). —Blair Jackson
Esteemed Iranian guitarist/arranger Afshar offers “hits” collection, including Capricho Arabe, Lagrima, Asturias, Danza Españiola No. 5, Recuerdos de la Alhambra, et al. Multiple skill levels. Other new releases arranged and edited by Afshar for Mel Bay include Scarlatti and Weiss for Guitar (32 pp., intermediate), and Granados’ Valses Poéticos (28 pp. intermediate-advanced)
Benjamin Verdery What He Said(for two guitars)
Doberman-Yppan, 12 pp. plus parts
Yale professor/composer/guitarist verdery wrote this piece in the memory of luthier Thomas Humphrey and dedicated it to Sérgio and Odair Assad.
Nick Fletcher Sonata No. 1(for solo guitar)
British composer Fletcher is represented by 45 titles in the D’Oz catalog. If you like this one you might also try Sonata No. 2.
Edvard Grieg (arr. Chris Dumigan) Lyric Pieces, Op. 38 (for two guitars)
Les Productions D’Oz, 20 pp. plus parts
Regular Classical Guitar mag writer Dumigan is also a composer, arranger, and guitarist, and has arranged all 66 Lyric Pieces by Norwegian composer Grieg (1843-1907) for two guitars, spread out over ten volumes, with multiple pieces in each. So far, the first five books have been released, with five more to come. This one contains eight, and is labeled advanced. Others in the series so far include Op.54 (advanced), Opus 47 (advanced), Opus 43 (advanced), and Opus 12 (intermediate).