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Piano Street Introduces New Concept: Urtext & Instructive Edition

On the recent Music Education Expo in London, Piano Street presented a new concept for sheet music publication: The Piano Street Urtext & Instructive Edition

Scores for all stages of learning

Thanks to the possibilities of digital technology we are no longer limited to just one specific edition of a piano composition when going through the various stages of learning. Depending on your own level of experience and where you are in the learning process of a particular piece, you may need fingering, pedal markings, practice and performance tips, or perhaps the right opposite – a clean Urtext score.

Marking the start of the Piano Street’s series of Rachmaninoff Editions with the famous Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 3 No. 2, all these aspects are taken into account in one single publication containing:

1. Introduction to the piece: History and a brief analysis of the composition.

2. Practice tips: Preparatory exercises which greatly facilitates the learning of the piece.

3. PS Instructive Edition: An educational edition covering all the information a teacher would give you during your first couple of lessons with the piece, including:

  • Detailed fingering with alternatives for small hands
  • Pedal instructions including Piano Street’s unique half-pedal marking
  • Technical advice
  • Artistic advice

4. PS Urtext: The clean score. Exactly what the composer wrote, no more, no less.

Update 29 July 2014:

The first four instructive editions are now available to download and print for all Piano Street Gold members:

Bach: Minuet in G (BWV Anh. 114)
BĂĽrgmuller: Arabesque in A minor, opus 100, no 2
Chopin: Prelude in E minor, opus 28, no 4
Rachmaninoff: Prelude in C-sharp minor, opus 3, no 2

Stay tuned! More Instructive Editions are coming soon to pianostreet.com. Sign up for a Gold membership here or upgrade your Silver membership to get instant access to the new Instructive Editions.


/nilsjohan
 
     

World Premiere: Piano Piece in G by Felix Mendelssohn

The first edition ever of a newly discovered piece by Mendelssohn was presented by Piano Street on the Music Education Expo in London earlier this month. The Urtext Piano Score and Autograph Manuscript are now available for download:

Mendelssohn: Piano Piece in G, MWV U38 (Urtext Score)

Mendelssohn: Piano Piece in G, MWV U38 (Autograph Manuscript)

Pianist Roberto Prosseda has recorded the piece which is included in his upcoming Decca album, “Mendelssohn: Early and Unpublished Works”.

Mendelssohn Piano piece in g

Roberto Prosseda introduces the piece:

Among the great Romantic composers, Felix Mendelssohn is, unfortunately, largely neglected. This is particularly true regarding his piano output. Today, only some Lieder ohne Worte, the Variations SĂ©rieuses and the Rondo Capriccioso are present in the standard concert repertoire even though Mendelssohn composed more than ten hours of piano music. He published less than a half of it during his lifetime. More than 30 of his piano works are still unpublished, and most of them, including the KlavierstĂĽck MWV U38 in G major, stem from his youthful years.

I became familiar with this piece thanks to Dr. Ralf Wehner, whose catalog of Mendelssohn’s works is currently the most up-to-date source for any Mendelssohn research. This catalog also introduced the MWV system, or Mendelssohn Werkvereichnis, that finally assigns precise numbers to each of Mendelssohn’s works. The MWV lists 199 works for piano solo.

The manuscript of the KlavierstĂĽck MWV U38 is currently the property of the Nydahl Collection of the Foundation for the Promotion of Music Culture, in Stockholm. The foundation graciously granted permission to publish it.
The handwritten score is undated and has no title. In his catalog, Dr. Wehner guesses that Mendelssohn wrote it in 1822. The main theme comes from a dance movement included in the Finale of Mendelssohn’s Singspiel Die beiden Pädagogen, which he penned the previous year. It is a waltz and is quite similar to Schubert’s works having the same character during the same time period. In its simplicity, this KlavierstĂĽck already shows the refined craftsmanship and nuance that remains characteristic of Mendelssohn’s music throughout his life.

I had the privilege of making the first recording of this piece in 2013 as part of Decca’s 3-CD set, which will be released in spring 2014. This disc will also include an additional 30 world premiere recordings of Mendelssohn’s piano works.

Florence, February 2, 2014
Roberto Prosseda


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TAKE YOUR SEAT! Hear Mitsuko Uchida Play Mozart Live with the Berliner Philharmoniker

Thanks to a collaboration with the Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall, all Piano Street members can enjoy free access for 48 hours to the Digital Concert Hall. Log in to your Piano Street account to get your free voucher code which gives you instant access to the Digital Concert Hall. (No PS account? Sign up for free here!) Take the opportunity to hear a live concert with pianist Mitsuko Uchida and to access all concerts in the archive!

LIVE from Berlin on Saturday

15 Feb 2014, 8 p.m. (Berlin time)
Mitsuko Uchida, Berliner Philharmoniker and Simon Rattle in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto in B flat major K. 456 (Piano score from IMSLP)

Up-coming live piano concertos at the DCH

Saturday, 15 Mar 2014 8 p.m. (Berlin time)
Emanuel Ax, piano
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
Piano Concerto in E flat major K. 271 ¨Jeunehomme¨

Friday, 25 Apr 2014 10:30 p.m. (Berlin time)
Ohad Ben-Ari, piano
Hans Werner Henze:
“Requiem”: Nine Sacred Concertos for piano solo, trumpet concertante and large chamber orchestra

Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 8 p.m. (Berlin time)
Daniel Barenboim, piano
Johannes Brahms:
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor

A vast number of piano concertos with top performers are available in the DCH archive. Artists include: Pires, Vogt, Barenboim, Volodos, Uchida, Perahia, Schiff, Aimard, Grimaud, Matsuev, Bronfman, Andsnes, Ax, Pollini, Hamelin, Berezovsky, Pressler, Buchbinder and Katia and Marielle Labèque.
Browse the piano concertos archive


About the Digital Concert Hall

In 2008, the Berlin Philharmonic, in partnership with Deutsche Bank and Sony, started posting its live performances on the Internet via the Digital Concert Hall, or DCH. Seven high-definition cameras capture all the musical action within the Philharmonie. Highlighting the intriguing interpretations of principal conductor Sir Simon Rattle, the fantastic audio quality of the multimedia files is at once accurate and thrilling. The operators inside the video studio make the recordings available a few days after each performance.

More than 1.5 million people have taken advantage of the streamed offerings over the last five years. With access to a combination of almost 400 recordings that include concerts, educational programming and interviews with conductors, soloists and orchestra members, site visitors can enjoy the entire gamut of Berlin Philharmonic musical experiences.

The site also provides extensive program notes for each piece; conductors and soloists often speak about both the program in question and about their careers. Many world-renowned pianists count themselves among the interviewed, and keyboardists the world over can virtually pick their brains regarding a wide range of material. The website catalogs everything, and web surfers can use a powerful search tool to find artists, pieces and specific performances they want. After discovering each hidden gem, users can bookmark their favorites. There is even a section dedicated to documentaries and other short films.

The Mobile Digital Concert Hall

The Digital Concert Hall has never been easily portable without a laptop; however, now that Apple has released the Digital Concert Hall free app, anyone with an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch can get his or her Berlin Philharmonic music anywhere. It’s an exciting way for users all over the globe to stay in touch with the world’s premier performing ensemble and the many soloists, including pianists, who have graced its iconic stage.


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Happy Holidays!
Musical Greetings from Piano Street

The most popular composer among Piano Street’s members is FrĂ©dĂ©ric Chopin. As a holiday gift to our members and the piano playing world, we have prepared piano scores of two of his masterpieces, in two different editions each.

Farewell music?

Do you know which compositions Chopin selected for his own funeral?
Along with Mozart’s Requiem this short but remarkable composition is one of them. With this piece, let us introduce our new concept intended for the beginner/intermediate pianists: the “Piano Street Instructive Edition” (PSI). To be used as a compliment to the clean Urtext version the PSI guides you through the composition with practice tips, performance suggestions and clarifications.

Free downloads of Chopin Prelude in E minor, Op. 28 no. 4:
Piano Street Instructive Edition
Piano Street Urtext

Sweeping brilliance, saved from the fire

Among this year’s many notable events and advancements for Piano Street, one is the publication of a new edition and an article about Fantaisie-Impromptu in the Chopin Foundation of the United States’ most recent journal.

Chopin’s Fantaisie-Impromptu is a technically difficult but also very fun piece to play, and it’s easy to see why it’s among Chopin’s most famous and popular works. It has an interesting story based on the fact that Chopin did not want the piece published at all. Early next year we will publish an article and video here on the blog, explaining the difference of the two main characters in this story, the “Autograph version” and the “Fontana version”.
But for now, stay sharp during the holidays by using your analytical skills to examine them yourself or simply enjoy playing the new, rather different Autograph version of Chopin’s Fantaisie-Impromptu.

New publications from Piano Street, available for free until January 12 2014:
Fantaisie-Impromptu – Autograph Version
Fantaisie-Impromptu – Fontana Version

For detailed information about the different versions, see this page.

Hear the Autograph version of Chopin’s Fantaisie Impromptu performed by Piano Street’s editor David Wärn:

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Please share your findings about the different versions of Fantaisie-Impromptu or let us know what you think about the new Piano Street Instructive Edition concept by posting a comment.
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P.S. As another holiday surprise for all members we have now activated a new feature in your account!


/nilsjohan
 
     

Piano News Flash Revamped

In addition to the weekly articles here on the Classical Piano Blog, Piano Street has for many years been covering the daily news flow of piano related news in a few different formats. At first we published it here in the form of monthly link collections under the name “Piano News Flash” (see example) before moving on to even more frequent updates in our Twitter Feed. While appreciated by readers, neither of these two formats have been meeting our goals from a user experience perspective.

Keep up to date on a new level

Today we are launching our new “Piano News Flash” platform which takes the concept up to a completely new level. The functionality activated today in all Piano Street members’ accounts presents daily piano related news and interesting links in the form of an editorial introduction, often with links to external resources for further reading.
With the News Flash we achieve a clear and concise presentation of carefully selected news so that you, by spending no more than a minute a day, keep yourself constantly up to date about what’s on in the piano world.

The top two news items displayed on your account dashboard are selections we believe are particularly relevant for you, depending on the setting in your account profile (beginner/advanced/teacher/professional pianist etc.). Make sure you have selected the correct profile in order to enjoy this extra benefit!

Silver members get free access to the news flash ticker placed on each member’s dashboard, showing the ten most recent news items.
Gold members get, in addition to the ticker, access to the extensive reference archive containing past news, links and resources sorted into different categories.


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