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Piano Street Reaches 20,000 Likes on Facebook

The Piano Street team would like to say a special thank you to all piano fans around the world who like us on Facebook, where our page has recently passed 20,000 likes!

Join us celebrating this milestone, on the theme of sharing, by spreading the enjoyment of classical piano music and the benefits of a Piano Street membership!

Special 20k Facebook offer:

Get a free 1-month Gold membership voucher to share with your friend, student (or anyone who you belive will enjoy and benefit from Piano Street’s extensive resources) on any Gold membership purchase done until July 31 (extended)!

Monthly membership + Free 1-month voucher: $7
1 Year membership + Free 1-month voucher: $47



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A new list of Instructive Editions

At the Music Education Expo in London last week, we received a lot of positive feedback from piano teachers and students who had successfully used Piano Street’s Instructive Editions to improve the learning process. But we also became aware of a problem: they were difficult to find on the website. That problem is now solved and you can easily find the pieces having instructive editions listed on this page:

http://www.pianostreet.com/instructive

There are now Instructive Editions for 15 pieces, including some of the world’s most popular teaching pieces as well as gems like Clair de lune and FĂĽr Elise:

  • Bach: Minuet in G Major
  • Bach: Little Prelude in C Major
  • Burgmuller: Arabesque Opus 100, no. 2
  • Clementi: Sonatina in C, Opus 36 no. 1
  • Clementi: Arietta in C
  • Gurlitt: The Rocking Horse
  • Haydn: Minuet in G
  • Rameau: Minuet in C
  • Schumann: Melodie Opus 68, no. 1
  • Beethoven: Fur Elise
  • Chopin: Prelude op 28 no 4 in E Minor
  • Schumann: Traumerei opus 15 no 7
  • Debussy: Clair de Lune
  • Mozart: Fantasy in D Minor, K. 397
  • Rachmaninoff: Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C-sharp Minor

“Using the Practice Guide is like always practicing with a teacher next to you; demanding but incredibly effective!”


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Piano Street Introduces New Concept: Urtext & Instructive Edition

Note: This is an old post. For latest information about Instructive editions, please visit this page: www.pianostreet.com/instructive

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.


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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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