Chamber Music Enthusiasts: SJ Music is Here!

November 21, 2017

Some of you may already be familiar with the British publisher SJ Music, which specializes in chamber music for amateurs, particularly string players. The Leading Note is pleased to announce that the entire SJ Music catalogue is now available from us (now distributed in North America by C. F. Peters)!

Be sure to check out all 101 titles of the quirky and eclectic SJ Music catalogue.

Below are a few of the highlights.

NAUGHTY BITS: CHAMBER MUSIC EXCERPTS FOR PRACTICE

Naughty Bits: Chamber Music Excerpts For PracticeNaughty bits – those tricky passages in chamber music that appear out of nowhere (they might be a passage in a high position, a tricky rhythm, some awkward and unexpected accidentals, or a run of fast notes) – the ones you wish you had practiced before your friends arrived for an evening of chamber music.  SJ Music provides five extremely useful volumes for string players.

 

 

CHAMBER MUSIC REPERTOIRE FOR AMATEUR PLAYERS

Chamber Music Repertoire for Amateur Players: A Guide to Choosing Works to Match Players' AbilitiesThis is a carefully researched and comprehensive guide to the difficulty (for each instrument) and quality (musically) of 616 string quartets and 690 other ensemble works for 3-8 players, many with wind instruments and piano. Included are easy works for children and their teachers (and adult learners). The “How to use this Guide” section at the beginning of the Guide is also written in French and German.

 

THE CHAMBER WORKS OF GEORGE ONSLOW

The Chamber Works of George OnslowGeorge Onslow, an Anglo-French composer, was born in Clermont-Ferrand in July 1784 and died there in October 1853. He is a widely overlooked composer who has written numerous chamber works that are very satisfying for amateurs. SJ Music publishes his piano quintet, a string quartet and three string quintets.

 

 

 

ESSAY ON THE CRAFT OF CELLO PLAYING

Essay on the Art of Cello Playing, Volumes 1 & 2This two-volume, widely admired, work gives Christopher Bunting’s insights about cello playing in a commentary interspersed with exercises designed to produce rapid development of instrumental skill. Volume 1 contains commentary and exercises to build a skillful and artistic bowing technique. Volume 2 is devoted to the action, placing and movement of the left hand.

 

 

We hope that you find something to appeal to you!

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