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We stock a wide variety of sheet music for many different genres and instruments.  The head of our print music department, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., is happy to help you find what you are looking for.  If we don't have it in stock, we are typically able to order it for you without any additional shipping charge.  Most orders arrive in 7-10 business days.

Scores and Editions 101

on Tuesday, 01 May 2012. Posted in What's New at Middle C , Print Music

When to go Urtext

Scores and Editions 101

Last week, I talked a bit about what Urtext editions actually are. So when should you pick Urtext?

I find that Urtext editions are most valuable when performing music from the Baroque and Classical eras. In these time periods, composers did not generally include extensive indications as to dynamics, tempos, or articulation.Student or interpretive editions (Alfred, Schirmer, and International for example) often provide editorial suggestions about these nuances that can be confusing to beginners and downright distracting to more advanced players. As a general rule, composers in the Romantic and Modern eras were more explicit about performance directions, so most editions will reflect the composer’s directions relatively free from too much editorial “creativity.”

Scores and Editions 101

Written by Claire on Tuesday, 24 April 2012. Posted in What's New at Middle C , Print Music

Part One: What's an Urtext?

Scores and Editions 101

Customer: “Hi, I’m looking for Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.”

Me: “Ok, do you want the Henle Edition, Peters, Wiener Urtext, Schenker, ABRSM, Alfred, Schirmer…or something else entirely?”

Customer, somewhat befuddled: “The normal one?”

I go through this exchange at least once a week with this specific piece, and it underlines one of the most confusing aspects of classical music. Which edition should I buy? Often parents coming in to buy music for their kids or people just getting started playing “serious” repertoire aren’t even aware that there are different editions, or that which edition you use matters.

Over the next few days, I’ll be using this space to explain some of the issues you should consider when choosing what edition of a piece to purchase. To start us off, here’s some information on Urtext editions. 

Print Picks for Jazz Appreciation Month

Written by Claire on Tuesday, 17 April 2012. Posted in What's New at Middle C , Print Music

Print Picks for Jazz Appreciation Month

Here's a few things we're apparently supposed to be celebrating or acknowledging this April: Workplace Conflict Awareness Month, Straw Hat Month, National Grilled Cheese Month and (possibly related to that last one) National Irritable Bowel Syndrome Month. Apparently I've got a lot of celebrating to get caught up on.

But it's also Jazz Appreciation Month, and that's one I can get behind. Designated in 2001 by John Edward Hasse, the curator of the Smithsonian Museum of American History, Jazz Appreciation Month is our excuse to pay extra attention to what some call America's only original art form. And what better way to celebrate than by playing some jazz? Here’s a list of my picks for the top five jazz books available at Middle C: