New publications for January 2023 (Vladimir Leyetchkiss, Julian Scriabin & Franz Liszt)

We are delighted to announce our new publications for January 2023. Pre-orders will be accepted from today. In a few weeks, we will start pre-ordering the digital edition(PDF) shortly. We will start the sales and shipping of these sheet music on January 25, 2023.

Maurice Ravel/Vladimir Leyetchkiss: Bolero (Transcription for piano solo)
Vladimir Leyetchkiss, one of the last students of the great master Heinrich Gustavovich Neuhaus, was active as a teacher and performer mainly in the United States, but was also well known as an arranger. His solo piano version of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” (Schirmer) has been performed by many pianists. Although Leyetchkiss’ arrangements are highly effective in performance, the scores of his arrangements other than “The Rite of Spring” are out of print or unpublished, and despite the hopes of many pianists, they have been extremely difficult to obtain. In addition, the death of Leyetchkiss in 2016 seemed to have made publication of his arrangements impossible. However, with the help of pianist Sandro Russo, a project to publish his arrangements has been launched with the permission of Leyetchkiss’ family. As the first volume of this project, Muse Press will publish the score of “Bolero” composed by Ravel and arranged by Leyetchkiss. This arrangement was premiered in Japan on June 20, 2021 by pianist Takuya Otaki, raising many requests for its publication.

Foreword by Sandro Russo
Leyetchkiss’s pianistic model for this solo-piano transcription seems indeed to be Ravel’s two-piano version of Boléro; however, as the piece progresses in intensity and instrumental mass, Leyetchkiss adheres more to the orchestral score. For instance, as far as the rhythmic ostinato is concerned, that which Ravel had cleverly simplified as broken octaves and tremolos in the two-piano version, Leyetchkiss lavishly exploits as fast octave repetitions and Alkanian chords ; both require the wrist endurance of a virtuoso technique.

Vladimir Leyetchkiss
Born in Russia on 8th of August 1934. He studied piano with George Sharoyev, the grandson of Anton Rubinstein, and he later went on to study with Heinrich Neuhaus at the Moscow Conservatory. In 1974, he defected to the United States. He taught at DePaul University in Chicago. Leyetchkiss is also known as an arranger, having created solo piano arrangements of Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring”, Paul Dukas’ “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Suite No. 2”, among others. As a pianist, he has recorded several albums: “Great Piano Transcriptions”, “My Favorite Tchaikovsky”, and “Russian Reveries” on Centaur Records. He passed away on 11th of October, 2016 in Evanston, Illinois.

Julian Scriabin: 4 Preludes (Foreword by Akihisa Yamamoto)
Russian composer Alexander Scriabin had a son who aspired to be a composer. His name was Julian Scriabin, who was born in 1908 and died in 1919 at the young age of 11. His works are reminiscent of those of his father’s middle to late years, and his passing is greatly regretted. For this publication, musicologist Akihisa Yamamoto has written a commentary on Julien and his works.  

Julian Scriabin
Educated professionally from an early age, Julian Scriabin distinguished himself in piano performance and composition, studying under Reinhold Moritzevich Glière. However, in late June 1919, his life came to an end when Julian was found drowned in the Dnieper River. The details of his drowned body and the exact date of his death are still unknown.

Akihisa Yamamoto
Musicologist. Specializes in Russian art music of the late 19th – early 20th century. Graduated from the Department of Musicology, Faculty of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts. Received the Ataka Prize while still a student, and the Acanthus Music Prize and the Doseikai Prize upon graduation. He also completed a research practice at the Department of Russian Music History at the Moscow Conservatory of Music in 2016. He is currently enrolled in the doctoral program of the Graduate School of Music at Tokyo University of the Arts and the Department of Music History at The State Institute for Art Studies of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. From 2017-2020, he was a Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (DC1), and a Rohm Music Foundation Scholar in 2020 and 2021. His most recent paper is “Music Enlightenment of the Proletkult: Ideological Programs and Daily Practices” (2022). He has translated Tchaikovsky’s “Guide to the Practical Study of Harmony” (2022, Ongaku no Tomo Sha Corp.).

Franz Liszt: Variant to bars 207-253 of Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58/IV (Frédéric Chopin) (Edited with a foreword by Tomasz Kamieniak)
Liszt left many different types of variations in his own compositions, arrangements and revision collections. Among them, the collections of works by Weber and Schubert published by Cotta, works by Smetana, Tausig, Raff, and Rubinstein, and variations and ossia written for his pupils are worth mentioning. This month, Muse Press publishes Liszt’s Variations, written for the last movement of Frederic Chopin’s Piano Sonata No. 3. They were reportedly written for Olga Janina, a student of Liszt’s.

Liszt wrote the variant very wisely and logically when one looks at the entire Finale. This movement, which is in the form of a rondo, begins in thirds in 6/8 time signature. The reappearance of the theme shows the left hand in quartos (polyrhythm) and subsequently in sixteenths, i.e. again steadily, regularly. On the other hand, the Liszt variant goes further and introduces quintuplets instead of sixteenths, which yield a polyrhythmic pattern, followed by triplet regularity with left hand leaps and naturally enhances the expression and strength of the Finale.

– Foreword by Tomasz Kamieniak

Tomasz Kamieniak is a pianist and composer who enjoys playing the music of Franz Liszt and Charles Valentin Alkan as well as less known composers.Tomasz graduated from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice in the piano class of Professor Joanna Domańska. He further developed his playing under Professor Rolf-Dieter Arens at the University of Music in Weimar, Konstantin Scherbakov (Piano Master Classes), Professor Zbigniew Raubo (postgraduate studies in Katowice), and Leslie Howard in London.Kamieniak was awarded the special prize at the 4th International FRANZ LISZT Piano Competition in Weimar. He recorded piano works by Józef Wieniawski as the winner of the Grand Prix at the 4th Competition for a Recording Project “Forgotten Polish Music” organised by the Acte Préalable publishing house. A scholarship recipient, both from the Marshall’s Office in Katowice and the Wagner Society in Bayreuth, Kamieniak also received a prize presented by the Mayor of Tarnowskie Góry in recognition of his cultural achievements.Highlights of Kamieniak’s solo performances include: the Alkan Concerto for Solo Piano at the Indian Summer in Levoca Music Festival, the Piano Extravaganza Festival in Sofia and during recitals given in Kiev, Weimar, London, Bayreuth and Świętokrzyska Philharmonic in Kielce, and the Alkan Symphony for Solo Piano in the Academy of Music in Katowice, as well as in Bielsko-Biała and Zakopane.Tomasz gave recitals in Bayreuth and Venice organised by the Wagner Society. In 2008, during a three-part recital at the Steingraeber Haus in Bayreuth, he performed all Wagnerian transcriptions of Liszt on his piano from 1876. Tomasz also performed Liszt’s two-piano arrangement of the Faust Symphony with Leslie Howard in London. In 2021, he performed at the American Liszt Society Festival via recorded videos.With orchestra, Kamieniak debuted at the Polish Youth Symphony Orchestra under Andrzej Affeltowicz with the Liszt Second Piano Concerto; played the Wieniawski Piano Concerto with the Koszalin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Monika Wolińska during the Polish Music Festival “Swego nie Znacie” and with Świętokrzyska Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Alexander Walker during the Świętokrzyskie Days of Music Festival; Górecki Concerto and Glass Tirol Concerto with the Nomos String Orchestra conducted by Mieczysław Unger during the New Music Festival in Bytom; Kilar Second Piano Concerto and Górecki Concerto with Maciej Tomasiewicz conducting Archetti String Orchestra in Jaworzno.

New publications for October 2022 (Nikolay Khozyainov, Glinka/Saeki, Yoshihisa Hirano & Kosaku Yamada)

We are delighted to announce our new publications for October 2022. Pre-orders will be accepted from today. In a few weeks, we will start pre-ordering the digital edition(PDF). We will start the sales and shipping of these sheet music on October 25, 2022.

Giacomo Puccini – Nikolay Khozyainov: Madama Butterfly “Coro a bocca chiusa” (Humming Chorus) for solo piano Madama Butterfly, has been transformed into a work for solo piano by the world-renowned pianist Nikolay Khozyainov. The original is a semi-choral piece with the chorus humming in the background of an orchestra. Khozyainov used tremolos to express the unique and enchanting atmosphere of the humming. This arrangement was performed in recital in Japan and received high recognition.

Photo: Marie Staggat

Nikolay Khozyainov is one of the most remarkable pianists of the world. His musicality and formidable technique have thrilled audiences across the planet, his recitals and concerto engagements include sold out performances on all continents at the world’s foremost stages such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington, Wigmore Hall in London, The Louvre and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Sydney Opera House, Tonhalle in Zurich, Palazzo Quirinale in Rome, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, the United Nations and many others. Maestro Khozyainov has been honored by numerous presidents and heads of state, great cultural and political figures. In January 2018, the Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan celebrated Nikolay at his concert in Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. In 2022 he was knighted by the Spanish Royal Family as Knight Commander. Khozyainov has performed with the London Philharmonia Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, The Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland among many others.

Glinka/Ryoma Saeki: Overture “Ruslan and Lyudmila” (Concert Arrangement for piano) Glinka’s opera “Ruslan and Lyudmila” overture is widely known under Mravinsky’s baton (recording). Surprisingly, this work has no concert solo piano arrangement, and pianist Ryoma Saeki has now developed it into a very pianistic work while paying full respect to the original. It requires considerable performance skill, but as it is described as a “concert arrangement”, it is a spectacular piece, especially suited for an encore.

Saeki Ryoma Born 2000 in Saitama, Japan, began playing the piano at the age of 7. First prize in the high school division of the 32nd “Junior Classical Music Competition in Japan” and the high school division of the 3rd K Piano Competition. In 2019, he entered the Toho Gakuen School of Music. Second prize in the Fupper category of the 26th Fupper Tosu Piano Competition 2020. In addition, he was a finalist in the 2021 Toho Piano Competition and won the first prize in the 2022 Toho Piano Concerto Competition. He has studied piano with Yukiko Yamagami, Miwako Takeda and Nobuhito Nakai, harpsichord with Chiyoko Arita, chamber music with Toshiaki Murakami and Miwako Ochiai, and composition with Tomohiro Moriyama.

Yoshihisa Hirano Pickled Plum Rag & Rag Simulation for piano Composer Yoshihisa Hirano has written numerous works for piano, ranging from orchestral works to theatre pieces. According to Hirano, his aim was to create ‘cod spaghetti’ or ‘green tea ice cream’, a strong work that differs from the usual ragtime.

Having been a jazz-obsessed teenager, ragtime is a familiar musical genre to me. Indeed, from the ease of Scott Joplin to the extreme fierceness of Art Tatum, I have been fascinated and inspired by this unique music from time to time. In one of my anime works, I’ve also produced a soundtrack of Joplin’s work arranged for a variety of instrumentation, and of course, I’ve written many originals. Ragtime, in my opinion, is pure fun, happy, anti-aging music that contributes more to raising the corners of your mouth than wrinkling your brow. These are the first two rags I’ve written as independent concert works. It contains some rather strange and joke-like musical sections, but hopefully it will resonate as pure fun for the audience, making ‘the corners of your mouths rise with a smile’. Needless to say, the performers will face a group of inevitable age-accelerating phrases that cannot help but cause a deep ‘crease between the eyebrows’. Sorry! Preface by Yoshihisa Hirano

Yoshihisa Hirano was born in the Wakayama Prefecture of Japan on Dec.7th, 1971. Having been attracted to baroque music, he started to study composition by himself as an elementary student. He found jazz in high school. He enthused over the music of great jazz masters such as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Eric Dolphy and John Coltrane. His admiration of them once gave him dreams of becoming a jazz musician, but he then discovered contemporary music. Specifically he gained interest in the works of John Zorn, one of the musicians who had the biggest influence on him in his youth. On the other hand, symphonies by Shostakovich also greatly impressed him, and helped him make up his mind to study composition seriously. After many twists and turns, he moved to the United States. He entered Eastman School of Music in NY and studied composition with Christopher Rouse and Joseph Schwantner. Getting engrossed in books by 20th century french writers and thinkers including Bataille, Klossowski, Mandiargues and Genet, he spent most of his time reading and composing rather than attending classes. After many twists and turns, he quit the school. He made his debut as a film composer in 2001. Thereafter he has composed a large number of soundtracks of TV shows, films and games.

Kōsaku Yamada: Piano Works I, II & III

A joint project with the classical music label “Vacances Musicales”. This is a publication of forgotten masterpieces for piano by Yamada Kosaku, one of Japan’s most famous composers, widely known for works such as “Akatombo” and “Kono Michi”. The commentary is by musicologist Satoru Takaku and the revision and editing are by pianist Nanako Sugiura. The collection includes works that were known to exist but for some reason had never been published before, as well as completed editions of unfinished works.

Kōsaku Yamada: Piano Works I “Early Works in the Classical Style” It includes works from his Berlin period that have never been published before, such as Gavottes, Rondos and Variations, as well as reprints of classical style works such as Sonatas and Chaconnes, some of which were originally published by the former DAI-ICHI HOKI CO. These works are a valuable record of the early days of the Japanese classical music world, and are fine pieces reflecting the joy of being the first Japanese to study classical music in Europe. Contents: Menuetto / 2 Sonatines / Sonata No. 1 / Allegro moderato / Sonata No. 2 / Gavotte / March / A melody on an autumn day / Lied ohne Worte / Variationen g-moll / Variationen A-dur / Theme and Variations in C / Chaconne c-moll / Chaconne c-dur / Olympic March

Kōsaku Yamada: Piano Works II “Arrangements of Songs by Kōsaku Yamada” (arranged by Mana Hirano, Minami Nagai & Sota Aoki) He is still known to this day for his famous songs such as ‘Akatombo’ and ‘Kono Michi’, which are well-known to all Japanese people, but there is also his own arrangement of “Karatachi no Hana”, which is still performed to this day. Following Yamada’s example, young composers Sota Aoki, Mana Hirano and Minami Nagai have taken many of Yamada’s masterpieces and transformed them into piano works.

Kōsaku Yamada: Piano Works III “Incomplete Works” (Completed by Masanori Enoki) Enoki Masanori, an up-and-coming composer and improviser, has supplemented and completed large-scale works such as ”Sonata-extasier, “Impromptu”, “Erinnerungen an mine Kobe zeit (Memories of Kobe)” and ”Serenade’ ‘, which Yamada never completed. Each of these works is a large-scale work unlike any of his currently known piano works, and is a substantial achievement from the early days of Japanese piano music, influenced by Scriabin and Chopin, but refined by Yamada’s unique pianism. Contents: Impromptu* / Sonata-extasier* / Serenade* / Erinnerungen an mine Kobe zeit* 《Appendix》Genji Rakucho

New publications for September 2022 (Nicolas Namoradze, Ronn Yedidia)

We are delighted to announce our new publications for September 2022. Pre-orders will be accepted from today. In a few weeks, we will start pre-ordering the digital edition(PDF). We will start the sales and shipping of these sheet music on September 25, 2022. The scheduled date of sale is 25 Aug 2022

Rachmaninoff / Nicolas Namoradze: Adagio (from Symphony no. 2 Op.27) arrangement for piano solo A world-renowned composer-pianist, Nicholas Namorase’s first arrangement will be published. One of the most famous of Rachmaninov’s orchestral works, Adagio (from Symphony No. 2, Op. 27) continues to fascinate many people almost 100 years after it was composed. Many piano solo arrangements of this masterpiece have been created, but Namoradze, who is also a composer, has finished the arrangement with a high degree of perfection as a piano piece while respecting the harmony of the original piece. He succeeded in expressing the profound feeling of the orchestra on the piano, and in the second half of the work, a pianistic passage appears, which will not only attract the performers but also the audience. It requires a high level of skill to perform, but it is an extremely effective arrangement.

The opening
the part of second half

Pianists will delight in this exciting transcription by Nicolas Namoradze of a symphonic masterpiece.

—— Norma Fisher (Pianist)

Nicolas Namoradze Pianist and composer Nicolas Namoradze came to international attention in 2018 upon winning the triennial Honens International Piano Competition in Calgary, Canada—among the largest prizes in classical music. His recitals around the globe have been met with universal critical praise, and recent album releases have received extraordinary accolades, including the Choc de Classica, Record of the Month in Limelight, Instrumental Disc of the Month in BBC Music Magazine, Editor’s Choice in Gramophone, Editor’s Choice in Presto Classical and Critics’ Choice in International Piano. Among the most critically acclaimed musicians of his generation, Namoradze was bestowed the 2020 & 2021 Young Pianist Award by the UK Critics’ Circle, which called him “very much more than a top-flight pianist.” His current activities include recitals at concert halls including New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin and the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan; festival appearances at Tanglewood, Banff, Gstaad, Santa Fe and more; and performances with orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Budapest Festival Orchestra and Sinfonieorchester Basel, with conductors such as Iván Fischer, Karina Canellakis and Ken-David Masur. Highlights of his work as a composer include commissions and performances by leading artists and ensembles including Ken-David Masur, Lukas Ligeti, Tessa Lark, Metropolis Ensemble and the Momenta, Verona and Barkada Quartets, at festivals such as the Chelsea Music Festival, Honens Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Portland Piano International and the Klavier-Festival Ruhr, among others. He has also composed and produced a number of film soundtracks, including Walking Painting by Fabienne Verdier and Nuit d’opéra à Aix, made in association with the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. After completing his undergraduate in Budapest, Vienna and Florence, Namoradze moved to New York for his master’s at The Juilliard School and his doctorate at the CUNY Graduate Center. His teachers and mentors have included Emanuel Ax, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Zoltán Kocsis, Matti Raekallio, András Schiff and Eliso Virsaladze in piano, and John Corigliano in composition. He currently pursues postgraduate studies in neuropsychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College, London, where his research interests include the effects of mental practice and mindfulness on musical performance. Namoradze is the author of the book “Ligeti’s Macroharmonies”, published by Springer in the Computational Music Science series.

Ron Yedidia: 12 Great Etudes Book 1 Vol. 2 (Nos. 5-8) Our publication project of “Grand Etudes”, a cycle for piano solo works by Ron Yedidia, started in November 2021. A total of 24 pieces were composed during about 30 years to complete. Some of these pieces were performed and recorded by Yedidia himself and attracted many piano fans. This volume contains Etude No. 5 to No. 8, composed in 1994 and 1995. The composer describes the period in which the piece was written as a time of heightened “cosmic inspiration,” as if a muse descended from an otherworldly source. This volume includes: Grand Etude No. 5 / Grand Etude No. 6, “Sunrise” / Grand Etude No. 7, “The Flight Over the Ocean” / Grand Etude No. 8, “A Voice is Calling in the Desert at Night”

Ronn Yedidia Ronn Yedidia’s compositions have galvanized the attention of performing artists worldwide during the last two decades. His works have been featured in major concert halls and documented on film, radio and television. He has won high critical acclaim from leading newspapers around the world, as both composer and pianist. Born in 1960 in Tel Aviv, Israel, he began his musical career as a child prodigy pianist, winning 1st Prize at the Young Concert Artists’ Competition of Israel at the age of eight. His main teacher and mentor was Israel’s first lady of the piano, Pnina Salzman, who herself was a protege of Alfred Cortot. Active as a performer for many years. Ronn’s compositions have been recorded by renowned artists and ensembles on many major labels such as EMI Classics, Naxos’ American Classics series and Sony BMG. His solo album “Yedidia Plays Yedidia”, on Britain’s Altarus label, has galvanized the attention of numerous pianists and composers around the world. He is the co-founder and Classical Program Director of The New York Piano Academy in Manhattan.

Published works of Ronn Yedidia and Nicolas Namoradze from Muse Press:

New Publications for August 2022 (Daniel Kramer, Roberto Piana, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Yoonie Han & Václav Krahulík)

New publications for August 2022. Pre-orders will be accepted from today, 5 August. The scheduled date of sale is 25 Aug 2022.

Daniel Kramer: 6 Concert Etudes & Credo
Daniel Kramer’s “6 Concert Etudes”, first published by a Russian (former Soviet Union) publisher in 1987 in a combined edition of around 9930 copies with Nikolai Kapustin’s “8 Concert Etudes”, was a very difficult score to find. For this re-publication, Kramer revised the score by adding fingerings and revising the tempo. Together with the concert etudes, a long version of his masterpiece “Credo”, previously only available in an informally scored version by a third party, has also been supervised by Kramer and included as an official version in this score.

Václav Krahulík: Etudes in Jazz for piano, Volume I (Nos. 1-5)
The Czech Republic pianist Václav Krahulík’s “Etudes in Jazz” (15 Etudes in 3 volumes) will finally be published. Krahulík became familiar with jazz and classical music at an early age under the influence of his father, and studied piano at the Prague Conservatory with Pavel Štěpán, known for his performances of Josef Suk’s piano works. Krahulík says “I never considered myself as a composer”, and the publication “Etudes in Jazz” is a reflection of his improvisations, which over time have taken on a certain form, and which are based on the language of jazz and classical music. Each piece is only 3-4 minutes long, making it very suitable as an encore or recital piece.

Rachmaninoff/Yoonie Han: Andante Cantabile (Variation XVIII) from « Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini » (Transcription for piano) Yoonie Han, winner of numerous piano competitions and currently Assistant Professor of Piano at Hong Kong Baptist University, has made a piano transcription of the 18th variation “Andante Cantabile” from Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini”. This transcription also appears on her piano album “Hollywood Romance”, released in 2020. The film “Somewhere in Time”, broadcast in 1980, also uses “Andante cantabile” as a love theme, and many people discovered Rachmaninoff through this film.

Respighi/Antonio Pompa-Baldi: Violin Sonata in B minor (Transcription for solo piano)
The “Violin Sonata in B minor”, considered one of the masterpieces of Italian composer Ottorino Respighi, has been transformed into a “Piano Sonata” by the pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi. The transcription was written in a few months during the Covid-19 outbreak, and a performance video was posted on YouTube by Pompa-Baldi himself. The video was very well received and there were many requests for the publication of the score. The piece is naturally challenging, as it requires extensive use of the sostenuto pedal in order to create effective acoustic effects. You can see his advanced pedal technique in the performance video.

Roberto Piana: Grand Fantasy on Puccini’s La Bohème for piano
Roberto Piana, a leading Italian composer-pianist, described the act of writing operatic paraphrases (fantasias) for piano as ‘an institute in refining a piece of music’, and through this creative act, he explored the possibilities of the piano. This “Grand Fantasy on Puccini’s « La Bohème » for piano” by Roberto Piana this time, takes about 30 minutes to perform and requires a high level of skill and musicality to play. Throughout the piece, some arias we have all heard at one time or another, such as ‘Sì, mi chiamano Mimì’, ‘Quando men vo’ and ‘Vecchia zimarra, senti’, will also appear and will feel somewhat familiar to you.

New publications in July 2021 (Chausson, Strauss/Risler, Gieseking, Saburo Moroi)

We are pleased to announce our new publications in July 2021.

Ernest Chausson: Sonate pour piano
“Sonate pour piano” was composed by the French composer Ernest Chausson the year after he entered the Paris Conservatoire.  For many years the manuscript of this work was in the possession of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, but for some reason it has never been published. For this publication, Masanori Enoki, a composer, pianist and graduate of the Paris Conservatoire, has revised and commented on this work. This work is strongly influenced by Beethoven and Schubert, and has a very different expression to Chausson’s music as we know today. The theme of the third movement is also used in his clarinet and piano work “Andante et Allegro”.

Richard/Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (Concert Transcription for piano)
The German-born French pianist Édouard Risler arranged Richard Strauss’s late 19th century symphonic poem “Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche” for solo piano. The leading French pianist of the time, Alfred Denis Cortot, was also greatly influenced by Risler. The works of Richard Strauss could not be published in Europe until 2020 due to copyright laws. When the Italian pianist and composer Francesco Libetta performed this arrangement at the Festival de La Roque-d’Anthéron, many people became aware of its existence and demanded its publication. This edition includes a commentary not only by Libetta but also by Dan Sato.

Excerpt from the foreword by Francesco Libetta
The path of his musical life is well-recognizable in the piano version of the score of Till Eulenspiegel. In Risler’s version, the intricate polyphony in Strauss’ score is meticulously reproduced on the keyboard, presupposing in the performer an extraordinary technique of digital independence. The sound masses are practically never recreated through the means of the piano’s free resonances; the octaves are intended to be very rapid, Saint-Saëns style (in fact, Risler also transcribed for two pianos some of his Études). Finding the indispensable timbral colors thus becomes an inordinately demanding task. If the sound masses heard in the orchestral version cannot rely on long piano pedals, which would prevent the necessary polyphonic clarity, the resulting demand for every single finger must be extreme. The number of notes to be played very quickly could force even the most experienced pianists to slow down tempi unnaturally. Moreover, Risler often prescribes large and risky leaps that are fundamental to the understanding of the harmonic discourse, and such gestures cannot be performed with prudence (that is, by slowing down) without the expression or the musical atmosphere being deeply suffocated. For the music’s full potential to be heard and understood, Risler’s transcription requires, in short, such cold-bloodedness and control of every musical parameter that, as is evident, generations of virtuosi have kept away from it. Risler’s manuscript was never published; annotated in pencil, with afterthoughts and corrections, it sat on the shelves of the National Library of France in Paris, protected by the rights on Strauss’ compositions, and remained a legend.

Walter Gieseking: Chaconne (über ein Thema von Scarlatti)
Walter Gieseking’s Chaconne on a Theme by Scarlatti was composed on board the Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft’s ship “New York”, which Gieseking used on his tour from Germany to the North American continent. The German pianist Joseph Moog has recently released a CD containing this work on Onyx, but the score has only been privately published by Pelisorious Editions in Portland, Oregon. This edition has been carefully revised and annotated by the musicologist Satoru Takaku, and is now officially published. Due to copyright reasons, this work can only be shipped to certain countries.

Saburo Moroi: Piano Sonata C-major No. 1, Op. 5
We have been publishing the works of Saburo Moroi continuously for several years, and now we are pleased to add the Piano Sonata C-major No. 1 Op. 5 to our catalogue. Saburo Moroi wrote about ten piano sonatas, and according to the new work numbering system which he later adopted, this work is listed as “Op. 5”. There are only two piano sonatas that appear within the new opus numbering system, including this one. The sonata was composed during his studies in Berlin. It takes about half an hour to perform and was the longest piano sonata written by a Japanese composer at the time.

Important notice about international order

For the last few months all mail has been delayed in connection with COVID-19, especially international one. We have received very strong complaints from some customers regarding this every day. Although we truly understand the frustration of not receiving the products you purchased, we would like to inform you that we are not responsible for this issue nor are we able to fix it completely.

Nevertheless, we have been working hard to improve the situation. For example, we send the items as soon as possible after receiving your order. In addition, we have considered various mailing methods for mailing to countries where the delivery of Japan Post has been suspended, and now we are sending goods by UPS. However, there is a delay with UPS as well. According to the representative of UPS it may take several months before the goods arrive. (of course, it depends on the country). Therefore, we would like each customer to be aware of the delay before purchasing the scores. Otherwise, please consider purchasing the PDF versions or purchasing after the mail system has been restored.

We would like to thank all the customers who have purchased scores from us especially in this difficult situation. We will continue to do our best to provide quality scores.

We restart shipping to USA, Italy, Spain amongst others.

We are so happy to announce that we finally agreed with a Japanese representative of American UPS. Since now we can ship orders to once unavailable countries as the USA, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, China, New Zealand, etc. It means that most of our customers can receive your orders. But significant delays occur yet; our local representative, Yamato Express, says it takes a few months because of insufficient cargo capacity.

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International delivery: temporary suspension to various countries

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we are so embarrassed to inform you all that the Japanese postal office will suspend temporarily their acceptance and delivery of items to some country including Italy, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Russia, and China(except Hongkong) because of COVID-19. And SAL and e-packet will be unavailable from all countries. These measures take effect from the 2nd of April. If you order mistakenly from these countries, we will refund you. We’ll let you know when they restart the international deliveries. We hope you and your relatives are well. For details, see the link below.

We are now preparing the publication of sheet music in Digital format.

New Release: Ravel’s “La Valse” transcribed by Kōtarō Fukuma

The music score of La Valse by Ravel, transcribed by Kōtarō Fukuma will be released on December 23rd. The price is 2,500 yen (excluding tax) on 32 pages. This transcription has been recorded on Fukuma’s latest album “France Romance” and have been also performed at concerts by the Fukuma himself. In addition to direct sales on our website, you can also order from local music stores and book stores in Japan.

Although the composer himself left a piano solo arrangement for La Valse, many pianists have created their own arrangements in pursuit of a more orchestral sound. Fukuma’s one captures the largest number of notes among them and closest to the orchestral version. Please pick it up and enjoy it together with the recording of Fukuma.

New publications in September 2019

Muse Press has published the following publications in September 2019.
Ronn Yedidia: Rhapsody
Ronn Yedidia: Piano Sonata No.6 “Bells of Dawn” (2005)
Alfonso Soldano: 5 Piano Transcriptions of Songs by Rachmaninoff Vol. I
Charles-Valentin Alkan: Étude Alla-Barbaro (Foreword by Raymond Lewenthal)
Kishio Hirao: Nocturne – for violin, cello and piano
Howard: Ruddigore Fantaisie de concert pour piano, op. 40, d’après d’opéra de Sullivan
Saburo Moroi: Elegy in B minor – for piano (1921)
Saburo Moroi: Suite für Klavier Op. 23 (1942)
Teizo Matsumura: Klavierstück “Drowing”