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 The works of Richard Strauss could not be published in Europe until 2020 due to copyright laws.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.

UPS is an American logistics service who covers the worldwide area. Under the emergency state, UPS is selected by the government as one of the essential services who should continue their services. If you want to know how they are responding to COVID-19, see below:

International delivery: temporary suspension to various countries

Dear customers,

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”

Saburo Moroi – New publications (1)

Among our latest publications, two neglected works by Saburō Moroi(1903-1977) are to be welcomed by enthusiasts; some may know his piano sonate nr. 2 by the recording of Gerhard Oppitz. 
Moroi studied in Berlin. He wrote many sonates, but only one has been published before WW2. HIs output is vast but almost forgotten. Naxos released his symphony no.3, but almost all of his works remained unpublished or discontinued.

-Sonate Nr.II – As moll für Klavier, Op. 7 (1927)
Perhaps it is the most elaborated piano sonata at the time. This sonate shows us how he is well aware of the piano writings; he is an admirer of Beethoven. It is not the one Oppitz recorded (which is to be released in the near future); Moroi renumbered his piano sonates, so it often occurs confusion.
You can listen to a recording by an amateur pianist:

-Preludio e Allegro giocoso (1970-1971)
Composer’s late work. At first, he wrote preludio on September 9th, 1970 and then composed Allegro giocoso on September 28th. It was written for his second wife who is a pianist and premiered it.

We’ll publish the rest of his works, but the manuscript of some works are presumably lost or conserved by the relevant person. If you have any information, please contact us.

Kishio Hirao – New publications (1)

Kishio Hirao (1907-1953)

Our latest publications include 3 works by Kishio Hirao(1907-1953), a Japanese composer of the pre-WW2 era. He is also known as a translator of Messiaen’s “Technique de mon language musical”. He studied at Scola Cantorum in France under Vincent D’Indy before WW2. Some works are published by Alphonse Leduc in France, but he couldn’t see them; he died at the age of 46. Very eminent talent in his generation.

-Sonate pour piano (revised version in 1951)
His sonate, one of the masterpieces of Japanese composer, illustrates a fusion of both European and Japanese sonority. 2 years before his premature death, he revised it and it has
been unpublished.

-Sonatine for piano (1951)
Rarely found item. It is appeared in his writings “Let’s compose together – our own music”, but totally forgotten. The manuscript is rescued from a trash can by the composer’s daughter, Haruna Hirao, pianist.

-Variations on the theme of “Kōjō no Tsuki” for flute(or Okuralo), voice and piano
Short variations based on a very famous Japanese song melody. Okuralo is a flute-like instrument with a hint of the timbre of Shakuhachi, Japanese woodwind made of bamboo, and is innovated by a Japanese entrepreneur, Jirokichi Okura. Unpublished.

Kotaro Fukuma – New album « France Romance » (Naxos Japan)

For those who love and collect the French piano music, a coming album would be a must-listen CD. The Japanese pianist Kotaro Fukuma will release an album « French Romance ». As the name suggests, the album features the French piano music by various composers such as Poulenc, Satie, Fauré, Ravel and Weissenberg, including his own piano transcriptions. It will be released on Naxos Japan as a digital download and CD on 17th of April 2019. One of Muse Press’ publications « 6 arrangements of songs by Charles Trenet » which is a set of songs arranged for piano by the Bulgarian-French pianist Alexis Weissenberg has been also recorded on the album. In fact, Kotaro is the first Japanese pianist who performed all arrangements in one concert.

As previously described, Kotaro’s impressive transcriptions for piano: Ravel’s La valse, Satie’s Je te veux and Lenoir’s Parlez-moi d’amour are also included. One of them, Je te veux was recently published by Muse Press.

This is a video in which Kotaro talks about the album. (in English)

Album title: France Romance
Artist: Kotaro Fukuma
Label: Naxos Japan
Catalog No: NYCC-27308
Release Date: 17th April, 2019

Debussy: Rêverie
Debussy: La plus que lente
Fauré: No. 5 Improvisation & No. 8 Nocturne from 8 Pièces brèves, Op.84
Fauré: 3 Romances sans paroles, Op.17
Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte
Ravel: La valse (transcribed by Kotaro Fukuma)
Satie: Gymnopédie No. 1
Satie: Je te veux (transcribed by Kotaro Fukuma)
Poulenc: Improvisation No. 15 – Hommage à Edith Piaf
Poulenc: 3 Novelettes
Weissenberg: 6 arrangements of songs by Charles Trenet
Lenoir: Parlez-moi d’amour (transcribed by Kotaro Fukuma)

Recording Date
Kashiwazaki-City Performing Arts Center – Artforet in Japan, on 28-30 November 2018
Piano: C. Bechstein D-280
Director & Recording Engineer: Toshiki Muto
Assistant Engineer: Yukio Kojima
Post-production Engineer: Atushi Kawanami
24bit/352.8kHz DXD Master

Available for pre-order:
Presto Classical

Erik Satie/Kotaro Fukuma “Je te veux” (Transcription for piano)

We are very proud to announce that Fukuma Kotaro’s piano transcription “Je te veux” will be published in December. The pre-sale will be held at the recital on 1st of December and it will be available for purchase online through the web shop of Muse Press from 10th of December.

Kotaro Fukuma described his transcription as follow:
I made this transcription in 2013 as a surprise encore at a Paris concert. A few years before that concert I had visited the Satie House/Museum in Honfleur and enjoyed seeing funny and eccentric objects in the museum (like a pear with wings!). I felt like I was in an amusement park, and I tried to translate that feeling in this famous song by adding various ornaments to the simple melodies, so the listener encounters a new “attraction” every time the theme comes back.

Fukuma Kotaro’s Profile


photo by Takuji Shimmura

Born in Tokyo, Kotaro Fukuma has received many high awards in international competitions. At the age of 20, Kotaro won both First Prize and the Chopin Prize at the 15th Cleveland International Piano Competition. Since then his concert career has developed on five continents.

Kotaro has performed solo in major concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, Salle Gaveau, Victoria Hall, Forbidden City Concert Hall and Suntory Hall. His performances with orchestras include the Cleveland Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, Dresden Philharmonic, Toulouse National Capitole Orchestra, Lille National Orchestra, Galicia Royal Philharmonic and NHK Symphony Orchestra.

Kotaro Fukuma has released commercial CDs from Naxos, ARS Produktion, Éditio ns Hortus, Orpheus Classical, DENON and Accustika.