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A new edition of this trio (HV123) from the Rossini opera Armida. It was written in the early 19th century by Egisto Mosell; this edition is based on one from the Niccolo Paganini music library at the Conservatorio Statale in Genova.

A charming trio of pieces by John Frith, Three Cameos for cor anglais and piano. An alternative part for oboe is included.

We are pleased to announce a major new work from John Frith Serenade for Wind (2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 4 horns 2 bassoons and contra-bassoon). A welcome 4 movement addition to the corpus of large wind serenades.

A fine Concertino for Bassoon and Strings by Michael Norris. We publish a piano reduction and bassoon edition for purchase. The orchestral parts and conductor's score are for hire only. A study score is also available for purchase. Please contact us for further details.

John Frith has a new work Mind Games for treble recorder and piano. A very playable piece for players of intermediate ability.

The Fantastic Scherzo is an arrangement for wind quintet of one of Josef Suk's orchestral pieces.

An error in the bassoon 1 part (Galop) of Norris' Three Dances for Bassoon Trio. My apologies and see the catalogue entry for details.

The remaining Schneider Quartets are now available. These are Quartet in F, Vol. 3, No. 5 and Quartet in C minor, Vol. 3, No. 6. This completes the entire set of 18 quartets which have been produced from the original composer's manuscripts held by the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin-Preußischer Kulturbesitz Musikabteilung mit Mendelssohn-Archiv. All but two of these quartets are first editions. It should be noted that the Johann André edition that is available here has a considerable number of mistakes, even to changing the order of passages in places, as well as major articulation and dynamic changes. The other previous edition (E flat Vol. 3 No. 2) was published with an incorrect number (E flat Vol. 2 No. 2) and a number of mistakes. The Hop Vine Music edition corrects all these errors.

An error in the bassoon 2 part (Minuet) of Schneider's Sextet No. 2 in C minor has surfaced. The manuscript was a little hazy here but I should have spotted it earlier (and not used cut and paste!). My apologies and see the catalogue entry for details.

Michael Norris' "Pros and Cons" for piccolo and bassoon duet is now available.

Schneider Quartet in E flat, Vol. 3, No. 4 is now available.

Schneider Quartet in F, Vol. 3, No. 3 is now available.

Malcolm Pearce's "Terpsichoreana" (Five Dance Scenes) with word by Nia Williams is now available. This splendid new work is written for choir (SATB), brass quintet and a variety of percussion instruments (2 players). The movements are

  1. Pavane & Galliard
  2. Tarantella: Tarantula!
  3. Gavotte & Foxtrot: English country house party, 1920s
  4. Valse Antique: Figures on an ancient vase
  5. Samba — Salsa

Vocal parts can be purchased, with instrumental parts and conductor's score for hire only.

Schneider Quartet in C, Vol. 3, No. 2 is now available. All the quartets are now finished and just require final detailed checking. My apologies to all those waiting for these items. It has taken a little longer than anticipated due to other works being finalised. It was also a fine summer for riding and I took full advantage of this rather than sit in front of a computer screen. I hope to put out one a month to finish them off (only 4 to go).

Michael Norris Three Bagatelles for Bassoon Quartet and Harpsichord is now available.

I am happy to announce the addition of a new UK distributor for our choral editions: Allegro Music.

I have found some pesky errors in HV051, Pleyel Partita No. 6, which I have detailed here Really sorry about this to those who have bought this edition. Inexcusable to have so many in a single edition. Clearly a lapse of concentration when checking it. Fairly obvious what the corrections should be if you played it but hope the errata on the entry should explain all.

Please note that the prices of the Schneider bassoon quartets have been revised. Sorry to do this but the printing costs have escalated in the last few years. We are going to review the pricing of all our catalogue, but hope to keep any changes to a minimum.

Schneider Quartet in C, Vol. 3, No. 1 is now available. This is the start of the final volume of these quartets.

Michael Norris "Persephone" for Flute Quartet is now available.

Michael Norris Suite Assortment for Wind Quartet is now available. The movements are named after sweets: Strawberry Cup, Lemon Sherbet, Coffee Cream, Humbug, Acid Drop and Marshmallow! A really entertaining and playable set of pieces from this talented composer.

Tchaikovsky's Barcarolle — "June" from The Seasons for Wind Quintet is now available. This lovely arrangement has been done by Christopher Britton from the renowned Oxford based Pavlova Quintet.

Michael Norris Suite Jazzmin for Saxophone Quartet is now available. This three movement work is in a light jazz idiom and was written for the Scottish Saxophone Quartet, who included it on their CD "The Rains are Coming". A thoroughly playable work for Sax quartets who want a crowd pleaser — a real gem of a piece.

Schneider Quartet in C minor, Vol. 2, No. 6 is now available. This completes Volume 2 of this three volume set. We hope to complete this final volume by mid-2013.

Schneider Quartet in F, Vol. 2, No. 5 is now available.

Michael Norris Six Bagatelles for Bassoon Trio is now available. These have never been published before and compliment the set of Dances that the composer wrote.

Due to major problems with Sibelius Scorch I have decided that in future I will not be showing pages from the editions using Scorch. A reluctant decision but driven by problems with Scorch and modern browsers which Avid seem reluctant to fix. I may reconsider this if Avid's attitude to supporting Sibelius changes. I will be using PDF examples pages and MP3 audio files only to replace Scorch pages; this will give me far more control in how the examples sound and appear.

Michael Norris Three More Dances for Bassoon Trio is now available.

We are adding a restricted catalogue of hire material for some new orchestral pieces. Due to their size and performance requirements it is unrealistic to have these as sale items. See this page for more details,

Michael Norris Three Dances for Bassoon Trio is now available. Please note that this edition is now the definitive one and replaces the Sirron Publications edition (see news item below).

Also note that there is a pirated edition of the Tango from the Three Dances available (under the fictitious composers name "Manuel Martinez") and with errors in it. Only the Hop Vine edition (and obviously the old Sirron Publications' edition) is the definitive one, authorised by the composer and reflects what he wrote. Please respect copyright and use the Hop Vine edition — the other Trios in the editions are just as good as the Tango so it is worth getting the best edition!

Hop Vine Music is pleased to announce that they have acquired the rights to publish select editions of Sirron Publications of Glasgow. Sirron Publications was run for many years by bassoonist Michael Norris who played with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra from 1966–1986. He was invited by the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama to teach music theory and coached there until retiring in 1999. As a composer he has written works for different genres, including youth opera, orchestra, concert wind-band and brass band, vocal music, chamber and electronic music.

Initially we will be publishing his Three Dances (Waltz, Tango and Galop) immediately followed by Three More Dances (Tango, Mazurka and Tarantella). I have played them (with Crooks Anonymous) many times and still rate them as some of the best ever written for bassoon trio. There will many other woodwind editions to follow from this fine composer over the next few months.

Because of problems that some people have had with Scorch on Safari and other browsers, I am adding PDF examples of some editions. Ultimately every edition will have this when I have time..

Schneider Quartet in C, Vol. 2, No. 4 is now available.

Schneider Quartet in G minor, Vol. 2, No. 3 is now available.

Annoyingly I have found a small mistake in the preface of Volume 1 of the Schneider Quartets for bassoon and strings. Volume 3, Number 5 is in B flat not E flat as stated in the first print run. I have changed it so Volume 2 and 3 should be correct. It obviously does not affect the actual score.

I am gradually adding single page PDF files for each edition. I have done this because Sibelius Scorch does not seem to work with latest Versions of Safari (>5.1).

Mozart's Rondo in A minor K.511 arranged for Wind Quintet is now available.

Mozart's aria from Don Giovanni "Batti, batti, o bel masetto" arranged for Wind Quintet is now available.

Schneider Quartet in G, Vol. 2, No. 2 is now available.

"The Wanderer" is a large scale choral work for SATB and full orchestra by John Frith. It is based on the poems of John Masefield. This is a substantial, very lyrical setting and recommended to any choir and orchestra that wants something new and challenging to work on. The style is very approachable and a real audience pleaser. Note that this item is for hire only; please contact the publisher for further details.

Schneider Quartet in E flat, Vol. 2, No. 1 is now available.

Schneider Quartet in C minor, Vol. 1, No. 6 is now available. This completes the first volume of the Schneider Bassoon Quartets. I am continuing to work on Volume 2 which should be completed by the middle of 2012. They will be published in order as they become available. Volume 3 should be completed by the end of 2012, beginning of 2013 — watch this space!

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