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Tom Service on Pierre Boulez

Posted on 23 September 2011

Pierre Boulez, Photo Eric Marinitsch

“A sensual musical bath of sonorous reverberation and exotic resonance, music that shimmers and glints with a seductive play of instrumental timbres”

Tom Service on Pierre Boulez’ Sur Incises in today’s Guardian

In the same article, Gillian Moore, the Southbank Centre’s head of contemporary culture, asks if Boulez’ Pli selon Pli is “greatest orchestral work of the past 50 years”.

The Southbank Centre’s Exquisite Labyrinth: The Music of Pierre Boulez, takes place from Friday 30 Sept to Sunday 2 Oct.

Kurt Weill’s Street Scene on tour

Posted on 21 September 2011

Kurt Weill Street Scene

Congratulations to The Opera Group for their production of Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, now on at the Young Vic in London.

The Telegraph gave it four coveted stars: “If you want to see a theatre at full stretch and maximum throttle, head to the Young Vic, which is reviving its thrilling production of Kurt Weill’s 1947 ‘Broadway opera’, Street Scene.”

The production tours to Vienna and around the UK following its run in London. See the Opera Group website for dates and venues.

Read more about the work on the European American Music website and at the Kurt Weill Foundation

Great reviews for our new editions

Posted on 19 September 2011

Our recent releases have received some great reviews in the international press. Here’s a selection of the juicy bits.

Play the Piano!Mike Cornick
Play the Piano!

“This new adult beginner guide makes an excellent attempt at achieving the unachievable.”

“I have nothing but praise for the way in which aural skills are built up throughout the book.”

“A useful publication for the adult beginner” (International Piano Magazine)

“The book goes to the top of the pile of piano tutorials currently available for the older beginner.” (The Pianist Magazine)

Order here

Solo Tango Solo PianoGustavo Beytelmann
Solo Tango Solo Piano

“The perfect way to explore the spirit of real tango” (Music Teacher Magazine)

Order here

Nikolai Podgornov’s Graded Pieces for Piano Volume 2Nikolai Podgornov
Nikolai Podgornov’s Graded Pieces for Piano Volume 2

“These three volumes could constitute your entire curriculum and nothing would be neglected.” (In Ten of the Best, Music Teacher Magazine)

Order here

Repertoire Explorer Clarinet Vol. 2James Rae
Repertoire Explorer Clarinet Book 2

“A useful and well-presented book which I will certainly be using in the future, and I hope that more volumes of Repertoire Explorer come to fruition soon.” (Music Teacher Magazine)

Order here

Study ScoresMary Karen Clardy
Classic Etudes for Flute

“This is a good choice of study book which includes some technical and musical challenges and would suit intermediate players.” (Flute Magazine)

Order here

The NewStudy Score Series
The New Study Score Series

“If you can’t afford the lot, pick almost anywhere … These are stimulating releases. What next, I wonder?” (Music Teacher Magazine)

See a full list

Giuliani Sonata in C majorMauro Giuliani
Sonata in C major Op. 15
from the New Karl Scheit Guitar Edition

“A great sonata; lots of fun, hard but not too much so and a piece that unlike so much from this era of guitar music, really has something to say.”

“A flawless edition.” (Classical Guitar Magazine)

Order here

Murcia Six PiecesSantiago De Murcia
Villanos – Fandango – Gallardas – Cumbees – Marizapalos – La Jotta
from the New Karl Scheit Guitar Edition

“Most players of moderate to intermediate standard will be able to enjoy the interesting melodies and part writing … Nicely printed and produced.” (Classical Guitar Magazine)

Order here

Gaspard de
la NuitMaurice Ravel
Gaspard de la Nuit - Wiener Urtext Edition

“What this new offering does is to combine state-of-the-art musicological research and authenticity with down-to-earth help for aspiring interpreters … The most detailed critical commentary I have yet seen for this music”

“A multipurpose edition that deserves widespread admiration.” (International Piano Magazine)

Order here

Anne-Sophie Mutter world première recordings

Posted on 16 September 2011

Anne-Sophie Mutter talks about her new CD featuring four world première recordings.

Included on the disc are Wolfgang Rihm’s Lichtes Spiel and Dyade.

Order online

“Freedom for the Oligarchs”

Posted on 15 September 2011

Mahagonny at the Bolshoi

Here’s a snapshot from last week’s première of Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

The production by La Fura dels Baus came to Moscow fresh from its success at the Teatro Real in Madrid.

The banners read “Freedom for the Oligarchs” and “For a fair justice”.

stillspotting nyc with Arvo Pärt

Posted on 15 September 2011

stillspotting nyc

How do locals and visitors escape and find respite in New York, a “city that never sleeps”?

The Guggenheim Museum responds with stillspotting nyc, a two-year multidisciplinary project that takes the museum’s Architecture and Urban Studies programming out into the streets of New York’s five boroughs.

For the second edition of stillspotting nyc, Arvo Pärt and the renowned architects’ studio Snøhetta collaborate on a series of stillspots around Lower Manhattan that explore the special relationship between space and sound.

Read more on the stillspotting website.

Happy Birthday David Sawer

Posted on 13 September 2011

David Sawer (c) Ben Wright

His music “shimmers with iridescent detail”, he “defies accurate categorisation”, his “command of skills is complete”, he “tightens his score with unerring focus”, there is “unfailing originality and distinctiveness of everything David Sawer composes” …

… and he’s 50 years old today.

Congratulations David. We’re proud to have you in the UE catalogue and look forward to all the music you’re going to write.

Read more about David Sawer, listen to excerpts from his works and find background information and reviews of his works.

Feel free to send David your birthday wishes on our Facebook page.


Here's a preview of our forthcoming new composer brochure

Update 2

Here's the finished composer brochure

Tom Service on in vain by Georg Friedrich Haas

Posted on 12 September 2011

Tom ServiceHere’s Tom Service on the recent performance of Georg Friedrich Haas’ in vain at the Lucerne Festival.

“... an hour-long ensemble work that made a shattering nocturnal impression … a monumental work”

Read the full article.

Listen to an excerpt on this page.

UE on the internet

Posted on 07 September 2011

We've just reviewed the various outlets for UE information on the internet, and the results are quite impressive. Here they are:


We have 94 promotion documents available on issuu, and our new website has a further 590 documents with sample pages from our publications. You'll find them on the various pages of the website.

Views so far: 194,013


We currently have 38 videos online at vimeo, including the interviews from our Mahler Blog.

Views so far: 34,800


Our Mahler videos are also on YouTube, but only since March this year, and the resonance there is even stronger.

Views so far: 11,491


We've only been on Facebook since February, but our group of friends is steadily growing.

Post views so far: 121,304


Again, we've only been on Twitter since February, and it's refreshing to see that there is a strong community of classical and contemporary music people out there. Follow us at @uemusic.

Number of tweets so far: 197
Number of followers: 151

Campaign Monitor

We've been sending our email newsletters via the excellent Campaign Monitor since 2007. If you haven't already subscribed you can sign up here.

Number of emails sent: 121,783

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And last but not least, we mustn't forget the new website itself, now online since March 2010 (so it's sort of still new).

Composers: 1273
Works online: 9899
Publications online: 11258
Number of audio excerpts: 1801

We have just completed a very major database update on our works and products. You won't be able to see anything specific, but we can assure you that the quality and accuracy of our catalogue information has been improved considerably.

It's great to see the amount of interest in our information, which gives us a strong incentive to keep expanding our online services.

Listen to the score: Staud’s Par ici!

Posted on 05 September 2011

Johannes Maria Staud’s latest work for ensemble, Par ici!, was given its world première by Ensemble intercontemporain this June, conducted by Susanna Mälkki.

france musiqueThe concert will be broadcast at 8pm (Paris time) tonight, Monday 5th, by france musique. Click here to listen. Once again we’re giving you the opportunity of following the full score during the broadcast. Here it is.

Click 'Expand' to show the score in full screen view.

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Let us know about your experience reading along to a broadcast.

Jay Schwartz Music for Autosonic Gongs

Posted on 01 September 2011

This fascinating new video introduces Jay Schwartz’ unique Music for Autosonic Gongs. Sit back and enjoy the mesmerising sounds.

View on YouTube

Forum Gitarre Wien

Posted on 31 August 2011

Forum Gitarre WienForum Gitarre Wien, a week of guitar courses, concerts, lectures and a competition, is taking place in Vienna this week.

Amongst the teaching staff are Siegfried Steinkogler, whose 24 Competition Pieces are published by UE, and Olaf Van Gonnissen, co-editor of the New Karl Scheit Guitar Edition.

See the Forum Gitarre website for the full schedule.

Schönberg, Roger Federer and Boulez on the web

Posted on 30 August 2011

Feder vs Djokovic with Schönberg notation

From the web today, part 1

“Noten für Roger Federer”
A slide show of a tennis match between Federer and Djokovic complete with Arnold Schönberg’s tennis notation (from the Zurich Tages-Anzeiger, with thanks to @alexrossmusic for the tip).

From the web today, part 2

Pierre Boulez: “Ce qui m’intéresse, c’est la pointe de l’invention”
Read the full interview in Le Monde (with thanks to @iIRCAM for the tip).

Julian Yu in Tokyo

Posted on 29 August 2011

Julian YuThe Suntory Hall in Tokyo is presenting music by Julian Yu this August. Tomorrow night, his Scintillation 2 for piano, two vibraphones and glockenspiel can be heard, along with Philopentatonia for chamber orchestra.

Yasuaki Itakura conducts the Tokyo Sinfonietta.

See a list of works by Julian Yu published by UE, and view his page at the Australian Music Centre.

The first 100 blog posts

Posted on 24 August 2011

How time flies. Here they are: the first 100 posts on the new UE blog. The list gives quite a good impression of the variety of the UE catalogue and the quality of the performances taking place around the world.

Here’s the list from day one

Cunning Little Vixen in Glasgow

Dreigroschenoper in Munich

Bartók one of Top Ten Classical Composers

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung honours Arvo Pärt

Award for Mahler in Manchester

Zemlinsky's Lyric Symphony online at the BBC

Haas limited approximations on the radio

New Mahler interview with Sir Simon Rattle

Friedrich Cerha in Salzburg

Stockhausen's Gruppen with the New York Philharmonic

Wolfgang Rihm's Das Gehege returns to Hamburg

British première of Georg Friedrich Haas' 3rd String Quartet

The new third act of Lulu comes to Oslo

Friedrich Cerha celebrates his 85th birthday

‘in vain’ back in New York – Georg Friedrich Haas

Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel in San Francisco

Mike Cornick’s new piano tutor for adult beginners

An Alma Mahler world première

Zemlinsky’s Zwerg at the State Opera in Munich

The Musical Language of Pierre Boulez

Happy Birthday to the UE Website!

Christoph Marthaler’s Katya Kabanova returns to Paris

Gustav Mahler at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris

Berio’s Recital for Cathy with Measha Brueggergosman

Alban Berg’s Lyric Suite with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta

Jay Schwartz’ Narcissus & Echo at the Salzburg Biennale

The Guardian talks to Luke Beford about living in Berlin

A Zemlinsky world première

‘Early’ Music by Klangforum Wien

Alarm Will Sound at the MaerzMusik Festival

Feldman and Schönberg at the NYC Opera

Alarm Will Sound rehearsing Rihm in Berlin

Mahler live in Paris with Gergiev and the LSO

Robert Tear “absorbing” in Lulu 1979

Arts Council England makes widespread budget cuts

Kevin Spacey to play Pierre Boulez

Elena Denisova on Zemlinsky’s Serenade

Musikmesse 2011 Live Blog

An Italian Little Vixen

Haas’ 3rd String Quartet in Milan

Pierre-Yve Macé on Berio’s Sinfonia

Vykintas Baltakas conducting Redditio

UE at the BBC Proms 2011

Italian Critics’ Prize for Traiettorie

Wolfgang Rihm on the radio: Das Rot

Wolfgang Rihm: New catalogue of works

Vykintas Baltakas: New catalogue of works

Lunch with Steven Isserlis

Happy 85th Birthday Francis Burt!

Staud takes up residency in Dresden

The House of the Dead at Opera North tonight

Luke Bedford: Music for Children at the Wigmore Hall

Boulez at the ‘new’ new music festival in Cologne

Cerha Concerto for Percussion in Leipzig

Arvo Pärt wins Classic BRIT Award 2011

Luke Bedford’s new opera in rehearsal

100 years ago tomorrow

Gustav Mahler – 100 years after his death

30,000 views and counting

Video Streams from the Leipzig Mahler Festival

Seven Angels Video

Musikblätter - the new UE Newsletter

Schönberg recognised by UNESCO

Wolfgang Rihm on Schönberg’s Op. 31

New Berio documents online

Morton Feldman in Philadelphia

Baltakas World Première

A week of world premières

The Cunning Little Vixen in New York

A selection of performances this week

Staud world première in Paris

Listen to Rihm’s Dionysos from Amsterdam

Luke Bedford - Looking for Paradise

Vixen opens in New York

Full transcript of our Alan Gilbert interview now online

London Sinfonietta at the Aldeburgh Festival

Video trailer for Seven Angels

From the House of the Dead in Zurich

Dionysos in Amsterdam

Arvo Pärt performs his Vater unser for Pope Benedict XVI

July overview of top 20 music blogs

Edo de Waart on Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony

Seven Sevens

Shostakovich’s Opera The Nose in Aix-en-Provence

Pierre Boulez on ... explosante-fixe ...

Arvo Pärt Vater unser now available

New Audio Excerpt of Baltakas’ Commentum

How our group of Facebook fans grows

Harrison Birtwistle’s Aleatoric Pebble

Liebermann’s Furioso in Chicago

Rihm’s Song Cycles available again

Jay Schwartz: Music for Autosonic Gongs

Janácek’s Sinfonietta at the BBC Proms

Echo Classic Awards 2011

Sir Richard Rodney Bennett in the Guardian

Feldman, Birtwistle and Mahler news

Mahler, Berg and Boulez in Salzburg

Mahler and Dudamel at the Proms

Richard Rodney Bennett at the Proms

Haas’ in vain in Salzburg and Lucerne