The holiday season will soon be upon us, and like many bloggers I shall be taking a short break. I’ve recently been hard at work on a number of exciting new initiatives which I’ll be launching in the New Year and I am excited to announce I shall be publishing a series of performance editions of popular piano works that I’ve edited, annotated and enhanced.

When I was a piano student at the RCM, one of my professors lent me his study edition by Alfred Cortot of Chopin’s B flat minor Sonata. After a week spent practising Cortot’s special exercises my level of proficiency, ease and comfort with the work skyrocketed, and I have since recommended these editions to my own students. Provided the exercises are done carefully, they can really accelerate the learning process.

Follow this link to my blog post The Study Editions of Alfred Cortot

Based on the general approach of Cortot’s editions, my own scores will be in a printable PDF format with annotations, fingering, footnotes and links to videos which can be accessed online or from a print copy via a QR code.

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Here is a sample from Schubert’s Impromptu in E flat, op. 90 no. 2, to give you an idea of how the scores will look. They are designed to be used at the keyboard, either as your main working copy or as a supplement to a reputable Urtext edition.

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As a thank-you to my readers, I’m making the first prototype edition available free of charge. If you’ve registered an account with my website (you will have done this if you’ve purchased or downloaded any of my eBooks directly) then my publisher will automatically send you the details of how to access your copy by email next week. If you haven’t registered and would like this publication then please do so here (it’s free and there’s no need to purchase anything, although you can also use your account to access my free eBooks).

Please let me know what you think of the score as I would love to have your feedback.  I would also appreciate any suggestions for other pieces you would like to see featured in this format – let me know either in the comments section below, or on Facebook or Twitter.