2019 came and went without any blog/news updates so it's high time that was remedied! With the Facebook store now not accepting the promotion of digital products you will see a lot more activity here (then subsequently posted on Facebook and Twitter of course)!
The tail end of 2019 saw some much needed changes to this site, including properly integrated downloads from the store, calculated shipping for physical products and a general sprucing up here and there. Expect to see even more changes during the course of 2020.
Of course, the most important thing here is the music, and to kick off 2020, we've uploaded 4 new products to the storefront including Bernard Herrmann's Narrative Suite from Psycho, "Dawn" (Main Title) from Pride & Prejudice and two piano arrangements; David Newman's haunting song "Once Upon a December" from Anastasia, and James Horner's Love Theme from the 1983 fantasy adventure film "Krull".
Current projects under way include some new additions to our Suggested Bowing sets including Mahler Symphony No.1, Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds, and the Overture from The Magic Flute.
We are also very excited to announce that our first "Complete Score" project is in development, bringing one of James Horner's pivotal scores to publication for the first time ever! We will be bringing you a lot more news about this exciting product soon.
It's the Holiday season again, and we're kicking it off with a "flurry" (see what we did there?!?) of new music!
From today, the "Hogwarts March" from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will be available for download from SheetMusicPlus.
Later this week we will be releasing new music for Piano, including a beautiful arrangement of "Once Upon a December" from Anastasia, and giving our string fans some love with the "Passacaglia" from Battlestar Galactica.
We also have some new additions to the Bernard Herrmann Collection coming soon; including a piece for Theramin which is out of this world!!!
No it's not a Bond licence unfortunately (not yet anyway!), but it is good news.
Both the required licences to print and sell the Overture from Lawrence of Arabia have been secured, and so will be available to buy from today.
We have a number of other cues and arrangements in the works, kicking off with some seasonal music which should be available for digital download next week. Watch this space!
As promised, here's a quick poll of some potential scores we can work on for our next project. Now's the time to have your say!
All of these movies are either celebrating an anniversary this year, or are related to big screen releases in 2018.
Please rank your top 3 from the list below. If you have any other suggestions, please feel free to add you own!
Anniversaries In 2018:
Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, The - 2008 - Alexandre Desplat (12 potential cues)
Dark Knight, The - 2008 - Hans Zimmer (1 cue - "Like A Dog Chasing Cars")
Kung Fu Panda - 2008 - John Powell (9 potential cues)
Milk - 2008 - Danny Elfman (1 cue - "Harvey's Last Day")
Hulk - 2003 - Danny Elfman (4 potential cues)
Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King, The - 2003 - Howard Shore (2 songs)
Pleasantville - 1998 - Randy Newman (1 cue - "Pleasantville")
Practical Magic - 1998 - Alan Silvestri (1 cue - "The Legend (Theme from Practical Magic")
Prince Of Egypt, The - 1998 - Hans Zimmer/Stephen Schwartz (9 potential cues)
Mrs. Doubtfire - 1993 - Howard Shore (1 cue - "Main Title")
My Neighbour Totoro - 1993 - Joe Hisaishi (1 cue - "Catbus")
Rudy - 1993 - Jerry Goldsmith (1 cue - "Theme From Rudy")
Beetlejuice - 1988 - Danny Elfman (1 cue - "Main Title")
Big Top Pee Wee - 1988 - Danny Elfman (2 potential cues)
Land Before Time, The - 1988 - James Horner (4 potential cues)
Scrooged - 1988 - Danny Elfman (1 cue - "Main Title")
Celebrating New Releases in 2018 (Mission: Impossible - Fallout; The Predator; Venom):
Mission: Impossible (TV Series) - 1966-73 - Lalo Schifrin (1 cue - "Mission: Impossible Theme")
Mission: Impossible - 1996 - Danny Elfman (12 potential cues)
M:I-2 - 2000 - Hans Zimmer (5 potential cues)
Mission: Impossible III - 2006 - Michael Giacchino (1 cue - "Evacuation")
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol - 2011 - Michael Giacchino (1 cue - "Out For A Run")
Predator - 1987 - Alan Silvestri (4 potential cues)
Predators - 2010 - Alan Silvestri/John Debney (1 cue - "Free Fall")
Amazing Spider-Man, The - 2012 - James Horner (10 potential cues)
Spider-Man - 2002 - Danny Elfman (4 potential cues)
Spider-Man 2 - 2004 - Danny Elfman (3 potential cues)
Spider-Man 3 - 2007 - Danny Elfman/Christopher Young (1 cue - "Main Title")
With the completion and publication of the Prelude from Psycho, attentions have turned to completing the licensing deal for the Overture from Lawrence of Arabia. A slight "curve ball" was uncovered last week when it was discovered that Shapiro-Bernstein (the copyright holders) have instructed Faber in the UK to administer licensing applications, but only (as discovered last week) for "Worldwide distribution excluding US & Canada". "US & Canada only" rights are administered by Hal Leonard. So....two seperate licenses required for "true" worldwide distribution rights. Fun fun!
In other news; the Prelude from Psycho served as a great starting point and inspiration to expand it into the "Suite from Psycho", a piece which contains the aforementioned Prelude, plus a number of other cues including the iconic "The Murder" cue from that shower scene. The first draft of that engraving should be completed sometime next week, with a proof-read and layout of the parts following in the week after.
Thoughts are already turning to "what next" and as usual there are more possibilities and things on our wish list than you can shake a stick (conductor's baton?) at!
With that in mind, we'll be starting a poll next week to gauge interest and let you decide the next piece we add to our repertoire. We can't wait to see the result!
Stay tuned for more news on the release of the Lawrence of Arabia, and remember if you haven't already, you can pick up a digital download of the Prelude from Psycho at SheetMusicPlus today!
As part of the SheetMusicPlus "ArrangeMe" contest, we've entered an engraving of Bernard Herrmann's PRELUDE from PSYCHO. Meticulously recreated from the original hand written score, this offers string orchestras the opportunity to give an authentic performance that iconic opening titles music.
Purchases between July 23rd and September 14th count towards the contest "score", so please tell all your friends and help support what we do!
Keep your eye out for more Herrmann here very soon - exciting times!
Just a short update today to let you know that we're putting the finishing touches on a new arrangement of Quincy Jones' "Soul Bossa Nova" as featured in "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery". The score and parts set will be available both here for digital and physical editions and on SheetMusicPlus.com for digital only.
Goodness! Has it really been two years since our last blog post?
It's high time this website receives the TLC it deserves, so from today we'll be making it much more of a focus, with regular updates to content and a new members only area coming soon, where you will be able to get access to some incredible material.
Trial-level members will be able to see what is in our extensive library of Original Score Scans as well as the ever-growing portfolio of cues and complete scores which we have engraved.
Full Members will be able to download any of the scores in the library and will receive digital copies of cues, suites and complete scores engraved by CSMS hot off the press as they are completed. Full Members will also be able to influence future projects in our feedback forum and vote for the engravings they'd most like to see.
We're so excited to share our resources and experience with you, and can't wait to hear your comments!
I have a few new pieces on the go at the moment, so expect to see more updates coming thick and fast over the coming weeks. I'm making a big push to increase the amount of content on my website, and the pieces available for hire. It's quite a mixed bag, ranging from "high classical" to early 20th century film scores and more, so I'm sure there'll be something of interest to everyone!
I've also recently partnered with fellow British composer Michael Lisle Dunn, and we look forward to sharing his latest composition for solo harp, very soon.
Congratulations to the Burgess Hill Concert Orchestra, who performed my new edition of the Hely-Hutchinson Carol Symphony on Saturday night to a comfortably full audience at the newly refurbished St. Andrew's church in Burgess Hill.
I had been eagerly awaiting hearing the music being played live and wasn't at all disappointed. It's great to see a group of such professional players, who have never played this piece together before, spend 30 minutes having a run-through in the afternoon, then with the added electricity of "the moment" put on a magical, sparkling performance in the evening.
The next chance to hear this fabulous piece is on Saturday 19th December 2015 at the Assembly Hall in Worthing, with the Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra.