Welcome to Fand Music Press

Fand Music Press is a publisher of high quality sheet music, CDs and books, all focussing on accessible 20th Century and contemporary composers and concentrating mainly on first editions. Please use the tabs at the top of the page to explore the catalogue. Further details, such as information about ordering, can be found on the Contact/Info page.

December 2015: Bax’s Scherzo for Piano

Fand’s final release of 2015 is an exciting and important one: the first edition of Sir Arnold Bax’s Scherzo for piano, edited and typeset by leading Bax authority Graham Parlett. A work of significant length and considerable technical demands, it represents a stimulating challenge to advanced pianists.

The precise origins of the Scherzo are unknown: completed in 1913, it was clearly marked as being the second movement of an otherwise unknown Piano Sonata; it may possibly be part of Bax’s lost Sonata in D minor. Bax orchestrated the score in 1917, in which form it received a couple of performances, and he also created a truncated arrangement for pianola roll, released in 1921, in which form the piece apparently enjoyed significant popularity. Some time later, in 1933, Bax produced a revised orchestral version under the title Symphonic Scherzo, and this version of the work was recorded by Chandos in 1986.

As for this original piano version of the piece, the first known performance – from the manuscript – took the form of a recording made by Malcolm Binns for a Pavilion Records LP in 1981. The score itself has never previously been published, and Fand is delighted to finally bring it to light.

7th November 2015: Peter Thompson’s Symphony no 3

We are pleased to announce the publication of Peter Thompson’s Symphony no 3. It is in three movements and is now available to purchase both as an A4-sized study score and in a wire-bound A3 Conductor Score. Separate parts will be available in due course.

Bax arr. Mitchell: Dance in the Sun

Fand Music Press continues its pioneering efforts with the music of Sir Arnold Bax by publishing a new piano version of his Dance in the Sun, arranged by John Mitchell.

Dance in the Sun is the second of Four Orchestral Pieces that Bax wrote in 1912–13; it was performed once in 1914 and then neglected for a century! In the meantime, Bax revived three of the four movements in 1928 as Three Pieces, transposing this movement and renaming it Dance in the Sunlight.

For this new piano arrangement, John Mitchell has gone back to the original version of the Dance in the Sun score, which has recently been edited by Bax authority Graham Parlett. John’s arrangement is typically pianistic, and is aimed at advanced pianists; whilst presenting a technical challenge, it remains accessible to competent players and attempts to preserve as much as possible of Bax’s score whilst allowing the music to be performed at its intended rapid pace on the piano.

6th November 2015: Philip Mead Live in Concert

Philip Mead Live in Concert

International concert pianist Philip Mead is giving an exciting free lunchtime concert in the Mumford Theatre, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge this November.

Philip is playing a highly innovative programme, comprising mostly world première performances, that should be of extreme interest to visitors to this site! Indeed, almost all of the music that Philip will be playing is published by Fand.

The highlight of the programme is the first performance of the original piano version of Sir Arnold Bax’s tone poem Nympholept. Philip will also play Bax’s Hill Tune.

The other composer represented in this performance is Peter Thompson, and Philip will be playing a total of four piano pieces by him, three of which are premières, including his recently published Soliloquy and Toccata.

The concert takes place on Friday, 6th November at the Mumford Theatre, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, at 1·10 pm. Please visit the concert page for further information.

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February 2016: Philip Mead concert viewable free online

Recently, Fand advertised an exciting lunchtime concert given last November by international pianist Philip Mead in Cambridge. The half-hour recital featured a programme of music by Sir Arnold Bax and Peter Thomspon, virtually all of it published by Fand, and four of the performances were world premières.

We are delighted to say that the concert was videoed, and we have been given permission to put the entire performance online. So whether or not you were able to attend in person, you can now sit back and enjoy the recital at your leisure! Click the embedded video below to watch the whole concert on this page, or find more details (including separate videos of each piece) on the concert information page.

The playlist can of course also be found on our YouTube channel.

October 2015: Lionel Handy: new Bax & Bate CD

World-renowned cellist Lionel Handy has released an outstanding new CD containing both the underrated Cello Concerto of Sir Arnold Bax and the totally unknown Cello Concerto of Stanley Bate, which Lionel Handy himself has transcribed, edited and prepared. This new CD represents not just the work’s first recording but indeed its very first performance. Lionel’s two previous CDs, BAX: Works for Cello and Piano and From Bohemia to Wessex were both produced with Fand’s involvement. Although the same is not true of this new Lyrita disc, Fand is nevertheless very excited by its arrival, and is delighted to make it available for sale at an advantageous price.

July 2015: Cara Thompson: more Bax

Another piece performed by Cara Thompson at her recent recital was Bax’s A Milking Sian. Again, though Fand does not publish this song, given our interest in Bax we thought that our regular visitors might enjoy hearing the performance. View it below or on our YouTube channel (direct link). Please note that the words are presented as optional subtitles over the video.

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