If you’re a classically trained musician, you know the G. Schirmer publications. Even if that name doesn’t immediately ring a bell, you would recognize the iconic yellow cover with the green border and type. That’s because they have been used by teachers and students for decades. So what makes the G. Schirmer editions so timeless? Sheet Music Plus interviewed Rick Walters, Vice President of Classical and Vocal Publications at the Hal Leonard Corporation to find out. more “Publisher Spotlight: G. Schirmer”
By AnneMarie Cordeiro
G. Schirmer has proven itself to be an important and influential figure in American music publishing. This publishing house continues to offer a wide variety of sheet music to be enjoyed by practical and theoretical musicians of all levels. Take a look at these piano favorites from Schirmer’s Library of Musical Classics!
Sonatina Album, by various composers
For teachers, students, and self-taught pianists, Schirmer has organized this collection for both performance and pedagogy. The editors have arranged these selections by composer as well as in a series of progressive lessons comprised of sonatinas and other short pieces, displaying an intention that the book be used for lessons and recitals.
This Schirmer collection features multi-movement sonatinas by several composers, including Muzio Clementi. Clementi was renowned as a composer, a performer, and a teacher during his life, also filling roles as a publisher and piano manufacturer. The original compositions that made Clementi famous as a performer were the same pedagogical tools he used for his students.
Try your hand at the same pages performed by the masters!