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'One chair in a room' - by Mark Sinclair...

One chair in a room is a collection of original and evocative pieces for cello and piano by Mark Sinclair.

covers of 'one chair in a room' book These highly melodic pieces fill a gap in the repertoire. They are the kind of big tunes that cellists and instrumentalists love to play and perform. You can purchase it here on-line using PayPal - above the reviews.

This music presents challenges for cellists from Grade 6 - Grade 8 standard.

Mark Sinclair was born in London and wrote music from an early age. His career has seen him as a songwiriter, performer and record producer. His varied output includes a series of Meditations, choral, piano, string ensemble and ballet music. He is a BBC composer and he is currently writing an album for Piers Adams, the recorder player, called The Eagle after the new instrument it is written for.

The beautiful design by Carrington Griffin gives you the performer easily readable print on non-reflective strong paper. The cello part is a traditional saddle stitched booklet that slips into a pocket at the rear of the piano part. The piano book is a Canadian half-bound cover that conceals the Wire-O binding for easy page turns. The books are accompanied by a CD of the piano part for rehearsal on your own. This is held in place in a clear plastic wallet fixed to the pocket.

'Unsung Heroes' - the book

Unsung Heroes', my ensemble workshop has really hit the right note for cellists of all levels. Players on the courses have continually asked me to put something together for them, so I've moved into the world of self-publishing. My first book was published in May 2009 and is now available to course attendees and the wider public. You can purchase it here on-line using PayPal [near the bottom of this page, above the reviews]

Volume 1 of Unsung Heroes [ISMN 9790900216502] is a collection of ten of the most popular works we have studied on the ensemble course. covers of unsung heroes book vol1 This gorgeous music is by some of the great composers of the Renaissance era and includes the music of Byrd, Dowland, Gibbons, Morley, Morales, Tallis and Palestrina. Most of the scores are in four parts. There is a three-part and two five-part scores.

The cover is a stunning design by Max Carrington (Carrington Griffin Design) on strong, durable and protective card. Together we have put together a book that looks beautiful enough to give as a present and will last well.

The print production has carefully considered the musician's point of view to offer an enhanced, hassle-free playing experience. The manuscript has been printed on high contrast matt paper for optimum clarity in low light conditions. Where a score goes onto three pages, there is a pull-out to avoid a page turn, mid-performance. The binding uses a semi-concealed Wire-O binding so the scores sit perfectly flat on a stand.

The text for each piece is included and there are practice notes too with some ideas to help you get to the heart of the music.

A present for cellists - sheet music for ensembles

This book would make a brilliant present for a cellist of almost any level with something for everyone.

Looking for yourself? Cellists are often looking for sheet music that is as enjoyable to listen to as it is to play. This Renaissance and early Baroque music fits the bill. Order it now!

How to purchase 'Unsung Heroes'

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By the way, PayPal allows you to purchase multiple copies at once - useful if you are buying for a group!

Post and packaging prices for UK, Europe and World customers are shown in a separate table.

Prices for our cello scores
Book Description Cost per book UK Europe World
Unsung Heroes - Vol 1 22.00 + p&p
One chair in a room 20.00 + p&p
Post & Packaging per book
UKEuropeWorld
each item 3.95 5.95 8.95

Reviews - Unsung Heroes

Here is a collection of 10 vocal works by Renaissance composers, Byrd, Tallis, Gibbons, Palestrina, de Morales, Morley and Dowland, beautifully arranged by Catherine Black.

Catherine has arranged with the mixed ability ensemble in mind; the first and second cello parts being for the more advanced players and frequently using tenor and treble clefs, while the lower parts can be managed by players of grade three to five ability.

Sensible advice is given on aspects of fingering, vibrato, bowing, tuning, tempi and singing and markings are kept to a helpful minimum.

These ensemble pieces are a great way for cellists to explore the Renaissance composers and sound world and to learn about and experience polyphonic writing in general. The book is beautifully presented, with a great deal of thought having been given to the comfort of the performer where page turns, especially, are concerned. I would give full marks for this publication a very welcome addition to the existing repertoire. I look forward to the next volume!

by Kay Tucker in the ESTA magazine

At last, here is ensemble repertoire that can be played by cellists at all levels of ability. Even the early learner has the chance to play 'grown-up' music and share in the performance of sublime music. Just choose the part that suits your standard.

This first collection of ten Renaissance vocal works has been arranged for cello ensemble by Catherine Black, co-author of Time Pieces for Cello (ABRSM). Renaissance masters such as Byrd, Dowland, Tallis and Morley are some of the 'unsung heroes' represented in this chic and beautifully designed book.

All the arrangements are clearly set, well-spaced and even in poor light, easy to read. Spiral bound, the book lies flat when opened and pieces requiring extra pages to the double-page spread, such as Palestrina's melodic Sicut cervus and Dowland's soulful Go, crystal tears, can be easily folded out. Each work is prefixed with the text and concise, useful practice notes are included in the front. Catherine has been as true to the original setting as possible only changing the key signatures and suggesting her own bowing and fingering.

The slightly over-generous cover is intentional and ensures that the printed music inside will not succumb to dog-eared corners. Moreover, the choice of paper is strong enough to withstand years of general wear and tear. Don't be put off by the 20 price tag - once this book is in the hand and then on the music desk it's worth every penny. What's inside is a treasure of delights and will inspire player and listener alike.

by Caroline Evans [author of Aural Test Survival Books published by Peters Edition] in the ISM magazine

Reviews - One Chair in a Room

This is a charming and diverse collection of four original pieces by Mark Sinclair. Skilfully written to show off the best assets of the cello and piano working together, these stylistically well contrasted works are rich in melodic and harmonic invention and provide appropriate rhythmical and technical challenges for both instruments. One feels that there is a little nod to world music in these delightful pieces and perhaps even Piazolla.

The collection is beautifully presented; the typeset and fonts employed make the music very easy to read and the binding allows the music to be laid flat. A CD of piano accompaniments is also provided for the cellist who is occupying the one chair in a room.

Suitable for cellists of grade 6 to 8 standard, these pieces are a welcome addition to contemporary repertoire.

by Kay Tucker

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