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Frequently asked questions

Can I really play the pieces from the New Sounds Cookbook with all instruments imaginable, with all ensembles, in all common transpositions and registers, in good times as in bad...?


Are there any pieces including "unpitched" percussion among the pieces of the New Sounds Cookbook?

Yes, there are, 13.

In which registers are the scores and parts on the CD-ROM?

You'll find versions of most pieces on the CD-ROM transposed down by one or two octaves. The names of the registers are relative: high - middle - low, or respectively: high - low. See also The 36 Pieces

In which transpositions are the scores and parts on the CD-ROM?

Bb A G F Eb D

Some transpositions refer to instruments in certain registers only, for example, the transpositions A D G refer to instruments in rather high registers. Therefore, the only parts transposed to A D G are those in high registers. If specially tuned instruments should be used and parts are missing, just send us an e-mail including your request. We'll arrange the required material as quick as possible and get it ready for download. Free of charge.

I play the bamboo-contrabass-flute in F sharp and I can't find a part for my instrument on the CD-ROM. What shall I do?

Either you transpose at sight (for example, reading a F-part a semitone lower) or you arrange the part by yourself or send us an e-mail about which part is needed.

How do I find my part on the CD-ROM?

Insert the CD-ROM and execute START.htm. A browser window opens with the welcome page. Click on "continue" (below) and read the note on copying. Click on "continue" again and a list of all work titles appears. Choose the title of the work you are looking for and you will find a list of playing scores and as the case may be parts. Choose the suitable playing score or part for your instrument. (You need a PDF viewer to view and print the PDF files, for example Adobe's gratis program Acrobat Reader. It is pre-installed on most computers but in any case, you may find it here for download.)

Example 1 - You play the viola and you are looking for part 2 from the "Memoiren": You are on page "36 pieces for variable ensembles" at the moment. Choose "Memoiren" from the Ernst Bartmann list and click on "in C (alto clef)" in the category "Playing scores upper register" or "Playing scores lower register" (depending on the register you and the first part are going to play in). The PDF file opens and can be printed.

Example 2 - You play the baritone sax and you are looking for part 4 from "Erinnerung": You are on page "36 pieces for variable ensembles" at the moment. Choose "Erinnerung" from the Manuel de Roo list, scroll downward completely on the following page, and click on "Part 4: in Eb". The PDF file opens and can be printed.

Example 3 - You play the guitar and you are looking for part 1 from "Was ist das für ein Lied?", lower register: You are on page "36 pieces for variable ensembles" at the moment. Choose "Was ist das für ein Lied?" from the Josef Irgmaier list, search for "in C (G clef 8vb)" in the category "Playing scores lower register", and find the note "use printed score". Since the guitar transposes an octave down automatically, it is fit to play from the printed score for performing the lower version of the piece.

There is a note in my part which I can hardly play on my instrument. What shall I do?

Transpose the tone by an octave, sing it, reconstruct your own instrument, ask another player to perform the tone, omit it, or pray...

Can I also sing the pieces from the New Sounds Cookbook?

The pieces were concieved in consideration for instrumental lessons. Nonetheless some pieces show distinctive suitability for singing. Yet, how have we learned to understand "suitability for singing"? Is the singing voice not an instrument, too? The human singing voice has its own nature, that's why most compositions for singers look different from compositions for instrumentalists. But naturally for singers and instrumentalists as well, there's a connection between the question of ability and willingness to do something or not. A voice that wants to sing can perform amazing things, as well as a voice that wants to play.

The pieces from the New Sounds Cookbook were composed for instrumental lessons. Are they also useful beyond the every day school life?

Of course. These are independent new pieces of music which take into consideration the specific needs of new playing material at music schools. They are useful for lessons or school recitals as well as for common concerts, recording studios, the homey living room, and for all situations where music with individual wit and an instinct for originality is called for.

I have understood the copying limitations outlined on page 3. Does this affect my obligation to report performances or other utilisations in any way?

No. The responsible collecting society has to be notified of performances, broadcastings, recordings etc. as usual. The organiser of an event takes care of this, e.g. the principal of a (music) school. He will need the program of the event with specifics of composer, title, and performance duration of the pieces used.
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I encounter a compendium as the New Sounds Cookbook for the first time. Therefore, I can hardly appreciate the price-performance ratio. What is it?

The New Sounds Cookbook contains 36 pieces of music and costs 60.- Euro or less (Germany, 2015). This averages to € 1.67 per piece. Furthermore, comprehensive texts are added that publishers like to sell separately as a small supplement volume since it is a significant supplement service. Moreover the CD-ROM. It contains 565 files of playing scores and parts, none repeating, which brings the price of a single piece or part down below the tenpenny (10 Euro cent) mark.

Why is the book named New Sounds Cookbook?

Because it's ripe with innovative music that cooks! See The Book.

What meaning do the colors of the book have?

Curry mixtures.

How did the New Sounds Cookbook actually come into being?

Helmut Lorenz, principal of the music school of the town of Burghausen (Germany), stated an acute need of new classic music literature for the instrumental lessons of the elementary and middle school which should not be orientated by specific instruments and solo instrumentation. In 2004, he drew up a working plan and called on Reinhard Febel who held a composition class at the university Mozarteum in Salzburg. They were looking for three professional composers who should neither be interested music students anymore nor venerable masters yet. They were found and were inspired by the unusual project of cooking up twelve pieces each which followed certain criteria. Together with the teachers of the music school, the criteria were stated (variable instrumentations in mixed and equal registers, 2-4 voices, 1-4 minutes in length, 9-16-year old instrumental students' level of difficulty). The composers designed working titles and at the end of the year, the pieces were written. In March 2005 during the "Tage der Neuen Musik Burghausen" (Burghausen New Music Days), the pieces were put through their paces by music students and teachers. Markus Heinze from Ricordi Munich realized immediately what was going on and voilà - after some additional work (revision of pieces and parts, texts, translation), there it was, the New Sounds Cookbook!

Where can I buy the New Sounds Cookbook?

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