Mar 26 2012, 10:09 PM
Hi everyone, I plan to take this exam in June here in Nigeria.
Truth is, I have registered but I have difficulty getting music to complete my songs.
It still remains an issue for me to get music down here especially for my voice - contralto.
Please help me if you can, recommend books and I can order them through a friend who is currently studying in the UK. Time is running and I need to complete my songs.
Mar 27 2012, 12:47 AM
What is your planned programme? I think people might be able to help more easily if you let them know.
I've ordered music for ABRSM exams from musicroom and other online stores, but that was a while ago...perhaps other people could tell you which stores have dispatched orders most quickly in the past year or so?
I believe you don't HAVE to have the editions given in the syllabus, so if you can get hold of a different edition more easily, why not e-mail the ABRSM and check if that edition would be acceptable?
Mar 27 2012, 05:48 AM
Amazon and musicroom are excellent at sending abroad. Gosh you are cutting it fine! Which pieces are you missing?
Mar 27 2012, 05:53 AM
I can also recommend sheetmusicplus.com - delivery takes a couple of weeks by air from the US to the UK once items are dispatched.
Mar 27 2012, 06:00 AM
also look for digital downloads; www.schubertline.com and www.everynote.com
everynote are out of copyright publications, very cheap, but come with a receipt and you can reprint as many times as you need.
schubertline is rescribed, but quality print, very reasonable and I think, able to be transposed. Also www.freehandmusic.com has a good selection of legal downloads and again you can transpose them.
I took several of my songs from the above sources.
Mar 27 2012, 10:23 AM
Good luck - not sure I would be brave enough to book the exam without having the programme and the sheet music sorted out!
Mar 27 2012, 01:18 PM
Thank you for your responses. Currently the songs I have are;
1. Die Mainacht Brahms
2. In Haven from 'Sea Pictures' Elgar
3. Les Berceaux Faure
4. Hence, Iris, hence away Handel
5. An evening Hymn 'Now that the sun hath veiled his light' Purcell
6. Lied der Mignon 'so lasst mich scheinen' Schubert
7. Fair and True Warlock
Hardly any opera aria because I find Massenet's 'Les larmes qu'on ne pleure pas' and Mozart's 'E amore un ladroncello' from Cosi fan tutte rather high for me.
Then also, Monteverdi's 'E pur io torno' from L'incoronazione di Poppea too renaissance and boring.
The only fast song there is Handel while the others barely have contrast in tempo(sad)..
I also could not find any music from the classical and romantic era. It makes almost all of them 'songs' from the 20th century (more sad)
I decided to take the risk of registering for the examamination because I had the same problem last year and could not take the exam. I am sure I can meet up with any new music that comes after now..
I still look forward to your responses..
Mar 27 2012, 04:52 PM
1,2,3,6,7 are all on Schubertline
Edit: a cursory glance at google with the names of the other two followed by sheet music indicates they should be readily available too.
Edit 2: I'll try and disengage eejit mode as I've just noticed these are the ones you've already got (sorry!)
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