Happy 65th Birthday to Christopher Norton: New Microjazz and repackaged Latin and Jazz Preludes
Boosey & Hawkes present a new addition to the Microjazz series and repackaged editions of the evocative Latin and Jazz Preludes from Christopher Norton, who turns 65 this month (22 June).
Rachel Jennings presents nine sparkling new interpretations of Christopher Norton’s Microjazz pieces for violin and piano in Microjazz Expansions for Violin. The publication contains detailed and engaging pedagogical notes and comes packaged with stylish audio demonstration and backing tracks. Order a copy here.
Recent publications by Norton include the PacificPreludes and EasternPreludes as well as the newly repackaged Latin Preludes and Jazz Preludes. These expressive character pieces are ideal for intermediate to advanced-level keyboard players. All four titles include audio demonstration tracks performed by Iain Farrington. Video tutorials by the composer on many of the featured pieces are available on the Boosey & Hawkes YouTube channel.
Since signing with Boosey & Hawkes in 1983, Norton’s best known series Microjazz has gone on to sell in excess of one million copies. Beyond the original arrangements for piano, the series has been expanded with original compositions for cello, violin, saxophone, clarinet, flute, guitar, bassoon, double bass, viola, trombone and mandolin. Microjazz continues to appeal to children and teenagers with its unique contemporary style, whilst remaining a great teaching tool through its grounding in traditional notation. The success of this series has been followed by many other award-winning publications for Boosey & Hawkes including the Essential Guides to Pop, Latin and Jazz Styles; the Rock, Country and Jazz Piano Preludes; the Big Beats playalong series; Micromusicals, and the Christopher Norton Concert Collections of original repertoire for solo piano.
You can wish Christopher Norton a happy birthday on Twitter where he can be found at @NortonAtWork.