We Rent Band and Orchestra instruments

Do you need to rent an instrument for your child or even for yourself? We carry a good selection of band and orchestra instruments in stock and get regular weekly deliveries from Menchey Music, the company that we work with for rentals. These are good quality student instruments perfect for the student starting out in band or orchestra. With the insurance plan the instruments are taken care of if anything should go wrong including damage such as dropping the instrument out of the back of the car (yes, it has happened). Give us a call and ask for our rates. Cartoon orchestra

Calliope presents new titles from Breitokopf & Haertel

Calliope presents new Baerenreiter publications

Violin Recital Albums
Editors: Kurt Sassmannshaus, Christoph Sassmannshaus and Melissa Lusk


Volume 1 First Position
20 Recital Pieces for Violin and Piano or two Violins
BA 9668 | Score and part, plus second violin part

Volume 2 First Position
13 Recital Pieces for Violin and Piano or two Violins
BA 9669 | Score and part, plus second violin part

These two collections give young students and teachers a rich selection of recital pieces, either to complement the Sassmannshaus Early Start on the Violin method or to play independently from it. As all the pieces are written entirely in first position, they can be used after just a few months of lessons.

Each violin part is supported by a piano part for student performances. As an alternative, there is a second violin part which is ideal for duo playing with the teacher during lessons.

All the pieces are available in exemplary recordings on YouTube:

Brahms Violin Sonata GM Opus 78

Johannes Brahms:
Sonata in G major
for Violin and Piano op. 78
Edited by Clive Brown and Neal Peres Da Costa
With an Urtext solo part as well as a second part with performance markings
BA 9431

Brahms Sonata Movement from FAE Sonata

Sonata Movement from the F.A.E. Sonata for Violin and Piano WoO 2
Edited by Clive Brown and Neal Peres Da Costa
With an Urtext solo part as well as a second part with performance markings
BA 10908

These two editions mark the start of a pioneering set of Urtext editions which comprise Johannes Brahms’ compositions for one instrument and piano.

What makes these editions so unique is their all-encompassing approach to performance practice. These works were written with specific performers in mind and Brahms worked closely with them when refining the final texts. Thus, the performing practices of the individual players who first performed these compositions, including Brahms himself, as well as the possibilities of the instruments for which Brahms wrote are taken into consideration.

Bach Air on the G String

Johann Sebastian Bach:
Air from the Orchestral Suite BWV 1068
Arranged for violin solo by Roman Kim
BA 5140

The famous Air from Bach’s Orchestral Suite BWV 1068 has undergone a great many arrangements, but until now no one has ventured to produce a contrapuntal version for unaccompanied violin. Roman Kim hit on this brilliant idea and came up with an arrangement, creating a YouTube hit with his own recording of it:

Ravel Valses Sentimentale for piano

Maurice Ravel:
Valses nobles et sentimentales for Piano
Edited by Nicolas Southon
Notes for performance and fingering by Alexandre Tharaud
BA 10826

Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales created a stir when they were anonymously premiered in Paris’s Societe nationale independante in 1911: many listeners thought they were by Satie, or even Kodaly!

For this new Urtext edition, the famed musicologist Nicolas Southon, a co-editor of the Oeuvres Completes de Gabriel Faure, has examined a large body of sources to present a musical text with many new readings. The edition contains fingering and performance notes by the French pianist Alexandre Tharaud, one of today’s leading interpreters of Ravel’s music. Commentaries by pianists closely associated with Ravel, such as Lucian Garban, Vlado Perlemuter, Robert Casadesus and Jacques Fevrier are also included.

Beethoven Piano Sonatas Opus 27 Nos 1 and 2

Ludwig van Beethoven:
Sonata quasi una Fantasia in E-flat major op. 27 no. 1
Sonata quasi una Fantasia in C-sharp minor op. 27 no. 2
“Moonlight Sonata”
for Pianoforte
Edited by Jonathan Del Mar
With an introduction by Misha Donat and notes on performance practice by Jonathan Del Mar and Misha Donat BA 10853

Jonathan Del Mar, second to none in his knowledge of Beethoven’s music, has obtained new readings in this fastidious scholarly-critical edition of these well-known pieces. Spacious engraving and practical page turns ensure optimum pleasure for every pianist. A meticulously compiled Critical Commentary provides information on alternative readings and editorial decisions.

Beethoven The Five Piano Concerti Study Scores

Ludwig van Beethoven:
The Five Piano Concertos
Edited by Jonathan Del Mar

Now that all the scores, the complete performance materials and almost all the Critical Commentaries and have been published for Beethoven’s five Piano Concertos (BA 9021-9025), Barenreiter are now presenting the five study score editions in a boxed set. The musical text reflects a judicious study of every surviving source, producing an Urtext edition at the very highest level.

Rounding off the edition are an informative Introduction by Beethoven scholar Barry Cooper on the genesis of the works and a Foreword by the renowned editor Jonathan Del Mar describing the sources and the editorial approach.

The study scores are not available separately at present.

Calliope has new singles for the summer!

Calliope is proud to sell local piano teacher’s anthology

Christine Carlson Cacioppo has been teaching piano to students of all ages for many years and out of this experience come self-published collections that all teachers can benefit from. How many times do you say “I really should put together my own repertoire anthology”? I stopped counting. While there are tons of collections out there very few have all of the requirements that I insist on like standard repertoire, good fingering, editing, and nice layout on the page as well as a binding that will stay on the piano. Christine has accomplished this in her two volumes of Treasures from the Piano Bench, a collection of original piano compositions that children love to play, and now a new title to help the older beginner: Classic Piano for the Adult Beginner.

In addition to her private studio, Christine teaches “Introduction to Piano” at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges and is a member of the piano faculty at The Haverford School’s Conservatory of Music. She holds degrees in piano performance (Kent State University) and musicology (New York University) and continues to study and perform. In other words, she has the experience and perseverance to put these volumes together. Stop by and take a look! It’s always good to support local musicians.

Treasures II cover

Check out the concerts at Calliope

Join us about once a month for a free concert of mostly local musicians who love to play and perform. Some of the groups are brand new such as Tempo Primo Trio and others are veterans who have been performing together for a long time. In all cases, we are honored and very flattered that these musicians and customers of ours volunteer to perform in the store as a part of our Calliope Events series. You can see a list of all upcoming Events on our homepage and you can receive email reminders, just give us your email address. We like to remind people that many of these groups are available for hire at parties, weddings and other special events.

And by coming to hear them you are supporting live music – a very good thing. Oh – and also…all ages are welcome! There is a back door so if you need to escape quickly we can let you out. We even have crayons for all you over 40 year olds.

NEW Used instruments for sale in the store as of 7/22/15

From time-to-time we have customers who want to sell their instruments for various reasons but mostly because the student has graduated or moved on to other things. Instead of letting the instruments waste away in their attics they smartly sell them and you benefit from the fair prices offered. Though we do not claim to be experts we are honest and the sellers we work with are good people. So if you are tired of gambling on Craig’s List or Ebay then give us a call to see what we have.  In stock right now:

Go to our Instruments page to learn more.

Call or stop by to learn more or to see the instruments at any time. (610.649.8842)

Great Uke Book from our UK friends – Lindsay Music Publishers

The Musical Ukulele


Lindsay Music Publishers (UK)
Price: $22.50

by Colin Tribe – a tutor book for individuals, small groups or whole classes

Ideal for whole class teaching with ‘wider opportunities’ in mind.
Studying the ukulele is a very effective way for anyone to rapidly become a performing musician.
Through using this book you will learn to sing and strum, play single-line melodies, chords and be introduced to fingerstyle playing. Many different styles of music are included, from world folk song to classical music, including such titles as Ravel’s ‘Bolero’ and Dvorak’s ‘New World Symphony’ as well as children’s songs.
The book guides you through what you need to know about the language of music as each new element is encountered.
Each piece is written out in music and tab, with both chord symbols and chord boxes.
All the pieces are clearly demonstrated on the two companion CDs, which contain repetition so you can really get into each piece. The book is wire bound, so will open flat on the music stand for ease of use.
Highly structured. Learn to read music as you learn to play the ukulele. See and hear the author playing over 350 pieces on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/colinrtribe


Instrument Repairs

Our friend, Jeff, repairs brass and woodwind instruments. Though he is not in-house most repairs can be done in 3 to 4 weeks. We can also replace strings on most instruments for a small charge. And we are always happy to offer help and advice.  Just ask!

Digital Downloads Available

For years we have resisted downloading music for many reasons mostly because the end product was not very good. Technology forges ahead and now we are able to provide you with decent copies of the latest singles, an oldie that your mother sang to put you to sleep, or the flute part to a band piece that went “missing”. And the best part is that it is legal – we pay a yearly membership fee with both Alfred’s Publishing and Hal Leonard to get access to their digital files. Though we still love the look of traditional music and the pictures of Lady Gaga on the covers, sometimes you need an audition piece today or a request for a wedding or funeral as soon as possible. We can help.  Just ask!