We’ve added a Rebecca Clarke “Audio” page to our menu—you know, that thing that used to be called a “discography,” back when there was nothing but, you know, discs. It’s highly selective, given the enormity and complexity of Clarke’s presence in sound in the world today, and it’s likely to change by the minute, given the imminent release of…. But our lips are sealed until June 19. Watch this space. [Update: Our lips are unsealed.]
Sheet Music Plus, one of the most comprehensive and reliable music-sellers on Earth, has just announced simultaneous sales on “New and Notable Music by Women” and on Oxford University Press titles, which together will give you a 20% discount on virtually everything in Rebecca Clarke’s retail backlist, so maybe it’s time for you to replace that tattered copy of the Trio you’ve been taping back together for the past four years (and save $16.40!), or take a flyer on Clarke’s glorious string-quartet movements (and save $9.20!), or invest in OUP’s big song-collection for the simple pleasure of studying “Tiger, Tiger” and “Binnorie” and seeing what real terror looks like (while saving $8.60!).
And even if you already own one of the Urtext editions of Clarke’s Passacaglia on an Old English Tune, you might want to throw in Schirmer’s reprint of their original 1943 publication, which preserves Clarke’s detailed markup of the parts. The viola and cello versions are now sold separately, but they’re a steal at $6.39 and $7.99, respectively.
The sales run through July 7. New titles, special orders, and on-demand items are not included. If you have any questions, our friend Shannon and all the other nice folks at Sheet Music Plus’s crackerjack Customer Service Department are soldiering on heroically from home, and you can reach them as usual at 1-800-743-3868, Monday through Friday, between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Central Time.
To celebrate our second day of operation, we’ve put up a gallery of photos covering virtually the whole of Rebecca Clarke’s public life as a musician, beginning around 1905, when she left the Royal Academy of Music, and ending in 1976, as she was in the thick of helping Christopher Johnson write his thematic catalogue of her works. Enjoy! (More to follow.)