With this 10-part collection, qPress embarked on the biggest restoration project in our history. With special thanks to John Laverty as well as our fantastic team of document cleaners and formatters, we have fully restored the entire Hermann Koenig Journal for Cornet and Piano.
Here is the back story. Hermann Koenig was a German born Cornet Virtuoso. He was prolific in his compositions and arrangements for cornet and piano, so much so that each year he would put together a collection of his pieces and release them as a journal. He did this a total of 10 times spanning 1846-1858. Within the 10 volumes of music, there are 140 different collections. Each collection can have as many as 15 different solos. I would estimate that there will be a total of over 1000 cornet solos in this entire collection, a truly herculean effort on Koenig’s part, something that had never been done before or since.
Because these were published as a journal, there are essentially 2 known complete copies of these works. One is in the library at St. Pancras and cannot be loaned out. And the second collection is this one. Since these books are over 150 years old there is a massive document cleaning effort at play here. Each page was cleaned and restored to the best condition possible with the goal of having a performance quality edition of all of these solos. They are not perfect, but for the age they could not possibly look better. Each volume will be nearly 200 pages or more, so this is a tremendous job. We are doing this in stages as follows.
As of today you can now get Volumes 1 through 10. The last thing to be completed is a full table of contents. This is a huge job with 1000 solos to catalogue with page numbers between the solo and piano parts. This will be done and will be included as a free download to anyone who purchases any part of it.
Click for samples to the left that are representative of the quality, and click above for an immediate digital download.
The full set is available now:
- Volume 1, Solo and Piano Score (Nos.1-14)
- Volume 2, Solo and Piano Score (Nos.15-28)
- Volume 3, Solo and Piano Score (Nos.29-42)
- Volume 4, Solo and Piano Score (Nos.43-56)
- Volume 5, Solo and Piano Score (Nos.57-70)
- Volume 6, Solo and Piano Score (Nos.71-84)
- Volume 7, Solo and Piano Score (Nos.85-98)
- Volume 8, Solo (Nos.99-112) (Piano part search is on going)
- Volume 9, Solo and Piano Score (Nos.113-126)
- Volume 10, Solo and Piano Score (Nos.127-140)