Internationally acclaimed pianist and educator, Lang Lang, will release his latest publication, Lang Lang Piano Book, on 12 April 2019.
A collaboration between Lang Lang and UK publisher, Faber Music, the book will accompany Lang Lang’s new solo album, Piano Book, released on 29 March 2019 by Universal Music Group and Deutsche Grammophon.
Featuring all 29 pieces from the album, Lang Lang Piano Book is a collection of the repertoire that first inspired Lang Lang to play the piano. Presented as a high-end cased book, featuring marbled endpapers, page-finder ribbon and sewn binding, it includes exclusive photographs, comments from Lang Lang on every piece and an edition of Für Elise annotated with the pianist’s own performance notes.
Lang Lang Piano Book contents
Prelude in C major (JS Bach); Bagatelle in A minor, Für Elise (Beethoven); The Departure (Richter); Spinning Song (Mendelssohn); Clair de lune (Debussy); Prelude in D flat major, Raindrop (Chopin); Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum (Debussy); Allegro from Sonata facile (Mozart); Andante from Sonatina in C major (Clementi); Presto from The School of Velocity (Czerny); La Valse d’Amélie (Tiersen); Moment musical in F minor (Schubert); To Spring (An den Frühling) (Grieg); Rêverie (Debussy); Staccato from Villageoises (Poulenc); The Merry Shepherd Boy (Hu-Wei Huang); Wilder Reiter (The Wild Horseman) (Schumann); The Maiden’s Prayer (Bądarzewska-Baranowska); Minuet in G major (JS Bach attrib. Petzold); Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence (Sakamoto); Jasmine Flower (Chinese Traditional); Variations on Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman (Mozart); Arirang (Korean Traditional); Eliza Aria (Kats-Chernin); Limu, limu, lima (Swedish Traditional); Danza de la moza donosa (Ginastera); Nimrod from Enigma Variations (Elgar); Maple Leaf Rag (Joplin); The Chop Waltz ‘Chopsticks’ (De Lulli); Lang Lang’s annotation of Bagatelle in A minor, Für Elise (Beethoven)
Lang Lang Piano Academy
Lang Lang entered an exclusive publishing partnership with Faber Music in 2014, launching the Lang Lang Piano Academy. This major new piano programme includes ‘mastering the piano’ – five books focussing on piano technique – and the Lang Lang Piano Method. Both series have been translated into multiple languages and received global acclaim.
Lang Lang said:
‘With Piano Book, I’m going back to my first love, to the pieces that made me want to become a musician in the first place.
‘This is the music that has shaped me as a pianist and musician from the very beginning: it all has a huge personal importance to me and reflects my deep love of every aspect of the piano.’
Header photo: Lang Lang Piano Book © Gregor Hohenberg