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About Us

Hop Vine Music is a small Internet based publishing venture based near Malvern in Worcestershire, England. We specialise in music for wind ensemble, although not exclusively, including first editions and reprints of unusual wind music from the 18th and 19th centuries.

The company was founded in 2005 by Hugh and Ian Field-Richards. Hugh recently retired as a computer scientist based in Malvern where he has been living for over 30 years. He is an amateur bassoonist, playing since the age of 15. In Malvern he plays with the Chandos Symphony Orchestra and the wind quintet Pentatonic, for whom the Elgar quintets were arranged. He was also a member of Crooks Anonymous, the Worcestershire based bassoon quartet which no longer performs. Much of Crooks music has been published and can be purchased from Camden Music.

Ian is a professional Graphic Designer with more than twelve years experience. He works in a number of different media, primarily web and print design, but also works in magazine design, bureau work, newspapers, animation, album artwork and application UI design. He is the User Interface Director at DeviantArt. He has also had his work featured with DAZ3D and Ballistic Publishing. He has recently published a book of his artwork: "HEARTWORK — The Art of Ian Field-Richards" ISBN: 1-4116-7689-0.

We would also like to acknowledge the considerable help of Helge Bartholomäus without whose tireless efforts we would be unable to offer some of the Harmoniemusik that exists on this site.

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Also thanks to Quicksilver Translate for help with the German translations in the music.


Grade markings

We have elected to use the same grade/skill markings that are used by June Emerson.

Sources

Where possible we work from copies of original manuscripts which have been obtained through libraries and are published with their permission. Sometimes we acquire the music from other sources but are unable to trace the original library from where the manuscript originated. We make every effort to give credit but, unfortunately, this is not always possible. Hop Vine Music always supplies complimentary copies to the holder of the source manuscripts for their catalogue; we would be more than happy to do so, and give credit for the source, for any of our editions whose origin is unknown if the holder contacts us. We obviously respect copyright on music and only publish items that are now out of copyright and are in the public domain, or those for which we own the copyright.

Errors in the music

By virtue of its complexity it is inevitable that printed music contains mistakes. When you consider that even a short piece can have many thousands of elements (notes, dynamics etc), it is easy to see why. Many of these errors are of minimal importance (dynamics too close to beams etc.) but some are rather more serious (wrong notes, wrong transpositions etc.) and can be difficult for the player to correct without the original music.

We make every effort to issue correct, error-free parts by intensive checking. Early publication is not advisable as there are always mistakes. Where possible we play from the parts to make sure that each edition is correct. We issue errata for each edition, where required, which may, to some people, seem like an admission of failure. However, consider this: how many times have you seen a publisher issue errata? And how many times have you played from established orchestral parts that still, after probably several decades of use, not had the parts corrected or an errata within the collected parts? We would like to feel that our small mea culpa may encourage other publishers to do the same.

In the spirit of open source (many eyes benefit correct output) we would encourage our customers to report errors to us (hsfr@hopvine-music.com) so that we can correct them. Finders of major errors will be rewarded by an updated copy of the music in question — the editor's decision on what is a major error will be non-negotiable :-) .

Ordering

Purchases can be made in several ways: via PayPal (you must have an account); from us by EMAIL (hsfr@hopvine-music.com) (If this fails then try contacting us directly); or from one of our distributors.

If you are ordering from North America please note that TrevCo-Varner Music (www.trevcomusic.com) now takes all our music for double wind. They also accept payments by Visa, MC, American Express, and Discover.

If you are ordering from Germany try Accolade (www.accolade.de), Zerluth (www.zerluth.de) or Harrassowitz (www.harrassowitz.de).

All our UK customers can get the music either directly from us or June Emerson Wind Music. Our choral music can be bought directly from us or through Allegro Music in Herefordshire.

If you have any problems with any part of the ordering process, please contact us by phone or Email.

Delivery times

Our normal expectation (PayPal allowing) is that the music will be delivered within 14 days, although we would expect this time to be much shorter, endeavouring to post music within 24 hours of receiving the request. Sometimes however an edition may need to be sent to the printers, when we have no copies in stock, which may take a few days to be completed.

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Can I see/hear examples of the Editions?

Each edition has a few pages available as a PDF file and you can listen to a short excerpt as an MP3 file. The audio can be accessed by clicking the speaker icon:

PDF sample pages are accessed via:

On appropriate editions I have also produced a rehearsal sound file (just piano etc) which should aid personal practice. Access by clicking the "-1" icon:

We also provide a CD with the rehearsal piano on those editions.

What does "in prep." mean?

When a catalogue item is near release we include it in the catalogue to give customers an early indication of availability. The reasons for delays in final release are usually getting permission for using the original manuscripts from the library or organisation that holds them. Normally this does not take long but sometimes it can be a time-consuming process. This only applies to some of our catalogue and those that do not require permissions are issued within a few weeks of "in prep." status.

Technical Trivia

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For those who are interested this site was built on a system called Paloose, which is a subset of the Cocoon system, but written in PHP5 rather than Java.

The entire catalogue is held as an XML database and Paloose provides the pipelined translation of this data. I would have greatly preferred to have used Cocoon but the problem is finding a hosting service to provide Tomcat/Cocoon at a reasonable cost. Transporting the entire system onto a Cocoon based server would be easy and remains an option in the future.


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