delivery PROBLEMS

For all the worst reasons imaginable, post from the UK to the rest of the world is being disrupted. This has regrettably impacted on our business (as it has many others, of course) with parcels taking weeks to reach even nearby countries. Some customers in Europe have reported also being charged import duty and then a levy from the delivery company. Music is – and always has been – TAX FREE in the United Kingdom and it is impossible for us to calculate how much tax a foreign authority will charge.

All we can reasonably do is apologise for the added inconvenience and the narrow-mindedness of anyone who voted for Brexit without realising the impact it would have. We think our prices are very reasonable, and we always seek out the most economical way to get your music to you safely.

We sincerely hope you will continue to support Primalamusica!

2021 winners

Alex Petshaft, Ralf Dorrell and Massimo De Lillo's short pieces for string quartet have finally been chosen from many very strong submissions – they are now available HERE.


Having worked as editor-typesetter for Clifford and Elaine Bartlett's King's Music and The Early Music Company since 1986! I have started working more on the business side, especially with Clifford's tragic passing and Elaine's annus horribilis of health issues... Gradually titles will be added to this website to enable customers to buy direct. As always, the business leads with Dido and Aeneas, by far the best seller in the catalogue. It has been completely reset (in Sibelius) and thoroughly proofread against original sources. Only the score is available for direct sale. Performing material is only available after the negotiation of rights, etc. The same applies to its frequent partner piece, John Blow's Venus and Adonis. Other "new" editions include the Fux sonata for three violins and Purcell's Three parts on a ground (commissioned by Maggie Faultless) and two chamber works by Cavalli for Theresa Caudle's course at Benslow. More will gradually join them.

THE LATEST volumes of the Ensemble Diderot Collection are now available: two volumes of trio sonatas from Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville's op. 2 (recorded on Audax Records).

Be sure to check out their new page for further details.

Our new Ensemble Diderot Collection

latest CATALOGUE additions

If you have any ideas for new editions, we would be delighted to hear about them!

Bertali: Sonata Sancti Placidi EMC

Blow: Venus and Adonis EMC

Carisio: Hodie lætissime (SSATB, continuo), O sacramentum pietatis (3 sopranos, continuo), Sub umbra crucis (soprano, mezzo-soprano, continuo)

CavalliSonata à 6 and the Canzon à 4 EMC

Donati: Dennis Collins nears his completion of the composer's 1636 book of instructive solo motets, op. 14, with Beatus vir qui intelligit, and the first composite volume of these pieces (containing the first 15 works) is also made available

Endler: Three sinfonie in D [END003, END016, END028] and another that starts in D and ends in G [END027], and another in E flat with trumpets and piccolos [END020] an Ouverture in D and an Ouverture in E flat with tenor oboes

Fasch: Funeral music from the 1740s re-used in the 1760s, Die Gerechten müssen sich freuen (a secular birthday cantata from 1722), a German Missa brevis, his Mass in G minor with horns, and In der Welt habt ihr Angst (a cantata for the Feast of St Michael); new for December 2021: Selig sind (for the Feast of St Thomas), Kündlich groß ist das gottselige Geheimnis (for Christmas Day) and Bewahre deinen Fuß (for the 1st Sunday after Epiphany).

Handel: Laudate pueri Dominum HWV236 EMC

Heinichen: Sonata a4 in G (flute, two violins, continuo) and a Trio sonata in A minor (oboe d'amore, violin, continuo)

Legrenzi: Two pieces from his op. 1, Domine ad adiuvandum me for soprano with violins & continuo, and Dixit Dominus for SATB, 2 violins & continuo, Lætatus sum for ATB 2 violins & continuo, and another setting of Domine ad adiuvandum me (ATT, 2 violins & continuo) and the modal-feeling Credidi, propter quod locutus sum

Naumann: At last, the Magnificat from the 1764 Vespers set has been printed. This fabulous piece has horns and trumpets and a glorious soprano solo for the first portion of the "Gloria"; it ends with a fine fugue.

Ordoñez: two sinfonie with prominent violas! In Brown: D9, the three movements feature solo viola and cello, while in Brown: G8, the two oboes of the outer movements are silent and replace by two solo violas in the central movement (which also has a ripieno viola part!) – you'll need all your viola-playing friends for that one :)

[Page last updated 12 December 2021]