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In our collection you will find music for voice, recorder, recorder orchestra, transverse flute and percussion. Many of our editions contain well-known or lesser-known music from the Baroque period, but you will also find contemporary compositions, as well as arrangements of jazz and folk music.

Please feel free to browse through our editions, which are classified by series, composer or number, and read the prefaces. Click on the cover for more detailed information on the selected edition.

You can download our current English catalogue as a PDF file (approx. 120 KB, Acrobat® Reader® required): Girolamo Catalogue January 2021

Our current German catalogue can be downloaded as a PDF file (about 4,8 MB):
Girolamo Verlagsprogramm Mai 2021

You will find our new editions 2017–2021 here.

New in January 2021

Cover G 11.016John Weldon: Two Songs upon a Ground
Peace, babbling Muse! / In vain we say

for soprano voice, 2 alto recorders and b.c.
John Weldon (1676–1736) studied from 1693 with Henry Purcell and was appointed organist of New College in Oxford in 1694. In 1700, Weldon won first prize in a composition competition for the best setting of the masque "The Judgement of Paris" and surpassed his rivals Daniel Purcell, Gottfried Finger and John Eccles. In 1708, Weldon succeeded John Blow as organist of the Chapel Royal; in 1714, he was appointed organist of St. Martin-in-the-Fields.
Both songs "Peace, babbling Muse!" and "In vain we say" are traditional English grounds with an underlying melody in the bass, which recurs several times and in different registers. Both pieces are composed of various sections and are very different in structure. The unusual, almost philosophical texts are set to a beautiful, heartrending melody that does honour to the lyrics and is on a par with the works of Weldon's teacher Henry Purcell.
G 11.016, score and 4 parts

New in April 2020

Cover G 21.008Rainer Lischka: Circus in Town
Eight musical images for alto recorder solo
Circus air: Who hasn’t got a whiff of it yet? A special tension is almost tangible, the smell, the music and of course the artists – everything contributes to making a visit to the circus an unforgettable and very special experience. Rainer Lischka captures this atmosphere in his eight circus pictures and models them musically so vividly and stirringly that one can hardly escape such magic.
Students take great pleasure in practising these imaginative miniatures for alto recorder solo. The idea behind the movements is immediately apparent and many a challenge encourages practice. Some movements are easier, others technically more demanding, and playing techniques such as flutter tongue or glissando are rarely required. “Circus in town” is especially suitable for student auditions and competitions. Apart from that, for players and listeners the pieces are above all: fun!
G 21.008, playing score

New in September 2019

Cover G 12.044Pierre Danican Philidor: Two suites (op. 1/no. 2 and 4)
for 2 alto recorders and basso continuo
Pierre Danican Philidor, who was born in Paris in 1681 and died in Versailles in 1731, was a member of the wide-spread Danican family of musicians and composers. Probably originally from Scotland (Duncan), the family had been awarded the name of Philidor by Louis XIII in 1620. Subsequent generations were also closely associated with the French court, both as composers and notably as woodwind players, serving in renowned royal institutions such as the Grande Écurie, the Chapelle and the Chambre du Roi. Pierre, too, was in the royal service as flutist and oboist.
Suites 2 and 4 are from a collection comprising a total of six suites for two treble parts (dessus) and b.c. published in 1717, and were transposed up by a third in this new, practice-oriented edition. The sequence of the four movements in each of the suites is unusual and appealing, the 2nd suite, for example, starting with an Air en Fugue, followed by an Air en Suitte and a Rigodon, and ending in a charming, somewhat longer Passacaille. The 4th suite begins with a Symphonie, followed by a Bourée and a Muzette. It finishes with an elaborate fugue bearing the somewhat cryptic title Fugue Dacapella. A real treat for anyone who loves French music!
G 12.044, score and 3 parts

Cover G 12.051Johann Nicolaus Nicolai(?): Sonata F major
for 2 alto recorder and basso continuo
Johann Nicolaus Nicolai (died 1728) joined the court of Crown Prince Friedrich Ludwig von Württemberg-Stuttgart (1698–1731) between 1699 and 1704, having previously worked in Munich. Nicolai was a multi-talented instrumentalist, a proficient player of the recorder, the transverse flute and the oboe. He also served as a competent accompanist on both the harpsichord and the organ.
Although the Sonata in F major, published here for the first time, has come down to us without any indication of a composer, it can be assumed with virtual certainty to have been composed by Nicolai. This unusual sonata starts with a toccata-like, free Adagio, followed by a virtuoso Allegro, in which treble part and bass enter into a melodic dialogue as equal partners. The third movement is a Passacaglia, in which the recorder unfurls above a 7-bar(!) ostinato bass. The suite is completed by a delightful, short Minuet. Another really interesting and unusual find of original music for recorder, edited by Peter Thalheimer.
G 12.051, score and 2 parts

New in May 2019

Cover G 12.050Tommaso Albinoni: 12 Sonatas, Vol. III (Sonatas 9–12)
for 3 recorders (AAT), bass recorder ad lib. and b.c.
Vol. III of Albinoni's very popular sonatas is available now. Once again, it contains four wonderful sonatas. An original arrangement for three recorders and bass was made before 1740 and is the base of this edition, which was extended by the original continuo part with figures. Albinoni took these short dance movements and filled them with witty melodies and rich harmonic features. These sonatas offer a wide range of possible instrumentations for performance from quartet to recorder orchestra, with or without continuo instrument or continuo group.
G 12.050, score and 5 parts

New in February 2019

Bingham Reloaded!

George Bingham: English Airs

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Volume I, for alto recorder solo (no. 1–20) / 2 alto recorders (no. 21–30) /
alto recorder and basso continuo (no. 31–50)

G 12.045, score and 1 part

Volume II, for alto recorder and basso continuo /
alto recorders (no. 41 and 42)
G 12.046, score and 1 part

Volume III, for alto recorder and basso continuo
G 12.047, score and 1 part

Available since May 2018:

Volume IV, for alto recorder and basso continuo
G 12.048, score and 1 part

Between 1702 and 1705, George Bingham compiled four volumes of "Airs Anglois", which were published by Estienne Roger in Amsterdam. This collection of dance movements combined into suites, complemented by chaconnes, grounds and two sonatas, was a valuable source of original music for recorders for all recorder players at the time of its publication, and has remained so until the present day. The collection contains compositions by Bingham himself, Gottfried Finger, Henry Purcell, Jacques Paisible, William Williams and many more.
The volumes contain, for the major part, suite movements by English Masters for treble recorder and basso continuo, along with a number of solo pieces and duets for one or two treble recorders, as well as the famous Sonata in G major by Andrew Parcham.
Bingham’s "English Airs" are now available from Girolamo as a convenient complete edition, with easily playable realization of the figured bass. Some 200 typographic errors present in the source were eliminated.
The movements are suitable for moderately advanced students as well as more experienced amateur players and professional musicians, who will all enjoy and benefit from playing these compositions – whether at home in their music rooms or in recitals and concerts. Music teachers can use these compositions to methodically impart to their students the background knowledge required for a solid interpretation of baroque music. These four booklets are a must for your music cabinet!

New in February 2018

Cover G 21.007Rainer Lischka: In a Groovy Mood
10 Duets for soprano recorder and piano
Composed in 2017, these imaginative and humorous pieces are intended for beginners and moderately advanced students. With its great stylistic diversity, the booklet is eminently suitable for music lessons, recitals or competitions. Methodic issues such as articulation, rhythmic precision or musical interpretation can be addressed through imitative dialogue (… can do this as well), tango and blues, jazzy tunes or a soft lullaby. The piano part was deliberately kept simple, so that the accompaniment can be played by piano students. This music is bound to be great fun!
G 21.007, score and 1 part

Sales partners wanted!

Girolamo Musikverlag is looking for sales partners in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Experience in sales and distribution of sheet music is a prerequisite. We would especially welcome a person or business that is already known among recorder players in the respective country and already supplies recorders and recorder music to an established customer base. If you are interested or would like further information, please contact Franz Müller-Busch, girolamo(at), in either English or German.