Archive for the ‘Works’ Category


Concerto score now available

March 19, 2015

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The full score of Jon Lord’s most famous composition, Concerto for Group and Orchestra, is now available as a pdf print-your-own. Order yours now from’s web shop.

The score reveals the finished work as it was recorded in the studio in 2011-12 with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and a cast of guest soloists, such as Joe Bonamassa and Bruce Dickinson, and conducted by Paul Mann.


Jon Lord’s 2012 studio recording (left) and the original 1969 performance of Concerto for Group and Orchestra

Speaking in 2011, Jon explained that he had finally reached a point with the Concerto where he felt it was just right.

– I’ve worked so hard on the score that it’s now in as good a state as it can possibly be in, and therefore I would like to have it recorded, so it can go down in posterity. Since leaving Deep Purple, I’ve played it over 30 times with different orchestras and conductors all over the world, and, of course, in 2000 I did it well over 30 times with Purple on the Concerto Tour, so I’ve been honing the piece live on stage, and I’ve had the opportunity to change things in the score that weren’t sounding quite right.

– It’s a marvelous and exciting prospect to have the definitive recording of the definitive version of the score. I want it to sound absolutely spot on like a great classical orchestral recording sounds. And, God willing, it will sound pretty much like it must have sounded in my head 42 years ago.

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45 years on: Concerto for Group and Orchestra

September 25, 2014


As we celebrate the 45th anniversary of the first performance of Jon Lord’s Concerto for Group and Orchestra at London’s Royal Albert Hall on September 24, 1969, here’s a few words from conductor Paul Mann on the occasion:

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Durham Concerto in print

June 9, 2014

Durham excerptThe new full score and performance material of Durham Concerto is now made available to coincide with what would have been Jon’s 73rd birthday Monday June 9.

This revised edition has been more than 18 months in the making, and is a major milestone on the long journey of preparing Jon’s complete works for publication.

The work was commissioned by the University of Durham in celebration of its 175th anniversary and first performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in the magnificent surroundings of Durham Cathedral on 20 October 2007.

An immediate popular success, the hugely impressive and engaging work, takes just under an hour in performance, and involves a full symphony orchestra together with four soloists: violin, cello, Northumbrian Pipes, and Jon’s own Hammond organ.

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Conductor Paul Mann‘s new edition takes into account many previously unavailable sources, including an extensive list of corrections made by the composer during the rehearsals for the premiere and for the recording sessions that followed, and also a great many other previously overlooked refinements of detail and orchestration.

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New scores: Sarabande, One From The Meadow

January 25, 2014

Sarabande white vinylTo coincide with the publication of the newly revised full score of Sarabande by De Haske Publications this month, a version for solo piano is now available from the Jon Lord Scores Shop.

The work is transcribed in its entirety by Paul Mann, making some of Jon’s most iconic music easily accessible for the first time ever.

Alongside Sarabande, comes Jon’s more recent One From The Meadow, from the album Beyond The Notes, both in a new arrangement for full orchestra, and a piano-vocal score.

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Concerto and Sarabande published in print

January 9, 2014

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publishing house is releasing new editions of Jon Lord’s Concerto for Group and Orchestra and Sarabande.

This premiere publication of Jon Lord’s Concerto for Group and Orchestra is a major event, and one that might never have happened.

Lord composed the work during early 1969, shortly after founding the band that made him famous, Deep Purple. Always equally passionate about orchestral music, he was determined to create a vehicle by which the two worlds could be joined, and it was written quickly – often nocturnally – between gigs with the band.

Deep-Purple - ConcertoEarly in the process, Lord’s music attracted the attention of Malcolm Arnold, who conducted the fraught but ultimately highly successful premiere with Deep Purple and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall in September 1969. (Arnold’s involvement has led some to assume that he had a hand in the work’s composition and instrumentation, but this is not the case – every note is the work of the young Jon Lord, which makes the achievement all the more remarkable.)

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New Jon Lord scores from Schott Music

June 29, 2013
First page of the new full score

Boom – first page of the full score

Until now, Jon’s two orchestral works, Boom of the Tingling Strings for piano and orchestra (2002) and Disguises for strings (2003) published by Schott Music, have only been available on hire.

Now we are pleased to announce, that study scores will shortly be published for sale in revised editions by Paul Mann, incorporating all the many changes that were made in performances during the composer’s lifetime. All relevant sources have been exhaustively consulted, and the new scores can be said to represent Jon’s final intentions as closely as possible.

In addition, Paul Mann has made a corresponding reduction for two pianos of Boom of the Tingling Strings, allowing soloists easier access to this brilliant modern virtuoso showpiece.

The new performance material will of course be available on hire from the publisher, Schott Music, here:

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Sarabande ready for the publisher

January 7, 2013



Sarabande is the latest of Jon’s works to have gone through a complete check up.

The new full score of Sarabande in Jon’s revised 2010 edition for group and orchestra is a milestone in Hal Leonard‘s and EMI Music‘s upcoming Jon Lord Edition.

A sample pages from the third movement Aria can be viewed here:

The 180-page score has been meticulously revised and edited by conductor Paul Mann in consultation with every available source, including the manuscript and a set of orchestral parts from the original 1975 recording sessions, which are held in the Lord family archive.

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Works update: Pictured Within and more

December 20, 2012

pictured beyondTwo of Jon’s more iconic songs from the Pictured Within album have been newly edited and reconstructed in full scores and piano/vocal scores by conductor Paul Mann.

– When we were preparing the score for Wait a While for the 1999 Royal Albert Hall concerts, we had a discussion about the instrumentation. Jon’s revised version deploys the full forces for only a single moment (at the final appearance of the words “you should know by now, I love you”), and this restraint makes the song all the more deeply affecting, explains Paul Mann.

Read his and Jon’s full notes for each piece in our Shorter pieces section.

Pictured Within
Wait a While

Also added to the list is one more from Beyond The Notes:

I’ll Send You A Post Card (Pavane for Tony)