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A Life With Rossinni - Alberto Zedda
Book, 220 pages, English.
This book is not a biography, nor a technical-artistic analysis of Rossini’s work. It is rather the result of a lifetime of enthusiastic cohabitation with the composer and the desire to spread the word about him. It is also an occasion to translate long experience into useful suggestions for understanding and interpreting his works. Thus, it is a book both for musicians, who will find advice and reflections useful for taking on the Rossini repertory, and for listeners fascinated by this composer, who is so easy to approach, but so difficult to understand. Alberto Zedda (Milan, January 2, 1928—Pesaro, March 6, 2017) was among the most important architects of the Rossini Renaissance. Through his work as a musicologist and his indefatigable conducting of Rossini’s operas worldwide, he became a charismatic advocate of the composer from Pesaro. Zedda was Artistic Director of the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro and Honorary President of the German Rossini Society. A Purple Summer - Steven Sater
n February 1999, Steven Sater conceived the radical notion of creating a rock musical from Frank Wedekind's notorious Symbolist drama, Frühlings Erwachen, and he enlisted his friend and writing partner Duncan Sheik in the enterprise. That night, Sater came home and began writing the first lyric of Spring Awakening: “Mama Who Bore Me” – a lyric which still stands, verbatim, just as he first wrote it.
Ten years later, in the wake of the enormous international success of this groundbreaking, multiaward-winning show, its original director, Michael Mayer, urged Sater to write notes explicating its famously evocative, poetic lyrics. In rich detail, Sater's notes address the literary sources and allusions of each lyric. He also writes feelingly of what prompted the songs over the course of the show's eight years of development. In so doing, Sater expands on his partnership with Sheik and his experiences with original cast members, Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff, now also known from Glee. These notes will prove invaluable for fans of the show, for all those interested in theater, and most especially for all the young performers who will play the roles and sing these songs. English, 87 pages, softcover. A Suzuki Parent's Diary, or How I Survived My First 10000 Twinkles - Caroll Morris
What is it like to be a Suzuki parent? Morris gives a humorous and realistic view of what being in Suzuki is like.
Contents: There's Going to Be a Concert! The January Doldrums The Promises of Spring Preface The Invitation The Commitment Lessons Begin Parents, Practice, Patience and More Practicing Dr. Suzuki's Here! The Ideal and the Real Bibliography Textbook, Suzuki, English. Ability development from age Zero - Shinichi Suzuki
Ability Development From Age Zero deals more about education than music. The author, Shinichi Suzuki, states that the fate of a child is in the hands of his parents. He explains that parents have to create a warm environment for their children, in order to bring them happiness, talent, confidence and love. The foundation of education is to carefully raise children with the ability to be fine human beings without being hindered by their individual characteristics. Advances abilities can be nurtured in any child.
An Illustrated History of Music for Young Musicians: The Romantic Period - Gilles Comeau & Rosemary Covert
An Illustrated History of Music for Young Musicians: The Romantic Period is far more than a history of music. It encompasses Life in the Romantic Era, The Arts in the Romantic Era, Musical Life In The Romantic Era, Charecteristics of Music in the Romantic Era, and composers of the Romantic Era. Because this book is so complete, it would be an interesting study for studenst of many subjects of a fascinating casual read for anyone wishing to while away some relaxing hours. The impact of the whole time period is revealed so completely in this text because it gives many viewpoints for a complete understanding.
After reading the book, I had the urge to reread so many sections that I found myself retaking the entire trip through the time period. It is with real enthusiasm that I applaud this material. I am looking forward to sharing it with my students, who are as young as three and as old as ninety. All will entjoy the treasures found here. (Frances M. Balodis, composer, pianist and teacher, International Director , Music for young Children). Normal price: 44,50 EUR / Now -50%: 22,25 EUR! Basics of Vocal and Instrumental Improvisation - Edwin E. Gordon
Harmonic improvisation—where chord progressions form the foundation for improvisation—is often misunderstood and ignored in most of today’s “how to” books, according to music education pioneer Edwin E. Gordon in this insightful book.
Yet harmonic improvisation is an essential component to musicianship and can assist with achievement in a variety of music skills, including reading and writing notation. This provocative book explores harmonic improvisation in detail, from necessary readiness skills, to individual differences, to getting started with harmonic improvisation performance. Dr. Gordon also reviews current research and writings on the topic. This fascinating book provides guidance to anyone hoping to explore harmonic improvisation, and gives encouragement to musicians to fully explore this art, and to succeed. As Dr. Gordon states, “there are no mistakes, only ‘improper solutions’.” Book, English, ringbound, 96 pages. Beethoven's Chamber Music - Victor Lederer
Unlocking the Master Series. Book and CD.
Ludwig van Beethoven's chamber works are some of his most revered compositions. Victor Lederer guides the serious nonprofessional listener through this oeuvre in his new book Beethoven's Chamber Music: A Listener's Guide. Lederer shows how Beethoven's sonatas for violin and piano overflow with high energy and spirits, showing a creative force that transcended personal struggles. The “Kreutzer” sonata, Op. 47, displays all the power of the master's middle period, while the G Major sonata, Op. 96, foreshadows Beethoven's mellower late works. The author also considers the sonatas for cello and piano, which span Beethoven's early, middle, and late periods, and examines the piano trios, including the immense “Archduke” trio. A highlight of the book is an exploration of the sixteen string quartets, which represent the pinnacle of Beethoven's achievement in chamber music. Lederer explains how the middle-period quartets, starting with the epic “Razumovsky” set, shatter molds and create new procedures, often on a stunning scale, and why the five late quartets and the Great Fugue are considered the peaks of the quartet literature and of Beethoven's own output. Lederer helps both new and experienced listeners grasp the strangeness and grandeur of these astonishing creations. The book comes with a compact disc containing musical selections drawn from critically acclaimed performances on Naxos Records. English, 192 pages, softcover. Brass Instruments: Their History and Development - Anthony Baines
In this readable, well-researched history, a distinguished authority on musical instruments offers a concise survey of the evolution of trumpets, trombones, bugles, cornets, French horns, tubas, and other brass wind instruments. The story begins with such primitive contrivances as bark trumpets, conch shells and perforated animal horns, bronze trumpets used by the ancient Danes and Celts, large Roman horns, and other devices.
During the medieval period, a large number of curved instruments or horns of various shapes and sizes developed, including trumpets, looped horns, the sackbut (forerunner of the trombone) and others, while the Renaissance saw the introduction of the slide trumpet. In the nineteenth century, the advent of valved instruments ushered in yet another new era. In this extensively revised and updated edition, Mr. Baines documents the various states of the evolution of brass instruments with immense learning and a wealth of detail. The text is supplemented by over 140 black-and-white illustrations as well as 48 music examples. The result is a scholarly yet accessible account that remains an indispensable resource for any brass player or music historian. Reprint of the Faber & Faber, Ltd., 1976 edition, updated by the author in 1993. Bruce Springsteen FAQ - John D. Luerssen
All that's left to know about the boss.
Long before he sold 120 million albums globally in a career that has endured artistically and commercially like no other performer's in the rock era, Bruce Springsteen was a working-class New Jersey kid with a dream and a guitar. By the time he was 16, he was playing ShopRite openings and school dances around his hometown of Freehold. For many, high school is where the garage-band dreams die, but time spent fronting a band called Steel Mill in the heyday of Asbury Park's Upstage scene gave him the courage to sidestep college and put his name out in front, soon enough making him “The Boss” to his band. After five more years spent working diligently on that dream, Springsteen had landed the dueling Time and Newsweek covers that made him an instant household name on the strength of his album Born to Run. Bruce Springsteen FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Boss investigates Springsteen's superstar Born in the U.S.A. album and tour, the dissolution and reunion of the E Street Band, the legal wrangling that held up 1978's Darkness on the Edge of Town, the group's postmillennium resurgence, the untimely passing of core band members Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons, and more. This indispensible read, packed with countless images of rare memorabilia, is a volume Springsteen fans will treasure. Book, softcover, English, 440 pages. Buffalo Music Learning Theory - Edwin E. Gordon
Learning Sequence Activities, which easily fit into the first few minutes of a class period or rehearsal, are the practical applications of the proven Music Learning Theory.
The primary goal of this book is to clarify how teachers can make the transition from traditional instruction to teaching based on Music Learning Theory, especially with older students. Gordon also discusses options for Music Learning Theory teachers whose students will be graduating to a school with traditional music teaching methods. A much needed resource for practitioners of Music Learning Theory!
Musicians often seek jobs in performing or teaching, but in addition there are a wealth of exciting opportunities in the music industry that music students tend to know very little about. Careers For Musicians explores what is available and offers insights into how different skills and personalities suit different types of job. It has advice from people in all walks of life as to the pros and cons of their line of work, how to find the right openings and how to progress in your chosen career. Cello Story - Dimitry Markevitch / Florence W. Seder
Translated from the French by Florence W. Seder, Dimitry Markevitch concludes his preface, or Prelude as he calls it: "History, fact and personal anecdote blend here to provide a complete story of the instrument. May this book entertain you, help you to know the cello to the fullest, and lead you to love it as I do." Reading the book confirms that he has amply accomplished his aims. His qualifications for doing so are of the highest. Markevitch is a performer of considerable note and a teacher at both the Ecole Normale de Musique and Conservatoire Serge Rachmaninoff in Paris. He also has a keen interest in musicology and has edited many works for publication. The book is divided into three parts: "The Instrument," tracing the history of the cello and cello bow from earliest times, "The Performers," anecdotes of historical cellists plus a long section on Markevitch's friend Piatigorsky, and "Great Moments for the Cello," development of cello repertoire.
Child Composers in the Old Conservatories - Robert O. Gjerdingen
In seventeenth century Italy, overcrowding, violent political uprising, and plague led an astonishing number of abandoned and orphaned children to overwhelm the cities. Out of the piety of private citizens and the apathy of local governments, the system of conservatori was created to house, nurture, and train these fanciulli vaganti (roaming children) to become hatters, shoemakers, tailors, goldsmiths, cabinet makers, and musicians - a range of practical trades that might sustain them and enable them to contribute to society. Conservatori were founded across Italy, from Venice and Florence to Parma and Naples, many specializing in a particular trade. Four music conservatori in Naples gained particular renown for their exceptional training of musicians, both performers and composers, all boys. By the eighteenth century, the graduates of the Naples conservatories began to spread across Europe, with some 600 boys formerly in residence beginning to dominate the European musical world. Other conservatories in the country - including the Paris Conservatory - began to imitate the principles of the Naples' conservatory's training, known as the partimento tradition. The daily lessons and exercises associated with this tradition were largely lost-until author Robert Gjerdingen discovered evidence of them in the archives of conservatories across Italy and the rest of Europe.
Compellingly narrated and richly illustrated, Child Composers in the Old Conservatory follows the story of these boys as they undergo rigorous training with the conservatory's maestri and eventually become maestri themselves, then moves forward in time to see the influence of partimenti in the training of such composers as Claude Debussy and Colette Boyer. Advocating for the revival of partimenti in modern music education, the book explores the tremendous potential of this tradition to enable natural musical fluency for students of all ages learning the craft today. 368 pages, hardback, English. Chop-Monster Jr. - Shelly Berg, Margaret Fitzgerald and Kimberly McCord
General music and classroom publications. Book and 2 CDs. English.
Chop-Monster Jr. is a teacher's handbook that clearly outlines how to teach jazz to elementary classroom music students. No prior jazz experience is necessary for teachers or students. Imaginative call-and-response activities, movement, and circle games teach young people how to sing and play JAZZ! Students will be able to groove to and play jazz "swing" beats; vocalize and play swing eighth-notes; communicate musically through call-and-response; scat-sing and improvise one-, two- and three-note phrases; independently perform kid-sized jazz works. Concucting Business - Leonard Slatkin
Unveiling the Mystery Behind the Maestro.
Conducting an orchestra is something that is seen as well as heard, but it is quite misunderstood when it comes to knowing what this person actually does for a living. This most mysterious of jobs is brought to life for the music lover as well as for the aspiring maestro in a new book by Leonard Slatkin. Drawing on his own experiences on and off the podium, Slatkin brings us into the world of the baton. He tells tales of some of the most fascinating people in the musical world, including Frank Sinatra, Leonard Bernstein, and John Williams. He takes the reader to the great concert halls and orchestras, soundstages in Hollywood, and opera pits around the globe. Mr. Slatkin recounts his controversial appearance at the Metropolitan Opera, his creation and direction of summer music festivals, and a shattering concert experience that took place four days following 9/11. Life in the recording studio and on the road as well as health issues confronting the conductor provide an insider's glimpse into the private world of public figures. Covering everything from learning how to read music to standing in front of an orchestra for the first time, what to wear, and how to deal with the press, Conducting Business is a unique look at a unique profession. 312 pages, English.
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