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Art of French Horn Playing
Art of French Horn Playing
Paperback      ISBN: 0874870216

First to be published in the series was The Art of French Horn Playing by Philip Farkas, now Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Music at Indiana University. In 1956, when Summy-Birchard published Farkas's book, he was a solo horn player for the Ch

Chopin's Letters
Chopin's Letters
Paperback      ISBN: 0486255646

"Nothing could be more spontaneous and ebullient than Chopin's letters." -- Books
"Perhaps no composer's letters are so kindred to his music, and reminiscent of the impression produced by it, as Chopin's are." -- The New York Times
This superbly edited selection of nearly 300 of Chopin's letters, the first to be published in English, vividly reveals the composer as man and artist, and evokes the remarkable age -- Europe of the 1830s and 1840s -- he shared with an equally remarkable cast of characters, from Jenny Lind to Isabella II of Spain, from Queen Victoria to George Sand, from Heinrich Heine to Victor Hugo.
The tone of the letters is exuberantly engaging: "They abound in delightful gossip, they are merry rather than malicious, they are engagingly witty, and at times their humor becomes positively Rabelaisian" (Peter Bowdoin, Books). Their contents offer rare glimpses into Chopin's childhood environment, his mind and character, his tragic love for George Sand, the origins of many of his compositions, the various musical influences that shaped his creative ideas and habits, and the artistic circles in which he moved.
Originally collected by the Polish musicologist Henryk Opienski, the letters have been translated and annotated by Chopin scholar E. L. Voynich. Students and admirers of Chopin will find in their pages vast resources to deepen their love and appreciation for -- and wonderment at -- the unique individuality and achievement of this great musical personality.

In Search of Wagner
In Search of Wagner
Paperback      ISBN: 0860917967

Analyzes Wagner's music and compositional techniques, discusses his character, and examines the ideological tendencies of his approach to art."

Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century
Lipstick Traces
A Secret History of the 20th Century
Paperback      ISBN: 0674535812

This is a secret history of modern times, told by way of what conventional history tries to exclude. Lipstick Traces tells a story as disruptive and compelling as the century itself. Hip, metaphorical and allusive...--Gail Caldwell, Boston Sunday Globe. Full-color illustrations and halftones.

A Handbook of Literature for the Flute
A Handbook of Literature for the Flute
3rd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0931200695

Revised 3rd edition. An annotated list of solos, graded method materials, reference reading, flute ensembles, music for alto flute, piccolo and bass flute. Over 3,500 entries, representing more than 1,700 composers and authors. Used throughout the world b

The Drummer's Path: Moving the Spirit with Ritual and Traditional Drumming
The Drummer's Path
Moving the Spirit with Ritual and Traditional Drumming
Paperback      ISBN: 0892813598

An introduction to African drumming discusses the principles and power of traditional African rhythms and explains the basics of breath, posture, and orchestration in playing African music

Chicago Blues: The City and the Music
Chicago Blues
The City and the Music
Paperback      ISBN: 0306801450

Chicago has always had a reputation as a "wide open town" with a high tolerance for gangsters, illegal liquor, and crooked politicians. It has also been the home for countless black musicians and the birthplace of a distinctly urban blues-more sophisticated, cynical, and street-smart than the anguished songs of the Mississippi delta-a music called the Chicago blues. This is the history of that music and the dozens of black artists who congregated on the South and Near West Sides. Muddy Waters, Big Bill Broonzy, Howlin' Wolf, Elmore James, Tampa Red, Little Walter, Jimmy Reed, Otis Rush, Sonny Boy Williamson, Junior Wells, Eddie Taylor-all of these giants played throughout the city and created a musical style that had imitators and influence all over the world.

Complete Book of Wedding Music for Flute or Violin
Complete Book of Wedding Music for Flute or Violin
Paperback      ISBN: 0871667576

This book presents a dozen timeless wedding themes from various sources arranged in idiomatic keys for flute or violin with tasteful piano accompaniment. A convenient pull-out part is included for the soloist.

Cole Porter: A Biography
Cole Porter
A Biography
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0306800977

In 1933 Irving Berlin wrote to composer-lyricist Cole Porter, "I am mad about Night and Day." Millions of others throughout the world have been "mad about" that Porter gem, as well as dozens of others, including, to name just a few, Begin the Beguine, From This Moment On, It's De-Lovely, Just One of Those Things, Love for Sale, and My Heart Belongs to Daddy. Cole Porter (1891-1964) set new standards for popular song-writing, and his lyrics and melodies are as bright and sophisticated today as when they first dazzled audiences decades ago. Porter's own life matched that of his songs for urbanity, wit, and elegance, and in New York, Hollywood, and on the Continent he was an arbiter of taste and fashion and part of the glamorous international set of the Twenties and Thirties. He numbered among his friends Cary Grant, Noel Coward, Fred Astaire, Ethel Merman, Elsa Maxwell, Fanny Brice, and Monty Woolley, as well as many other stars of stage, screen, or society. Cole Porter: A Biography is a delightfully written and meticulously researched book that takes us from the composer's Indiana childhood to his celebrity days, discussing with exceptional honesty his family and friends, his wife and his many lovers, and above all, his music. Charles Schwartz's account of Cole Porter is the most revealing, comprehensive, and objective biography to date of an extraordinarily talented and fascinating man.

Great Pianists
Great Pianists
Paperback      ISBN: 0671638378

From Mozart's fabulous legato that "flowed like oil" to Beethoven's oceanlike surge, from Clara Schumann's touch "sharp as a pencil sketch" to Rubinstein's volcanic and sensual playing, The Great Pianists brings to life the brilliant, stylish, and sometimes eccentric personalities, methods, and technical peculiarities of history's greatest pianists.

Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and author Harold C. Schonberg presents vivid accounts of the artists' performances, styles, and even their personal lives and quirky characteristics-- such as Mozart's intense competition with Clementi, Lizst's magnetic effect on women (when he played, ladies flung their jewels on stage), and Gottschalk's persistent nailbiting, which left the keys covered with blood.

Including profiles of Horowitz and Van Cliburn, among others, and chapters detailing the playing and careers of such modern pianists as de Larrocha, Ashkenazy, Gilels, Gould, Brendel, Bolet, Gutierrez, and Watts, The Great Pianists is a comprehensive and fascinating look at legendary performers past and present.