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Complete Organ Symphonies, Series I
Complete Organ Symphonies, Series I
Paperback      ISBN: 0486266915

Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937), the greatest French organist of his day, called the ten solo compositions in this two-volume edition "organ symphonies" to reflect both their secular spirit and the orchestral wealth of the timbres of the new French organs. Cast in the distinctive new form he developed, the symphonies usually consist of six or seven short movements of widely varying moods and textures, filled with lively and elegant marches and scherzos, lush pastorals and other musical forms not usually associated with organ music. Most were written specifically to exploit the capacities of the modern Cavaill -Coll organ, especially the rich-toned five-keyboard instrument at St-Sulpice in Paris.
Widely regarded as the culmination of French romanticism on the organ, Widor's symphonies include some of the most frequently performed and recorded works in the modern organ repertoire. Presented here in two inexpensive, well-made volumes, they offer a splendid resource for organists and all music lovers.

Islamey and Other Favorite Russian Piano Works
Islamey and Other Favorite Russian Piano Works
Paperback      ISBN: 0486411605

Inspired by the richness of Eastern folk music, Mily Balakirev composed the oriental fantasy Islamey in 1869. Based on themes from Armenia and the Caucasus region, this scintillating work is known worldwide as a supreme example of virtuoso piano writing at its best.
Other favorite Russian piano works featured in this exceptional compilation include music by Arensky, Borodin, Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov, and other masters. Among them are such all-time favorites as Rubinstein's lovely "Melody in F," Prokofiev's blazing Toccata, Scriabin's famous Nocturne for Left Hand Alone, Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C Sharp Minor, Stravinsky's "Piano-Rag-music," and many more.
Aimed at intermediate- to advanced-level pianists, this handsome volume features an introduction by internationally acclaimed pianist Joseph Banowetz, a specialist in Russian piano music.

Bach  Brandenburg Concerto
Bach Brandenburg Concerto
Paperback      ISBN: 0769240356

Contents: Concerto No. 1 in F Major * Concerto No. 2 in F Major * Concerto No. 3 in G Major. The comb binding creates a lay-flat book that is perfect for study and performance.

Reminiscing With Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake
Reminiscing With Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake
Paperback      ISBN: 081541045x

Based on extensive interviews, this illustrated text recounts the lives and music of ragtime pianist-composer Eubie Blake and his partner for 57 years, singer, lyricist and bandleader Noble Sissle.

A Night at the Opera: An Irreverent Guide to the Plots, the Singers, the Composers, the Recordings
A Night at the Opera
An Irreverent Guide to the Plots, the Singers, the Composers, the Recordings
Paperback      ISBN: 0375751769
"Delightful and anti-reverential"--Sunday Times (London)

With an encyclopedic knowledge of opera and a delightful dash of irreverence, Sir Denis Forman throws open the world of opera--its structure, composers, conductors, and artists--in this hugely informative guide. A Night at the Opera dissects the eighty-three most popular operas recorded on compact disc, from Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur to Mozart's Die Zauberfl te. For each opera, Sir Denis details the plot and cast of characters, awarding stars to parts that are "worth looking out for," "really good," or, occasionally, "stunning." He goes on to tell the history of each opera and its early reception. Finally, each work is graded from alpha to gamma (although the Ring cycle gets an "X"), and Sir Denis has no qualms about voicing his opinion: the first act of Fidelio is "a bit of a mess," while the last scene of Don Giovanni "towers above the comic finales of Figaro and Cos and whether or not it] is Mozart's greatest opera, it is certainly his most powerful finale."

The guide also presents brief biographies of the great composers, conductors, and singers. A glossary of musical terms is included, as well as Operatica, or the essential elements of opera, from the proper place and style of the audience's applause (and boos) to the use of subtitles.

A Night at the Opera is for connoisseurs and neophytes alike. It will entertain and inform, delight and (perhaps) infuriate, providing a subject for lively debate and ready reference for years to come.
Recital Classics
Recital Classics
Paperback      ISBN: 0786636254

An excellent source of supplemental piano solos that may be used as recital and concert pieces by beginning through intermediate piano students. Fun to play and enjoyable to hear, this collection is sure to capture student interest.

Source Readings in Music History: The Baroque Era
Source Readings in Music History
The Baroque Era
Paperback      ISBN: 0393096823
Temperament: The Idea That Solved Music's Greatest Riddle
Temperament
The Idea That Solved Music's Greatest Riddle
Hardcover      ISBN: 0375403558

Explores the eighteenth-century musical breakthrough that led to the creation of the modern piano keyboard, which greatly expanded the creative possibilities of classical composition.

How Can We Keep from Singing: Music and the Passionate Life (Revised)
How Can We Keep from Singing
Music and the Passionate Life (Revised)
Paperback      ISBN: 0393323641

In this "rousing book that salutes the passion, the joy, and the pleasures of singing, music, and practice" (Spirituality and Health), Joan Oliver Goldsmith celebrates America's over 20 million singers and "teaches us that...to pursue a creative passion is a true act of love" (New Age). She guides us not only behind the scenes of choirs and ensembles but inside the making and hearing of harmonious sound. "Her words soar, growl, cry and whisper. And they inspire" (Publishers Weekly, starred review). As Goldsmith shares wisdom about finding one's voice, making mistakes, teaching, friendship, and the essential elements of creativity, "you'll learn that] much of what she's learned from music is applicable to almost any life" (Minneapolis Star Tribune). "'Singing for your life' is what Goldsmith's book is all about. Read it and sing " Bobby McFerrin

Beethoven Sonatas Book One
Beethoven Sonatas Book One
Paperback      ISBN: 0786643889