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  • A Musician's Alphabetby Susan Tomes

    Faber & Faber 2013; US$ 18.94

    Have you ever wondered whether musicians notice the audience or are influenced by them? Wanted to know how performers might learn particularly difficult pieces? Thought about the terms 'old' and 'young' in reference to music? Using the letters of the alphabet as her starting point, Susan Tomes presents a series of lively reflections on performing... more...

  • Playing the Cello, 1780–1930by George Kennaway

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 119.95

    This innovative study of nineteenth-century cellists and cello playing shows how simple concepts of posture, technique and expression changed over time, while acknowledging that many different practices co-existed. By accepting the diversity and ambiguity of nineteenth-century sources, and by resisting oversimplified solutions, Kennaway has produced... more...

  • Understanding the Pipe Organby John R. Shannon

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2009; US$ 45.00

    The pipe organ, an instrument whose origins date to ancient Greece, is prominent in the development of secular and church music, and its builders were as artistic as the composers like Bach, Pachelbel and Handel who played them. This book describes the mechanics, fabrication, and acoustics of all types of pipe organs. Although it is technical in nature,... more...

  • My First Guitarby Julia Crowe

    ECW Press 2012; US$ 14.95

    Famous guitarists reveal the stories behind their first six-string and their lifelong passion for music Every guitarist remembers his or her first instrument, the guitar that was a gateway to a lifetime of passion and commitment. In My First Guitar, Julia Crowe presents original interviews with some of the world?s leading guitarists across a variety... more...

  • Piano Lessons with Claudio Arrauby Victoria A. von Arx

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 23.99

    Piano Lessons with Claudio Arrau provides an insider's view of the art of piano performance as exemplified by one of the great artists of the twentieth century. Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau devoted his life to the piano and its music. As a child prodigy, he gained national recognition from government officials in Chile, including President Pedro... more...

  • Ravenna, Biblioteca Comunale Classense, MS Classense 545by Alexander Silbiger

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 130.00

    First Published in 1988. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company. more...

  • Playing the Violaby David Dalton; Janos Starker

    Oxford University Press 1989; US$ 72.99

    `In all areas of human endeavour, time and again an individual appears who, due to a multitude of personal attributes, elevates his or her field to a hitherto unknown height. Such an individual was William Primrose. His name and the viola are synonymous.' Janos StarkerThis unique book is the result of a series of conversations with Primrose in... more...

  • Before the Chinrestby Stanley Ritchie

    Indiana University Press 2012; US$ 28.99

    Drawing on the principles of Francesco Geminiani and four decades of experience as a baroque and classical violinist, Stanley Ritchie offers a valuable resource for anyone wishing to learn about 17th-18th-and early 19th-century violin technique and style. While much of the work focuses on the technical aspects of playing the pre-chinrest violin, these... more...

  • Mr. Tubaby Harvey Phillips; David N. Baker

    Indiana University Press 2012; US$ 27.99

    With warmth and humor, tuba virtuoso Harvey Phillips tells the story of his amazing life and career from his Missouri childhood through his days as a performer with the King Brothers and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circuses, his training at the Juilliard School, a stint with the US Army Field Band, and his freelance days with the New York... more...

  • Fanfares and Finesseby Elisa Koehler

    Indiana University Press 2014; US$ 39.99

    Unlike the violin, which has flourished largely unchanged for close to four centuries, the trumpet has endured numerous changes in design and social status from the battlefield to the bandstand and ultimately to the concert hall. This colorful past is reflected in the arsenal of instruments a classical trumpeter employs during a performance, sometimes... more...