Speaking the Piano : Reflections on Learning and Teaching
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Speaking the Piano : Reflections on Learning and Teaching

In Speaking the Piano, renowned pianist Susan Tomes turns her attention to teaching and learning. Teaching music encompasses everything from putting a drum in a child's hands to helping an accomplished musician unlock the meaning and spirit of the classics. At every stage, some fundamental issues keep surfacing. In this wide-ranging book, Susan Tomes reflects on how her own experience as a learner, in different genres from classical ...

So You Want to Sing Music by Women : A Guide for Performers
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So You Want to Sing Music by Women : A Guide for Performers

Although it is not a textbook, it could certainly be used as the basis for a course on women in music. Instrumental musicians will also find this resource helpful and informative due to the diverse range of women composers covered, the resources included, and its advocacy for music by women. As it says in the final “Final Thoughts” section in chapter 13: “So You Want to Sing Music by Women is an advocacy book: an effort to encourage ...

Bach and the Pedal Clavichord: An Organist’s Guide
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Bach and the Pedal Clavichord: An Organist's Guide

Friederich Griepenkerl, in his 1844 introduction to Volume 1 of the first complete edition of J. S. Bach's organ works, wrote: "Actually the six Sonatas and the Passacaglia were written for a clavichord with two manuals and pedal, an instrument that, in those days, every beginning organist possessed, which they used beforehand, to practice playing with hands and feet in order to make effective use of them at the organ. It would be a ...

Bohuslav Martinu: The Compulsion to Compose
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Bohuslav Martinu: The Compulsion to Compose

Bohemian composer Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959) was exceptionally prolific, composing over 400 imaginative, well-crafted, and diverse pieces, including symphonies, operas, ballet scores, and other orchestral works. For 12 years (1941-1953), he lived in America, during which he enjoyed a brilliant reputation, and his works were played by nearly all the major orchestras. Yet today, his works are rarely performed. In Bohuslav Martinu: Th...

A Performer's Guide to Seventeenth-Century Music, Second Edition
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A Performer's Guide to Seventeenth-Century Music, Second Edition

This welcome new edition is bigger, better, and more up to date in both discussion and resources cited. It helps the seventeenth century to emerge―deservedly―as almost a separate era within the Baroque, and the chapters by so many outstanding scholar-performers make it altogether indispensible! (Ross W. Duffin Fynette H. Kulas Professor of Music, Case Western Reserve University)

Dubwise: Reasoning from the reggae underground
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Dubwise: Reasoning from the reggae underground

Reggae's influence can be heard in the popular music of nations in a variety of continents. In Dubwise, Klive Walker takes a fresh look at Bob Marley's global impact, specifically his legacy in the Caribbean diaspora. While considering Marley's status as an international reggae icon, Walker also discusses the vital contributions to reggae culture authored by other important Jamaican innovators such as poet Louise Bennett, hand drumme...

George Crumb: A Bio-Bibliography (Bio-Bibliographies in Music)
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George Crumb: A Bio-Bibliography

George Crumb is a composer at the forefront of post-World War II American music, and never before has one volume combined a portrait of his life with a catalogue of his extensive work. David Cohen's George Crumb: A Bio-Bibliography corrects this by providing the reader and researcher with an overview of Crumb's life, career, and compositions; and an annotated guide to literature by and about the composer―including not only articles a...

Freedom Is, Freedom Ain't: Jazz and the Making of the Sixties
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Freedom Is, Freedom Ain't: Jazz and the Making of the Sixties

In the long decade between the mid-fifties and the late sixties, jazz was changing more than its sound. The age of Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite, John Coltrane's A Love Supreme, and Charles Mingus's The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady was a time when jazz became both newly militant and newly seductive, its example powerfully shaping the social dramas of the Civil Rights movement, the Black Power movement, and the counterculture. Free...

Welsh Traditional Music
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Welsh Traditional Music

Even as music of the British Isles has been celebrated and studied worldwide, Welsh traditional music has been almost entirely neglected, both by the public and by scholars. With this volume, Phyllis Kinney fills that gap. Covering Welsh traditional music from its origins through the present, and featuring an extensive selection of musical examples, the book places the whole of Welsh music in its cultural and historical context and w...