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|Principles of Orchestration |
by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov
Great classical orchestrator provides fundamentals of tonal resonance, progression of parts, voice and orchestra, tutti effects, and much else in major document. Includes 330 pages of musical excerpts.
|The Study of Fugue |
by Alfred Mann
Features a historical survey of writings on the fugue from the Renaissance to the present as well as four 18th-century studies: works by J. J. Fux, F. W. Marpurg, and more. Includes introductions, commentary, and 255 musical examples.
|Piano Technique |
by Walter Gieseking, Karl Leimer
Two books, bound together, by one of the greatest pianists of all time and his famed teacher: The Shortest Way to Pianistic Perfection and Rhythmics, Dynamics, Pedal and Other Problems of Piano Playing.
|Bel Canto: A Theoretical and Practical Vocal Method |
by Mathilde Marchesi
Renowned teacher presents the "vocal alphabet," or basic instructions and exercises that formed the voices of her own students, who included Melba and Calvé. Topics include breathing, attack, registers, voice management, and projection.
|The Technique of Violin Playing: The Joachim Method |
by Karl Courvoisier
This text offers an exposition of the essential features of the system of technical instruction pursued by Joseph Joachim (1831-1907). Discusses tone formation and production, attitude, and position of the body, arms, hands, and more.
|Treatise on Harmony |
by Jean-Philippe Rameau
One of most important books in Western music. Detailed explanation of principles of diatonic harmonic theory. New 1971 translation by Philip Gossett of 1722 edition. Many musical examples.
by Cecil Forsyth
In what is probably the best general book on the subject, a noted English composer describes 57 orchestral instruments, tracing their origins, development, and status at the beginning of World War I.
|The Clarinet and Clarinet Playing |
by David Pino
Features suggestions about technique, musicianship, and musical interpretation, as well as guidelines for teaching, making your own reeds, and preparing for public performance. Discusses the history of the clarinet. Appendixes. Includes 7 black-and-white illustrations.
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|500 Best-Loved Song Lyrics |
by Ronald Herder
Complete lyrics for well-known folk songs, hymns, popular and show tunes, more. Oh Susanna, The Battle Hymn of the Republic, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, hundreds more. Indispensable for singalongs, parties, family get-togethers, etc.
|American Ballads and Folk Songs |
by John A. Lomax, Alan Lomax
Music and lyrics for over 200 songs. John Henry, Goin' Home, Little Brown Jug, Alabama-Bound, Black Betty, The Hammer Song, Jesse James, Down in the Valley, The Ballad of Davy Crockett, and many more.
|American Folk Tales and Songs |
by Richard Chase
Full of lively stories, jokes, and games for performance, the book also includes 40 songs with melody and guitar chords. Written by outstanding practicing folk performer. Includes 44 illustrations.
|Anthony Stradivari the Celebrated Violin Maker |
by Francois-Joseph Fetis, Stewart Pollens
Survey by a renowned musicologist explores the early history and construction of stringed instruments, work of the Italian masters, and bows of François Tourte. Provides contemporary glimpses of Paganini, Schumann, and Berlioz.
|Antonio Stradivari: His Life and Work |
by W. H. Hill, Francis A. Davis
Construction methods, woods, varnishes, types of instruments, and special features plus life of the composer. "A rich mine of fascinating information." — American Record Guide. 93 illustrations. 4 color plates.
|Arban's Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet |
by JB Arban
A complete pedagogical method for students of trumpet and cornet, this "brass bible" contains hundreds of exercises from basics to advanced. Includes the author's famous arrangement of Carnival in Venice.
|Arrau on Music and Performance |
by Joseph Horowitz
Vivid conversations with Claudio Arrau on technique, plus discussions with Philip Lorenz, Daniel Barenboim, Garrick Ohlsson, and Sir Colin Davis. "A fascinating and valuable book." — New York Magazine. 21 photos.
|The Art of Organ Building, Vol. 1 |
by George Ashdown Audsley
Volume 1 of this set includes an outline of organ history, external design and decoration, internal arrangement and mechanical systems, acoustics, more. Complete with illustrations, tables, and specifications. Set includes 385 figures and 15 plates.
|The Art of Pedaling: A Manual for the Use of the Piano Pedals |
by Heinrich Gebhard, Leonard Bernstein
Written by a renowned musician who served as a mentor to Leonard Bernstein, this classic guide explains pedaling's most important uses and assists in the development of instincts for musical and artistic pedaling.
|The Art of Piano Pedaling: Two Classic Guides |
by Anton Rubinstein, Teresa Carreņo
Rubinstein's pedaling technique is explored using examples from a vast repertoire of works he performed in 1885-6. Carreño's observations explore her sensitivity made possible through combinations of touch and pedal.
|Basic Principles in Pianoforte Playing |
by Josef Lhevinne
Written at the height of his career, this little book by the "inward poet of the piano" is a clear statement of principles based on his lifelong experience in performance and teaching.
|Beethoven As I Knew Him |
by Anton Felix Schindler
Intimate biography by Beethoven's pupil and secretary recalls composer's personality, contemporaries, deafness, irascible behavior, etc. Extensively annotated by Beethoven scholar Donald MacArdle. Revised 3rd edition. Editor's Notes. Introduction. Includes 7 illustrations.
|Beethoven and His Nine Symphonies |
by George Grove
Classic of music analysis by a noted musicologist for those with a serious interest in Beethoven's symphonies. Fascinating background on composer's historical era, plus quotations, letters, and anecdotes. Includes 436 musical passages.
|Beethoven's Letters |
by Ludwig van Beethoven
Features 457 letters to fellow musicians, friends, greats, patrons, and literary men. Reveals musical thoughts, quirks of personality, insights, and daily events. Includes 15 plates.
|Beethoven's Quartets |
by Joseph de Marliave
Remarkably readable and accessible exposition presents a bar-by-bar, theme-by-theme analysis of all 16 quartets and the Grosse Fuge. Features clear analyses, 321 musical examples, and documentary material.
|Beethoven: Impressions by His Contemporaries |
by Oscar Sonneck
Letters, diaries, memoirs, etc., by such musical giants as Rossini, Weber, Liszt, as well as by other friends and acquaintances of the great composer, depict Beethoven's accomplishments and his strange personality. Includes 16 portraits of Beethoven.