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The Black Horn: The Story of Classical French Hornist Robert Lee Watt

by Robert Lee Watt Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 30, 2014)

Today, the number of African Americans who hold chairs in major American symphony orchestras are few and far between, and Watt is the first in many years to write about this uniquely exhilarating—and at times...

Oboe Unbound: Contemporary Techniques

by Libby Van Cleve Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 16, 2014)

In Oboe Unbound: Contemporary Techniques, Libby Van Cleve opens up the tradition-bound assumptions of the instrument’s capabilities. She discusses:

  • standard technique;
  • multiphonics, microtones, altered timbres;...

Guitar Encyclopedia

by Brian Tarquin Allworth (September 02, 2014)

From renowned guitarist and multi-Emmy-award winning composer, Brian Tarquin, comes a display-quality, full-color reference guide to guitars. The Guitar Encyclopedia begins with the history of guitars spanning...

Uke Can Do It!: Developing Your School Ukulele Program

by Philip Tamberino R&L Education (April 15, 2014)

At the elementary or secondary level, students can use the ukulele to explore everything from music theory, improvisation, composition, and ear training, to repertoire that includes contemporary popular music....

Women Drummers: A History from Rock and Jazz to Blues and Country

by Angela Smith Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 10, 2014)

Combining archival research with personal interviews of over 50 female drummers representing more than eight decades in music history, Women Drummers: A History from Rock and Jazz to Blues and Country paints...

The Influence of Carlos Prieto on Contemporary Cello Music

by Alán Saúl Saucedo Estrada UPA (April 15, 2014)

This book includes biographical information on Carlos Prieto, his contributions to music, as well as a detailed catalog of 72 pieces commissioned and/or dedicated to him. This is the first time a study has been...

The (Well) Informed Piano: Artistry and Knowledge

by Miguel G. Henriques UPA (March 18, 2014)

The (Well) Informed Piano addresses the technical, musical, artistic, ethical, and philosophical issues in piano methodology. Adding a new perspective and approach criteria to piano methodology, this book is...

Masterpieces of Italian Violin Making (1620-1850): Important Stringed Instruments from the Collection at the Royal Academy of Music

by David Rattray Scarecrow Press (December 13, 2000)

This book presents a unique view of the work of the great Italian violin-makers from the 17th to the 19th centuries, based on the collection of The Royal Academy of Music in London. The Academy, founded in 1822,...

Great Contemporary Pianists Speak for Themselves

by Elyse Mach Dover Publications (September 21, 2012)

Revealing interviews with Arrau, Brendel, de Larrocha, Gilels, Horowitz, Tureck, Watts, 18 other artists. Intimate look at the concert scene and the life of a concert pianist. Introduction by Sir George Solti....


by Cecil Forsyth Dover Publications (March 25, 2013)

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.

Piano Playing: With Piano Questions Answered

by Josef Hofmann Dover Publications (June 17, 2013)

A master of technique discusses practice methods, pedal use, playing pieces as written, and other rules. He also offers suggestions for body and hand positions, wrist and arm action, phrasing, and much more....

Basic Principles in Pianoforte Playing

by Josef Lhevinne Dover Publications (March 12, 2013)

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.

Complete Organ Method: A Classic Text on Organ Technique

by John Stainer & F. Flaxington Harker Dover Publications (May 20, 2013)

This classic method for beginners provides a brief history of the instrument, an explanation of organ construction, a discussion of the various stops and their management, a section devoted to practical study,...

Men, Women and Pianos: A Social History

by Arthur Loesser Dover Publications (March 30, 2012)

A renowned concert pianist traces the instrument's design, manufacture, and music in a delightful "piano's eye-view" of the social history of Western Europe and the United States from the 16th to the 20th centuries....

A First Book of Bach: 26 Pieces for the Beginning Pianist

by David Dutkanicz Dover Publications (January 03, 2013)

Students of all ages will delight in these 26 simple piano arrangements of familiar melodies such as Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring and Wachet Auf, plus other fun-to-play pieces.

Drum Kit Secrets: 52 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Drummer

by Matt Dean Scarecrow Press (December 05, 2013)

Drum Kit Secrets: 52 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Drummer is an indispensable guide for any drum kit player. Drummer and historian Matt Dean covers a broad range of drum kit–related subjects to...

Opera at the Bandstand: Then and Now

by George W. Martin Scarecrow Press (December 05, 2013)

In Opera at the Bandstand: Then and Now, George W. Martin surveys the role of concert bands during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in making contemporary opera popular. He also chronicles how in...

Piano Notes

by Charles Rosen Free Press (October 29, 2002)

Charles Rosen is one of the world's most talented pianists -- and one of music's most astute commentators. Known as a performer of Bach, Beethoven, Stravinsky, and Elliott Carter, he has also written highly...

Guide to the Pianist's Repertoire, Fourth Edition

by Maurice Hinson & Wesley Roberts Indiana University Press (December 03, 2013)

Guide to the Pianist's Repertoire continues to be the go-to source for piano performers, teachers, and students. Newly updated and expanded with more than 250 new composers, this incomparable resource expertly...

Oboe Secrets: 75 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Oboist and English Horn Player

by Jacqueline Leclair Scarecrow Press (October 03, 2013)

In Oboe Secrets: 75 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Oboist and English Horn Player, Jacqueline Leclair tackles the oboe’s reputation as an especially difficult instrument and illustrates how oboists...

The Duduk and National Identity in Armenia

by Andy Nercessian Scarecrow Press (August 28, 2001)

The book is an outline of the Armenian duduk, a cylindrical double-reed aerophone made of apricot-wood, and its relation to the Armenian identity. It attempts to deepen our understanding of musical instruments...

Play It Again

by Alan Rusbridger Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 16, 2013)

As editor of the Guardian, one of the world's foremost newspapers, Alan Rusbridger abides by the relentless twenty-four-hour news cycle. But increasingly in midlife, he feels the gravitational pull of music?especially...

Pianists on Playing: Interviews with Twelve Concert Pianists

by Linda J. Noyle Scarecrow Press (October 04, 2000)

Twelve internationally-known keyboard artists discuss their daily lives of practicing and performing.

Serge Chaloff: A Musical Biography and Discography

by Vladimir Simosko Scarecrow Press (October 29, 1998)

Simosko details the life and music of Serge Chaloff in an engaging style, from his childhood in Boston, Massachusetts, through his untimely death in 1957. He also provides a discography of Chaloff's recorded...

Portuguese Piano Music: An Introduction and Annotated Bibliography

by Nancy Lee Harper Scarecrow Press (January 10, 2013)

The first of its kind, Nancy Harper’s Portuguese Piano Music: An Introduction and Annotated Bibliography aims to fill the lacunae in the historical record of Portuguese piano music from its start in the 18th...

Playing the Piano for Pleasure

by Charles Cooke & Michael Kimmelman Skyhorse (July 01, 2011)

Skyhorse Publishing is proud to revive Playing Piano for Pleasure. With the wonderful writing one would expect from a longtime New Yorker reporter, Piano aficionado Charles Cooke, offers concrete routines for...

A Double Bassist's Guide to Refining Performance Practices

by Murray Grodner Indiana University Press (August 23, 2013)

Murray Grodner draws on his distinguished career as a double bass musician and teacher in this compendium of performance philosophy, bowing and phrasing recommendations, tutorials on fingerings and scales, and...

Zen Guitar

by Philip Toshio Sudo Simon & Schuster (August 27, 2013)

Unleash the song of your soul with Zen Guitar, a contemplative handbook that draws on ancient Eastern wisdom and applies it to music and performance.

Each of us carries a song inside us, the song that makes us...

The Notation Is Not the Music: Reflections on Early Music Practice and Performance

by Barthold Kuijken Indiana University Press (September 13, 2013)

Written by a leading authority and artist of the historical transverse flute, The Notation Is Not the Music offers invaluable insight into the issues of historically informed performance and the parameters-and...

The Violin Maker: A Search for the Secrets of Craftsmanship, Sound, and Stradivari

by John Marchese HarperCollins e-books (January 26, 2010)

How does a simple piece of wood become a violin, the king of instruments? Watch and find out as Eugene Drucker, a member of the world–renowned Emerson String Quartet, commissions Sam Zygmuntowicz, a Brooklyn...

The Baroque Double Bass Violone

by Alfred Planyavsky & James Barket Scarecrow Press (August 06, 1998)

The most exhaustive study of the double bass violone accessible to English-speaking musical enthusiasts. This book includes lists of terminology, the most comprehensive bibliography to date, and 48 illustrations...

Shura Cherkassky: The Piano's Last Czar

by Elizabeth Carr Scarecrow Press (January 12, 2006)

This biography documents the unique artistry and highly unusual life of the internationally acclaimed pianist Shura Cherkassky, who, at the time of his death in 1995, was universally recognized to be among the...

Japanese Music and Musical Instruments

by William P. Malm Tuttle Publishing (June 15, 1990)

This interesting and authoritative book includes essential facts about the various forms of Japanese music and musical instruments and their place in the overall history of Japan.

Japanese Music and Musical...

Historical Dictionary of Baroque Music

by Joseph P. Swain Scarecrow Press (May 10, 2013)

The Historical Dictionary of Baroque Music covers the history of this period through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 400 cross-referenced entries...

Bartók's Mikrokosmos: Genesis, Pedagogy, and Style

by Benjamin Suchoff Scarecrow Press (October 21, 2004)

Béla Bartók's Mikrokosmos is a collection of 153 pieces for piano designed by the composer as a series graded according to difficulty. The pieces were written between 1926 and 1939, and have become by far...

A History of the Trombone

by David M. Guion Scarecrow Press (June 21, 2010)

This book, the first in the American Wind Band series, is a comprehensive account of the development of the trombone, from its initial form as a 14th-century Medieval trumpet to its alterations in the 15th century;...

An Intimate Portrait of Sidney Foster: Pianist... Mentor

by Imelda Delgado Hamilton Books (February 15, 2013)

The great American pianist Sidney Foster is remembered here by a former student for his outstanding ability and generous character. This book includes commentary by numerous students, Mr. Foster’s own words...

The Jazz Life of Dr. Billy Taylor

by Billy Taylor Indiana University Press (April 18, 2013)

The Jazz Life of Dr. Billy Taylor: America's Classical Musician is the autobiography of the legendary jazz ambassador whose work spans more than six decades, from the heyday of 52nd Street in 1940s New York...

Shpil: The Art of Playing Klezmer

by Yale Strom Scarecrow Press (October 12, 2012)

Shpil offers an expansive history of klezmer, from its medieval origins through the present era. Individual chapters concentrate on the most common instruments found in a typical klezmer ensemble: violin, clarinet,...

Saxophone Secrets: 60 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Saxophonist

by Tracy Lee Heavner Scarecrow Press (January 09, 2013)

Modeled on the brilliant approach first formulated by distinguished professor music and master clarinetist Michele Gingras in her Clarinet Secrets and More Clarinet Secrets (both available from Scarecrow Press),...

The Beethoven Sonatas and the Creative Experience

by Kenneth O. Drake Indiana University Press (April 22, 1994)

"... one of the most interesting, useful and even exciting books on the process of musical creation." -American Music Teacher

"... noteworthy contribution... with plenty of insight into interpretation... remarkable...

The Science of Siren Songs: Stradivari Unveiled

by Howard Burton Ideas Roadshow (January 11, 2021)

This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and master violin maker and acoustician Joseph Curtin, recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. This in-depth conversation explores Curtin?s...

The Physics of Banjos

by Howard Burton Ideas Roadshow (September 30, 2020)

This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and David Politzer, 2004 Nobel Laureate and the Richard Chace Tolman Professor of Theoretical Physics at Caltech. This extensive conversation...

Guitar Hero How To Boot Camp: The Fast and Easy Way to Learn the Basics with 89 World Class Experts Proven Tactics, Techniques, Facts, Hints, Tips and

by Felton Lovet Emereo Publishing (October 24, 2012)

Guitar Hero How To Boot Camp: The Fast and Easy Way to Learn the Basics with 89 World Class Experts Proven Tactics, Techniques, Facts, Hints, Tips and Advice

The Sound of Life's Unspeakable Beauty

by Martin Schleske, Janet Gesme, Makoto Fujimura & Donata Wenders Eerdmans (April 14, 2020)

Christianity Today Book Award in Culture and the Arts (2021)

“In the final analysis, music is prayer cast into sound.” 

One of the greatest luthiers of our time reveals the secrets of his profession—and...

The Sound of Life's Unspeakable Beauty

by Martin Schleske, Janet Gesme, Makoto Fujimura & Donata Wenders Eerdmans (April 14, 2020)

Christianity Today Book Award in Culture and the Arts (2021)

“In the final analysis, music is prayer cast into sound.” 

One of the greatest luthiers of our time reveals the secrets of his profession—and...

Steinway & Sons

by Laura Lee Smith & Michael Feinstein Arcadia Publishing (October 19, 2020)

Steinway & Sons is a unique entity in American history. Steinway is many things--an iconic piano, an American success story, a symbol of opulence, a metaphor for artistic passion, and a geographic locale. Part...

Dave Brubeck

by Philip Clark Da Capo Press (February 17, 2020)

THE DEFINITIVE, INVESTIGATIVE BIOGRAPHY OFJAZZ LEGENDDAVE BRUBECK("TAKE FIVE") In 2003, music journalist Philip Clark was granted unparalleled access to jazz legend Dave Brubeck. Over the course of ten days,...

So You Think You Know Rock and Roll?

by Peter E. Meltzer Skyhorse (June 06, 2017)

Rolling Stone magazine recently released its list of the 100 greatest albums in rock music history, a period spanning more than fifty years. Nearly 60 percent of those albums were released in the decade from...

Cruel to Be Kind

by Will Birch Da Capo Press (August 19, 2019)

The definitive biography of singer-songwriter Nick Lowe, best-known for "Cruel to Be Kind" and "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding"

Described as "Britain's greatest living songwriter," Nick...