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Music as Expression

The first English translation of Hausegger’s treatise.

Two Masterpieces for Solo Harp

Impromptu, Op. 86 and Une châtelaine en sa tour, Op. 110 Here in one volume for the first time are Gabriel Fauré’s “Impromptu, Op. 86,” one of the most iconic and played pieces in the harp repertoire, and the much less accessible “Op. 110, Une Une châtelaine en sa tour.” Both pieces have been engraved […]

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Behind the Changes

Jazz double bassist Ron Carter discusses walking bass lines.

6 Weeks to Finals

A clearly organized system for flutists to prepare and train musically and mentally for auditions.

Noir Vignettes

(for cello and piano) Inspired by the film noir genre of 1940s cinema, Noir Vignettes for cello and piano consists of four movements, each depicting a different aspect of film noir: Murder at Midnight, Loaded Gun, Femme Fatale, and Last Cigarette. Noir Vignettes (for cello and piano), by Stacy Garrop, Theodore Presser Company,

Variations on a Viennese Theme

This set of Variations is the only known work by Clement that features guitar.

Frank Martin & Paul Badura-Skoda: Letters

This correspondence between composer Frank Martin and pianist Paul Badura-Skoda covers the period from 1965 to 1974. Badura-Skoda commissioned two works for piano from Martin during this time, and a deep friendship grew between the two men over the course of these years. The letters offer readers the musical interest in the men’s collaborations, as […]

Like Falling Through a Cloud: A Lyrical Memoir

An account of acclaimed flutist Eugenia Zukerman’s struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Tiny Tattoo for Orchestra: Score and Parts

This colorful five-minute work, which includes electrifying percussion parts, is suitable for advanced student orchestras, intermediate players, and professional ensembles.

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Franz Liszt: Selected Late Works for Piano Solo, 1870-1886

This collection presents 30 solo piano pieces from that period (until his death in 1886), many that were unknown and underperformed well into the 20th century.