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The Karen Tuttle Legacy

The Karen Tuttle Legacy is a resource and guide for viola students, teachers, and performers to revolutionize their playing based on what works best for each individual’s unique physiology.

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Corky Hale Uncorked!

Corky Hale Uncorked! is the life story of the inimitable jazz harpist/pianist/vocalist, social activist, and philanthropist.

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J.S. Bach’s 15 Sinfonias for Three Flutes

Flutist Bill Giannone of Local 802 (New York City) took J.S. Bach’s 15 Sinfonias, also known as “Three-Part Inventions,” for piano and transcribed them for three flutes.

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Weird Al: Seriously

Weird Al: Seriously includes the parodies, original compositions, and polka medleys of the Weird Al universe through interviews with Yankovic himself.

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Conducting Opera: Where Theater Meets Music

The book includes practical advice about propelling a story forward, how to support singers, and staying true to the styles discussed.

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Practizma Practice Journal: 16 Weeks of Efficiency, Empowerment and Joy for Musicians

The Practizma Practice Journal by Susanna Klein, of Local 123 (Richmond, VA), allows users to track their practice, reinvigorate practice, and enjoy the journey of being a musician.

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Music: A Subversive History

Music: A Subversive History by Ted Gioia tells a 4,000-year history of music as a global source of power, change, and upheaval.

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Women at the Piano: Solo Works by Female Composers of the Nineteenth Century

Women at the Piano sheds light on the unheard music and untold story of female composers of the 19th century, offering not only pristine editions of neglected and forgotten musical works, but also insights into the historical context of which these remarkable pieces emerged.

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Franz Schubert: Hungarian March and Rondo

Webster’s arrangement focuses on Schubert’s “Divertissement à l’hongroise, D.818,” a rather lengthy affair that can exceed half an hour to perform.

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Canyon Shadows

Canyon Shadows is inspired in large part by the Grand Canyon of the American Southwest.