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Cinq Chansons Populaires Espagnoles (Pour Voix et Guitare)

These five poems by anonymous authors were set for voice and piano by Ohana in 1987 in a collection of originally eight songs. Jean Horreaux has transcribed five of the songs for guitar accompaniment, and includes versions of each in both high and low voices. Cinq Chansons Populaires Espagnoles (Pour Voix et Guitare),by Maurice Ohana, […]

Mental Practice and Imagery for Musicians

Musicians of every level—professional or amateur, teacher or serious student—can benefit from developing mental practice and imagery skills. Mental Practice and Imagery for Musicians, by Malva Freymuth Tarasewicz of Local 20-263 (Denver, CO), now back in print after 15 years, presents a step-by-step training program with examples showing how mental work combines with physical practice […]

It’s About Time: Jeff Porcaro, The Man and His Music

One of the most recorded drummers in history, Jeff Porcaro was a music superstar. With It’s About Time: Jeff Porcaro, The Man and His Music, author Robyn Flans provides insight into Porcaro’s musical career. Starting with his childhood and formative years, the book recounts his establishment on the L.A. scene, rise to stardom with Toto, […]

George Winston – Piano Sheet Music Collection

A dozen of the most popular songs by legendary contemporary music composer George Winston transcribed from the recordings and authorized by Winston. Includes an introduction from the composer, playing tips, song notes, a discography, a bio, and 12 songs. George Winston – Piano Sheet Music Collection, by George Winston, Hal Leonard,

China West Suite

(for Marimba and Piano) China West Suite is a perfect recital piece that explores a variety of folk songs from the China West region in four movements, each named for a different group of people. Marimba players will appreciate this significant new addition to their instrument’s catalog from one of the world’s leading composers. For […]

Little Augie and His Trumpet

This children’s book by Local 802 (New York City) member Augie Haas is about a young boy who discovers the magic of music, and dedicates his time to learning the trumpet. Little Augie learns that playing the trumpet is not as easy as he thought it would be, but he is determined to get better. […]

Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D Minor (Early Version, Op. 47/1904)

There’s high interest of professionals and public in the early version of the Violin Concerto by Jean Sibelius. The performance material of this “Original Version” is now printed for the first time. It is based on the volume of the complete edition of Jean Sibelius’ works, edited by Timo Virtanen (Breitkopf & Härtel). The early […]

Maurice Ravel: Introduction and Allegro (for Harp)

This critical edition of Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro includes a preface with historical and performance information on the piece, including a comparison of the separate parts of all seven instruments to the full score with a list of corrections for each instrument. It has been published the way that it is actually played, making it […]

Fuzzette, the Tarantula (for Narrator, Flute, E♭ alto Saxophone, and Piano)

Fuzzette is a hairless tarantula who assumes no one likes her for being different—until the handsome and charismatic Pancho falls in love with her for her individualism. Muczynski’s musical setting has all the charm, elegance, and jazz underpinnings of his beloved works for flute and saxophone. Fuzzette, the Tarantula (for Narrator, Flute, E♭ Alto Saxophone, […]

Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing: Concert Variations (for Flute and Piano)

This poem, written in 1900 by James Weldon Johnson, was set to music by his brother, John Rosamond Johnson, five years later, and was soon adopted as the Black American National Anthem. Pianist and composer Evelyn Simpson-Curenton has arranged the piece with her own variations as a concert level entry for flute and piano. Lift […]