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Books-Resources

The H.A. VanderCook Solo Collection: 25 Characteristic Pieces for Solo Trumpet and Piano

H.A. VanderCook Solo Collection includes 25 enjoyable compositions for solo cornet/trumpet, and all the titles are derived from flower or plant names.


The Nightingale’s Sonata: The Musical Odyssey of Lea Luboshutz

Spanning generations, from the shores of the Black Sea to the glittering concert halls of New York, The Nightingale’s Sonata centers around violin virtuoso Lea Luboshutz.


24 Caprices Etudes for Flute

“24 Caprices Etudes for Flute” includes 24 miniature gems incorporating the difficulties we face daily while playing the flute.


Six Jazz Piano Solos

Whether for study or performance, Cornick’s Six Jazz Piano Solos each offer a different aspect of jazz.


Heinrich Baermann: Lesser Known Works for the Clarinet

Dr. Madelyn Moore has compiled three largely forgotten works by Baermann in this unique collection, hoping that by studying and performing these works, clarinetists will gain a better understanding of this important instrumental predecessor.


New Solos for Classical Mandolin: Concert Repertoire for Practice & Performance

“New Solos for Classical Mandolin” is a unique collection of original solo compositions for mandolin designed for both practice and performance.


Make It New: Reshaping Jazz in the 21st Century

Jazz writer and college professor Bill Beuttler explores new ways in which jazz is engaging with society through the vivid biographies and music of artists such as Jason Moran, Anat Cohen, Robert Glasper, and Esperanza Spalding.


Nine Pieces for Solo Guitar by Johann Sebastian Bach

This collection, edited by Fred Sokolow of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA), puts nine of Bach’s most memorable melodies at the fingertips of the modern guitarist, including selections from his famous suites for both cello and lute.


It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie: My Life in jazz

The book offers stories about Marty Grosz’s life, his family, and his career, as well as transcriptions from 11 live interviews between 2015 and 2019 in which he opines on the musicians he has worked with and the music he has played.


Classic Keys: Keyboard Sounds that Launched Rock Music

Classic Keys is a beautifully photographed and illustrated book that focuses on the signature rock keyboard sounds of the 1950s to the early 1980s.








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