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Books-Resources, Products

My Dearest Ruth


For High Voice and Piano Powerfully poignant and equally tender, My Dearest Ruth is composer Stacy Garrop’s musical setting of the final love letter from Martin Ginsburg to his wife, the opera-loving Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, only days before Martin’s passing. Commissioned by the family to celebrate Justice Ginsburg’s 80th birthday, the work […]




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Horn Playing from the Inside Out: A Method for All Brass Musicians


This book by Eli Epstein, of Local 9-535 (Boston, MA), presents brass pedagogy informed by scientific evidence gleaned from real-time MRI films of the interior movement patterns of the world’s finest horn players. Epstein offers tried and true methods to learn and teach these exemplary biomechanics that promote not only beautiful and easeful playing, but […]




Yuhwa (The Goddess of the Willow Trees)


In Korean mythology, Yuhwa was the daughter of a River God, tricked into marrying the Sun God. She escaped back to her homeland and gave birth to a son who became the founder and monarch of Korea’s northern kingdom. Hailstork’s six-minute depiction for solo flute is a luscious mix of innocent (and catchy) melody, blended […]




Einstein, Michael Jackson & Me: A Search for Soul in the Power Pits of Rock and Roll


Howard Bloom founded the biggest PR firm in the music industry and helped build or sustain the careers of some of the biggest rock-and-roll legends of all time, including Prince, Paul Simon, David Byrne, ZZ Top, Joan Jett, and more. What was he after? He was on a hunt for the gods inside of you […]




Working on a Song: The Lyrics of Hadestown


An illuminating book of lyrics and stories from the musical Hadestown—the winner of eight Tony Awards—from its author, songwriter Anaïs Mitchell. In this book, Mitchell takes readers inside her more than decade-long process of building the musical from the ground up—detailing her inspiration, breaking down the lyrics, and opening up the process of creation that gave […]




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The John Prine Sheet Music Collection


This collection includes 24 songs by legend and revered singer-songwriter John Prine, of Local 257 (Nashville, TN) before he passed away in April 2020 from COVID-19 complications, in arrangements for piano, voice, and guitar with chord symbols, guitar chord frames, and full lyrics. The John Prine Sheet Music Collection, Hal Leonard, www.halleonard.com.




As Light as Bird from Brier (Fantasy after Mendelssohn)


Dan Welcher’s work for soprano sax is both a refraction of Mendelssohn’s music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and his own incidental music to Shakespeare’s comedy. Welcher’s fantasy skips among the most beloved themes of Mendelssohn’s Midsummer, giving the saxophonist quite a workout and the listener a midsummer delight. As Light as Bird from Brier […]




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Simply Driven (5 Virtuoso Pieces)


Simply Driven by Melanie Spanswick is a collection of five pieces for advanced to virtuoso level pianists. Each piece has a completely different character, while still reflecting minimalist influences. The pieces included are “Frenzy,” “Aisa: Sand, Silk & Love,” “Engima,” “Chasm,” and “Time,” and are designed to challenge even the most accomplished of performers.Simply Driven […]




Rockabilly Bass: Slap Technique, Creating Bass Lines & the Rudiments of Rockin’ String Bass


Johnny Hatton, of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA), teaches students the tricks and technique of playing rockabilly bass.




Melodious Etudes for Bassoon


Based on the vocalises of Marco Bordogni, each compilation of etudes is drawn from some of the most musically appealing study material in the vocal repertoire.










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