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Books-Resources, Products

Notes for Violists: A Guide to the Repertoire


In this book, David M. Bynog, of Local 65-699 (Houston, TX), offers important historical and analytical information about 35 of the best-known pieces written for viola from the 18th through the 20th centuries, including works by Bach, Telemann, Mozart, and many others. The author includes biographical information about each composer and highlights key points related […]




Looking to Get Lost: Adventures in Music & Writing


Peter Guralnick’s new book of musician profiles lifts the hood on his 50-year writing process and relationship with icons like Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, Chuck Berry, Merle Haggard, Dick Curless, and many more. The book covers old ground from new perspectives, offering deeply felt, masterful, and strikingly personal portraits of creative artists, both […]




Maurice Ravel: Alborada del Gracioso (for oboe and piano)


Oboist Elaine Douvas, of Local 802 (New York City), has transcribed Maurice Ravel’s work for solo piano, Alborada del Gracioso, for oboe and piano. Ravel’s Alborada is popular with audiences for its exuberant flair, its Spanish rhythms, and the mysterious, rhapsodic “Jester’s soliloquy” forming the middle section. Douvas’ transcription springs from her belief that a […]




The Musician’s Hand: A Clinical Guide


The Musician’s Hand: A Clinical Guide was the first book to focus on the specialized topic of the upper limb and hand in musicians. This second edition, now available in paperback, has been revised to reflect the scientific and clinical progress made since the book’s 1998 publication. The book opens with chapters describing the principles […]




The Rite of Spring: A Percussionist’s Guide


From the timpanist’s first triplet to the last sforzando G-sharp, Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring is a percussionist’s dream. In this definitive guide, percussionist/timpanist Chris DeChiara, of Local 161-710 (Washington, DC), explores the history, nuances, and discrepancies in scores and parts of the composition to enrich the perspective of percussionists navigating their own audition or […]




Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics


As told by Dolly Parton, of Local 257 (Nashville, TN), in her own words, explore the songs that have defined her journey. Mining over 60 years of songwriting, Dolly Parton, Songteller highlights 175 of her songs and brings readers behind the lyrics. Packed with never-before-seen photographs and classic memorabilia, this book explores personal stories, candid insights, […]




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 […]




Horn Playing from the Inside Out

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 […]










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