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French Music for Flute

This collection, compiled by Sonora Slocum, principal flutist of the Milwaukee Symphony and member of Local 8 (Milwaukee, WI) and Local 802 (New York City), features some of the most popular flute repertoire by French composers, including Busser, Faure, Gaubert, Hue, Ravel, Saint-Saens, and Taffanel. French Music for Flute, compiled by Sonora Slocum, Alphonse Leduc […]

Giant Book of Violin Classics (for Violin and Piano)

This collection presents 31 pieces by 15 composers for intermediate to advanced level players. Pieces include works by Bach, Beethoven, Dvorak, Brahms, Handel, Mozart, Leclair, Seitz, Tchaikovsky, Telemann, and Schubert. Includes piano accompaniment part. Giant Book of Violin Classics (for Violin and Piano), G. Schirmer, Inc.,

Hall of Ghosts (for Solo Piccolo)

Hall of Ghosts was composed in 2020 during the COVID-19 lockdown period; it was inspired by piccoloist Gudrun Hinze’s video for Harberg’s Prayer Project filmed in the hauntingly empty Gewandhaus Chamber Music Hall. Evocative of imagined spirits in the empty hall, the music pits dramatic silences, amid searching and plaintive phrases of the piccolo, against […]

Cantilena (for Solo Horn)

Composed for renowned hornist Andrew Pelletier, a member of Local 5 (Detroit, MI) and Local 15-286 (Toledo, OH), Adler’s Cantilena is a two-movement contemporary affair perfect for the recital program. The first movement begins “slowly and very expressively,” as Adler fashions his horn song based on a traditional Jewish chant. Alternatively, the second movement is […]

Social Media Promotion for Musicians, Third Edition

Learn how to efficiently use your online presence to promote your band, your music, or yourself with the totally revised third edition. The updated book reveals the latest insider tips on how to use both the most popular social platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and TikTok in conjunction with your website and mailing list […]

Tableaux de peintres russes (for Piano)

Tableaux de peintres russes (The Pictures of Russian Painters) is one of the most popular compositions for piano of prominent 20th century Ukrainian composer Igor Shamo. The pieces burst with rich imagery, poetry, lyricism and humor, drama and energy. They highlight the characteristic features of Shamo’s musical style: beautiful melodic lines, enriched by suave harmonies, […]

Joni Mitchell: Lady of the Canyon

This is the story of one of the most important female recording artists of the last 50 years. Joni Mitchell, a longtime member of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA), began singing in small nightclubs in her hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan before busking in the streets and nightclubs of Toronto, Ontario. In 1965, she moved to […]

The Essence of Bebop

The Essence of Bebop is the new series by New York saxophonist Jim Snidero, a member of Local 802 (New York City). The Essence of Bebop reveals the heart and soul of this groundbreaking jazz style and is the first real “manual” for mastering bebop. The 10 studies are inspired by master musicians, offering a […]

Litanies (For Solo Cello)

With the baroque writings of Bach for solo instrument in mind, Beffa has created two freestanding movements to evoke that style. Copious use of doublestops enhance the cello line, as Beffa explains, just like strengthening the contour lines of a drawing using charcoal technique creates the illusion of volume. For advanced cellists. Litanies (For Solo […]

Johann Sebastian Bach: Ciaccona (for Guitar Solo)

This new transcription of the famous Ciaccona from the Second Violin Partita (BWV1004) is the result of many years of research by Italian guitarist Paolo Pegoraro in style and interpretation, both as a performer and teacher. In preparing this edition, Pegoraro has always kept Bach’s original text foremost, while making it suitable for a plucked […]

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