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Books-Resources

Richard Strauss: Sechs Lieder for medium voice and piano – op. 19

This is a new practical edition of “Sechs Lieder” op. 19 by Richard Strauss from “Lotosblätter” by German poet Adolf Friedrich von Schack (1815-1894).


Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata Excerpt for solo cello and Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata – Excerpt for solo viola

Cellist Jan Kelley of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) has published this excerpt for either solo cello or solo viola from Beethoven’s famous sonata for piano No. 14, Op. 27 #2 – the “Moonlight Sonata”.


Three’s a Crowd (for flute, oboe, and bassoon)

“Three’s a Crowd” includes five imaginary conversations for flute, oboe, and bassoon, using music rather than words. Sometimes harmonious, sometimes impatient, but like any carefully observed conversation, always complex and interesting.


La Cathédrale Engloutie (The Sunken Cathedral)

La Cathédrale Engloutie is one of the preludes included in Debussy’s first volume of piano preludes published in 1910.


karen tuttle legacy

The Karen Tuttle Legacy


The Karen Tuttle Legacy is a resource and guide for viola students, teachers, and performers to revolutionize their playing based on what works best for each individual’s unique physiology.




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Corky Hale Uncorked!


Corky Hale Uncorked! is the life story of the inimitable jazz harpist/pianist/vocalist, social activist, and philanthropist.




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J.S. Bach’s 15 Sinfonias for Three Flutes


Flutist Bill Giannone of Local 802 (New York City) took J.S. Bach’s 15 Sinfonias, also known as “Three-Part Inventions,” for piano and transcribed them for three flutes.




weird al: seriously

Weird Al: Seriously


Weird Al: Seriously includes the parodies, original compositions, and polka medleys of the Weird Al universe through interviews with Yankovic himself.




music: a subversive history

Music: A Subversive History


Music: A Subversive History by Ted Gioia tells a 4,000-year history of music as a global source of power, change, and upheaval.




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Women at the Piano: Solo Works by Female Composers of the Nineteenth Century


Women at the Piano sheds light on the unheard music and untold story of female composers of the 19th century, offering not only pristine editions of neglected and forgotten musical works, but also insights into the historical context of which these remarkable pieces emerged.










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