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trumpet omnibook

Trumpet Omnibook for Bb Instruments: Transcribed Exactly from Artist Recorded Solos

Trumpet Omnibook features transcriptions of solos as played by some of the world’s leading jazz artists, including Arturo Sandoval of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA); Chuck Mangione, Randy Brecker, and Wynton Marsalis of Local 802 (New York City);

noir vignettes

Noir Vignettes for Double Bass and Piano

The film noir genre of the 1940s typically includes a strong but flawed male lead and a beautiful woman who coerces the male into committing murder or is herself the killer with a twisting plot that involves one or more murders. These dark dramas shot in black and white are the inspiration for Noir Vignettes for Double Bass and Piano.

Three American Pieces for Clarinet in Bb and Piano

Lukas Foss: Three American Pieces for Clarinet in Bb and Piano

First arranged by Local 802 (New York City) member and clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, this edition of Lukas Foss’s Three American Pieces for Clarinet in Bb and Piano offers clarinet revisions by Seunghee Lee.

Sonny Rollins Omnibook for Bb Instruments

Sonny Rollins Omnibook for Bb Instruments

These 50 transcriptions, hand-selected by jazz teacher Charlie Shoemake and transcribed by Chris “Doc” Stewart of Local 586 (Phoenix, AZ), represent a wealth of material for jazz students exploring how to improvise.

Concertino in F

Gaetano Donizetti Concertino in F for English Horn and Orchestra

Previously known only through a spurious edition in G Major, the authentic Concertino in F was discovered in Italy by Pedro Díaz, a member of Local 802 (New York City) and English hornist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

cello power

The Cello Power Series

The Cello Power series is designed to expand cello students’ facility and knowledge of the instrument.

college prep for musicians

College Prep for Musicians: A Comprehensive Guide for Students, Parents, Teachers, and Counselors

College Prep for Musicians decodes the complex process of choosing schools, clarifies vocabulary around the admission process, and shows students exactly how to prepare their best audition.

The Flutist’s Handbook

The Flutist’s Handbook: The Art of Staying in Shape

Part I includes 24 invigorating melodic détaché warm-ups drawn from sequences of Bach, Schubert, Dvořák, and others. Part II is a collection of 15 short melodies designed to open and center the tone, while encouraging full breath support.

odyssey for two guitars

Odyssey for Two Guitars

Odyssey for Two Guitars was first presented by Fredric Hand, of Local 802, when he traveled to the island of Crete to perform at a guitar festival.

Friedrich Nietzsche: Selected Works for Piano

Friedrich Nietzsche: Selected Works for Piano (Piano Solo and Piano, Four Hands)

Friedrich Nietzsche: Selected Works for Piano is prepared from Nietzsche’s manuscripts and includes 19 pieces for piano which he composed from 1857 to 1874.