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Books, Products

My Years with Townes Van Zandt

My Years with Townes Van Zandt: Music, Genius, and Rage

In “My Years with Townes Van Zandt” Van Zandt reveal his life, music, creativity, demons, and inner soul in detail to Harold Eggers, Jr.

Robert Russell Bennett Chamber Music

Robert Russell Bennett Chamber Music

This series—Water Music (1937), Clarinet Quartet (1941), Six Souvenirs (1948), String Quartet (1956)—is dedicated to Bennett’s unpublished works.

Speaking for Ourselves

Speaking for Ourselves: Conversations on Life, Music, and Autism

Speaking for Ourselves explores the link between autism and musical talents and affinities and delivers a powerful statement on neurodiversity and autistic self-advocacy through 10 conversations with people aged seven to 47.

the romantic flutist chopin

The Romantic Flutist Chopin: 10 Waltzes and 10 Nocturnes for Flute and Piano

“The Romantic Flutist Chopin” includes 20 waltzes and nocturnes arranged for flute and piano for enjoyment, inspiration, study, and performance.

Stanley Drucker: Clarinet Master

Stanley Drucker: Clarinet Master

Stanley Drucker: Clarinet Master is a biography of the Guinness World Record holder of longest career as a clarinetist (61 years).

...into the blue

… into the blue for String Quartet

Commissioned by the Trustees of the Saint-Gaudens Memorial and written in celebration of the Cornish Colony and Augustus Saint-Gaudens, the composition … into the blue captures elements of the landscape, artwork, and friendships memorialized at the National Historic site.

reading, writing, and rhythmetic

Reading, Writing, and Rhythmetic: the ABCs of Music Transcription

will improve your ability to transcribe music and help you make the connection between the music you hear and what it looks like on the page through a step-by-step approach.

perisot for 12 cellos

Martin Bresnick: Parisot for Twelve Cellos

This unique orchestration is a bold addition to the cello repertoire. Martin Bresnick’s Parisot for Twelve Cellos is a musical portrait of Bresnick’s admired colleague Aldo Parisot of Local 400 (Hartford-New Haven, CT).


Restless for Saxophone Quartet

This rollicking four-minute piece for saxophone quartet is challenging, but not virtuosic, and has been performed by groups ranging from advanced high school players to professionals.

Yolanda Kondonassis

The Yolanda Kondonassis Collection

This collection of more than 30 harp solos features popular transcriptions and compositions from Yolanda Kondonassis.