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H.A. VanderCook Solo Collection

The H.A. VanderCook Solo Collection: 25 Characteristic Pieces for Solo Trumpet and Piano

H.A. VanderCook Solo Collection

With over 70 marches, hundreds of solos, and numerous methods for cornet/trumpet, H.A. VanderCook indisputably left his mark on the American musical landscape. These 25 enjoyable compositions for solo cornet/trumpet were written as a series for Carl Fischer Music; all the titles are derived from flower or plant names.

The H.A. VanderCook Solo Collection: 25 Characteristic Pieces for Solo Trumpet and Piano, by Hale VanderCook, Carl Fischer, www.carlfischer.com.

make it new

Make It New: Reshaping Jazz in the 21st Century

make it new

Jazz writer and college professor Bill Beuttler explores new ways in which jazz is engaging with society through the vivid biographies and music of artists such as Jason Moran, Anat Cohen, Robert Glasper, and Esperanza Spalding. Beuttler describes this new generation of jazz as increasingly international, more open to women as instrumentalists and bandleaders, and reasserting itself as a force for social change.

Make It New: Reshaping Jazz in the 21st Century, by Bill Beuttler, Lever Press, www.leverpress.org.

Nine Pieces for Solo Guitar

Nine Pieces for Solo Guitar by Johann Sebastian Bach

Nine Pieces for Solo Guitar

Johann Sebastian Bach’s (1685-1750) extensive legacy remains unmatched in the modern, musical community. This collection, edited by Fred Sokolow of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA), puts nine of Bach’s most memorable melodies at the fingertips of the modern guitarist, including selections from his famous suites for both cello and lute.

Nine Pieces for Solo Guitar by Johann Sebastian Bach, edited by Fred Sokolow, Carl Fischer, www.carlfischer.com.

The Nightingale’s Sonata

The Nightingale’s Sonata: The Musical Odyssey of Lea Luboshutz

The Nightingale’s Sonata

A moving and uplifting history set to music that reveals the rich life of one of the first internationally renowned female violinists. Spanning generations, from the shores of the Black Sea to the glittering concert halls of New York, The Nightingale’s Sonata centers around violin virtuoso Lea Luboshutz. Woven throughout this odyssey is also the story of Cesar Franck’s “Sonata for Violin and Piano.”

The Nightingale’s Sonata: The Musical Odyssey of Lea Luboshutz,
by Thomas Wolf, Pegasus Books, http://pegasusbooks.com.

24 Caprices Etudes for Flute

24 Caprices Etudes for Flute

24 Caprices Etudes for Flute

Theobald Boehm was a goldsmith and inventor of the Boehm flute (1847). He was also an engineer, composer, industrialist, and solo flutist of the Bavarian State Opera, and a well-known soloist and teacher. In writing these short pieces he gave us 24 miniature gems incorporating the difficulties we face daily while playing the flute. These études require a great deal of work but if practiced diligently you will acquire a great technique over the entire flute.

24 Caprices Etudes for Flute, by Theobald Boehm, edited by James Galway, Hal Leonard, www.halleonard.com.

lesser known works for the clarinet

Heinrich Baermann: Lesser Known Works for the Clarinet

lesser known works for the clarinet

Heinrich Baermann (1784-1847) was one of the most celebrated virtuosi clarinetists of the early 19th century. Dr. Madelyn Moore has compiled three largely forgotten works by Baermann in this unique collection, hoping that by studying and performing these works, clarinetists will gain a better understanding of this important instrumental predecessor.

Heinrich Baermann: Lesser Known Works for the Clarinet, edited by Madelyn Moore, Carl Fischer, www.carlfischer.com.

New Solos for Classical Mandolin

New Solos for Classical Mandolin: Concert Repertoire for Practice & Performance

New Solos for Classical Mandolin

This unique collection of original solo compositions for mandolin is designed for both practice and performance. It provides a systematic study of several right-hand techniques drawn from the literature of classical mandolin, as well as a framework for developing your own approach to interpretation and improvisation within classical music traditions.

New Solos for Classical Mandolin: Concert Repertoire for Practice &
Performance, by August Watters, Hal Leonard, www.halleonard.com.

classic keys

Classic Keys: Keyboard Sounds that Launched Rock Music

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classic keys

This beautifully photographed and illustrated book focuses on the signature rock keyboard sounds of the 1950s to the early 1980s. Classic Keys explores the sound, lore, and technology of these iconic instruments. Twelve instruments are presented as the chapter foundations, together with information about and comparisons with more than 36 others. Included are short profiles of modern musicians, composers, and others who collect, use, and prize these instruments.

Classic Keys: Keyboard Sounds that Launched Rock Music, by Alan S. Lenhoff and David Robertson, University of North Texas Press, www.untpress.unt.edu.

it's a sin to tell a lie

It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie: My Life in jazz

it's a sin to tell a lie

A giant of jazz rhythm guitar, Marty Grosz of Local 802 (New York City) is considered among the best of the 20th century, as well as a vocalist, humorist, composer, and arranger. And after performing for 70 years, he has stories to tell. The book offers stories about his life, his family, and his career, as well as transcriptions from 11 live interviews between 2015 and 2019 in which he opines on the musicians he has worked with and the music he has played. Part memoir, part transcribed oral history, the book is full of wit with a touch of vaudeville.

It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie: My Life in Jazz, by Marty Grosz, Golden Alley Press, www.goldenalleypress.com.