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sechs leider

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

sechs lieder

New practical edition of “Sechs Lieder” op. 19 by Richard Strauss from “Lotosblätter” by German poet Adolf Friedrich von Schack (1815-1894). Strauss composed these songs in 1888. He often accompanied his wife, the soprano Pauline Strauss-de Ahna, on the piano and worked with her on interpretations of his piano songs. The resulting entries of the composer are reproduced in this edition.

Richard Strauss: Sechs Lieder for medium voice and piano – op. 19, by Adolf Friedrich von Schack, Universal Edition, www.universaledition.com.

moonlight sonata

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

moonlight sonata

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”.  This solo piece takes less than two minutes to play and is perfect for a cellist or violist in these days of social distancing.  

Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata – Excerpt for solo cello and Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata – Excerpt for solo viola, arranged by Jan Kelley, Last Resort Music Publishing, Inc., www.lastresortmusic.com.

three's a crowd

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

three's a crowd

What goes on in the minds of chamber musicians as they express their feelings through music? Here are 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. Performers and listeners alike will enjoy puzzling over what the composer had in mind.

Three’s a Crowd (for flute, oboe, and bassoon), by Gary Schocker, Theodore Presser Company, www.presser.com.

la cathedrale

La Cathédrale Engloutie (The Sunken Cathedral)

La Cathédrale Engloutie

La Cathédrale Engloutie is one of the preludes included in Debussy’s first volume of piano preludes published in 1910. There are many specific techniques that are required by pianists and these are replicated, as far as possible, by the different clarinets in this version arranged for clarinet choir.

La Cathédrale Engloutie (The Sunken Cathedral), by Claude Debussy, arranged by Melanie Thorne, Sempre Music, www.sempremusic.co.uk.

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.

karen tuttle legacy

The Karen Tuttle Legacy

karen tuttle legacy

Emphasizing the release of tension, both physical and mental, Karen Tuttle’s Coordination Technique not only keeps violists injury-free but it also gives way to a richer, freer sound and more emotional and expressive performances. 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. Six of Tuttle’s direct and highly celebrated “viola descendants” weigh in, guiding both the teacher and performer to a joyous and free approach.

The Karen Tuttle Legacy: A Resource and Guide for Viola Students, Yeachers, and Performers, edited by Alex Teploff, Carl Fischer, www.carlfischer.com.

corky hale uncorked

Corky Hale Uncorked!

corky hale uncorked

This is the life story of the inimitable jazz harpist/pianist/vocalist, social activist, and philanthropist. Hale, of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA), has worked with and befriended superstars of every generation and is passionately involved in progressive politics. In this book, Hale shares her unique American success story with the no-holds-barred candor that is her trademark.

Corky Hale Uncorked!, as told to Jerry Leichting and Arlene Sarner, Dorrance Publishing Co., www.corkyhale.com.

15 sinfonias

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

15 sinfonias

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. Bach wrote the sinfonias as short exercises for private practice by keyboard students—which have three-part counterpoint. Compositions in the same style as a sinfonia but using two-part counterpoint are known as inventions. Giannone has taken these instructional piano pieces and scored them for the flute’s range, along with dynamic and phrase markings.

J.S. Bach’s 15 Sinfonias for Three Flutes, arranged by Bill Giannone, Rosebud Music Publishing Co., www.flutesheetmusic.com.

women at the piano

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

women at the piano

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. Includes selections from Clara Wieck-Schumann, Maria Wolowska-Szymanowska, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel and many others.

Women at the Piano: Solo Works by Female Composers of the Nineteenth Century, edited by Nicholas Hopkins, Carl Fischer, www.carlfischer.com.

music: a subversive history

Music: A Subversive History

music: a submersive history

Historian Ted Gioia reclaims the story of music for the riffraff, insurgents, and provocateurs from the celebrated mainstream assimilators. Gioia tells a 4,000-year history of music as a global source of power, change, and upheaval. He shows how social outcasts have repeatedly become trailblazers of musical expression: slaves and their descendants, for instance, have repeatedly reinvented music, from ancient times all the way to the jazz, reggae, and hip-hop sounds of the current day.

Music: A Subversive History, by Ted Gioia, Basic Books, www.basicbooks.com.