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Part Number and Description Price
Mollenhauer 6405
'Blockfloten nach historischen Vorbildern'; Fred Morgan - Texte und Erinnerungen (ISBN: 978-3-00-021216-1) Photo
Mollenhauer 6406
Recorders Based on Historical Models / Fred Morgan - Writings and Memories (ISBN: 978-3-00-021215-4) Photo
EVERY MUSICIAN'S HANDBOOK. In a condensed form this book deals with topics important to all musicians. Introduces harmony, counterpoint, orchestration, scales, keys, chords, there is a glossary of musical terms and a bibliography. Slim design fits in your music case.
HL00330968 (Keith Wyatt & Carl Schroeder)
POCKET MUSIC THEORY - A Comprehensive and Convenient Source for All Musicians. Covers intervals, rhythms, scales, chords, key signatures, transposition, chord inversions & key centers, harmonizing scales, extended chords, and modulation. All this in a little 176-page book that fits in the palm of your hand. Photo
PRINCIPLES OF THE FLUTE, RECORDER AND OBOE (1728) by Jacques-Martin Hotteterre translated, with introduction and Notes by Paul Marshall Douglas. A treatise of central importance in the historical development of the flute. Most important, it contains an extensive discussion of principle ornaments and embellishments of the period and their proper and tasteful use. The section on the recorder is an important period instruction book, as valuable to recorder players of today as it was to their counterparts in the 18th cen. Hotteterre was a fine flutist honored at the court of Louis XIV.
RHYTHMIC TRAINING by Robert Starer. The ability to tranform visual symbols rhythmic notation into time-dividing sound is an acquired skill. It involves the coordination of physical, psychological, and musical factors and cannot, therefore be accomplished by the simple act of comprehension. This book represents an attempt to develop and train the ability to read and perform musical rhythms accurately. For classroom private studio and self-teaching
RYTHMIC TRAINING WORKBOOK by Robert Starer. Companion to above book
POCKET MUSIC DICTIONARY - Over 2,200 music terms concisely defined: notation and theory terms, Instruments - classical folk and ethnic, pop, electronic music and music business terms, 450 capsule biographies of composers and musicians, Instant at-a-glance reference charts of the essentials of music - notation signs and symbols, guitar tablature and more. A 237-page book that fits in the palm of your hand. Photo
A GREGORIAN CHANT HANDBOOK by William Tortolano A book on the fundamentals of reading and interpreting Gregorian chant for the person with no prior experience. This is truly a 'handbook' for anyone who desires to acquire a practical, working understanding of chant notation, rhythm, modes liturgical use, interpretation, and conducting, and Latin pronunciation.
ORCHESOGRAPHY, 1589 by Thoinot Arbeau translated by Mary Stewart Evans. This classic treatise remains the most detailed and valuable document on 16th century dances and dance music. Written in the form of a dialogue in which Arbeau instructs young Capriol in the art of 'ballroom' dancing. Included are such dances as the basse dance, pavan, galliard, branle, gavotte, canary and more.
COURTLY DANCE OF THE RENAISSANCE by Fabritio Caroso a new translation by Julia Sutton of the Nobilta di Dame, 1600. One of the best-known guides to courtly dance, notable for its exemplary clarity and detail. Caroso's text consist of two parts: 1. presents instruction on a great variety of dance steps, rules of the dance and dance etiquette. 2. presents the music and a full choreography for 49 Renaissance dances. With detailed discussion of each section by the editor
THE ART & TECHNIQUE OF PRACTICE by well-known guitarist Richard Provost. An in depth discussion of universal practice techniques that apply to all instruments. Includes: General Guidelines & Goals, Preparation, Technique, Memorization, Visualization, note-Reading, Interpretive Practice, Problem Solving, Repertoire Maintenance, Developing Reading & Listening Skills, Practice Schedule and Outline. 'Progression by simple stages is the key to major achievement...in learning music, the skipping of steps can mean failure to form the groundwork on which future progress depends' Fred Noad
THE ART & TECHNIQUE OF PERFORMANCE by guitarist Richard Provost. Music performance is a complex subject involving practice, psychology, public relations, concert booking, business and creativity. This book will examine three areas: pre-concert preparation (programming, publicity etc.), performance anxiety, and teaching to lessen performance anxiety. 62 pages of advice every musician needs but most have rarely heard.
G7747 (Jeffrey Agrell)
IMPROV GAMES FOR ONE (Classical) PLAYER by Jeffrey Agrell A very concise Collection of Musical Games for One classical Musician Designed to help you be more expressive and musical in your music-making. This book contains plenty of games to enliven and enrich a player's daily technical and musical practice. Who should improvise? All instrumentalists and vocalists. Everybody. No experience necessary! Improvise at every opportunity. How: 1. Open book 2. Get idea 3. Close book 4. Play and play and play Photo
TANZ New and Curious Theatrical Dances, Nurnberg, 1716 edited by Manfred Harras. A beautiful edition of unusual dance melodies. Left page contains the original print with dance melody, artist's rendering & notes. Right contains dances in modern type. 27 dances for Sop. or Tenor, 12 can be played on alto, Intermediate
FROM WORDS TO MUSIC by Gerald Custer a& Blake Henson A User's Guide to Text for Choral Musicians. The power of story and story-telling makes choral singing irresistible - and the impact of text wedded to music is what fuels the choral art. In this enlightening book Custer & Henson offer practical tools and strategies to approach, unlock, and understand text: how it works, how it's structured, and what it means. Photo
DOL112 - The Recorder- A Basic Workshop Maual (Adrian Brown)
THE RECORDER A Basic Workshop Manual by Adrian Brown The book for handy recorder players who want to care for their recorder themselves. Topics covered: Playing a new instrument, Daily care and maintenance: oiling, clogging, removing the block, cleaning the block and windway areas, replacing the block etc. Tuning: general priciples, fingerholes, forked fingerings, fingerhole modifications, hole chart, the bore, bore chart, bore modifications, manometers, tuning meters, typical tuning problems etc. Voicing, different woods, testing recorders, tools & materials. 47 page book Photo
THE ART OF THE NATIVE AMERICAN FLUTE by R. Carlos Nakai & James DeMars with David P McAllester & Ken Light. This book is a summation of R. Carlos Nakai's years as an educator, performer and student of the Native American flute. Part 1: Includes discussions of tuning, fingerings, performance technique, tablature, style, history, standard notation, traditional ornaments plus a section on the care and maintenance of the flute. Part 2: Includes 16 transcriptions of songs from Nakai's recordings. Part 3: Is an analysis of Nakai's role in native American culture as a recording Artist and performer by ethnomusicologist David P. McAllester. This book is an important source on the native American flute and a review of the career and artistry of one of the most important ethnic artist in America.
MGM5085 (Betty Bang Mather)
INTERPRETATION OF FRENCH MUSIC FROM 1675 TO 1775 For Woodwind and Other Performers by BETTY BANG MATHER One of the most comprehensive books on the art of French Baroque ornamentation. Topics covered include: 1. Rhythmic Inequality and its relation to various time signatures, 2. Articulation - syllables, slurring practices, new tongue strokes, 3. Ornamentation - port de vois, flattement, treblement, pince, tour de Gosier, accent, Chute, Tour de Chant, Coulade, Passage, Diminution 4. Additional comments on German and Italian Music. Published in 1973 it had become difficult to get but is now readily available again!!! Photo
MGM5080 (Mather / Lasocki)
FREE ORNAMENTATION IN WOODWIND MUSIC 1700-1775 Anthology with Introduction by Betty Bang Mather and David Lasocki Part I: 30 Examples from works by Italian, English and German Composers, Part II: 36 Examples from works by French Composers 132 pages. A 'must have' for anyone interested in Baroque ornamentation. The companion book to INTERPRETATION OF FRENCH MUSIC. FREE ORNAMENTATION was first published in 1976 and is again available Photo
MUSIC SCRAMBLES by Donald Moore 30 Melody Mix-up Puzzles for Classroom and Home Use - 100% Reproducible. Music Notation Puzzles designed to make music learning fun and easy! 30 educational puzzles based on familiar melodies. Perfect for activity time, extra credit, or even a take home 'quiz'. Reproducible Book and Data CD Photo
EDLY'S MUSIC THEORY FOR PRACTICAL PEOPLE by Ed Roseman / *revised and expanded third edition* This book is intended for anyone, teen to adult, who wants to learn about what's going on inside music. It starts at the very beginning by introducing the notes and explaining basic terms. It then takes you through scale and chord building from simple to advanced. It introduces you to standard song forms, improvisation, & ear-training. After reading this book you will have a very solid grounding in melody and harmony...'I have tried to present the material clearly, informally, and even with some sense of humor...Chapters 31-37 are new to this Edition. I took the opportunity to go back over the rest of the book, clarifying the writing and upgrading the graphics and diagrams.' Ed Roseman 192 pages A fantastic book - great reviews. Photo
MUSIC THEORY FOR THE BORED AND CONFUSED Book 1 by David E. Walden illustrated by Linda Nicholson. One of the most enjoyable introductions into the basic concepts of musical notation available. Speaking as a teacher David Walden says 'I have found that an imaginative, humorous presentation that has loosely followed the historical development of musical notation has been most effective' A best seller for over 20 years! For the complete novice.
G7955 - The Musician's Breath (James Jordan)
THE MUSICIAN'S BREATH The Role of Breathing in Human Expression by James Jordon with Mark Moliterno & Nova Thomas James Jordan examines why and how the breath is the 'delivery system' for human and musical ideas in performance. 'The breath,' Dr. Jordan writes, 'is the most magical and human thing we can engage as artists.' This book makes a compelling case for the power of the breath and the power of submitting oneself to its miracles. The first part discusses the 'why' of breathing, while the second part provides the 'how' with practical applications for singers, instrumentalists and conductors. Photo
A BAROQUE ORNAMENTATION TUTOR by Bali Janos Continu with realization by Nandori Judit A beautiful edition for recorder players who want to learn about ornamentation. The book is in 3 parts 1. Late Renaissance and Early Baroque 2. High Baroque-Italian style 3, High Baroque-French Style. There is an extensive 29 page Introduction with explanations of ornament symbols and how ornamentation styles differed in Italy, France, England and Germany. The text is supported with over 80 pages of musical examples. A simple melodic line is presented then up to three ornamented versions on the melody. Included is a keyboard accompaniment to much of the music. Some of the composer include Ortiz, Bassano, Jacob van Eycke, Corelli, Barsant, Hotteterre, Paisible, Tekemann, Bach, Quantz etc. There are also 3 Appendix with detailed ornamental examples from the various styles and periods. Learn by playing the musical examples. Photo
PLAYING RECORDER SONATAS - Interpretation and Technique by Anthony Rowland-Jones. A book designed for those players who have reached the point where they feel ready to embark upon solo sonata playing. It encourages players whose experience has been limited to consort music to extend their playing to sonatas by Handel, Telemann and others. Through this book they will encounter sonatas from the 17th, 18th and 20th centuries. Each of the sonatas considered is described in relation to its musical background (illustrated by parallels with other arts) and to the performance practices of each period. 220 pages.
Peacock Press
THE RECORDER AND ITS MUSIC by Edgar Hunt. This book traces the development of the recorder as an instrument and its position in the world of music from 1450 to today. There are 30 photographs, and many line-figures and music examples. Edgar Hunt has been associated for most of his life with the recorder, as teacher, music editor and designer of instruments. For this new reprint of his book, first published in 1962, he has made revisions and corrections to both text and illustrations to take account of the latest developments all over the world.
DISCOVERING CHANT Teaching Musicianship and Human Sensibilities Through chant by James Jordan and James Whitbourn This book asks all musicians to reconsider the use of plain chant as an essential tool for teaching intonation, phrasing, and understand of musical line - while building community within an ensemble. It also develops music reading and listening skills and the CD provides an aural model which aids in learning chant. Grammy-nominated conductor James Jordan ins Professor of Conducting and Senior conductor at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. James Whitbourn is a composer and research scholar at Oxford. 243 page Book & CD Photo
THE FINISHING TOUCH TO PRACTISING by Bart Spanhove a member of the Flanders Recorder Quartet, internationally renowned teacher and music director of the Flanders Recorder Academy. This book is all about hands-on practicing, and how you can effectively structure your own practice routine by constantly implementing diverse new approaches. Begin at your own level, develop quick fingers, a sense of rhythm, improve your memory, sight reading, your creative skills and much more! Bart's motto is 'Learning is practicing without repetition' The pathway to perfection on any instrument not just recorder 70 pages Photo
UNDERSTANDING THE LANGUAGE OF MUSIC Book I by David E. Walden - How to read write, speak, sing and play the written language of music. Covers modes, scales, rhythm, melody and more - 186 pages with a 'plethora of exercises'. Designed within a broad historical context to promote solid understanding and progressive learning with a 'breath of humanity and, yes even a hint of humour'
MUSIC THEORY FOR THE BORED AND CONFUSED Book 2 by David E. Walden. Life with the Monks at Notation Monastery proves interesting as we learn all about Scales - modes, major, minor, whole tone, 12 tone. A delightful indepth discourse on the subject with pleasant practice exercises. 236 pages on this one topic.
PERFORMING RENAISSANCE MUSIC by Dennis Shrock The Renaissance era is one of the most distinctive and revolutionary periods in music and art. In this remarkable book, noted scholar and conductor Dennis Shrock draws from primary sources to document and explain authentic performance practices of Renaissance era music - in many cases eye opening and rarely employed today. Insightful chapters cover topics including vocal and instrumental sound, tempo, articulation, phrasing ornamentation and expression. Like a restorer uncovering the original brilliance of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Shrock's work reveals the rich and colorful nature of this wonderful music as originally intended. Written in an accessible style for anyone who is a aficionado of Renaissance music. A very enjoyable and understandable read! 299 pages Photo
Spanhove (Bart Spanhove)
THE FINISHING TOUCH OF ENSEMBLE PLAYING a Flanders recorder quartet guide for recorder players and teachers by Bart Spanhove. Making music with others is a wonderful activity, but not an easy one. To make the playing enjoyable for every member of the ensemble is an art that demands dedication, insight, and when available, good instruction. The purpose of this book is to help recorder players become better ensemble members. Written in response to requests from both amateurs and professionals Bart has set down his practical suggestions based on his experience and fill a long-felt gap in the literature about our instrument. Also included is a very interesting chapter by musicologist David Lasocki entitled A Short History of the Recorder Ensemble. Now in stock! Photo
UNDERSTANDING THE LANGUAGE OF MUSIC Book II by David E. Walden - A continuation of book 1 another 240 pages of indepth theory training with a hint of humour. Begins with the development of harmony discussing intervals, compound rhythms, Rest, triads (inversions, chorale style, keuboard style, cadences), transposition, tempo, dynamics, signs & directions. Plenty of exercise space for hands on learning.
HL48183571 (Jean-Claude Veilhan)
THE RULES of MUSICAL INTERPRETATION in the BAROQUE ERA (17TH & 18TH centuries) by Jean-Claude Veilhan. Musical interpretation common to all instruments and according to BACH, BROSSARD, COUPERIN, HOTTETERRE, MONTECLAIR, QUANTZ, RAMEAU, ROUSEAU, d'ALEMBERT. From their writings this is a discussion of meters & their characters, phrasing, embellishment, character & tempo of the various movements etc. Develop the freedom to make your own interpretation within the style & practice of the time. Index of terms, subjects & authorities citied Index of musical examples. Bibliography of works cited. Photo