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The Study of Fugue by Alfred Mann
No cover image The Technique and Spirit of Fugue: An Historical Study by George Oldroyd
No cover image Introduction to Counterpoint by Reginald O. Morris The Study of Counterpoint by Johann Joseph Fux, Alfred Mann (Translator) No cover 178 Chorale Harmonizations of J.S. Bach: A Comparative Edition for Study Paperback. Revised edition, Vol 001 (June 1985) A Conductor's Guide to the Choral-Orchestral Works of J. S. Bach by Jonathan D. Green. Hardcover - 640 pages (February 2000) A Guide to Organ Music by Viktor Lukas, Anne Wyburd (Translator). Hardcover - 272 pages. 5th Rev edition (October 1989) A Performer's Guide to the Keyboard Partitas of J.S. Bach by Fernando Valenti, Johann Sebastian Bach (Contributor). Hardcover - 136 pages (February 1990) No cover Albert Schweitzer and the Bach Edition: Memoirs of a Collaboration (The Complete Organ, 5) by Edouard Nies Berger. Hardcover (October 2001). This item will be published in October 2001. You may order it now and Amazon.com will ship it to you when it arrives. No cover American Organ Music on Records by Lois Rowell. Paperback (March 1976) No cover An Organist's Reader : Essays (Detroit Monographs in Musicology/Studies in Music, No. 26) by Robert Noehren. Paperback (July 1999) No cover Analyzing Bach Cantatas by Eric Thomas Chafe. Hardcover (February 2000) No cover Art of Organ Building (Volume 1 of 2) by George A. Audsley. Paperback reprint, edition Vol 001 (December 1989) No cover At the Organ With Virgil Fox Paperback (March 2000) Bach (Master Musicians Series) by Malcolm Boyd. Hardcover - 320 pages, 3rd edition (November 2000) No cover Bach and the Baroque: European Source Materials from the Baroque and Early Classical Periods With Special Emphais on the Music of J.S. Bach by Anthony Newman. Paperback (June 1995) Bach and the Patterns of Invention by Laurence Dreyfus. Hardcover (February 1997) No cover Bach for Catholics : Using Chorales in the Liturgy by Edward Schaefer. Paperback (June 1987) No cover Bach Interpretation: Articulation Marks in Primary Sources of J.S. Bach (Cambridge Musical Texts and Monographs) by John Butt. Hardcover - 278 pages No cover Bach Organ Book by Homer D. Blanchard. Hardcover (June 1985) No cover Bach Perspectives: J.S. Bach, the Breitkopfs, and Eighteenth-Century Music Trade (Bach Perspectives) by George B. Stauffer (Editor). Hardcover, Vol 002 (October 1996) Bach Perspectives: The Music of J. S. Bach: Analyis and Interpretation (Bach Perspectives, Vol 4) by David Schulenberg (Editor). Hardcover - 256 pages, Vol 4 (May 1999) No cover Bach Perspectives: Creative Responses to Bach from Mozart to Hindemith (Vol 3) by Michael Marissen (Editor). Hardcover - 240 pages, Vol 3 (June 1998)
All Rise: Somebodies, Nobodies, and the Politics of Dignity by Robert W. Fuller
Robert Fuller's bestseller Somebodies and Nobodies diagnosed and named the malady of rankism -- "what somebodies may do to nobodies." In this sequel, he further explores the social and psychological costs of this problem and counters it with the vision of a "dignitarian" society. Drawing on his experiences as a scientist, college president, and public diplomat, Fuller identifies rankism as the chief obstacle to achieving the American vision of liberty and justice for all -- and he spells out the steps required to eradicate it. Beginning with a call to action, the author exposes what is at stake by demonstrating rankism's poisonous presence in politics, business, and even personal relationships. By way of solutions, he offers alternative dignitarian models for several fundamental parts of society, including education, healthcare, politics, and religion. All Rise illuminates the subtle, often dysfunctional workings of power in all our interactions, and shows why change is not only desirable -- but vital.
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Why I Left The Contemporary Christian Music Movement: Confessions Of A Former Worship Leader by Dan Lucarini
For many churches today, music has become one of the most important factors in both their mode of worship and their attempts to reach unbelievers with the gospel. Writing from his own personal experience as a former worship leader, Dan Lucarini questions the use of contemporary music in the worship of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and shows why he believes many churches have been deceived into using ever increasing worldly means to "reach their lost." He has seen at first hand how an emphasis on music, and the ultimate move towards rock music in particular, has caused divisions in the church, and turned the emphasis in worship away from the Lord towards ourselves. This warm and heartfelt account is intended to highlight these dangers and to help churches wishing to reverse this trend return God to his rightful place as the centre of our worship.
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The Life and Work of Ernest M. Skinner by Dorothy J. Holden
By far the most popular book about an organbuilder, The Life & Work of Ernest M. Skinner by Dorothy Holden reveals the personal life, the professional triumphs and defeats of this most original and influential of America's organbuilders in the Twentieth Century. This hardbound second edition of 327 pages includes a large collection of photographs from Ernest Skinner's own camera and other sources and stoplists of 24 organs. Everyone devoted to the organ and its music will be fascinated.
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Grand Passions and Broken Hearts: Lives and Lusts of the Great Composers by Basil Howitt
The Perfect Wrong Note: Learning to Trust Your Musical Self by William Westney
In this groundbreaking book, prize-winning pianist and noted educator William Westney helps readers rediscover their own path to the natural, transcendent fulfillment of making music. Teachers, professionals and students of any instrument, as well as parents and music lovers of all ages, will benefit from his unique and inspiring philosophy, expressed with clarity and immediacy. He offers healthy alternatives for lifelong learning and suggests significant change in the way music is taught. For example, playing a wrong note can be constructive, useful, even enlightening. The energetic creator of the acclaimed Un-Master Class workshop also explores the special potential of group work, outlining the basics of his revelatory workshop that has transformed the music experience for participants the world over.
The New Bach Reader by Hans T. David (Editor), Arthur Mendel, Christoph Wolff
Through hundreds of letters, family papers, anecdotes, and records, the Bach Reader established a new approach to biography by offering original documents in impeccable translations. In The New Bach Reader, Christoph Wolff has incorporated numerous facsimiles and added many newly discovered items, reflecting the current state of scholarship about the composer's life and music. The readings in this volume provide an accurate and vivid picture of Bach's world and of his far-reaching influence. Click here to visit the related Weekly Rampage
All the Stops: The Glorious Pipe Organ and Its American Masters by Craig R. Whitney
A distinguished New York Times editor explores the history of the pipe organ in America in a book that will intrigue and delight anyone interested in classical music and popular culture.
For centuries, pipe organs stood at the summit of musical and technological achievement, admired as the most complex and intricate mechanisms the human race had yet devised. In All The Stops, New York Times journalist Craig Whitney journeys through the history of the American pipe organ and brings to life the curious characters who have devoted their lives to its music.
From the mid-19th to the mid-20th century, organ music was wildly popular in America. Organ builders in New York and New England could hardly fill the huge demand for both concert hall and home organs. Master organbuilders found ingenious ways of using electricity to make them sound like orchestras. Organ players developed cult followings and bitter rivalries. One movement arose to restore to American organs the clarity and precision that baroque organs had in centuries past, while another took electronic organs to the rock concert halls, where younger listeners could be found. But while organbuilders and organists were fighting with each other, popular audiences lost interest in the organ.
Today, organs are beginning to make a comeback in concert halls and churches across America. Craig Whitney brings the story to life and up to date in a humorous, engaging book about the instruments and vivid personalities that inspired his lifelong passion: the great art of the majestic pipe organ.
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The Cambridge Companion to Bach by John Butt (Editor), Jonathan Cross (Editor)
Book description: The Cambridge Companion to Bach goes beyond a basic life-and-works study to provide a late-twentieth-century perspective on J. S. Bach the man and composer. Benefiting from the insights and research of some of the most distinguished Bach scholars, this Companion covers cultural, social and religious contexts, surveys and analyzes Bach's compositional style, traces his influence, and considers the performance and reception of his music through the succeeding generations.
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The Weblog Handbook: Practical Advice on Creating and Maintaining Your Blog by Rebecca Blood
Book description: Weblogs--frequently updated, independently produced, and curiously addictive--have become some of the most popular sites on the Web today. The Weblog Handbook is the first book to explain how weblogs work and explore their impact on the media landscape.
There is no formula for creating a superb weblog--but there are lessons to be drawn from maintaining one. In The Weblog Handbook, Rebecca Blood draws on her experience as an early participant in the weblog community to share what she has learned in three years of "living online."
With a clear and engaging voice, Rebecca explains how to choose among the available tools, even walking the beginner through the process of creating their first weblog. Along the way she answers commonly asked questions concerning weblog etiquette, how to attract readers, and the qualities that make a weblog stand out, alerting the novice to considerations--and pitfalls--they didn't know to ask about.
For students of digital culture, The Weblog Handbook provides an account of the history of the movement, an explanation of the "weblog method", and a thoughtful examination of weblogs and journalism.
Finally, Rebecca examines how the weblog community has grown and changed, the dangers confronting it, and the ways in which weblogs are affecting and affected by both online and offline culture.
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The Art of the Song Recital by Shirlee Emmons, Stanley Sonntag
Recommendation by BACHorgan.com community member Will W. Rogers: "This book is great for young singers as they prepare for that all-important recital." Thanks, Will!
Book description: The definitive work in its field! Since its original publication, the Emmons-Sonntag text has continually stood out as the definitive work on the song recital. The book presents imaginative advice and practical techniques for producing successful recitals and kindling audience excitement. Every aspect of the recital is covered, from building programs and the use of acting skills to the relationship between the singer and the accompanist. Singers of all levels and backgrounds will benefit from the authors' vast experience in the performance of song recitals as a singer/accompanist team. The comprehensive repertoire lists, now organized by voice and instrumentation as well as by composer, appeal to both students and professional musicians. Readers will agree that the authors have met their goal of providing "extensive, thoroughgoing, and definitive insights into the attributes that can render the song recital at once a great art and a magnificent entertainment." Includes new, 25-page Repertoire Lists by Voice and Instrument(s).
The Purpose-Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? by Rick Warren
Rick Warren helps readers to discover, develop, and fulfill God's purpose for their lives. The Purpose-Driven Life is a blueprint for Christian living in the 21st century--a lifestyle based on God's eternal purposes, not cultural values. Using over 1,200 scriptural quotes and references, it challenges the conventional definitions of worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and evangelism. In the tradition of Oswald Chambers, Rick Warren offers distilled wisdom on the essence of what life is all about. This is a book of hope and challenge that you will read and re-read, and it will be a classic treasured by generations to come.
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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Merry Christmas, everyone! "Bah!" said Scrooge. "Humbug!" With those famous words unfolds a tale that renews the joy and caring that are Christmas. Whether we read it aloud with our family and friends or open the pages on a chill winter evening to savor the story in solitude, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is a very special holiday experience. It is the one book that every year will warm our hearts with favorite memories of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future -- and will remind us with laughter and tears that the true Christmas spirit comes from giving with love. With a heartwarming account of Dickens' first reading of the Carol, and a biographical sketch.
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The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum. Near the body, police have found a baffling cipher. While working to solve the enigmatic riddle, Langdon is stunned to discover it leads to a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci -- clues visible for all to see -- yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.
Langdon joins forces with a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, and learns the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion -- an actual secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci, among others.
In a breathless race through Paris, London, and beyond, Langdon and Neveu match wits with a faceless powerbroker who seems to anticipate their every move. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle in time, the Priory's ancient secret -- and an explosive historical truth -- will be lost forever.
THE DA VINCI CODE heralds the arrival of a new breed of lightning-paced, intelligent thriller”utterly unpredictable right up to its stunning conclusion.
My Life and Music by Artur Schnabel
Highly readable reminiscences, musical philosophy of great pianist: his experiences as a child prodigy in turn-of-the-century Vienna, concert career, thoughts on great conductors and composers of the day, preferences in the repertoire, much more. Also includes "Reflections on Music," address delivered at University of Manchester, 1933. Introduction by Edward Crankshaw.
The Organ As a Mirror of Its Time: North European Reflections, 1610-2000 by Kerala J. Snyder
Because it has always represented a rich collaboration of the music, art, architecture, handicraft and science of its day, the organ, more than any other instrument, continues to reflect the spirit of the age in which it was built. The Organ as a Mirror of its Time, the first book to consider this instrument's historical and cultural significance, reflects the efforts of twenty leading scholars of the organ.L The book chronicles the history of six organs in Scandinavia and Northern Germany, at least one specimen for every century from 1600 to the present. By considering their original contexts and their histories since they were built, as well as the extraordinary coincidences that link them together, the book offers a unique perspective on the cultural history of northern Europe. A CD with appropriate repertoire played on each of the six instruments accompanies the book.
Organists and Organ Playing in Nineteenth-Century France and Belgium by Orpha C. Ochse
An account of the rise to brilliance of the organ profession in France and Belgium in the nineteenth century.
J. S. Bach's Great Eighteen Organ Chorales by Russell Stinson
On the 250th anniversary of the composer's death, this volume offers an in-depth look at the "Great Eighteen" organ chorales, among the most celebrated works for organ, and a milestone in the history of the chorale. Addressed to organists, scholars, and general listeners alike, this lucid and engaging book examines the music from a wide spectrum of historical and analytical perspectives. Stinson examines the models used by Bach in conceiving the original pieces, his subsequent compilation of these works into a collection, and his compositional process as preserved by the autograph manuscript. Himself an accomplished organist, Stinson also considers various issues of performance practice and concludes with a discussion of the music's reception--its dissemination in manuscript and printed form, its performance history, and its influence on later composers. Completely up-to-date and presenting a wealth of new material, much of it translated into English for the first time, this study will open up fresh perspectives on some of the composer's greatest creations.
Bach: The Orgelbuchlein by Russell Stinson
This is the first book-length study of the Orgelbuchlein, the masterful collection of organ chorales by Johann Sebastian Bach. This 'Little Organ Book' is regarded by Bach scholars as one of the composer's most important achievements and by organ scholars as a milestone in the development of the chorale. In this lucid and absorbing book Russell Stinson, himself an organist, examines the collection from a range of historical and analytical perspectives in a way that will resonate with not only organists and scholars but the average concert-goer or CD-buyer with an interest in the instrument and its music.
371 Harmonized Chorales & 69 Chorale Melodies With Figured Bass by J.S. Bach
The Lutheran Chorales in the Organ Works of J.S. Bach by Mark S. Bighley
If You Want to Write: A Book About Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland
This book so speaks to the contemporary writer that it is nearly impossible to believe that it was originally published in 1938. In If You Want to Write, Brenda Ueland sets forth not just a philosophy about how to write or how to create, but also about how to live. Beginning writers will certainly be encouraged by Ueland's words, but even the most experienced have much to glean from Ueland's simple wisdom. "Everybody," writes Ueland in the opening chapter, "is talented, original, and has something important to say." Finding that something important involves embracing creative idleness ("the imagination needs moodling--long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering"), freeing "what we really think, from what we think we ought to think," and "thumb[ing] your nose at all know-it-alls, jeerers, critics, doubters." One must think, she says, "of telling a story, not of writing it." And when revising one's writing, she advises, "do not try to think of better words, more gripping words.... It is not yet deeply enough imagined." Finally, "whenever you find yourself writing a single word or phrase or page dutifully and with boredom, then leave it out.... If what you write bores you, it will bore other people." And just because If You Want to Write is passionate, sincere, and even spiritual, do not think it is not also witty. One footnote bluntly declaims, "No doubt my terms would horrify a psychologist but I do not care at all." Elsewhere Ueland titles a chapter "Why Women Who Do Too Much Housework Should Neglect It for Their Writing." Amen, sister!
Passionate Practice: The Musician's Guide to Learning, Memorizing, and Performing by Margret Elson
"Relax your shoulders." "Let go of tension." "Look at the music." "Don't look at the music." Look at the keyboard." "Don't look at the keyboard." "Listen to the music." "Don't think, just play." Every music student has heard such suggestions, and they all hold some truth. But the challenge is: how? This book is a gentle, progressive guide in exactly how to relax, focus, listen, and feel the music and how to harness them to work together, automatically and simultaneously. Its innovative approach combines special relaxing and behavior modification exercises that foster concentration, focus, security and passion in performance. The book, user-friendly, comprehensive, and filled with witty illustrations, can also be used as a key tool for psychotherapists working to help clients detoxify trauma, especially that associated with performing issues.
Memorizing Time by Laura Greenberg
Memorizing Time recounts the Brooklyn childhood of a young musician, her struggle to leave home during the turbulent sixties, and her evolution into a modern, urban composer. The memoir depicts encounters with music teachers who changed her life and many extraordinary lessons, both taken and given. It is a profoundly personal story of one woman's progress through the second half of the twentieth century.
Music by Heart by Lilias Mackinnon
The Art of Practicing: A Guide to Making Music from the Heart by Madeline Bruser, Yehudi Menuhin (Foreword)
This landmark book enlightens amateur and professional musicians about a way of practicing that transforms a sometimes frustrating, monotonous, and overly strenuous labor into an exhilarating and rewarding experience. Acclaimed pianist and teacher Madeline Bruser combines physiological and meditative principles to help musicians release physical and mental tension and unleash their innate musical talent. She offers practical techniques for cultivating free and natural movement, a keen enjoyment of sounds and sensations, a clear and relaxed mind, and an open heart and she explains how to:
--Prepare the body and mind to practice with ease
--Understand the effect of posture on flexibility and expressiveness
--Make efficient use of the hands and arms
--Employ listening techniques to improve coordination
--Increase the range of color and dynamics by using less effort
--Cultivate rhythmic vitality
--Perform with confidence, warmth, and freedom
Photographs show essential points of posture and movement for a variety of instruments.
Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel
"So many books have been written about the meditation side of Zen and the everyday, chop wood/carry water side of Zen. But few books have approached Zen the way that most Japanese actually do--through ritualized arts of discipline and beauty--and perhaps that is why Eugen Herrigel's Zen in the Art of Archery is still popular so long after it first publication in 1953. Herrigel, a philosophy professor, spent six years studying archery and flower-arranging in Japan, practicing every day, and struggling with foreign notions such as 'eyes that hear and ears that see.' In a short, pithy narrative, he brings the heart of Zen to perfect clarity--intuition, imitation, practice, practice, practice, then, boom, wondrous spontaneity fusing self and art, mind, body, and spirit. Herrigel writes with an attention to subtle profundity and relates it with a simple artistry that itself carries the signature of Zen." --Amazon.com
Everyday Zen: Love and Work by Charlotte Joko Beck, Steve Smith (Editor)
"Everyday Zen" offers a warm, engaging, uniquely American approach to using Zen to deal with the problems of daily living--love, relationships, fear, ambition, suffering. Beck shows how to live each moment to the fullest.
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer (Illustrator)
Illustrated in black-and-white. We're celebrating the thirty-fifth anniversary (1996) of this modern kids' classic with a special hardcover edition! This ingenious fantasy centeres around Milo, a bored ten-year-old who comes home to find a large toy tollbooth sitting in his room. Joining forces with a watchdog named Tock, Milo drives through the tollbooth's gates and begins a memorable journey. He meets such characters as the foolish, yet lovable Humbug, the Mathemagician, and the not-so-wicked "Which," Faintly Macabre, who gives Milo the "impossible" mission of returning two princesses to the Kingdom of Wisdom...
Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss
Illus. in full color. "Don't be fooled by the title of this seriocomic ode to success; it's not 'Climb Every Mountain,' kid version. All journeys face perils, whether from indecision, from loneliness, or worst of all, from too much waiting. Seuss' familiar pajama-clad hero is up to the challenge, and his odyssey is captured vividly in busy two-page spreads evoking both the good times (grinning purple elephants, floating golden castles) and the bad (deep blue wells of confusion). Seuss' message is simple but never sappy: life may be a 'Great Balancing Act,' but through it all 'There's fun to be done.'"--(starred) Booklist.
Early Recordings and Musical Style : Changing Tastes in Instrumental Performance, 1900-1950 by Robert Philip
In this fascinating study, Robert Philip argues that recordings of the early twentieth-century provide an important, and hitherto neglected, resource in the history of musical performance. Philip reveals how early recordings, while previously regarded as old-fashioned curiosities, can be analyzed to uncover performance practice styles of composers and performers at the beginning of the century. The book concentrates on aspects of performance that underwent the greatest change in the early part of the twentieth century including rhythm, vibrato, and portamento. The final chapters explore some of the implications of these changes, both for the study of earlier periods and for the understanding of our own attitudes to the music of the past.
In the Pipeline -- Memoirs of an International Concert Organist by Carlo Curley
In The Pipeline is an engaging and witty memoir which will appeal to the broadest readership, including lovers of music everywhere. With infectious enthusiasm, Carlo Curley opens up an arcane world of mutations, chimney flutes, bombardes and blowers, together with the highs and lows of touring, bringing to life the world's most curiously fascinating and complex instrument.
Organ Literature by Corliss Richard Arnold
Volume I of this new edition is a basic textbook on the development of pipe organ composition in geographically diverse schools. Its nineteen chapters include charts of organ composers and a historical background of contemporary events and figures for each organ composition school. Chapter bibliographies are completely updated with corollary readings that have appeared since 1973. A listing of Bach organ compositions with pagination of various editions is also included. Volume II has been substantially revised and enlarged and gives biographical sketches of organ composers and an alphabetical list of each composer's works (including pagination in the major organ music anthologies), publisher, catalog number, and copyright date. A directory of organ music publishers is also provided. The combined set is an indispensable resource for organists, organ teachers, and music scholars everywhere.
Organ Technique: Modern and Early by George H. Ritchie, George B. Stauffer
The authors' new approach to learning two playing techniques offers a systematic method for mastering the modern, legato technique needed for organ music composed after 1750, as well as an articulated technique for earlier works. The authors also present useful information on accompanying anthems and solos and on adapting piano and orchestral accompaniments to the organ.
The Cambridge Companion to the Organ by Nicholas Thistlethwaite (Editor), Geoffrey Webber (Editor)
This Companion is an essential guide to all aspects of the organ and its music. The early chapters examine the instrument's history and construction, and consider the scientific basis of its sounds, pitch and tuning. Central chapters investigate the practical art of learning and playing, and introduce the complex area of performance practice, while the final section explores the vast repertoire of organ music, by country, focusing on a selection of the most important traditions. The contributors are all experts in their field, making this the most authoritative reference book currently available.
Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation by John Ehle
In the tradition of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, the author of the highly acclaimed The Winter People tells the moving, searing story of the betrayal and brutal dispossession of the Cherokee Nation. "(A) beautifully written and emotionally mature book . . . a must."--New York Newsday.
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The fascinating portrayal of the Cherokee nation, filled with Native American legend, lore, and religion -- a gripping American drama of power, politics, betrayal, and ambition.
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Alexander Brown
First published in 1970, this extraordinary book changed the way Americans think about the original inhabitants of their country. Beginning with the Long Walk of the Navajos in 1860 and ending 30 years later with the massacre of Sioux men, women, and children at Wounded Knee in South Dakota, it tells how the American Indians lost their land and lives to a dynamically expanding white society. During these three decades, America's population doubled from 31 million to 62 million. Again and again, promises made to the Indians fell victim to the ruthlessness and greed of settlers pushing westward to make new lives. The Indians were herded off their ancestral lands into ever-shrinking reservations, and were starved and killed if they resisted. It is a truism that "history is written by the victors"; for the first time, this book described the opening of the West from the Indians' viewpoint. Accustomed to stereotypes of Indians as red savages, white Americans were shocked to read the reasoned eloquence of Indian leaders and learn of the bravery with which they and their peoples endured suffering. With meticulous research and in measured language overlaying brutal narrative, Dee Brown focused attention on a national disgrace. Still controversial but with many of its premises now accepted, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee has sold 5 million copies around the world. Thirty years after it first broke onto the national conscience, it has lost none of its importance or emotional impact. --John Stevenson
I Will Fight No More Forever: Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce War by Merrill D. Beal
Reviewer: firstname.lastname@example.org from Portland, Oregon
Anyone, student or Sunday composer (like myself) who has ever tried to understand the mysteries of one of music's most strict forms and has been thwarted by scholarly jargon filled tomes that can only be deciphered by college professors will appreciate Oldroyd's more practical approach. Each section of the fugue is presented as a whole and in detail so that a broad understanding of the material can be had before absorbing the details. There are many examples from JS Bach's "Well Tempered Clavier" to illustrate the common fugal practice as well as the many exceptions to the rules. Oldroyd is passionate about his subject and is able to transfer that passion to the reader. That makes the entire learning process a pleasurable experiance. The reader will look forward to every chapter and will no doubt be ready to compose his own fugue based on knowlege obtained from this book.
The most celebrated book on counterpoint is Fux's great theoretical work GRADUS AD PARNASSUM. Since its appearance in 1725, it has been used by and has directly influenced the work of many of the great composers, including J.S. Bach, Haydn, and Beethoven. Originally written in Latin, this work has been translated in to the principal European languages. The present translation by Alfred Mann is the first faithful rendering in English, presenting the essence of Fux's teachings.
This is the third volume in an on-going series of books surveying the choral-orchestral repertoire. In this study, Green reviews Bach's entire "oeuvre", including the more than two hundred works that are rarely performed and therefore rarely discussed. All Bach's works from BWV1 to BWV249 are analyzed, making this volume one of the most useful handbooks on this repertoire. Green reviews each work in great detail, providing information such as an instrumentation list, performance times, publishers, availability of materials, manuscript location (when possible), the hand of the copyist(s), text sources, a discography, and bibliographies specific to each composition. Most importantly, for each work there is a detailed description of the performance issues within the score. This includes evaluations of each solo vocal role, an evaluation of the choral and orchestral parts, along with an estimation of their respective difficulties. There are a number of indexes that provide brief biographical or historical information about each text source indexed back to the works themselves. There is also an index of works by type, vocal solos, choral voicing, instrumentation, liturgical calendar, performance chronology, title, and chorale usage.
Reviewer: D. Schuster from Texas
Valenti's guide to the keyboard Partitas of J.S. Bach is an entirely subjective account of his personal interpretive whims. Written in a scripted, question and answer format (with dissapointing results) each movement of each Partita is alloted about three to five questions which, frustrating for the serious performer, tend to focus on historical asides rather than specifcs of articulation, dynamics, slurring, etc. In addition to this, these questions are often far more vague and juvenile than one would expect of an experienced musician ready to learn these monumental works. Occasionally the author will compare different editions of the Partitas and point out some important thoughts on ornamentation, but one would do better to spend the forty dollars on several good recordings of the works, which will likely be far more illuminating and enjoyable.
The Bach cantatas are among the highest achievements of Western musical art; yet studies of individual Bach cantatas that are both illuminating and detailed are few in number. In this book Eric Chafe combines theological, historical, analytical, and interpretive approaches to the cantatas to offer the reader and listener the richest possible experience of the works in the light of the composer's intentions and of the enduring and universal qualities of the works. Concentrating on a small number of representative cantatas, mostly from the Leipzig cycles of 1723-24 and 1724-25, and in particular on Cantata 77, Chafe illustrates how Bach strove to mirror both the dogma and the mystery of religious experience in musical allegory.
Reviewer: Larry Ellis from Denver, Colorado USA
This as well as volume 2 is a critical part of anyone's library who wishes to learn about construction of the pipe organ. Although the books are very old, they are a treasure of otherwise unpublished information on the historic details of organ building world-wide.
Reviewer: email@example.com from Australia
This book provides an analyical and important summary of the greatest of all 18th century composers. Boyd succeeds in providing the life of Bach in context with the musical conditions of 18th century Germany, but adds his own perspective as seen from the end of the 20th century. I found this book most enjoyable, along the likes of other biographies of Bach, including Spitta and Schweitzer. To be added to the Bach Plucked! web site's recommended reading list.
This book won the 1997 Otto Kinkeldey Award of the American Musicological Society which each year honors the work of musicological scholarhip deemed by a committee of scholars to be the most distinguished of those published during the previous year in any language and in any country .... By 'work' is meant a major book, edition, or other piece of scholarship that best exemplifies the highest qualities of originality, interpretation, logic and clarity of thought, and communication.
Reviewer: A reader from Columbus, OH USA
A compilation of stoplists of over 50 organs in Germany as Bach probably knew them. Each section includes biographical material and discussion of the instrument, including historical data, the stoplist, a description of the organ by divisions, technical details, and a sampling of critical commentary by various scholars.
The Study of Fugue by Alfred Mann
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The Technique and Spirit of Fugue: An Historical Study by George Oldroyd
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Introduction to Counterpoint by Reginald O. Morris
The Study of Counterpoint by Johann Joseph Fux, Alfred Mann (Translator)
178 Chorale Harmonizations of J.S. Bach: A Comparative Edition for Study Paperback. Revised edition, Vol 001 (June 1985)
A Conductor's Guide to the Choral-Orchestral Works of J. S. Bach by Jonathan D. Green. Hardcover - 640 pages (February 2000)
A Guide to Organ Music by Viktor Lukas, Anne Wyburd (Translator). Hardcover - 272 pages. 5th Rev edition (October 1989)
A Performer's Guide to the Keyboard Partitas of J.S. Bach by Fernando Valenti, Johann Sebastian Bach (Contributor). Hardcover - 136 pages (February 1990)
Albert Schweitzer and the Bach Edition: Memoirs of a Collaboration (The Complete Organ, 5) by Edouard Nies Berger. Hardcover (October 2001). This item will be published in October 2001. You may order it now and Amazon.com will ship it to you when it arrives.
American Organ Music on Records by Lois Rowell. Paperback (March 1976)
An Organist's Reader : Essays (Detroit Monographs in Musicology/Studies in Music, No. 26) by Robert Noehren. Paperback (July 1999)
Analyzing Bach Cantatas by Eric Thomas Chafe. Hardcover (February 2000)
Art of Organ Building (Volume 1 of 2) by George A. Audsley. Paperback reprint, edition Vol 001 (December 1989)
At the Organ With Virgil Fox Paperback (March 2000)
Bach (Master Musicians Series) by Malcolm Boyd. Hardcover - 320 pages, 3rd edition (November 2000)
Bach and the Baroque: European Source Materials from the Baroque and Early Classical Periods With Special Emphais on the Music of J.S. Bach by Anthony Newman. Paperback (June 1995)
Bach and the Patterns of Invention by Laurence Dreyfus. Hardcover (February 1997)
Bach for Catholics : Using Chorales in the Liturgy by Edward Schaefer. Paperback (June 1987)
Bach Interpretation: Articulation Marks in Primary Sources of J.S. Bach (Cambridge Musical Texts and Monographs) by John Butt. Hardcover - 278 pages
Bach Organ Book by Homer D. Blanchard. Hardcover (June 1985)
Bach Perspectives: J.S. Bach, the Breitkopfs, and Eighteenth-Century Music Trade (Bach Perspectives) by George B. Stauffer (Editor). Hardcover, Vol 002 (October 1996)
Bach Perspectives: The Music of J. S. Bach: Analyis and Interpretation (Bach Perspectives, Vol 4) by David Schulenberg (Editor). Hardcover - 256 pages, Vol 4 (May 1999)
Bach Perspectives: Creative Responses to Bach from Mozart to Hindemith (Vol 3) by Michael Marissen (Editor). Hardcover - 240 pages, Vol 3 (June 1998)