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Bach, Beethoven and the Boys: Music History As It Ought to Be Taught by David W. Barber, Dave Donald (Illustrator). Paperback 2nd edition (September 1996)

To celebrate its 10th aniversary, Sound and Vision has prepared a special new edition, totally reformatted and updated by the author. Since its first publication a decade ago, this irreverent yet factual account of music history has become an internationally bestselling classic in the field of musical humor. Includes 35 illustrations.

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Bach: Essays on His Life and Music by Christoph Wolff. Paperback, Reprint edition (April 1994)

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Bach's Big Adventure by Sallie Ketcham, Timothy Bush (Illustrator). Reading level: Ages 4-8. School & Library Binding - 32 pages (March 1999)

Other Editions: Hardcover

Editorial Review: From Booklist
Ages 4-8. Based on a story that Bach liked to tell about his childhood, this is a lighthearted picture book about the great composer as a bouncy 10-year-old kid, so full of himself that he believes he is the "greatest organist in all of Germany and the world." His older brother tells Sebastian that he's the naughtiest, not the best, and that old Adam Reincken of Hamburg is the best; so Sebastian walks the 30 miles from his school to hear Reincken play. Bush's exuberant watercolors mix cartoon and folk art and occasional musical notes with playful exaggeration--until the boy hears Reincken play, and the double-page spread shows the old man's fingers playing the great music that soars over the town and across Europe, and that reduces Sebastian to tears. Then the master and the child play together, and, of course, everyone knows that the boy does grow up to become the greatest. Young musicians will enjoy the cheerful, irreverent childhood story. -Hazel Rochman

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Bach's Clavier-Ubung III : The Making of a Print With a Companion Study of the Canonic Variations on Vom-Himmel Hoch Bwv 769 by Gregory G. Butler. Hardcover (May 1990)

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Cavaille-Coll and the French Romantic Tradition by Fenner Douglass. Hardcover - 272 pages (September 1999)

This definitive account of the early career of Aristide Cavaille-Coll, the greatest organ-builder of nineteenth-century France, details his relationships with other organist/composers and his profound influence on the development of the French romantic organ school. Fenner Douglass highlights the projects that were pivotal to Cavaille-Coll`s success-magnificent instruments designed and installed in churches in and near Paris.

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Chromatic Fantasy Sonata (Inspired by J.S. Bach) by Dave Brubeck. Mass Market Paperback (December 15, 1994)

This masterpiece by noted jazz pianist Dave Brubeck illustrates his ability to compose serious works. Based on J.S. Bach's CHROMATIC FANTASY AND FUGUE, this advanced-level work deserves serious attention from pianists and teachers and this exclusive edition is exciting to both the performer and the audience.

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Complete Preludes and Fugues for Organ by Johann Sebastian Bach. Paperback - 173 pages (April 1985)

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Dance and the Music of J. S. Bach: Expanded Edition by Meredith Little, Natalie Jenne. This item will be published on October 1, 2001. You may order it now and we will ship it to you when it arrives. Library Binding - 288 pages, Expanded edition (October 1, 2001)

Stylized dance music and music based on dance rhythms pervade Bach's compositions. The original edition of this addressed works that bore the names of dances--a considerable corpus. In this expanded version of their practical and insightful study, Meredith Little and Natalie Jenne apply the same principals to the study of a great number of Bach's works that use identifiable dance rhythms but do not bear dance-specific titles.

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Dance and the Music of J.S. Bach (Music: Scholarship and Performance) by Meredith Little, Natalie Jenne Hardcover (February 1992)

Stylized dance music and music based on dance rhythms pervade Bach's compositions. The original edition of this addressed works that bore the names of dances--a considerable corpus. In this expanded version of their practical and insightful study, Meredith Little and Natalie Jenne apply the same principals to the study of a great number of Bach's works that use identifiable dance rhythms but do not bear dance-specific titles.

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Don't Be Afraid of the Pedals: A Self-Help Tutor to Improve Your Organ Playing by Colin Hand Paperback (May 2000)

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Essay on the True Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments by William J. Mitchell (Editor), Carl P. Bach. Hardcover (November 1948)

Reviewer: A reader from New York
This an historically significant work worthwhile for a number of reasons--of course--, but I am particularly interested in its treatment of figured bass. Why? Although it was composed after Rameau published his revolutionary theory of root progression, C.P.E. Bach repudiated Rameau's theory, and this work remains untouched by it. Consequently, reading this is the easist way to get a feel for how things stood before Rameau and (ironically for C.P.E. Bach) to appreciate truly Rameau's achievement.

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Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor, Bwv 537 (The Donald Hunsberger Wind Library) by J.S. Bach. Paperback (January 1998)

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Four Centuries of English Organ Music Paperback (March 2000)

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Free Organ Accompaniment to 100 Well-Known Hymn Tunes by T. Tertius Noble. Paperback (March 2000)

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French Masters of the Organ by Michael Murray. Hardcover - 256 pages (August 1998)

This engaging book vividly portrays Aristide Cavaille-Coll (1811-1899), the greatest and most influential organ builder of his time, and seven French romantic organist-composers who shared a connection to Cavaille-Coll. Michael Murray discusses the lives and beloved music of these men, their styles and techniques, their times, and differing views about how their music should be played. This engaging book discusses the colorful personalities and beloved music of the French romantic organist-composers. The book offers to lovers of French music and culture - and especially to student organists - details of these composers' lives and times and of their styles and techniques. Drawing on his personal acquaintance with Messiaen, Langlais, Dupre, and other famous contemporaries, and on period documents, original accounts, early recordings, and other primary sources, Murray examines the relationship between organ building and musical composition, the nature of romanticism and classicism, and the ever-perplexing question of composer versus interpreter.

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French Organ Music: From the Revolution to Franck and Widor by Lawrence Archbold (Editor), William J. Peterson (Editor). Paperback - 320 pages (June 1999)

Examines the music of Franck and other 19th-century French organist-composers through stylistic analysis, study of the compositional process and an exploration of how ideas about organ technique and performance-practice traditions developed.

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Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter

Editorial Reviews: Amazon.com
Twenty years after it topped the bestseller charts, Douglas R. Hofstadter's G-del, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid is still something of a marvel. Besides being a profound and entertaining meditation on human thought and creativity, this book looks at the surprising points of contact between the music of Bach, the artwork of Escher, and the mathematics of G-del. It also looks at the prospects for computers and artificial intelligence (AI) for mimicking human thought. For the general reader and the computer techie alike, this book still sets a standard for thinking about the future of computers and their relation to the way we think.

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Hamburg's Role in Northern European Organ Building by Gustav Fock. Hardcover (January 1995)

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Handbook to Bach's Sacred Cantata Texts by Melvin P. Unger, Johann Sebastian Bach

The German church cantata of the eighteenth century was the culmination of a long tradition of Lutheran "sermon music" that used the proclamation, amplification, and interpretation of scripture to teach and persuade the listener. Bach's cantatas also served this didactic purpose and typically incorporate numerous allusions to scriptural passages or themes in their librettos. Unfortunately, many of these passages remain obscure to the twentieth-century musician because they demand a much closer familiarity with the Bible than is common today. The "Handbook to Bach's Sacred Cantata Texts" identifies scriptural references for the wording, imagery, and themes that Bach's listeners would have known. In addition, the religious or literary theme of each text is summarized within the specific context of the cantata as a whole. With interlinear translations and a full complement of indexes.

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Histoire de la Musique / Vol. 1 Des Origines a J. S. Bach by Rene Taton. Paperback - 732 pages (October 1, 1966)

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