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MARCH 2003

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More Photos, Article, Piedmont College, Demrest, Georgia, Casavant


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Description, Specifications, North Shore United Methodist Church, Glencoe, Illinois, John-Paul Buzard Pipe Organ Builders

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Church of the Nativity (Episcopal), Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, Grant Edwards

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Article, Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, August, Georgia, Schantz


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Specifications, St. Andrew's Cathedral, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Létourneau

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Joseph Chapline residence, Newbury, New Hampshire, Chapline


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Specifications, More Photos, Article, St. John's Episcopal Church, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Létourneau


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Specifications, More Photos, St. George's Anglican Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Létourneau

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St. Joseph's Parish, Appleton, Wisconsin, Holtkamp


cover Benjamin Britten : A Bio-Bibliography by Stewart R. Craggs
Book Description
Benjamin Britten was arguably the greatest English composer of his time. His music crossed boundaries of genre and form to include opera, ballet, orchestral and chamber music, and film and incidental music. The result of twenty years of research, Benjamin Britten provides up-to-date and comprehensive details about Britten's life and music, including works, performances, and recordings--an effort never before undertaken. Certain to be of use to any scholar of British music or 20th century composition, this reference work is an invaluable addition to the literature on this important artist.

cover Berlioz's Orchestration Treatise : A Translation and Commentary by Berlioz (Author), Hugh Macdonald (Editor)
Book Description
Berlioz's Orchestration Treatise (1843) is a classic textbook by a master of the orchestra, which has not been available in English translation for over a century. This is a book by and about Berlioz, since it provides not only a new translation but also an extensive commentary on his text, dealing with the instruments of Berlioz's time and comparing his instruction with his practice. It is thus a study of the high craft of the most distinctive orchestrator of the nineteenth century.

cover The Harlequin Years: Music in Paris 1917-1929 by Roger Nichols
Book Description
Few decades in the life of any European city have been as rich in musical personalities and achievements as the 1920s in Paris. It was, as Stravinsky said, the hub of the musical world, popular for travelers because it was cheap. Composers working in or near the city included Ravel, Fauré, Satie, Stravinsky, and Prokofiev as well as the up-and-coming members of Les Six, most notably Poulenc, Milhaud, and Auric. Among their collaborators were the painters Picasso, Braque, Dufy, and Juan Gris, while Jean Cocteau kept a watchful eye on new trends. Horowitz, Robert Casadesus, and Vlado Perlemuter all made their Paris debuts in this decade, as did the young violin prodigies Ginette Neveu and Yehudi Menuhin. Women musicians were coming into their own: the composers Germaine Tailleferre and Lili Boulanger, salon hostesses like the Princesse de Polignac and Mae Clemenceau. The Harlequin Years charts a nimble course through this remarkable era, noting currents as well as personalities, telling stories as well as pondering the occasional philosophical problem. Through the whole book runs the double thread spun by Jean Cocteau in his little volume Le coq et l'harlequin: the warp of the traditional French cock being pulled by the weft of the foreign, multicolored harlequinade. Roger Nichols's spirited narrative shows that this was also an uncertain time, as the war had cast doubt on old assumptions. Did wisdom necessarily come with age? Were hierarchies necessary? Irreverence was in, the circus was aesthetically at least as valuable as the finest symphony orchestra. Against all this some composers, like Fauré and Roussel, continued with traditional forms, though each brought to them his own highly personal language and syntax. 60 b/w photographs

cover Heitor Villa-Lobos: A Life (1887-1959) by David P. Appleby


cover Kick-Start Your Choir: Confidence-Boosting Strategies by Mike Brewer


cover Manuel De Falla and Modernism in Spain, 1898-1936 by Carol A. Hess


cover The Memoirs of Hector Berlioz by Hector Berlioz, David Cairns (Editor)
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Book Description
The Memoirs of Hector Berlioz has long been considered to be among the best of musical autobiographies. Like his massive compositions, Berlioz (1803-69) was colorful, eloquent, larger than life. His book is both an account of his important place in the rise of the Romantic movement and a personal testament. He tells the story of his liaison with Harriet Smithson, and his even more passionate affairs of the mind with Shakespeare, Scott, and Byron. Familiar with all the great figures of the age, Berlioz paints brilliant portraits of Liszt, Wagner, Balzac, Weber, and Rossini, among others. And through Berlioz's intimate and detailed self-revelation, there emerges a profoundly sympathetic and attractive man, driven, finally, by his overwhelming creative urges to a position of lonely eminence. For this new Everyman's edition of The Memoirs, the translator--the composer's most admired biographer--has completely revised the text and the extensive notes to take into account the latest research.

cover My Lord, What a Morning: An Autobiography (Music in American Life) by Marian Anderson
Book Description
My Lord, What a Morning is a gentle and engrossing memoir, abounding with the tender and inspiring stories of Marian Anderson's life in her own modest words. From her humble but proud beginnings in south Philadelphia to international vocal renown, the legendary contralto writes of triumph and adversity, of being grounded in faith and surrounded by family, and of the music that shaped her career. Anderson published My Lord, What a Morning in 1956 on the heels of her groundbreaking role as the first African American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera. In it are bittersweet reminiscences of a working-class childhood, from her first job scrubbing the neighbors' steps to the sorrow and upheaval of her father's untimely death. Here are the stories of a young girl with prodigious talent, and her warm remembrances of the teachers, managers, friends, accompanists, and fans who worked to foster it. Here is a veritable travelogue of her concerts across the globe and rare glimpses at the personal life of a woman more concerned with family than celebrity. An entire chapter devoted to the Easter concert at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939 reveals Anderson's immense respect for Eleanor Roosevelt, who resigned from the Daughters of the American Revolution when they refused to let Anderson perform at Constitution Hall. Supplanting sorrow and regret for anger and violence, Anderson demurely imparts her views on discrimination and on becoming an icon in the struggle for civil rights. With eleven photographs and a touching new foreword by Anderson's nephew, famed conductor and poet James DePreist, this new paperback edition of My Lord, What a Morning revives the classic portrait of a musical legend who was resilient in the bullying face of bigotry and gracious in the unfaltering glow of fame.

cover Serial Music, Serial Aesthetics: Compositional Theory in Post-War Europe by M. J. Grant
Book Description
Composers of serial music in post-war Europe wrote almost as much about music as the music itself, but the relationship between theory and practice in the work of key figures like Stockhausen, Eimert, Pousseur and Schnebel has often been misrepresented. Focusing on the controversial journal Die Reihe, this book traces serialism's cultural history, its debt to the artistic theories of Klee and Mondrian, and its relationship to contemporary developments in concrete art, poetry and information aesthetics. It sketches a aesthetic theory of serialism as an experimental music.

cover Tim Page on Music: Views and Reviews by Tim Page
Book Description
In 65 perceptive pieces, including some of the work that earned him the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1997, Page offers what he calls "a collection of illumined moments," now gathered in a single volume for the wider audience who will treasure their insight, wit, and wisdom. Page is tremendously versatile, a musical polymath in his interests and understanding. This collection includes both short pieces and longer articles, some about unique souls whom Page knew well and admired, including Glenn Gould and Otto Luening, and others about whom he feels strongly in other ways, among them Vladimir Horowitz. He takes readers along for closeup glimpses at Midori, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Dawn Upshaw, and Bobby McFerrin, as well as Frank Sinatra and Captain Beefheart, to name just a few. Tim Page on Music is a book about resilience and high spirit, from the boom-box parade in a Connecticut town after it lost arts funding to the delicious outrage Page allows himself over Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio. His literate, creative mind draws parallels among all the arts, from novels and romantic poetry to classical music, opera, avant garde, pop, and rock. He talks about opera and Grand Prix racing with Plácido Domingo, draws out Robert Shaw in the great choral conductor’s last long interview, shares his passions for certain avant-garde rock composers, and stays by the side of a courageous young composer and pianist determined to play his last concert as he is dying of AIDS.

cover The Musical Genesis of Felix Mendelssohn's Paulus by Siegwart Reichwald
Book Description
Felix Mendelssohn is one of the most celebrated figures of the early Romantic period. As a composer of sacred texts, he is chiefly remembered today for the oratorios "Paulus" (1836) and "Elijah" (1846). In this groundbreaking study, Siegwart Reichwald offers a meticulous analysis of Paulus, beginning with a general overview of the oratorio traditions of the early nineteenth century. He details the phases of the compositional process of "Paulus" as well as principles governing its development. Numerous musical examples, figures, and tables accompany the text. Reichwald's study will captivate anyone hungering for a thorough treatment of "Paulus", while shedding light on Mendelssohn's approach to the oratorio and to sacred music in general.

cover Emma Lou Diemer : A Bio-Bibliography by Ellen Grolman Schlegel
Book Description
Emma Lou Diemer--a composer who successfully combines a classicist's interest in form with a fresh, contemporary, harmonic vocabulary--has produced a diverse, sophisticated, and largely unheralded opus, including 350 works composed for orchestra, symphonic band, chamber ensemble, keyboard, chorus, voices, and solo and electronic instruments. This complete guide to her extensive work examines her influences and her unique musical style, reveals her philosophy of composing, and offers the reader access to detailed information about her work. Though her organ psalm settings and hymn preludes are considered standard repertoire, as are a number of her choral compositions, Diemer has not received her due attention or acclaim--an oversight fully corrected by this valuable addition to music scholarship.

cover Pathways: A Guide for Energizing & Enriching Band, Orchestra, & Choral Programs by Joseph Alsobrook, Tim Lautzenheiser
Book Description
Here are solid and exciting solutions to the challenges of running an effective school music program, suggestions on how to motivate students to grow as musicians, and ways to retain students. Musician and teacher Joseph Alsobrook explains how to meet the needs of music students while simultaneously enjoying a rewarding and meaningful career as a music educator. Offering his wisdom with hands-on suggestions for practical and creative teaching methods, Alsobrook shows teachers how to build a music program filled with dedicated students and backed by a loyal community.


Favorite Hymns for Organ Edited by Dale Tucker. Arranged by Robert Hebble. Organ collection. Level: intermediate. 60 pages. Published by Warner Brothers. (BHS9501)
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Variations on an American Hymn (Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing) As performed by Robert Hebble. Edited by Dale Tucker. Organ solo. 24 pages. Published by Warner Brothers. (BHS9703)
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Flourish By Wilbur C. Held. For Organ. Published by Beckenhorst Press. (O1)
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Mystic Song By Wilbur C. Held. For Vocal. Published by Beckenhorst Press. (V2)
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Pastorale On Silent Night By Wilbur Held. Organ Solos & Collections. Sheet Music. Composed 1992. Published by Hope Publishing Company. (325)
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Variation on Azmon Helman By Michael Helman. Edited by Dale Tucker. Classical and sacred organ. Level: intermediate. 16 pages. Published by Warner Brothers. (GSTC9905)
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VARIATIONS ON PICARDY by Michael Helman By Michael Helman. Edited by Dale Tucker. Classical and sacred organ. Level: upper intermediate. 16 pages. Published by Warner Brothers. (GSTCM0102)
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Five Trios From Bach's B Minor Mass Arranged For Organ By Michael Helman By Johann Sebastian Bach. Edited by Dale Tucker. Arranged by Michael Helman. Classical and sacred organ. Level: late-intermediate. 24 pages. Published by Warner Brothers. (GBM0205)
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Trumpet Dialogue For Organ Solo Or Organ With Optional Trumpet By Michael Helman. Edited by Dale Tucker. Classical and sacred organ. Level: intermediate. Published by Warner Brothers. (GSTCM0204)
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Free Harmonizations For Hymn-Singing By Howard Helvey. For Organ. Published by Beckenhorst Press. (OC18)
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Hymns From Around The World By Howard Helvey. For Piano. Published by Beckenhorst Press. (PC6)
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Meditation And Majesty By Howard Helvey. For Piano. Published by Beckenhorst Press. (PC4)
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cover Christmas at Trinity
1. Once in Royal David's City 2. Now the holly bears a berry (The St. Day Carol) (Cornish) 3. The Three Kings 4. I Sing of a Maiden for 2 voices & piano 5. O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fidelis) 6. The Holly and the Ivy 7. In the Bleak Midwinter 8. I Wonder As I Wander (American) 9. Adam Lay Y-Bounden, carol 10. O Little Town of Bethlehem 11. I Saw Three Ships 12. In dulci jubilo (Piĉ Cantiones) 13. Away in a Manger 14. Of the Father's heart begotten (A Christmas Procession) 15. Infant Holy, Infant Lowly (W zlobie lezy) 16. Gabriel's Message (Basque carol) 17. Lullay my liking, for soprano & chorus, Op. 34/2, H. 129 18. Resonet in Laudibus (Piae Cantiones) 19. Angels From the Realms Of Glory 20. Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night") 21. A Babe Is Born, for chorus & organ, Op 53 22. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night) 23. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (adapted by W. H. Cummings from Mendelssohn's Festgesang for the Gutenberg Festival)

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