January 2003 - NEW ISSUES
On Playing the Harp
Celebrated harp soloist and Telarc recording artist Yolanda Kondonassis has written a detailed and comprehensive treatise for harp players that will be a great boon to harpists at all levels of performance accomplishment. Kondonassis has divided her book into three broad sections. Part I: On Building the Foundation, covers all the basic techniques and issues involved in playing the harp from elbow, hand, wrist and finger positions to the art of practicing, pedal technique and special effects possible on the harp. Part II: On Strengthening and Conditioning, features exercises and etudes for strengthening the individual fingers, facility of pedal use, scales, arpeggios and much more. Part III: On Warming Up, has recommended stretching exercises for harpists and warm-ups designed for beginning, intermediate and advanced harpists. Throughout the book, there are photographs that demonstrate proper hand positions and copious musical examples. On Playing the Harp is the perfect A to Z compendium of material for developing the multifaceted art of playing this delightful and popular instrument.
The Carlos Salzedo Collection
No harpist in the 20th century has had a more significant impact on development of the instrument than Carlos Salzedo (1885-1961). Famed as a player and teacher, he was also a composer of note whose works reflect his French origins and great support for contemporary musical developments in the 1920s and 1930s. This collection contains many of the arrangements he published with Carl Fischer (folk songs and music by Handel, Haydn, Brahms and Anton Rubenstein) as well as his delightful Five Preludes. This is a collection all harpists will want to own and cherish.
Solos for Trumpet
Trumpet virtuoso and pedagogue Timothy Morrison has compiled one of the most comprehensive collections of solos for trumpet players ever published. A well-balanced mix of transcriptions from classical literature and solos originally written for the instrument, Solos for Trumpet has music from all periods of music. Many of the titles the collection contains are on State and Festival lists and the book covers performance levels from grade 2 through grade 5. Music by Bach, Bizet, Burke, Clarke, de Boeck, Dvorak, Fitzgerald, Handel, Saint Saens and many others is included plus such trumpet classics as The Carnival of Venice by Jean Baptiste Arban, Concert Piece by Giulio Alary and Rafael Mendez's sizzling transcription of the Habanera from Bizet's Carmen.
My First Barret/Niemann
The latest release in the My First Series, My First Barret/Niemann is an introduction to the essential elements of two famous Oboe methods, designed to help the developing student prepare for the technical and musical demands of these two well-known methods for oboe. The exercises, solos and duets adapted from Barret and Niemann methods will be a springboard to further study of the master texts and the literature for the instrument. As with other books in this series, great emphasis is placed on musical playing as well as developing technical facility. Four classic pieces (by Gossec, Haydn, Fauré and Bach) that are included reinforce this idea as well as the many exercises designed to promote technical growth. My First Barret/Niemann will work equally well in both group and individual teaching settings and is an invaluable tool for helping young oboists advance to the next level of playing proficiency.
Note: There are also My First… books available for Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone and Tuba. Be sure to ask one of our sales representatives for the details.
More Themes for Therapy
More of the wonderfully inspiring musical materials that have made Themes for Therapy such a breakthrough resource for the therapeutic community are contained in this new book from the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy. Clinically tested with clients who have diverse developmental needs, these pieces will serve very well in many individual and group situations.
VF4 - More Themes for Therapy - Ritholz/Robbins