Related to Music

Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
by Oliver Sacks

Music can move us to the heights or depths of emotion. It can persuade us to buy something, or remind us of our first date. It can lift us out of depression when nothing else can. It can get us dancing to its beat.  But the power of music goes much, much further. Indeed, music occupies more areas of our brain than language does—humans are a musical species.

Oliver Sacks’s compassionate, compelling tales of people struggling to adapt to different neurological conditions have fundamentally changed the way we think of our own brains, and of the human experience. In Musicophilia, he examines the powers of music through the individual experiences of patients, musicians, and everyday people—from a man who is struck by lightning and suddenly inspired to become a pianist at the age of forty-two, to an entire group of children with Williams syndrome, who are hypermusical from birth; from people with “amusia,” to whom a symphony sounds like the clattering of pots and pans, to a man whose memory spans only seven seconds—for everything but music.

Our exquisite sensitivity to music can sometimes go wrong: Sacks explores how catchy tunes can subject us to hours of mental replay, and how a surprising number of people acquire nonstop musical hallucinations that assault them night and day. Yet far more frequently, music goes right: Sacks describes how music can animate people with Parkinson’s disease who cannot otherwise move, give words to stroke patients who cannot otherwise speak, and calm and organize people whose memories are ravaged by Alzheimer’s or amnesia.

Music is irresistible, haunting, and unforgettable, and in Musicophilia, Oliver Sacks tells us why.

Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others
by Stacy Horn

Why do we sing? For Stacy Horn, singing in a community choir--the Choral Society of Grace Church in New York--is the one thing in her life that never fails to take her to a transcendent place and remind her that everything good is possible. She's not particularly religious and (she'll be the first to point out) her voice isn't exactly the stuff of legend, but like thousands of other amateur chorus members throughout this country and the world, singing  with other people makes her happy. 

As Horn relates her funny and profound experiences as a choir member, she treats us to an eclectic history of group singing and the music that moves us, whether we're hearing it for the first time or the hundredth; the dramatic stories of conductors and composers; and discoveries from the new science of singing, including the remarkable physical benefits of song. 

Life can be hard, battles continue to rage all around us, and by midlife most of us have had our share of disappointments. Here is the unexpected story of one woman who nevertheless has found joy and strength in the weekly ritual of singing some of the greatest music humanity has ever produced.

Lessons with the Hudson Greats Vol.1 Book/DVD
by John Blackwell

These eBooks together present a fantastic amount of challenging practice material in all styles, almost like a college course in modern professional drumset playing. Not only a companion to the Hudson DVDs, the book works as a stand-alone course of study that will allow you to incorporate the concepts of many of today s leading players into your approach. Included is a DVD containing one hour and 15 minutes of clips pulled from the Hudson DVDs referred to in the book, indexed for ease of reference, making this a complete educational package. Included are drumming greats Jason Bittner, John Blackwell, Keith Carlock, David Garibaldi, and all the artists from the Modern Drummer Festival 2008: Will Calhoun, Ndugu Chancler, Gavin Harrison, Simon Phillips, Thomas Pridgen, Dafnis Prieto, Derek Roddy, Todd Sucherman, Bill Stewart, and Billy Ward. We hope that this book serves a few different purposes, said Hudson Senior Drum Editor Joe Bergamini. It is a companion workbook to all of our DVDs, presenting the eBooks in an attractive new format that can reside in your library and be referred to whenever working with any of the DVDs. It is also an incredible stand-alone product that allows you a glimpse into the key concepts of all the amazing players contained herein. Because we wanted to make sure the product worked on its own, we have included a three-hour DVD containing selected clips from the original DVDs. Finally, we hope that working from a book/DVD package such as this one might allow you to gain inspiration and knowledge about the work of some of the drummers that perhaps you currently don't know very much about. Maybe you are a big fan of David Garibaldi already, but haven t yet discovered Aaron Spears. This package can expand your awareness and abilities on the instrument in a big way. A second book/DVD package, . Lessons with the Hudson Greats, Vol. 2, featuring different artists, will be released later in 2013.

Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major in Full Score
by Anton Bruckner

Featuring strikingly original harmonies and an extended structure and tonal range, this staple of the orchestral repertoire is a landmark of the Austro-Germanic symphonic tradition. Composed in the late 1870s but not performed until 1894, this symphony ranks among Anton Bruckner's finest works. Reproduced from the authoritative Breitkopf & Härtel edition.

Sound Innovations for String Orchestra -- Sound Development (Advanced): Warm-up Exercises for Tone and Technique for Advanced String Orchestra (Bass) (Sound Innovations Series for Strings)
by Bob Phillips

Sound Innovations: Sound Development for Advanced String Orchestra continues the emphasis on playing with a characteristic, beautiful sound, but also focuses on 3-octave scales, particularly scales that students will need for regional auditions and all-states. Advanced technical skills are presented in four levels, consistent with the revolutionary Sound Innovations structure: (1) Sound Tone, (2) Sound Bowing, (3) Sound Shifting, and (4) Sound Scales and Arpeggios. The levels can be used in the order that is best for your students, as individual warm-ups, or as structured units. The perfect book to follow Sound Development for Intermediate String Orchestra, or for any advanced student or string ensemble, your students will further refine the proper use of the bow, bow strokes, shifting, and 3-octave scales.

Sound Innovations for String Orchestra -- Sound Development (Advanced): Warm-up Exercises for Tone and Technique for Advanced String Orchestra (Cello) (Sound Innovations Series for Strings)
by Bob Phillips

Sound Innovations: Sound Development for Advanced String Orchestra continues the emphasis on playing with a characteristic, beautiful sound, but also focuses on 3-octave scales, particularly scales that students will need for regional auditions and all-states. Advanced technical skills are presented in four levels, consistent with the revolutionary Sound Innovations structure: (1) Sound Tone, (2) Sound Bowing, (3) Sound Shifting, and (4) Sound Scales and Arpeggios. The levels can be used in the order that is best for your students, as individual warm-ups, or as structured units. The perfect book to follow Sound Development for Intermediate String Orchestra, or for any advanced student or string ensemble, your students will further refine the proper use of the bow, bow strokes, shifting, and 3-octave scales.

Complete String Quartets
by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky

Although the string quartet was a rarely used form in 19th-century Russia, Tchaikovsky and Borodin both produced superb, inventive compositions in the genre. This volume collects Tchaikovsky's String Quartet No. 1 in D, Op. 11, Quartet No. 2 in F, Op. 22, and Quartet No. 3 in E-flat Minor, Op.30; and Borodin's String Quartet No. 1 in A and String Quartet No. 2 in D.

Piano Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 and Piano Quintet No. 1
by Gabriel Faure

Excellent, authoritative editions of 3 of the French composer's finest chamber works: Piano Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 15; the Piano Quartet No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 45; and the Piano Quintet No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 89. Handy one-volume source for music students, chamber music lovers, Fauré devotees.