With “Autumn in New York” just around the corner, it is time for the First Annual Buy*Yourself*a*Book*and*Help*LoPresti*Purchase*a*Rhodes Fall cleanout.
I have in my library a bunch of stuff to which I no longer refer, and with very little chance of needing to again in the future. It would please me to see these items in the hands of those who might be able to use them.
The Teachers’ Forum has had a couple of days to claim whatever it wanted, and following is still a great selection of mostly professional materials. There is a W_I_D_E selection of Twentieth-Century stuff in each category.
Thinking about how to do this fairly, I suppose first-come-first-served is best, so send me an eMail listing whatever you want, along with your mailing address - lopresce[at] Verizon [dot] net. I’ll calculate postage, and let you know by return eMail, and then you can send a check . You pay only actual postage, plus one dollar donation for each item.
= THE AMERICAN HISTORY AND ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MUSIC (Book II) by Janet M. Green and W. L. Hubbard = Hardcover – pub. Squire Tooley Company, Toledo. 1924 - These are short biographies of musicians and composers, whose surnames start with M, through Z. Included are a few beautiful photos! Binding is intact, cover a little ragged, all pages and photos seem perfect.
= ASPECTS OF VERDI by George Martin = Hardcover – pub. Dodd, Meade, & Co., New York 1988. European History and Creativity intertwined. In very nice condition
= BRAHMS by Walter Niemann = Hardcover – pub. Tudor Publishing, New York 1929 (1937 second edition) – Old, in very nice condition
= CONVERSATIONS WITH TOSCANINI by B.H. Haggin = Softbound – pub Horizon Press, New York 1959, rev. 1979 . Excellent condition (I have not scribbled in this one.)
= FAMOUS CONDUCTORS by David Ewen = Hardcover, pub. Dodd, MEade, and Company, New York 1966 – Easy reading about conductors’ lives . Started life as a library book, Nice condition, all pages fine.
= IL MAESTRO – THE LIFE OF ARTURO TOSCANINI by Howard Taubman = Hardcover, in English, pub. Simon and Schuster, New York 1951. Cover a little worn, all pages and backing fine, extensive - 342 pages.
= LEONARD BERNSTEIN by David Ewen = Paperback, pub. Bantam Books New York 1960. Written while the maestro was in his prime. Cover is worn, all pages intact.
= MINUTE SKETCHES OF GREAT COMPOSERS by Eva Hansl and Helen Kaufmann , with portraits by Samuel Nisenson = Hardcover – pub Grosset & Dunlap, New York 1932 – From Palestrina through Gershwin (chronologically) - Old, and binding spine needs re-glueing. Cover is sun-faded, all pages and portraits are in extra fine condition.
= STRAVINSKY – THE COMPOSER AND HIS WORKS by Eric Walter White = Hardcover – pub. U. of California Press, Berklee 1966. Exhaustive treatment through 1965, many photos and illustrations, excerpts. 608 pages in very nice condition. Spent it’s former life as a library book
= TONY BENNETT – THE GOOD LIFE by Tony Bennett, with Will Friedwald = Hardcover, pub. Simon & Schuster, New York 1998. Autobiography of a living legend. Dusty, but perfect.
= TOSCANINI – AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT by Samuel Chotzinoff = Hardcover – pub. Alfred A. Knopf, New York 1956. It starts with some reported trouble between the then young Maestro and the Facist Party at La Scala. It ends with the final, faltering beats, and the baton falling from his lifeless right hand during the final concert. In very nice condition.
= VIRGIL THOMPSON by Virgil Thompson = Hardcover, pub. Alfred A. Knopf, New York 1966. Obviously an autobiography of the great American composer. This volume spent part of its life as a lending-library book, and has a spine that needs REglueing to prove it. Otherwise, complete and in nice condition.
= AN APPROACH TO HARMONY by Osbourne McConathy = Hardcover, pub. Silver,Burdett, and Co. New York 1927. Just as it implies, 175 pages of elementary to intermediate theory. Cover slightly worn, all pages absolutely fine.
= BAND AND ORCHESTRA HANDBOOK by Conn Band Instrument Company, Elkhart, IN. (Twenty-Second Revised Edition) = Hardcover, pub Conn 1935. Technical treatment of musical instruments, including valve mechanisms explained. Fingering charts. Drum rudiments. Effective seating charts for bands and orchestras. Overview of conducting techniques. Very nice, a little dusty.
>> NO LONGER AVAILABLE << = BASIC PRINCIPLES OF THE TECHNIQUE OF 18th and 19th CENTURY COMPOSITION (Eastman School of Music Series) by Allen Irvine McHose = Hardcover, with glossy protector, pub. Appleton-Century-Crofts , New York 1951. Conservatory-level text, with lots of exercises. Contrary to its title’s implication, this is pure theory - the real stuff! A few pencil marks. Used but complete.
>> NO LONGER AVAILABLE << = CHORAL COMPOSITION by Archibald T. Davidson = Hardcover, pub. Harvard University Press, Cambridge 1945 (rev. 1963). Comprehensive treatment of the subject. Book is perfect except of highlighting and some underlining.
>> NO LONGER AVAILABLE << = CONTRAPUNTAL HARMONIC TECHNIQUE OF 18th CENTURY (Eastman School of Music Series) by Allen Irvine McHose = Hardcover, pub. Appleton-Century-Crofts , New York 1947. Conservatory-level text. in pure theory, with many exercises. Whatever is not in this book is not important! A few pencil marks and some highlighting. Cover shows some wear, everything complete and ligible.
= DYNAMIC CHORAL CONDUCTOR by Royal Stanton = Hardcover, pub. Shawnee Press, Deleware Water Gap. PA.. 1971. A choral conductor’s comprehensive how-to, from musical, to inter-personal, to organizational issues. Book is perfect except of extensive highlighting - everything completely legible.
= FIRST YEAR HARMONY by Thomas Tapper = Hardcover, pub. Arthur P. Schmidt Co. Boston 1930. Just as it implies, elementary to intermediate theory. Cover slightly dinged, all pages absolutely fine.
>> NO LONGER AVAILABLE << = GRADUS AD PARNASSUM – The STUDY of COUNTERPOINT by Johann Joseph Fux = Paperback, originally “published” in the early 1700s, here by W.W. Norton Company New York 1965. Translated by Alfred Mann into English. This is the original THEORY book of Western Music! Modern ligature, naturally
>> NO LONGER AVAILABLE << = IMPROVISING JAZZ by Jerry Coker = Paperback, pub. Simon & Schuster New York 1964. Introduction, thru intermediate instruction, including heavy chord construction theory. Structured exercises for applying principles. EXCELLENT BOOK, and in great condition.
>> NO LONGER AVAILABLE << = MODELS FOR BEGINNERS IN COMPOSITION by Arnold Schoenberg = Paperback, pub. Belmont Music, Los Angeles. Translated and edited by Leonard Stein. WARNING: This is not for the faint-of-heart! Schoenberg’s “Beginners” for this composition study need to be steeped in Theory and Harmony. Sparse on text, with tons of examples. Excellent condition.
= ON THE ART OF SINGING by Enrico Caruso and Luisa Tetrazzini = Paperback – Originally published by Metropolitan Opera Company , New York 1909 (reprinted complete here by Dover Publishing, New York) - The bible of vocal production by those who knew how! “Someone” used a yellow highlighter liberally, and pages are all intact and perfectly legible.
>> NO LONGER AVAILABLE << = PIANO TUNING (A Simple and Accurate Method for Amateurs) by J. Cree Fischer = Paperback - pub. Dover Press, New York 1907 Revised and Reprinted - Various piano mechanisms illustrated. 200 pages, nice condition.
= SCORED FOR THE UNDERSTANDING OF MUSIC by Charles and Marjorie Hoffer = Paperback,Spiral-bound, pub. Wadsworth, Belmont, CA. This is a conservatory-level “analysis on how to analyze” orchestral and vocal scores. Attempts to simplify and tell reader on what to focus. Sparse on text, with tons of examples. Used and complete condition.
>> NO LONGER AVAILABLE << = STRUCTURE AND STYLE (The Study and Analysis of Musical Forms) by Leon Stein = Paperback with glossy protector, pub. Summy-Birchard Company, Evanston, Il. 1962. From simple to complex, this conservatory-level text teaches the formal organization of Western music. Several pencil and pen underlinings. Nice shape, all pages perfectly legible.
= TECHNIQUES IN CHORAL CONDUCTING by Archie N. Jones = Hardcover, pub. Carl Fischer, New York 1948. Heavy emphasis on INTERPRETATION, SOUND PRODUCTION, and DICTION. Really a chorus training manual. Excellent condition.
= TREATISE ON HARMONY by Jean-Philippe Rameau (Translated by Philip Grossett) = Hardcover, pub. Dover Publications, New York 1971. (Rameau started this work in 1722!) Here are three different volumes, bound as one: There is an extensive treatment of the science of SOUND, then the comprehensive teaching of theory and harmony, and finally the instruction in the principles of music composition. Like new condition.
= WHAT TO LISTEN FOR IN MUSIC by Aaron Copland = Paperback , pub. McGraw–Hill New York 1953 rev. 1963. Great, easy reading - Nice stuff.
Flute = 15 TOP JAZZ DUETS = Pub. Hal Leonard 1995 – Nicely done, 2-parts with full chord symbols.
Alto = ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS for Eb Alto Saxophone – Book 1 = Hal Leonard 2004 - Includes an unopened DVD and CD – easy songs.
Clarinet (Bb) = FIRST BOOK OF PRACTICAL STUDIES FOR CLARINET = by Nilo Hovey , pub. Belwin Mills 1943 – Elementary to Intermediate exercises in various keys – interesting melodies – great condition.
Clarinet (Bb) = DeCAPRIO CLARINET METHOD – Book 1 = by Domenico De Caprio , pub. Remick Music Corp. 1939 – Elementary to Intermediate+ in English – great condition.
Clarinet (Bb) = 30 SOLID GOLD SONGS = pub. Belwin Mills 1991 –Intermediate grade pop songs from the 1980s in easy keys – some pencil markings of accompaniment chords. (I don’t know WHO would have done that!)
Clarinet (Bb) = RUBANK ELEMENTARY METHOD by Nilo Hovey = pub. Rubank (div. Hal Leonard) orogonally 1933 – Great condition, a couple of pencil markings. These were THE method books of ALL method books for wind instruments, for years and years.
>> NO LONGER AVAILABLE << Keyboards = RHYTHM SECTION STUDIES FOR KEYBOARDS by Don Sterling = pub. Berklee Press, Boston 1981 - JAZZ. A bunch (102 pages) of great, advanced pieces for the accomplished pianist. Both hands completely written out, plus fully notated with chord symbols. Beginners and Intermediates need not apply. Excellent condition.
= 20th CENTURY MUSIC IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE by Arthur Cohn = Hardcover, pub. Lippincott Company, New York 1961 – A comprehensive treatment of each composer’s works . Started life as a library book, Nice condition, all pages fine.
= ART OF MUSIC (Short History of Musical Styles and Ideas) by Music Faculty at Yale U. = Paperback (Publisher’s “In White” Paper Cover), pub. Thomas Crowell Co., New York 1960, Rev. 1971. Greece and Rome, through the Twentieth Century) Paper cover is soiled, binding not the best, all pages are fine.
= JAZZ PANORAMA by Martin Williams = Paperback, pub. Collier Books, New York 1958 rev. 1964. “From Dixie to Third Stream, the sounds of jazz, and the men (sic.) who made them.” 320 pages, very nice condition.
= AN OUTLINE OF THE HISTORY OF MUSIC by Hugh Milton Miller = Paperback, pub. Barnes & Noble, New York. 1947 – A college level overview. A few pencil underlines, cover is tattered, all pages intact.
= MUSIC IN THE 20th CENTURY by Willian W. Austin (Cornell U.) = Paperback (Publisher’s “In White” Paper Cover), pub. W.W. Norton, New York 1966. Heavy treatment of Debussy, onward through Stravinsky, Schoenberg, and Bartok. Paper cover is soiled, binding not the best, all pages are fine.
= STANDARD HISTORY OF MUSIC, FOR STUDENTS OF ALL AGES by James Cooke = Hardcover, pub. Theodore Presser, Philadelphia 1910 . Cover is fine, pages fine, inside cloth binding is ragged.
= STUDIES IN RUSSIAN MUSIC (RIMSKY-KORSAKOV and his CONTEMPORARIES) = by Gerald Abraham , Hardcover, pub. William Reeves, London. Cover and pages are fine, cloth binding has been repaired. A college library book at one time.
= SYMPHONIC MUSIC (Its Evolution since the Renaissance) by Homer Ulrich = Paperback (Publisher’s “In White” Paper Cover), pub. Columbia University Press, New York 1966. Paper cover is soiled, binding not the best, all pages are fine.
= THE ORCHESTRA by Paul Bekker = Paperback, pub. W. W. Norton, New York 1936. An entertaining treatise on the stages of development of the symphony orchestra. Nice condition.
= THE STORY OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS by H.W. Schwartz = Hardcover, pub. by the Conn Band Instrument Division, Elkhart, IN. 1938. An exhaustive review of all Strings, all Woodwinds, all Brass, most Percussion, and their histories. Includes, on page 11, a range chart for all band and orchestra instruments as their ranges relate to the piano (keyboard). Nice shape, a little dusty.
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= APPALACHIN CHRISTMAS CAROLS for ONE PIANO, FOUR HANDS by Vincent Persichetti, Paperback, pub. Theodore Presser, Bryn Mawr 1975. No messy lyrics. Quite playable with a bit of work. Perfect condition.
= BEETHOVEN’s SEVEN OVERATURES IN SCORE = Hardcover, pub. Books & Music Pub. , New York 1938. Background history and information, plus the full scores for Prometheus, Coriolan, Leonore No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3, Fidelio, and Egmont. There is also a PIANO REDUCTION with each full score! Cover shows slight wear, fine condition.
= BEETHOVEN STRING QUARTETS (Numbers 10 in Eb Major, 11 in F Minor, 12 in Eb Major, and 13 in Bb Major) = Paperback, pub LP Scores, New York 1959. Four Complete, four-part quartets in full score, 5” x 7½” format..
= BEETHOVEN SYMPHONIES – All Nine of Them, in full score, but miniature format – (bring your reading glasses) = Paperback, pub Bonanza Books, New York. All instrumental and choral parts of all symphonies are complete. This format is fine for study, but is too small and condensed for conducting.
= EXEUNT by Lucas Foss = Paper, pub. Carl Fischer, New York. This is the FULL SIZE CONDUCTOR’S SCORE. Scored for regular symphony orchestra plus special percussion (gong, chimes, xylophone, and anvil!) Perfect condition.
= MARCHE MILITAIRE FRANCAISE (Op. 60, from the Algerian Suite) by Camille Saint-Saëns = This is the FULL SIZE CONDUCTOR’S SCORE, pub. Carl Fischer, New York. “Someone” had the bad taste to use pencil to make any cued entrances. Other than that, perfect condition.
= MASS IN G MAJOR by Franz Schubert = Paper with glossy protective coatings. This is the FULL SIZE CONDUCTOR’S SCORE, pub. E. F. Kalmus, New York. This work is for full chorus and string orchestra. Again, “someone” had the bad taste to use pen to make any cued entrances. Other than that, perfect condition.
= MASS IN G MAJOR by Franz Schubert = Paperback. pub. E. F. Kalmus, New York. This is the vocal score to the work above, with piano reduction of the string orchestra parts. And again, “someone” had the bad taste to use pen to make some notes (NOT “notes”). Other than that, perfect condition.
= MASS IN G MINOR by Ralph Vaughan Williams = Paperback, pub. G. Schirmer, New York. This is the vocal score for Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Baritone soloists, and double chorus, with piano reduction of the orchestra part. Perfect condition.
= MISSA CHORALIS by Franz Liszt = Paperback, pub. Belwin Mills, New York. This is the vocal score for Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Baritone soloists, and full chorus, organ part. Perfect condition.
= NUTCRACKER SUITE by Peter Tchaikovsky (arranged for Chorus by Harry Simeone = Paperback, pub. Shawnee Press, Pa. This is the vocal score for Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Baritone chorus, with piano reduction of the orchestra part. Perfect condition.
= SYMPHONY in D MINOR by César Franck = Paperback, pub. E.F. Kalmus Scores, New York. Complete symphony in full score, 5” x 7½” format. Very few analysis pencil markings.
= SYMPHONY IV in F MINOR (Op. 36) by Peter Tschaikowsky = Paperback, pub. E.F. Kalmus Scores, New York. The complete symphony in full score, 5” x 7½” format.
= SYMPHONY in Eb Major (Op. 55, The “EROICA”) by Ludwig Van Beethoven = Paperback, pub. E.F. Kalmus Scores, New York. Complete symphony in full score, 5” x 7½” format. Very few analysis pencil markings.
= WINTER CANTATA by Vincent Persichetti - Paperback. This is the FULL SIZE CONDUCTOR’S SCORE, pub. Theodore Presser, Bryn Mawr, PA. This work is for women’s chorus with Flute and Marimba accompaniment (can be played by piano.) Perfect condition.
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= 200 OMNIBUS OF JAZZ compiled by Leonard Feather = Paperback, pub. Hansen House New York. Collection of 200 lead sheets with the “correct” jazz chord symbols. Complete and in nice condition.
= The CONCERT COMPANION (A Comprehensive Guide to Symphonic Music) by Robert Bagar and Louis Biancolli = Hardcover, pub. McGraw-Hill, New York 1947. Arranged by Composer, synopsis of all major symphonic works. Great shape, cover a little dusty.
= COPLAND ON MUSIC by Aaron Copland = Paperback , pub. W.W. Norton Company New York 1944 rev. 1963. Copland’s philosophy pf music, creativity, and life. “A civilization that produces no creative artists is either wholly provincial or wholly dead!” Great, easy reading. A little underlining here and there. Everything legible.
>> NO LONGER AVAILABLE << = HARVARD BRIEF DICTIONARY OF MUSIC by Willi Apel = Paperback, pub. Washington Square Press, New York 1961. This is the paperback version of THE dictionary of music used by most conservatories through the 1960s and 1970s (Maybe still is, I don’t know!). Shows some age, all pages are intact and fine.
= IL TROVATORE by Giuseppe Verdi = Paperback - Complete Libretto - This is the booklet that came with the better opera LP recordings. It contains a cast of characters, a synopsis of scenes, and the dialogue of the opera in Italian with facing English translation.
= LEONARD BERNSTEIN (A Complete Catalogue of His Works [through 1978]) compiled by Jack Gottleib = Paperback booklet- This was compiled in honor of Bernstein’s 60th birthday. Works are listed first by Genre, and then again by chronology of creation. There is an extensive discography, including films and video tapes. Nice little commemorative.
= MUSIC OF MANY LANDS AND PEOPLES collected by McConathy, Beattie, and Morgan. = Hardcover, pub. Silver Burdett Co., New York 1932 . Old collection of short folk songs from many countries. arranged for voice and piano. Nice.
= MUSIC AND IMMAGINATION by Aaron Copland = Paperback , pub. McGraw–Hill New York 1952. Great, easy reading - Taken from Copland’s Charles Eliot Norton Lectures.
= TOSCA by Giacomo Puccini = Paperback - Complete Libretto - pub. I Ricordi 1956 - It contains a cast of characters, a synopsis of scenes, and the dialogue of the opera in Italian with facing English translation. If you do not know this Opera, you are missing an absolute MASTERPIECE! Pick up a CD recording, and follow along.
= TURANDOT by Giacomo Puccini = Glossy paperback - Complete Libretto - pub. John Calder - London 1984 - It contains a history of the opera, analysis, a cast of characters, a synopsis of scenes, photos of productions and costumes, and the dialogue of the opera in Italian with facing English translation. Another Puccini “Top of the Charts”! Pick up a CD recording, and follow along.
Thanks for looking.
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