Greck ‘The Wanderer’ - an individual who, by challenging convention, has been accused of never facing up to reality. In this eclectic mix of letters, factual accounts, observations and poems, Greck confronts the reality he’s struggled to run from. Greck will donate 80% of author profits of sale to research and help for incontinent teenagers.
This remarkable revelatory reference work, written in a conversational style that is witty and fast-paced, argues that the Italian people did more for the development and propagation of music than any other people in the world. The book is filled with supporting data that prove this claim, showing that the first written music was an Italian creation, and that the vocabulary of music is primarily Italian. It also notes that the primary instruments were either devised or thoroughly improved by the Italians, the great musical forms, including the opera, ballet, operetta, and symphony, and that the great body of musical geniuses who were the early composers, musicians, conductors and vocalists were Italian. The book eventually closes with a telling of the great musical story to come out of the Italian-American communities.
In Stories Behind the World's Great Music, second edition published in 1940, renowned musical author Sigmund Spaeth recounts the many and varied exploits of the great compsers and musicians from Bach to Tchaikowsky, Schubert to Brahms.
Release on 2015-12-21 | by Evan Feldman,Ari Contzius,Mitchell Lutch
Teaching with the Musical and Practical in Harmony
Author: Evan Feldman,Ari Contzius,Mitchell Lutch
Instrumental Music Education: Teaching with the Musical and Practical in Harmony, 2nd Edition is intended for college instrumental music education majors studying to be band and orchestra directors at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. This textbook presents a research-based look at the topics vital to running a successful instrumental music program, while balancing musical, theoretical, and practical approaches. A central theme is the compelling parallel between language and music, including "sound-to-symbol" pedagogies. Understanding this connection improves the teaching of melody, rhythm, composition, and improvisation. The companion website contains over 120 pedagogy videos for wind, string, and percussion instruments, performed by professional players and teachers, over 50 rehearsal videos, rhythm flashcards, and two additional chapters, "The Rehearsal Toolkit," and "Job Search and Interview." It also includes over 50 tracks of acoustically pure drones and demonstration exercises for use in rehearsals, sectionals and lessons. New to this edition: • Alternative, non-traditional ensembles: How to offer culturally relevant opportunities for more students, including mariachi, African drumming, and steel pans. • More learning and assessment strategies • The science of learning and practicing: How the brain acquires information • The philosophies of Orff and El Sistema, along with the existing ones on Kodály, Suzuki, and Gordon. • The Double Pyramid of Balance: Francis McBeth’s classic system for using good balance to influence tone and pitch. • Updated information about copyright for the digital age Evan Feldman is Conductor of the Wind Ensemble and Associate Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Ari Contzius is the Wind Ensemble Conductor at Washingtonville High School, Washingtonville, NY Mitchell Lutch is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Central College in Pella, Iowa
Have records, compact discs, and other sound reproduction equipment merely provided American listeners with pleasant diversions, or have more important historical and cultural influences flowed through them? Do recording machines simply capture what's already out there, or is the music somehow transformed in the dual process of documentation and dissemination? How would our lives be different without these machines? Such are the questions that arise when we stop taking for granted the phenomenon of recorded music and the phonograph itself. Now comes an in-depth cultural history of the phonograph in the United States from 1890 to 1945. William Howland Kenney offers a full account of what he calls "the 78 r.p.m. era"--from the formative early decades in which the giants of the record industry reigned supreme in the absence of radio, to the postwar proliferation of independent labels, disk jockeys, and changes in popular taste and opinion. By examining the interplay between recorded music and the key social, political, and economic forces in America during the phonograph's rise and fall as the dominant medium of popular recorded sound, he addresses such vital issues as the place of multiculturalism in the phonograph's history, the roles of women as record-player listeners and performers, the belated commercial legitimacy of rhythm-and-blues recordings, the "hit record" phenomenon in the wake of the Great Depression, the origins of the rock-and-roll revolution, and the shifting place of popular recorded music in America's personal and cultural memories. Throughout the book, Kenney argues that the phonograph and the recording industry served neither to impose a preference for high culture nor a degraded popular taste, but rather expressed a diverse set of sensibilities in which various sorts of people found a new kind of pleasure. To this end, Recorded Music in American Life effectively illustrates how recorded music provided the focus for active recorded sound cultures, in which listeners shared what they heard, and expressed crucial dimensions of their private lives, by way of their involvement with records and record-players. Students and scholars of American music, culture, commerce, and history--as well as fans and collectors interested in this phase of our rich artistic past--will find a great deal of thorough research and fresh scholarship to enjoy in these pages.
The Italians were so busy creating and performing superb music that they neglected to tell the great epic story of their wondrous achievement. With BRAVO! We hope to tell that story. The 1,000-year-old story begins, basically, with the work of a humble monk from the city of Arezzo. And this story has no ending. If on one hand we will never know the music of the Egyptians, of the Greeks, and of the Romans, we have come know the music of every composer from the 12th Century to the present day, thanks to Guido's invention of the musical scale. As the story unfolds, we are rewarded with the many convincing superlatives forever tied to Italian musical endeavors. The first ten chapters deal with the Italian musical geniuses who theorized, made superb instruments, composed, performed, orchestrated, conducted and sang for the enjoyment of listeners worldwide. The closing chapter gives a comprehensive look at the beautiful things that have happened in the Italian and American world of music. Each page of BRAVO! is full of surprising and fascinating details, and the title reminds us that the term, BRAVO!,is reserved only for topnotch performances.
Providing help and comfort to a dying American spy sends a Bulgarian family on a harrowing escape through the Iron Curtain, a journeypunctuated by a desperate battle for life, brilliance of spiritual awakening in the face of sadness and impossible odds for survival, hilarious stories of people and places on the road to discovery of the beacon of hope we call America the beautiful, and the firm conviction that the spirit of the Founders will reign as always. A view of the decline of the American Empire through the eyes of a refugee.
Gabe has always identified as a boy, but he was born with a girl’s body. With his new public access radio show gaining popularity, Gabe struggles with romance, friendships, and parents. His entire future is threatened when several violent guys find out that Gabe the DJ is also Elizabeth from school.