Hello! Perhaps this is a good time to tell you about our new book,
"Making Music with Your Child".
Contact: Marcia Lee Goldberg
"Making Music with Your Child" offers a perfect way to be involved with
one’s own child in creativity and learning. Kia Portafekas and
Karen Marlow present an unconventional way of teaching—using color,
movement, sound, and imagination to take you beyond the process of
reading and playing notes.
"Making Music with Your Child" was partially funded by NARAS, the
foundation. This book is the result of a dream the authors share—that
children growing up in an environment that encourages freedom,
self-expression, and individuality. It offers children and parents
opportunities to relate to each other, express emotions and feelings,
and share in the bond of creating something special together.
The first part of the book describes the authors' philosophy toward
music making and creativity, and outlines their approach. The second
part of the book offers 100 "riffs" (exercises/activities) for parent
Producers for the two major television stations in Phoenix were so
with the "proof" copies of this book and phone interviews with Kia,
"Arizona News" and "Good Morning Arizona" will feature Kia on statewide
broadcasts in early June. Kia has been in communication with producers
of two national TV talk-shows. We expect dates to be confirmed shortly
presenting Kia and the book on their programs.
Even with her teaching and concert schedule, Kia is making herself
available for Keynote presentations at various music and education
conferences. I know she will inspire participants with her philosophy
and creative ideas.
"Making Music with Your Child" is priced at a reasonably affordable
More Music Books, from Editor, Thomas May...
"Notes from the Pianist's Bench"
There's a very short list of good books on the topic of piano
pedagogy, as many a budding artist of the keyboard can
attest. Fortunately, one new, up-to-date practical guide can now be
added, thanks to Boris Berman's thoughtful, commonsensical "Notes from
the Pianist's Bench," which covers such topics as fidelity to the
score, the significance of breath, finger control, and even
Stanislavskian ideas of performance.
"The Unknown Callas: The Greek Years"
Nicholas Petsalis-Diomidis's intimate study was first published in
Greek in 1998 and centers on a story of almost miraculous
transformation, which is still compelling even in our jaded era of
instant makeovers. His biography renders the early life of Maria
Callas in meticulous detail, focusing on what has hitherto largely
been a blank spot: the period during which Callas left New York and
spent her formative years in Greece during the Second World War.
"Singers of the Century"
J. B. Steane
J.B. Steane's regular appearances in Gramophone continually shore up
his reputation as one of today's most perceptive critics to be engaged
in that particularly treacherous area of music writing: how to convey
the essence of the singer's art. Steane has cultivated an
extraordinary style, brilliantly lyrical yet lucid, to convey his
immense, connoisseurlike experience and enthusiasm. This third volume
in his "Singers of the Century" series continues Steane's delightfully
polished vignettes of vocalists, from the golden age to such current
superstars as Cecilia Bartoli and Renée Fleming.
"America's Musical Life: A History"
What exactly is American music, and what has the United States
contributed to the world's musical legacy? Much of the answer,
according to Richard Crawford, lies in the intersection of the fields
of traditional, popular, and classical idioms. "America's Musical
Life: A History" is an ambitious attempt to trace the complex identity
of this art in America, ranging from Native American song and Pilgrim
psalmody to the pluralistic explosion of contemporary vernaculars.
"The Undiscovered Paul Robeson, Volume 1 (1898-1939)"
Paul Robeson Jr.
It's a tragedy that so few today know of the legacy of Paul Robeson, a
Renaissance man far ahead of his time--and one with whom his country
has yet to catch up. This is the first volume of an extensive
biography by Robeson's journalist son, who draws on diaries and
private letters to try to assess the meaning of his father's
accomplishments and to untangle the circumstances that led to their
"Untwisting the Serpent: Modernism in Music, Literature, and Other Arts"
Daniel Albright's provocative and mind-bending attempt to model a more
compelling paradigm for understanding the phenomenon of modernism in
art has already generated some heady responses. With an affinity for
the genre-crossing richness of vision that characterized
"Wittgenstein's Vienna" a generation ago, Albright considers the kinds
of collaborative projects--featuring a musical component--that encode
the larger aims of modernism (including the work of Stravinsky,
Apollinaire, Schoenberg, and Gertrude Stein) as measured against
earlier models of consonance and the "total artwork."
If the Met's seasonal revival of its acclaimed "Parsifal" production
under James Levine has stirred your interest, here are some links
available on Amazon.com for further exploration of the work some
believe to be Wagner's greatest music drama:
Digital download: "Good Friday Spell"
Digital download: "Flower Maidens"
Cambridge opera handbook
Get Started in Wagner
CLASSICAL DIGITAL DOWNLOADS
Visit our newly expanded digital download area for samples from a wide
variety of operas and choral music. Here are some currently available
downloads featuring the music of J.S. Bach:
Aria from "Ich habe genug"
Aria from "Wohl dem, der sich auf seinen Gott"
Violin Concerto in A Minor
Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor
"Sanctus" from B Minor Mass
"Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring"
THE WORLD OF OPERA
Until about 20 years ago, the only Russian operas performed in most
American opera houses were Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin" and "The
Queen of Spades" and Mussorgsky's "Boris Godunov." But once-obscure
operas, such as Tchaikovsky's "Mazeppa" and Prokofiev's "The Gambler,"
are now entering the permanent repertory of several American opera
companies. Amazon.com contributor Stephen Wigler explains how the
collapse of Communism made the United States ripe for a Russian
GILBERT & SULLIVAN ON VIDEO
The beloved operettas of Gilbert & Sullivan live on in community
productions as well as on video. The most comprehensive series, from
Opera World, collects 12 different shows in performances filmed for
television in the 1980s, and many of them are available in
English-subtitled versions that will help you keep up with Gilbert's