Best Ballet & Dance Books

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1. The Story Orchestra: Carnival of the Animals: Press the note to hear Saint-Saëns' music (The Story Orchestra, 5)

Author: by Katy Flint
Published at: Frances Lincoln Children's Books (October 6, 2020)
ISBN: 978-0711249523

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Discover the magical world of Carnival of the Animals in this musical reimagining of this celebrated suite for children push the button in each breathtaking scene to hear the vivid sound of an orchestra playing from Camille Saint-Sans’ score. One day, two brothers discover a magical animal kingdom behind their bookcase.

They are greeted by the royal lion with his shaggy mane; ask for directions from an old lonely tortoise; take a ride on some lumbering elephants; topple a skeleton of dinosaur bones; and swim among a school of shimmering fish.

If only they could take them all home… The book includes extracts from The Swan, Aquarium, Fossils, and Finale (From Disney’s Fantasia) along with a totally new story to link the pieces together. As you and your little one journey through the magical scenes, you will press the buttons to hear 10 excerpts from the suite’s music.

At the back of the book, find a short biography of the composer, Camille Saint-Sans, with details about his composition of Carnival of the Animals. Next to this, you can replay the musical excerpts and, for each of them, read a discussion of the instruments, rhythms and musical techniques that make them so powerful.


2. CLAP YOUR HANDS!

Author: by Random House
Published at: Random House Books for Young Readers (October 22, 2002)
ISBN: 978-0375822261

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An Elmo puppet and an interactive board book all in one! Toddlers can act out the words to the song, “If You’re Happy and You Know It, Clap Your Hands” with the Elmo puppet attached to this utterly irresistible board book perfect for girls and boys ages 1 to 3.

Clap your hands, rub your tummy, scratch your nose-and laugh along with Elmo and all of his beloved Sesame Street friends!


3. Symphonies Nos. 5, 6 and 7 in Full Score (Dover Music Scores)

Author: by Ludwig van Beethoven
Published at: Dover Publications; 1st edition (January 1, 1989)
ISBN: 978-0486260341

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Beethoven’s symphonies are among this greatest works in the opinion of many, the greatest orchestral compositions in the history of music. Perfect in their fusion of emotion and form, filled with drama and great beauty, they are among the best-known and best-loved works in all classical music.

This volume contains complete scores for Symphony No.5 in C Minor, Op.67; Symphony No. 6 in F Major (“Pastoral”), Op.68; Symphony No.7 in A Major, Op.92. Meticulously reproduced from the authoritative Litolff edition, each score features large, clear noteheads and wide margins for ease of use in studying and following the music.

Far less expensive than comparable full-score editions, this volume belongs in the library of any music lover who wishes to study the masterly innovation and creativity Beethoven brought to the symphonic form.


4. Slave Songs of the United States: The Classic 1867 Anthology

Author: by William Francis Allen
Published at: Dover Publications (July 6, 1995)
ISBN: 978-0486285733

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First published in 1867, this landmark book represented the first systematic effort to collect and preserve the songs sung by the plantation slaves of the Old South. To ensure authenticity, the editors notated most of the melodies and words directly from the singers themselves.

The result was a rare musical treasury containing complete music and lyrics for over 130 songs, arranged by geographical region. Among them are: Roll, Jordan, Roll; Jehovah, Hallelujah; I hear from Heaven to-day; Michael, row the boat ashore; Turn sinner, turn O; Nobody knows the trouble I’ve had; No Man can hinder me; Heave away; Charleston Gals; I’m gwine to Alabamy; I want to die like-a Lazarus die; Belle Layotte; On to Glory Jacob’s Ladder; My Father, how long?

; Musieu Bainjo; Lean on the Lord’s side; God got plenty o’ room. The book presents the melody lone and all the known verses to each song. The editors also include directions for singing, along with a commentary on each song’s history, its possible variations, what some of its key references mean and other pertinent details.


5. 32 Etudes and 40 Studies for Clarinet (Dover Chamber Music Scores)

Author: by Cyrille Rose
Published at: Dover Publications; Illustrated edition (June 5, 2007)
ISBN: 978-0486457307

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Two sets of essential etudes and studies for the clarinet are available for the first time in one low-priced volume. A collection of sparkling musical gems, the forty studies develop dexterity in the advancing clarinetist, and are frequently practiced for technique.

The thirty-two etudes are highly musical compositions that emphasize the range and scope of clarinet performance. All are celebrated standards popular at auditions, recitals, and as skill-enhancing exercises. A must for the library of every clarinetist!


6. Playing from the Heart

Author: by Peter H. Reynolds
Published at: Candlewick; Illustrated edition (April 12, 2016)
ISBN: 978-0763678920

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Peter H.Reynolds, creator of The Dot, has composed a pitch-perfect tribute to the power of music and the bonds of family. When a young boy begins to play on his family’s piano, reveling in the fun of plunking the keys, his father signs him up for lessons so that he can learn to play properly.

With his father’s encouragement, Raj learns notes, then scales, then songs, and finally classical pieces that his father can recognize and be proud of. But the more Raj practices and the more skilled he becomes, the less he enjoys playing, until he grows up and stops playing altogether.

But when his father becomes ill and asks Raj to play for him, will Raj remember how to play from the heart?


7. Complete Shorter Works for Solo Piano (Dover Music for Piano)

Author: by Johannes Brahms
Published at: Dover Publications (June 1, 1971)
ISBN: 978-0486226514

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The entire corpus of Brahms’s short piano pieces is contained in this volume: the delightful and familiar Waltzes; the effective Scherzo in E-flat Minor; the satisfying Eight Pieces; the two Rhapsodies; the Fantasies among the most perfectly finished works Brahms ever wrote the three Intermezzi; the Intermezzi, Ballade, and Romance comprising Six Pieces; and the superlative Intermezzi and Rhapsody that make up the final Four Pieces.

The music is reproduced directly from the definitive Vienna Gesellschaft der Musik-freunde edition, edited by its renowned musicologist, Eusebius Mandyczewski, who made his revisions from original sources, often Brahms’s own manuscripts. For this Dover edition, the Editor’s Preface (Revisionsbericht) and the Table of Contents have been translated into English.

Noteheads have been reproduced in a size large enough to be read easily at the keyboard. Margins and spaces between staves are generous, permitting insertion of written notes, analysis, fingertips, running measure numbers, etc. This edition will be welcomed, not only by the classical pianist, but by all who will find it highly practical and convenient for instruction, study, reference, enjoyment, and virtually any other purpose.


8. Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Symphonies in Full Score (Dover Music Scores)

Author: by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky
Published at: Dover Publications (October 1, 1979)
ISBN: 978-0486238616

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Acknowledged as the supreme melodic master of nineteenth-century Russian music, Tchaikovsky brought the full power of his gifts to bear in the composition of his last three symphonies. Here are the full scores of the fourth, fifth, and sixth symphonies, embodying the sumptuous tone and melodic mastery that characterize the composer’s mature work.

This volume contains the scores for his most popular symphonies, which rank among the most frequently recorded works in the repertoire: The Fourth Symphony in F Minor, Op. 36; the Fifth Symphony in E Minor, Op. 64; and the Sixth Symphony in B Minor, Op.74.

A glossary of French and German terms in the score, including instrumentation, has also been included. The large format of this edition makes each score clear and easy to follow in any study situation. These complete printings of the entire scores are indispensable for the fullest appreciation of the music.


9. Complete Ballades, Impromptus and Sonatas

Author: by Frédéric Chopin
Published at: Dover Publications (September 1, 1981)
ISBN: 978-0486241647

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Edited by Chopin’s student and teaching assistant Carl Mikuli, this edition includes highly authoritative versions of these favorite pieces: Ballades No.1 in G Minor, Op.23; No.2 in F Major, Op.38; No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op.47; No.4 in F Minor, Op.52 Impromptus No.

1 in A-flat Major, Op.29; No. 2 in F-sharp Major, Op.36; No. 3 in G-flat Major, Op.51; No. 4 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 66 (Fantaisie-Impromptu) Sonatas No.1 in C Minor, Op.4; No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op.35; No.3 in B Minor, Op. 58 New compilation of scores originally published by G.

Schirmer, New York, 18941895.

10. American Negro Songs: 230 Folk Songs and Spirituals, Religious and Secular (Dover Books on Music)

Author: by John W. Work
Published at: Dover Publications (June 17, 1998)
ISBN: 978-0486402710

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From joyous gospel to deeply felt blues, this wonderful collection contains vintage songs sung and played through the years by black Americans at work, in church, and for pure entertainment. Included are spirituals, blues, work songs, and a variety of social and dance songs.

This important volume was originally compiled in 1940 by Dr. John W. Work, the noted musicologist affiliated with Fisk University and the celebrated Fisk Jubilee Singers. In it, he discusses the origins and history of black American folk music, the influence of slavery and African cultures, and the lyric significance of such much-loved songs as “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” Steal Away to Jesus,” “Lord, I Want to Be a Christian,” and “John Henry.” These informative notes lead up to the heart of the book: the complete words and music for 230 religious and secular songs, including “Study War No More,” “Keep Me from Sinking Down,” “You May Bury Me in the East,” “Rock of Ages,” “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” and many others.

11. The Rite of Spring in Full Score (Dover Music Scores) by Igor Stravinsky (1989-01-01)

Author: by Igor Stravinsky
Published at: Dover Publications; unknown edition (January 1, 1989)
ISBN: 978-0486258577

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The full score of Stravinsky’s famous and controversial ballet The Rite of Spring. Quality Dover score.

12. Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4 in Full Score (Dover Music Scores)

Author: by Ludwig van Beethoven
Published at: Dover Publications; 1st edition (January 1, 1989)
ISBN: 978-0486260334

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Beethoven’s symphonies are among this greatest works in the opinion of many, the greatest orchestral compositions in the history of music. Perfect in their fusion of emotion and form, filled with drama and great beauty, they are among the best-known and best-loved works in all classical music.

This volume contains complete scores for Symphony No.1 in C Major, Op.21; Symphony No.2 in D major, Op.36; Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major (“Eroica”), Op.55; Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op.60. Meticulously reproduced from the authoritative Litolff edition, each score features large, clear noteheads and wide margins for ease of use in studying and following the music.

Far less expensive than comparable full-score editions, this volume belongs in the library of any music lover who wishes to study the masterly innovation and creativity Beethoven brought to the symphonic form.

13. Three Great Orchestral Works in Full Score: Prélude a l'après-midi d'un faune, Nocturnes, La Mer (Dover Music Scores)

Author: by Claude Debussy
Published at: Dover Publications; Illustrated edition (May 1, 1983)
ISBN: 978-0486244419

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“It may be in fact that I have taken on a task that is too much for me: there is no precedent, so I am obliged to invent new forms.” Claude Debussy. Unquestionably one of the most influential of modern composers, Claude Debussy (18621918) overturned traditional concepts of form, harmony, and coloring in creating a body of music characterized by innovation, individuality of style, and perfection of workmanship.

Among his most popular, most performed, most recorded works are the three compositions reprinted in this volume: the revolutionary Prlude l’aprs-midi d’une faune, which, in a sense, “awakened” modern music; the exquisite Nocturnes, shimmering models of delicate impressionism; and La Mer, complex, suggestive, a masterpiece of orchestral texture.

This Dover volume presents the complete scores of all three works reproduced from early French editions in one convenient source. Musicians and music lovers will appreciate this inexpensive edition of a trio of orchestral favorites: pieces that mark not only key points in the composer’s personal progress but also in the progress of modern music as well.

14. American Ballads and Folk Songs (Dover Books on Music)

Author: by John A. Lomax
Published at: Dover Publications; First PB Edition, First Printing (October 21, 1994)
ISBN: 978-0486282763

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“A book to cherish permanently.” The New York Times. With this ample collection of authentic ballads and songs, you can immerse yourself in the rich tradition and heritage of American folk music. Discover the diversity, spontaneity, free-flowing melody, and sheer invention of scores of songs sung by cowboys and convicts, lumberjacks, hobos, miners, plantation slaves, mountaineers, soldiers, and many others.

One of the remarkable features of this collection is its authenticity. Many of the songs were recorded “on location” by noted folklorist John A. Lomax and his even more famous son, Alan, as they traveled around the United States. The results are firsthand versions of music and lyrics for over 200 railroad songs, chain-gang songs, mountain songs, Creole songs, cocaine and whisky songs, “reels,” minstrel songs, songs of childhood, and a host of others.

Among them are such time-honored favorites as “John Henry,” “Goin’ Home,” “Frankie and Albert,” “Down in the Valley,” “Little Brown Jug,” “Alabama-Bound,” “Shortenin’ Bread,” “Skip to My Lou,” “Frog Went a-Courtin’,” and a host of others. An excellent introduction, notes on each song, a bibliography, and an index round out this extensive and valuable collection.

15. Symphonies Nos. 8 and 9 in Full Score (Dover Music Scores)

Author: by Ludwig van Beethoven
Published at: Dover Publications; Illustrated edition (January 1, 1989)
ISBN: 978-0486260358

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Beethoven’s symphonies are among his greatest works in the opinion of many, the greatest orchestral compositions in the history of music. Perfect in their fusion of emotion and form, filled with drama and great beauty, they are among the best-known and best-loved works in all classical music.

This volume contains complete scores for Symphony No.8 in F Major, Op. 93, and Symphony No.9 in D Minor, Op.125. The eighth is full of beauty and innocent merriment, while the ninth is Beethoven’s best and greatest symphony, a dazzling end to his symphonic works.

Also included here is a translation of the passage from Schiller’s ode “To Joy,” featured in the last movement. Meticulously reproduced from the authoritative Litolff edition, each score features large, clear noteheads and wide margins for ease of use in studying and following the music.

Far less expensive than comparable full-score editions, this volume belongs in the library of any music lover who wishes to study the masterly innovation and creativity Beethoven brought to the symphonic form.

16. Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6 in Full Score (Dover Music Scores)

Author: by Gustav Mahler
Published at: Dover Publications; Reprint edition (January 14, 1992)
ISBN: 978-0486268880

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In his Fifth Symphony, Gustav Mahler (18601911) moved on from the song-oriented works of his “Wunderhorn” period to take up the challenges of the purely instrumental symphony. It was a move that brought to the fore the Austrian composer’s genius for discovering fresh and convincing formal solutions for his musical aims.

Without a specific dramatic “program” or narrative live, the Fifth Symphony moves forward in vivid, emotionally compelling musical shapes that begin in funereal gloom and build to climactic expressions of heroic triumph and ultimate joy. In his Sixth Symphony, Mahler continued to explore the potential of the instrumental symphony, but followed an opposite dramatic course to that of the Fifth, this time building to a series of shattering climaxes implying ultimate defeat and death.

Both of these deeply moving works, composed between 1901 and 1906, are today among the most performed symphonic works in the orchestral repertoire. Both symphonies are reprinted here from authoritative full-score editions in a finely produced volume designed to provide a lifetime of enjoyment and study.