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Markus Rathey publishes book on Bach’s major vocal works

Markus RatheyYSM Associate Professor of Music History and renowned Bach scholar Markus Rathey has published a new book via Yale University Press, focusing on Johann Sebastian Bach’s major vocal works. Titled Bach’s Major Vocal Works: Music, Drama, Liturgy, the book provides an introduction to the music and cultural contexts of the composer’s most beloved masterpieces, including the Magnificat, Christmas Oratorio, and St. John Passion.

In addition to providing historical information, each chapter highlights significant aspects — such as the theology of love — of a particular piece. This volume is the first to treat the vocal works as a whole, showing how the compositions were embedded in their original performative context within the liturgy as well as discussing Bach’s musical style, from the detailed level of individual movements to the overarching aspects of each work.

To purchase and read more about the book, visit the book’s page on Yale University Press’s website.

Published March 1, 2016
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YSM launches new mobile app along with new centerpiece video

iPad-splashThe Yale School of Music (YSM) is proud to announce the launch of a new digital app and the release of a new cinematic admissions video.

The app, designed by Monica Ong Reed of YSM and developed in collaboration with Jason England, Michael Ferguson, and Andrea Porto from Yale Printing and Publishing Services (YPPS), is the School of Music’s first foray into native digital publishing. With the app, the School of Music can create publications that audiences not only read but also hear and watch in an immersive environment.

Embedded in the app is YSM’s new centerpiece video, produced by Austin Kase. Titled “The Music Makers,” the video features a number of YSM faculty, students, and alumni working in different cross-sections of the music profession across the country. The video is available today in the app only. It will be available for viewing on the Yale School of Music’s website and social media channels starting Friday, Oct. 23. MORE

Published October 22, 2015
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Peter Hedrick ’61MM publishes An Early Hautboy Solo Matrix: Solos for the Hautboy before 1710

an-early-hautboy-solo-matrix_300Peter Hedrick ’61MM has published a new book, An Early Hautboy Solo Matrix: Solos for the Hautboy before 1710 based on a Symphonia/Sonate by Johann Christoph Pez that Demonstrates a Performance Practice of Adaptation (Cambridge Scholars, Newcastle, UK, 2015).

The book deals with a significant yet hitherto unexamined topic, filling an important gap in the area of historical performance practice. MORE

Published March 19, 2015
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Read the Spring 2014 issue of Music at Yale

ycmi-staffWe’re pleased to post the Spring 2014 issue of our alumni magazine, Music at Yale. This issue contains a web-exclusive article on the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments (pictured at right). You can read the magazine by scrolling down or clicking here.

The cover story spotlights the Brentano String Quartet, which will join the YSM faculty this fall. Other news includes the musical inauguration of Yale president Peter Salovey, the announcement of the Adams Center for Musical Arts, and updates from YSM students, faculty, and alumni.

Read profiles of faculty member David Lang, alumni Richard and John Contiguglia, and Board of Advisors member Anne-Marie Soulliere. Enjoy a guest column by visiting faculty member Sebastian Ruth, and an article on digital access to music by David J. Baker. Learn more about the Music in Schools Initiative at YSM and the Historical Sound Recordings collection at Yale.

READ THE MAGAZINE

Published May 16, 2014
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Jessica Wiskus ’06DMA publishes “The Rhythm of Thought”

Jessica Wiskus, who received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in horn in 2006, has published a new book, The Rhythm of Thought: Art, Literature and Music after Merleau-Ponty (University of Chicago Press, 2013). The book explores the work of French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty, using his thought to develop the concept of “rhythm” as a philosophical notion of art that is expressed not only through, for example, the music of Debussy, but also through the works of Mallarmé, Cézanne, and Proust. MORE

Published September 16, 2013
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Music at Yale: Spring 2013

We’re pleased to post the newest issue of our alumni magazine, Music at Yale. We’d welcome your feedback in the comments.

If you can’t see the magazine below, please click HERE.

Published May 3, 2013
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New translation of Boris Berman’s Notes from the Pianist’s Bench

Boris Berman’s book Notes from the Pianist’s Bench has been released by Shanghai Press in a new translation. Professor Beiwha Tang of the Shanghai Conservatory has translated the book into Chinese (simplified characters).

The book, originally published in 2001 by Yale University Press, had previously been translated into Korean, Japanese, Spanish, and Chinese (traditional characters).

Notes from the Pianist’s Bench, selected as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice, draws on Berman’s experience as a concert pianist and educator to explore issues of piano technique and music interpretation.

Combining explanations and advice with anecdotes about his students, colleagues, and former teachers, Berman also offers insights into the psychological aspects of musical performance and pedagogy.

A member of Yale School of Music faculty since 1984, Berman is the author of Prokofiev’s Piano Sonatas, published by Yale University Press in 2008. In 2011, he published a bilingual (English-Chinese) edition of the composer’s complete piano sonatas (Shanghai Press).

Published July 2, 2012
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Pedro de Alcantara ’81MM publishes fifth book

Pedro de Alcantara ’81MM has published his fifth book, Integrated Practice: Coordination, Rhythm & Music.

The book was published by Oxford University Press as the foundation volume of the series The Integrated Musician, of which Alcantara is the editor. The series’ main concept is that a musician’s good health is a creative act.

The book is supported by a dedicated website with 72 video clips and 25 audio clips. The website was partially financed by a generous grant from YSM’s alumniVentures program.

Published June 29, 2011
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New edition of Prokofiev piano sonatas, edited by Boris Berman

photo of Boris Berman in Sprague HallShanghai Music Publishing House has published the complete Piano Sonatas by Prokofiev in a new performance edition by Boris Berman.

Berman, a member of Yale School of Music faculty since 1984, is a recognized authority on the music of Prokofiev. This bilingual (English-Chinese) publication contains various recommendations for performers. Berman compared the text of the sonatas with manuscripts and first editions, and corrected numerous errors that had been perpetuated by countless editions and recordings. This is the most reliable edition of Prokofiev’s sonatas currently available.

The edition is sold only in China; buyers outside of China can contact the e-mail address in Hong Kong.

Published May 16, 2011
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Spanish edition of Boris Berman’s book released, translated by Hector Sanchez ’04DMA

The Spanish translation of Professor Boris Berman’s book Notes from the Pianist’s Bench has been released. Hector Sanchez ’04DMA, a pianist who studied with Berman at the Yale School of Music, is the translator. The book has already been published in Chinese (traditional characters), Korean, and Japanese.

Notes from the Pianist’s Bench, selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title upon its publication in 2001, draws on Berman’s vast experience as a Russian-trained concert pianist and highly respected educator to explore issues of piano technique and music interpretation. Combining explanations and advice with anecdotes about his students, colleagues, and former teachers, Berman also provides many insights into the psychological aspects of musical performance and the teaching of music.

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Published March 31, 2010
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