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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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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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Tami Kerr ’00 CERT writes children’s book about music

davy-crotchetAuthor Tami Kerr ’00 CERT and illustrator Tanja Kerr come from a musically-inclined family. Their father was the only family member with no musical background. As he became more familiar with musical terms, he remembered the word crotchet (as a quarter note is known in England) due to its similarity with American folk hero Davy Crockett. This led him to imagine The Adventures of Davy Crotchet, which his daughters made into a vibrantly illustrated and educational children’s picture book. The book is full of information on instruments, musicians, and the art of music itself.

A review from Blue Note states: “Expertly combining education and entertainment, with neither outdoing the other, The Adventures of Davy Crotchet is highly recommended.” MORE

Published August 25, 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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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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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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New book on C.P.E. Bach from Markus Rathey

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Dr. Markus Rathey, associate professor of music history at the Institute of Sacred Music, was recently named Class of 1960 Fellow at Williams College (Williamstown, Mass.). In the Class of 1960 Fellows Program, Williams College invites outstanding figures to visit the campus. As distinguished fellow he will spend several days in the music department, talk to classes and deliver a public lecture to the college community. Prof. Rathey will visit Williams College in late February 2010 and lecture on “Defeminizing Virtue – Johann Sebastian Bach’s Hercules-Cantata and the Christmas Oratorio.”

A few weeks ago Professor Markus Rathey’s most recent book was published. Titled Kommunikation und Diskurs: Die Bürgerkapitänsmusiken Carl Philipp Emanuel Bachs (Olms 2009), the book explores the relationship between music, philosophy, and patriotism in Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s compositions for the militia in Hamburg in the second half of the 18th century. The study explores a wide spectrum of sources, spanning from the musical sources for Bach’s compositions over philosophical treatises, newspaper articles from the 1780s, to children’s’ books from this time and paints a fascinating and vivid image of music and culture during German Enlightenment.

Published January 8, 2010
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Japanese translation of Boris Berman’s book released

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The Japanese translation of Professor Boris Berman’s book Notes from the Pianist’s Bench has been released by Ongaku no Tomo in Tokyo. The book has already been published in Chinese (traditional characters) and Korean.

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.

The book examines such practical matters in piano playing as sound and touch, technique, pedaling, and articulation. He gives tips on choosing editions, selecting the best fingering, memorizing, and making the most efficient use of practice time. He gives equal emphasis to issues of interpretation, discussing ways to decipher the inner content of a piece of music. And he offers suggestions about how to prepare emotionally for a performance, how to confront stage anxiety, and how to adapt teaching approaches to the individual students. Informative and entertaining, this book will be welcomed by piano students, teachers, and anyone else interested in the art of piano playing. MORE

Published November 20, 2009
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New biography of oboist Robert Bloom

bloom_webRobert Bloom (1908-1994), one of the foremost oboists of his time and a former member of the Yale School of Music faculty, is the subject of a new biography. Robert Bloom: The Story of a Working Musician brings together essays, correspondence, reviews, anecdotes and more. It also incorporates Bloom’s book on pedagogy dictated in 1975-1976: The Oboe, A Musical Instrument, as well as a disc of two chapters, one on reed-making and one a discography. MORE

Published September 11, 2009
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