Piano Exam Pieces 2019 & 2020, ABRSM Grade 4: Selected from the 2019 & 2020 syllabus (ABRSM Exam Pieces)

Piano Exam Pieces 2019 & 2020, ABRSM Grade 4: Selected from the 2019 & 2020 syllabus (ABRSM Exam Pieces)
This book contains nine pieces from ABRSM’s Grade 4 Piano Syllabus for 2019 & 2020, three pieces chosen from each of Lists A, B and C. The pieces have been carefully selected to offer an attractive and varied range of styles, creating a collection that provides an excellent source of repertoire to suit every performer. The book also contains helpful footnotes and, for those preparing for exams, useful syllabus information. Recordings of all 18 pieces on the Grade 4 syllabus are available. These can be purchased as part of the Piano Exam Pieces with CD package or as audio downloads (see http://www.abrsmdownloads.org for more details). ABRSM also offers a range of apps to support musical learning, available from http://www.abrsm.org/apps.
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Useless Magic: Lyrics and Poetry

Useless Magic: Lyrics and Poetry

Lyrics and never-before-seen poetry and sketches from Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine

Songs can be incredibly prophetic, like subconscious warnings or messages to myself, but I often don’t know what I’m trying to say till years later. Or a prediction comes true and I couldn’t do anything to stop it, so it seems like a kind of useless magic.

‘An elegant collaged scrapbook’ Observer

‘A treasure . . . beautiful. Generous in its honesty, by the end you feel as though you have climbed into the colourful, and sometimes tortured, world of a passionate artist’ iNews

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The Hindi Music Jukebox: Exploring Unforgettable Songs

The Hindi Music Jukebox: Exploring Unforgettable Songs
This Indian film music book is a collection of eighty essays about the people who made remarkable music in Bollywood cinema, especially during the great era, and the ideas such people brought to the recording studios. When songs had to go without rhythms or when melodies had plenty of Q n A in them. In this music book, we flirt with Rock n Roll and scan songs that speed up at the end, we peep behind the screen to see what the idea was behind chorus songs in our films – even if there was no one to sing that chorus on the screen; it’s a huge list. These pages are a reflection of the time when everyone was fired up in their art, and when no one wanted to finish last in the race. It is about artists who every now and then dreamt ideas, and only after crystallizing things perfectly in their mind’s eye, went out to translate and transform their dreams into unforgettable melodies in Indian movies.

Jukebox will interest the layman as well as the academician.
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Notes of a Dream: The Authorized Biography of A.R. Rahman

Notes of a Dream: The Authorized Biography of A.R. Rahman

Who really is A.R. Rahman? We know the music. But do we know the man? For the first time, a nation’s pride-winner of National Film awards, Oscars, Grammys and hearts-opens up about his philosophies: hope, perseverance, positivity and love. From his early days as a composer of advertisement jingles to his first big break in feature films, from his keenness to integrate new technology with good old-fashioned music scores to the founding of his music school, from his resounding entry on to the international stage to his directorial debut, from his philanthropy to his inner life, Notes of a Dream captures Rahman’s extraordinary success story with all the rhythm and melody, the highs and lows, of a terrific soundtrack by the man himself.

Featuring intimate interviews with the soft-spoken virtuoso, as well as insights and anecdotes from key people in his life, this balanced, uplifting and affectionate book is the definitive biography of A.R. Rahmanthe man behind the music and the music that made the man.

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Piano Exam Pieces 2019 & 2020, ABRSM Grade 1, with CD: Selected from the 2019 & 2020 syllabus (ABRSM Exam Pieces)

Piano Exam Pieces 2019 & 2020, ABRSM Grade 1, with CD: Selected from the 2019 & 2020 syllabus (ABRSM Exam Pieces)
This book contains nine pieces from ABRSM’s Grade 1 Piano Syllabus for 2019 & 2020, three pieces chosen from each of Lists A, B and C. The pieces have been carefully selected to offer an attractive and varied range of styles, creating a collection that provides an excellent source of repertoire to suit every performer. The book also contains helpful footnotes and, for those preparing for exams, useful syllabus information. The enclosed CD features inspiring recordings of all 18 pieces on the Grade 1 syllabus, performed by Nikki Iles, Dinara Klinton, Charles Owen and Anthony Williams. ABRSM also offers a range of apps to support musical learning, available from http://www.abrsm.org/apps.
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Anatomy of the Voice

Anatomy of the Voice
This book is the first to explain, in clear and concise language, the anatomy and mechanics of the mysterious and complex bodily system we call the voice. Beautifully illustrated with more than 100 detailed images, anatomy of the voice guides voice teachers and students, vocal coaches, professional singers and actors and anyone interested in the voice through the complex landscape of breathing, larynx, throat, face and jaw. Theodore dimon, an internationally recognized authority on the subject, as well as an expert in the alexander technique, makes unfamiliar terrain accessible and digestible by describing each vocal system in short, manageable sections and explaining complex terminology. The topics he covers include ribs, diaphragm and muscles of breathing, the intrinsic musculature of the larynx, its structure and action, the suspensory muscles of the throat, the face and jaw, the tongue and palate and the evolution and function of the larynx.
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Piano Exam Pieces 2019 & 2020, ABRSM Grade 8: Selected from the 2019 & 2020 syllabus (ABRSM Exam Pieces)

Piano Exam Pieces 2019 & 2020, ABRSM Grade 8: Selected from the 2019 & 2020 syllabus (ABRSM Exam Pieces)
This book contains twelve pieces from ABRSM’s Grade 8 Piano Syllabus for 2019 & 2020, three pieces chosen from each of Lists A and B and six pieces from List C. The pieces have been carefully selected to offer an attractive and varied range of styles, creating a collection that provides an excellent source of repertoire to suit every performer. The book also contains helpful footnotes and, for those preparing for exams, useful syllabus information. Recordings of all 32 pieces on the Grade 8 syllabus are available. These can be purchased as part of the Piano Exam Pieces with CD package or as audio downloads (see http://www.abrsmdownloads.org for more details). ABRSM also offers a range of apps to support musical learning, available from http://www.abrsm.org/apps.
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Paul Simon: The Life

Paul Simon: The Life
‘There’s no tougher a mind, no more tender a voice than Paul Simon, and there’s no better man than Robert Hilburn to decipher the hardwiring of this hyperintellect…great songs can never be fully explained, but the great man on his way to find those songs surely can.’ – Bono Through such hits as “The Sound of Silence,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Still Crazy After All These Years,” and “Graceland,” Paul Simon has spoken to us in songs for a half-century about alienation, doubt, survival, and faith in ways that have established him as one of the most honoured and beloved songwriters in American pop music history. Yet Simon has refused to talk to potential biographers and urged those close to him to also remain silent. But Simon not only agreed to talk to biographer Robert Hilburn for what has amounted to more than sixty hours, he also encouraged his family and friends to sit down for in-depth interviews. Paul Simon is a revealing account of the challenges and sacrifices of artistry at the highest level. He has also lived a roller-coaster life of extreme ups and downs. We not only learn Paul’s unrelenting drive to achieve artistry, but also the subsequent struggles to protect that artistry against distractions – fame, wealth, marriage, divorce, drugs, complacency, public rejection, self-doubt – that have frequently derailed pop stars and each of which he encountered. From dominating the charts with Art Garfunkel and a successful reinvention as a solo artist, to his multiple marriages and highly publicized second divorce from Carrie Fisher, this book covers all aspects of this American icon. ‘When it comes to writing songs, no one does it better than Paul Simon. Robert Hilburn’s is a wise and winning account of our most nimble, nuanced, and numinous poet-musician.’ -Paul Muldoon ‘A tantalizing look into the mind and writing process of the man who is arguably the finest craftsman of the American popular song since the Gershwin brothers, this book will delight any Paul Simon fan or student of popular culture.’ -Linda Ronstadt
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