by Russ Girsberger and Laurie Lake


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Insights and Essays on the Music Performance Library edited by Russ Girsberger and Laurie Lake. ISBN 978-1-57463-176-0; $29.95. There is valuable information here for all musicians—composers, performers, conductors, administrators, educators, students, community volunteers, and professional performance librarians—written by librarians from today’s premier organizations:

Boosey & Hawkes • Boston Symphony Orchestra • Cleveland Orchestra • Dallas Symphony Orchestra • Educational Music Service • European American Music • Finnish Music Information Centre • Florida Orchestra • Glimmerglass Opera • Bill Holab Music • Indianapolis Symphony • Jazz at Lincoln Center • JoAnn Kane Music Service • Juilliard School • Kansas City Symphony • Los Angeles Philharmonic • Masconomet Regional High School • McGill University • Metropolitan Opera • Milwaukee Symphony • Minnesota Orchestra • National Symphony Orchestra • New England Conservatory • New York Philharmonic • Philadelphia Orchestra • San Diego Symphony • San Francisco Ballet • San Francisco Symphony • Seattle Symphony Orchestra • United States Army Field Band • United States Marine Band • United States Military Academy Band

“ With anecdotes and nuggets of essential recommendations, the book is not only a musical survival kit, but also a true pleasure to read. This is a valuable tool that ought to be on the desk of everyone in the field of orchestral music, including composers, conductors, orchestra managers, and recording engineers.”

—John Adams

“ This new and important volume brings us a commanding perspective on how music of all genres should be organized and designed so that the performer can communicate great music effectively and joyously to the listener.”

—Joel Smirnoff

“This important new book, written by some of the profession’s savviest veterans, clearly explains the many and complex problems, solutions and human dynamics of a little understood side of music making.”

—Michael Tilson Thomas

“…a superb contribution to the literature of a subject that can often seem remote and elusive. With fine scholarship, it brings into sharp focus one of the most critically important functions in the performance of orchestral music, and deserves a place in the library of all professionals and students of music.”

—John Williams

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