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Summary: In his final film as director, Gordon Parks turned the camera upon himself and created a deeply personal and remarkably poetic self-portrait. Moments Without Proper Names blends Parks's striking photographs with newly-shot footage of the artist, his own musical compositions, and personal reminiscences performed by a trio of esteemed actors: Avery Brooks, Roscoe Lee Browne, and Joe Seneca.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2021

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC MOM

Summary: The documentary of the life and career of Leonard Cohen.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2015

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1 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC LEO

Yaffe, David

Summary: "Joni Mitchell may be the most influential female recording artist and composer of the late twentieth century. In Reckless Daughter, the music critic David Yaffe tells the remarkable, heart-wrenching story of how the blond girl with the guitar became a superstar of folk music in the 1960s, a key figure in the Laurel Canyon music scene of the 1970s, and the songwriter who spoke resonantly to,...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Sarah Crichton Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2017

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 MITCHELL, JONI YAF

King, Carole

Summary: This book is a memoir by the iconic singer-songwriter chronicling her story from her beginnings in Brooklyn through her remarkable success as one of the world's most acclaimed musical talents, to her present day as a leading performer and activist. From her marriage to Gerry Goffin, with whom she wrote dozens of songs that hit the charts, to her own achievements, notably with "Tapestry," which...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Grand Central Pub. 2012

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 KING, CAROLE KIN

Costanza, Stephen

Summary: This toe-tapping picture book biography of African American composer Scott Joplin, whose ragtime music paved the way for jazz, is told through kaleidoscopic illustrations.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Atheneum Books for Young Readers 2021

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1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 921 JOP

Summary: The life and work of Leonard Cohen is celebrated in Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man. The documentary also includes performances and interviews by artists that Cohen has inspired including U2, Beth Orton, Jarvis Cocker, Rufus Wainwright, and more.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Lionsgate 2006

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Music DVDs, Call number: DVD MUSIC LEO

Leonard, Thomas

Summary: Highlights the life and achievements of the eighteenth-century German composer and musician, and examines the development of his most important compositions.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Roaring Brook Press 2017

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1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 921 BAC

Copies Available at Peninsula

1 available in Juvenile, Call number: JB BACH LEO

Summary: "Strayhorn: An Illustrated Life is a stunning collection of essays, photographs, and ephemera celebrating Billy Strayhorn, one of the most significant yet under-appreciated contributors to 20th century American music. Released in commemoration of Strayhorn's centennial, this luxurious coffee-table book offers intimate details of the composer's life from musicians, scholars, and Strayhorn's...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Bolden an Agate Imprint 2015

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 STRAYHORN, BILLY STR

Rhodes, James

Summary: "Open your mind to some of the most breathtaking and magnificent pieces of music ever created, and find out why the rebels and revolutionaries who wrote them are responsible for every track on your phone today. Discover their backstories and how each one shaped and defined classical music. Learn about the structure of an orchestra, the language of music, and the history of musical periods. With...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Candlewick Studio, an imprint of Candlewick Press 2019

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1 available in Young Adult Non-fiction, Call number: YA 920 RHO

Summary: Join Scott Yoo, renowned violinist and conductor of the Mexico City Philharmonic, in, a new four-part documentary miniseries presented by Great Performances that merges music, storytelling, and travel, as he chases the secret histories of some of the greatest music ever written.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2019

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1 available in E-TV DVDs, Call number: DVD E-TV NOW

Summary: Celebrated violinist and conductor Scott Yoo crosses the country, exploring the diversity of American musicians, cultures and landscapes to discover how regional and ethnic music has inspired America's greatest composers: Amy Beach, Florence Price, Aaron Copland and two of today's masters, Sergio Assad and Reena Esmail.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2022

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in E-TV DVDs, Call number: DVD E-TV NOW

Giddins, Gary.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Oxford University Press 1998

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 781.65 GID

Thomson, Virgil

Summary: "In this second volume in the Library of America's definitive Virgil Thomson edition, Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic Tim Page collects for the first time the great composer's four witty, incisive, and compulsively readable full-length works. Written with authority and élan, these classic books offer an engrossing tour of the tumultuous twentieth-century musical scene and Thomson's...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: The Library of America 2016

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 780 THO

Summary: Each episode focuses on a great composer, tracing the creation of their masterpieces and the profound, lasting cultural impact of their music while exploring little known or recently discovered works and new music they inspired.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2020

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1 available in E-TV DVDs, Call number: DVD E-TV NOW

Stevens, Bryna.

Summary: Relates how a determined aunt and a boy who swallowed a knife made it possible for young George Frederic Handel to study music despite his father's strong objections.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Philomel Books 1990

Copies Available at Peninsula

1 available in Stacks, Call number: JB HANDEL STE

Prendergast, Mark.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Bloomsbury 2001

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 780.904 PRE

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Rajon Vision 2006

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1 available in Music DVDs, Call number: DVD MUSIC GIN

Steen, Michael.

Summary: Studies the social, cultural, and political spheres that affected the lives and works of approximately 50 composers.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Oxford University Press 2004

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 920 STE

Schonberg, Harold C.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: W. W. Norton 1970

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 920 SCH

Wade-Matthews, Max.

Summary: "A comprehensive encyclopedia of musical instruments, covering all sections of the orchestra: strings, woodwind and brass, percussion, keyboards and the voice, as well as historical, rare and non-Western instruments. An authoritative guide to over 100 of the most famous classical composers, from Bach to Xenakis, encompassing all styles of composition from medieval times to the present day. The...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Hermes House 2002

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 784.19 WAD

Bowles, Paul

Summary: Composer and novelist Bowles sits down for a series of candid interviews at his home in Morocco; includes interviews with composer Rorem and poet Allen Ginsberg.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: First Run Features 2007

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC PAU

Autexier, Philippe A.

Summary: Set against the political upheaval, love affairs and friendships of his private life, here is the story of Beethoven, the father of Romantic music.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: H.N. Abrams 1992

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Wade-Matthews, Max.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Hermes House 2000

Copies Available at Interlochen

1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 780.9 Wade-Matthews 2005

Swafford, Jan

Summary: At the earliest ages it was apparent that Wolfgang Mozart's singular imagination was at work in every direction. He hated to be bored and hated to be idle, and through his life he responded to these threats with a repertoire of antidotes mental and physical. Whether in his rabidly obscene mode or not, Mozart was always hilarious. He went at every piece of his life, and perhaps most notably his...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Harper 2020

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 MOZART, WOLFGANG AMADEUS SWA

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