Volume 37

  The Art of Listening to Music, by Jean Ferris. Madison, Wisconsin: Brown and Benchmark, 1995. 448 pp. ISBN 0-697-24544-6. Music: An Appreciation, by Roger Kamien. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1994. xxv + 405 pp. ISBN 0-07-034819-7. Listen, by Joseph Kerman. New York: Worth, 1996. xvii + 402 pp. ISBN 1-57259-058-0.…
Beethoven and the Construction of Genius: Musical Politics in Vienna, 1792-1803, by Tia Nora. University of California Press, 1995. ISBN-13: 978-0520211582. In a memorable scene from the movie Immortal Beloved, Beethoven, alone in a dim salon in the house of his pupil Giulietta Guicciardi, plays the opening of the "Moonlight" sonata,…
Method of Organ Playing, by Harold Gleason. Eighth edition. Ed. Catharine Crozier Gleason. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1996. xiv + 369 pp. ISBN 0-13-207531-8. In its sixty years of existence, Gleason's Method of Organ Playing has become a standard work in American organ pedagogy—a veritable organist's vade mecum,…
Turning Notes into Music, by Hans Lampl. Lanham, Maryland, and London: Scarecrow Press, 1996. xvi + 147 pp. ISBN: 0810831651.   For most studio music teachers, the teaching of interpretation is central, yet curiously difficult to pin down. Except, perhaps, with the most elementary students (if even then), interpretation informs, or ought…
William Grant Still: A Bio-Bibliography, by Judith Anne Still, Michael J. Dabrishus, and Carolyn L. Quin. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1996. Number 61, Bio-Bibliographies in Music, Donald L. Hixon, Series Editor. ISBN 0-3132-5255-6 Fueled partly by revivals of his music, the current renaissance in scholarship on William Grant Still also represents an…