Volume 38

Charlie Parker: His Music and Life, by Carl Woideck. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1996. xiv + 277 pp. ISBN 0-472-10370-9.   Carl Woideck's excellent volume on the music and life of Charlie Parker provides a welcome addition to existing works in the field. It offers the most comprehensive…
  The Alan Lomax Collection: Sampler. Rounder Records CD 1700. The Alan Lomax Collection: Southern Journey, Volumes 1-13. Rounder Records CD 1701-1713. The Last Cavalier: The Life and Times of John A. Lomax, by Nolan Porterfield. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1996. 580 pp. ISBN 0-252-02216-5 "The incredible thing is…
Instrumentation and Orchestration, by Alfred Blatter. Second edition. New York: Schirmer Books, 1997. xix + 508 pp. ISBN 978-0534251871. Teaching courses in basic instrumentation, orchestration, and arranging can be among the more difficult instructional tasks one faces, not because of the subject matter but, rather, because of the complexity of supplying the…
Ruth Crawford Seeger: A Composer's Search for American Music, by Judith Tick. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997. xiv + 457 pp. ISBN 0195065093.   This fine biography by Judith Tick might well be entitled The Several Lives of Ruth Crawford Seeger, for in it Tick has deftly and beautifully unraveled…
Vaughan Williams Studies, edited by Alain Frogley. Cambridge University Press, 1996. 241 + xvii pp. ISBN 0 521 48031 0.   This collection of ten essays on the eminent English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) is but one of several scholarly monographs to appear on the composer and his music in…