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Eric Siblin’s Book Tells of Love Affair with Bach’s Cello Suites

The Cello Suites: J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece book cover
Eric Siblin tells his love-at-first-sight story of meeting Bach's six suites for solo cello
December 23, 2009

WOSU’s Jennifer Hambrick reviews Eric Siblin’s new book, The Cello Suites: J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece.

Author Barry Brooks Rescues Child Composers from Oblivion

book cover of Child Composers and Their Works A Historical Survey, by Barry Cooper
Barry Cooper asks: Who are the most important child composers of the past?
December 12, 2009

Jennifer Hambrick discusses Barry Cooper’s new book, “Child COmposers and Their Works: A Historical Survey.”

Fun Reading for Teens and Tweens: The Ghost Sonata

The Ghost Sonata book cover
Jennifer Allison's "The Ghost Sonata" contains a number of classy and whimsical touches
November 6, 2009

Jennifer Hambrick reviews Jennifer Allison’s classical music young adult novel, The Ghost Sonata.

Roger Nierenberg’s “Maestro” Is Not Business As Usual

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Maestro by Roger Nierenberg
October 16, 2009

Conductor Roger Nierenberg brings his corporate leadership program, The Music Paradigm, to life on the pages of his new book, “Maestro.”

Tilting at Windmills: Richard Strauss and Don Quixote

Portait by Max Liebermann
Richard Strauss' long life encompassed a remarkable span of history in music and otherwise
September 11, 2009

Late in his life, Strauss kept on writing music of great beauty in a romantic idiom at a time when modernism was at its height.

Two English Ladies and the Holocaust

Safe Passage book cover
The true story of Ida and her sister Louise Cook, two English ladies of very limited means who had a life-long passion for opera.
August 24, 2009

Safe Passage, the true stories of Ida Louise Cook, is a terrific read. The book mixes opera and international travel in an era of great artists with intrigue, guts, intestinal fortitude and unselfishness.

How to Play Music with Less Pain

Janet Horvath
Janet Horvath is principal cellist with the Minnesota Orchestra, and author of Playing Less Hurt: An Injury Prevention Guide for Musicians
26, 2009

Janet Horvath’s book is designed to help string, keyboard, percussion, harp, brass, wind, jazz, and rock players to play better and feel better.

Helene Hanff and Her Story of ‘Away We Go’

Helene Hanff
Helene Hanff: writer, pamphlet maker, storyteller
June 10, 2009

Writer Helene Hanff spins her tall, but true, tale about some musical called “Away We Go”

Sherlock Holmes Was a Violinist Extraordinaire

Photograph of the New York production of William Gillette's Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes onstage, not playing his beloved violin.
5, 2009

Until this morning, I didn’t know Sherlock Holmes played the violin

Marian Anderson: The Sound of Freedom

Marian Anderson
In 1939, no one had ever seen a black woman beautifully gowned singing lieder and arias in great venues.
14, 2009

Anderson overcame poverty, discrimination and a lack of opportunity to become one of the world’s great concert artists.