Book Recommendations on Music Performance and Klezmer

Enhancing musical performance

  • Sound in Motion by David McGill
    Indiana University Press. Bloomington, IN.
    • The former principal bassoonist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra describes aspects of musical performance.
  • Germaniums for the Clarinet and Saxophone by Edward Yadzinski
    Plume d'Esprit. Amherst, NY.
    • Engaging essays and etudes on diverse topics like practice, sight-reading, articulation, finger articulation and style.
  • The Inner Game of Music by Barry Green with W. Timothy Gallwey
    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. New York, NY.
    • Learn inner game skills such as imagery and musical awareness to get more out of music and cope with performance nerves.
  • Peak Performance by Charles Garfield
    TarcherPerigee. New York, NY.
    • Use the exercises in this book to learn ways to overcome stage fright.
  • A Soprano on Her Head by Eloise Ristad
    Real People Press. Moab, UT.
    • New ways to look at perceived musical barriers and unleash your potential.
  • Teaching Genius, Dorothy DeLay and the Making of a Musician by Barbara Lourie Sand.
    Amadeus Press. Portland, OR.
    • An inspirational book about the process of studying a musical instrument.


  • Mazltov! Jewish-American Wedding Music for clarinet by Joel Rubin
    Schott/Hal Leonard
    • Informative article about klezmer and how to embellish.
  • The Compleat Klezmer by Henry Sapoznik with Pete Sokolow
    Tara Publications/Hal Leonard
    • Thirty-three characteristic klezmer tunes from Dave Tarras, Naftule Brandwein and others. Includes a CD of performances from the early 20th century.
  • The Absolutely Complete Klezmer Songbook by Yale Strom
    Transcontinental Music Publications/Hal Leonard
    • 400 pages of a wide variety of melodies, a lengthy article by a noted scholar and contemporary recording of some of the melodies.
Greg Barrett


Gregory Barrett
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