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📖 "Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend." Beethoven

Library for pupils

📖 “I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn't be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.” Roald Dahl

Over ten years ago, Natalia started acquiring books which would be of interest for pupils - children as well as adults - in order to create a lending library. Now there are general introductory books for people who know very little about music as well as various more specific categories of books about theory, instruments, composers, musical eras, history, philosophy, aesthetics and many other things. Natalia's collection of academic books on music etc is also available for pupils.

Borrowing books is free and fines do not exist but there is a library book in which pupils and teacher sign when books are taken out and returned.

The financial organisation of the studio does not allow offering pupils free access to subscription services such as Naxos, Oxford Music etc but pupils are encouraged to explore these options individually.

Since the inception of the project a remarkably insignificant quantity of books has been withheld by pupils who refused to return items to the library and so the project continues in the hope that these occurrences remain in the minority.

Library Catalogue

A certain proportion of the music-related books is catalogued on LibraryThing.

Selection of Latest Additions

📚 Oliver Condy Symphonies for the Soul - Classical Music to Cure any Ailment

📚 Anton Rubinstein Album for Piano

Rubinstein, Anton Music and Its Masters (Classic Reprint)

📚 At the Piano With Women Composers (edited by Maurice Hinson)

📚 Catherine Weill Chopin (First Discovery: Music) (First Discovery in Music (ABRSM))

📚 Walcker, Yann Beethoven: First Discovery Music (First Discovery in Music (ABRSM))

📚 Yann Walcker Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (First Discovery: Music) (First Discovery in Music (ABRSM))

📚 O'Brien, Eileen Usborne Introduction to Music (Internet-linked)

📚 Roger Scruton Music As an Art

Latest update in November 2021

📖 “Speed does not constitute virtuosity, nor does the ability to unravel the somewhat intricate keyboard puzzles of Bach and Brahms make in itself fine piano playing. The mind of the artist must be cultured; in fact, quite as cultured as that of the composer who conceived the music. Culture comes from the observation of many things: Nature, architecture, science, machinery, sculpture, history, men and women, and poetry. I advise aspiring music students to read a great deal of poetry."
Teresa Carreno in James Francis Cooke's Great Pianists on Piano Playing

📖 “A childhood without books – that would be no childhood. That would be like being shut out from the enchanted place where you can go and find the rarest kind of joy.”
Astrid Lindgren

📖 “To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.”
W. Somerset Maugham, Books and You

📖 “We are of opinion that instead of letting books grow moldy behind an iron grating, far from the vulgar gaze, it is better to let them wear out by being read.”
Jules Verne, Journey to the Center of the Earth

📖 “So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.”
Roald Dahl, Matilda

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