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Did they mention the Music?

Autobiography of Henry Mancini

Over the last few months I have been reading a number of books which followers of this site may find interesting. They are mostly, at the moment, biographies and will add a lot to one’s understanding of the music industry because they are the biographies of many important and significant figures in certainly the late 20th Century music scene.

The first book is “Did they mention the Music?” which is the autobiography of Henry Mancini, the well-known composer for films and television. It is co-written with the song-writer and lyricist Gene Lees and is a very interesting and fulsome account of Henry Mancini’s life, from his very earliest humble beginnings in Pennsylvania*, up until the time of his lamented passing.

Published by Cooper Square Press of New York
ISBN number: 0-815-1175-8.

Anne Collis

The Only Girl in the Orchestra
Anne Collis

By Anne Collis.

When I left the Royal Academy of Music in 1964, there were no women on ANY instrument except the Harp in any major London orchestra, and certainly none on the Percussion! In fact when I entered the RAM in 1962, there were no students studying Timpani or Percussion at all.

There had been a couple of famous women a few years previously, Maggie Cotton (who went to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra) and Pat Brady, who had held the job of Timpanist in the BBC Symphony Orchestra, but they were the only ones and non of the ‘Big Four (the LSO, RPO, LPO and Philharmonia) refused to even audition women!


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Etudes and Tutorial Study Material
I have written for you, the student, a series of exciting and stimulating studies for various percussion instruments. Click through to see if there is one (or more!) for you. Cheers! Nigel.

Read information about instrumentation, performance and aptitude levels and to see a sample of each set.

Here are the ones I have done so far:
These offer practical solutions in getting students to problem solve the various technical and musical issues which multi-percussion writing can throw up.