Hardcover, 344 pages, (February 28, 1994), usually ships within 24 hours. Amazon Review From Booklist
Professor Harold Hill may have had 76 Trombones, but Meckna goes one better with 99 brass instruments.In entries of at least two pages, each soloist's career is described, including education, associates and influences, various bands or orchestras performed with, important works, and analysis of style. The essays don't include information on the performer's personal life outside childhood influences on music. Following the essay is a select discography and bibliography. The instrumentalists range from such popular performers as Doc Severinsen and jazz greats like J. J. Johnson to such classical performers as Dennis Brain and such multifield artists as Wynton Marsalis. Cross-references to other entries are marked with an asterisk. Concluding information includes an appendix that lists the soloists by instrument, a select bibliography, and an index. The index doesn't include titles of famous works.Twentieth-Century Brass Soloists fills a gap in musical biography, particularly for classical instrumentalists, who receive scant attention in traditional sources. This is a must for music libraries. The descriptions of technique and recommendations for practice and teaching contained in the analysis section will be useful to brass students. From Book News, Inc.
Meckna analyzes and celebrates some hundred brass soloists in all musical genres who have performed and been recorded widely, and whose genius, technique, and style have combined to produce "unforgettable moments in music." Each performer entry consists of a biographical section, an analysis of technique and style as compared to distinguished forbears and contemporaries, and a selected discography and bibliography.