Saturday, January 9, 2010

A Bibliographical Word from Ana's Editor

....We would like to use this post to announce the publication of a new work by the editor of Ana's Blog--not fiction, not non-fiction, but photography, in collaboration with author and poet Barry Yelton: On Wings of Gentle Power, published by Strider Nolan Publications, Inc.

Here's the publisher's description:
"Poet Barry D. Yelton presents a poetic exploration of the universe, life, and the human soul. Through metaphor, allegory, and black and white photography, the world around us and our place in it are uniquely illuminated. The poems within are reflective of writer Barry Yelton's rural roots. A sense of place and connection to the land, the sky, and the waters permeates the writing. The gorgeous, breathtaking photography of Dr. Al Past combines with Yelton's vivid and literate verse to create a powerful multi-layered metaphor of creation and the cosmos not soon to be forgotten."

Since many readers of this blog have enjoyed sharing some of Ana Darcy Mendez's favorite poems, there's a good chance that some would also enjoy the peaceful, evocative words and thoughts of Mr. Yelton in this lovely little volume. The photographs are not bad either!

And while we're at it, the editor has another book out, his sixth (actually his first), but this one is of music: Baroque Duets, published by Charles Colin Publications. Here's the description:
"Baroque Duets, arranged by Al Past, is a compendium of contrapuntal gems - 45 in all - drawn largely from the enduring works of the great baroque masters: Vivaldi's concertos; Handle's organ concertos, Fireworks Music, and Water Music; and J.S. Bach's partitas, orchestral suites, concerti grossi, harpsichord and violin concertos, and preludes and fugues from The Well Tempered Clavier (Books I and II). A few of the duets are within the capability of beginning students, for example, the familiar Shaker tune "Simple Gifts." Many require intermediate level proficiency, but most will challenge - and reward - the advanced player. Excellent material for those wishing to improve their technique on the high trumpets."

The duets are intended for all treble clef instruments, but we were pleased to encounter a public school band director who said he'd nearly worn out his copy playing them with his students--and he plays trombone, a bass clef instrument. Given a little transposition ability, the duets work with all instruments. The editor has played several with a cellist!

You are welcome to print out and play a sample duet: Bach's "Little Fugue in g minor," BWV 574, a two-part arrangement of that famous three part fugue. We hope you and a duet buddy enjoy it. If so, there are 44 more in the book!

While you're at it, meet Ana Darcy!

A reader comments: "The essence of Spielberg's Close Encounters or E.T. remains pervasive throughout. The characters and dialog tell the story. The whole thing is show, don't tell in a manner that any reader can appreciate. The storyline flows, the characters develop comfortably, and you feel as if you are so glad that you know these people!"

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