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The Complete Classical Music Guide



John Burrows

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DK 2012
Hardback Illustrated
 

This very accessible, illustrated guide is in two parts: the first is a short introduction to the elements of classical music, musical instruments andThis very accessible, illustrated guide is in two parts: the first is a short introduction to the elements of classical music, musical instruments and performance. The second, greater part of the book is a history of western music in seven sections, each told through profiles of the major composers: Early Music (1000-1600) and the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras; the period 1830-1950 is dealt with in national schools; and the final section deals with modern music since 1900. Slip-cased. ...more
 

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The Bird in Art



Caroline Bugler


Merrell 2012
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After an introductory chapter surveying the cultural significance of birds, from prehistoric cave paintings to Picasso's The Dove of Peace (1962), CarAfter an introductory chapter surveying the cultural significance of birds, from prehistoric cave paintings to Picasso's The Dove of Peace (1962), Caroline Bugler's engrossing book explores our multi-faceted relationship to birds in nearly 250 works of art. In nine sections, she discusses depictions of birds in antiquity, in Christian works and in legend, as the hunter and the hunted and as scientific specimen, in assemblies of birds and in domesticity, and in Eastern art and modern art. ...more
 

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Elgar


An Anniversary Portrait

Nicholas Kenyon


Continuum 2008
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Published to celebrate 150 years since Elgar's birth, this is a collection of 15 essays by musicologists and performers, including Stephen Hough, DamePublished to celebrate 150 years since Elgar's birth, this is a collection of 15 essays by musicologists and performers, including Stephen Hough, Dame Janet Baker and Tasmin Little. They explore the contradictory aspects of Elgar's biography and reputation, discuss performances of the concertos and analyse the composer's techniques and working methods. In the final chapter a director of the Elgar Foundation outlines the history of the Birthplace Museum. ...more
 

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The Companion to Cathedrals and Abbeys



Stephen Friar


History Press 2011
Paperback Illustrated
 

Comprising over 1,450 entries, arranged alphabetically and illustrated with more than 190 photographs, this encyclopedic guide to Britain's cathedralsComprising over 1,450 entries, arranged alphabetically and illustrated with more than 190 photographs, this encyclopedic guide to Britain's cathedrals and abbeys covers architectural and decorative features of the buildings, topics such as liturgy, monasticism and church music, and entries on subjects such as the Anglo-Saxon Church and the Reformation, which provide a wider historical context. The book includes a bibliography, useful addresses and an index. ...more
 

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Being Human


Enigmatic Images of People by Unknown Photographers

Robert Flynn Johnson


Thames & Hudson 2009
Hardback Illustrated
 

Anonymous photography has a magic all its own. The 220 intriguing images assembled here by collector and curator Robert Flynn Johnson are the work of Anonymous photography has a magic all its own. The 220 intriguing images assembled here by collector and curator Robert Flynn Johnson are the work of photographers whose identities have been lost in time, but their common subject - the human condition - remains mesmerizing. The photographs are carefully reproduced and grouped in ten chapters, from childhood ('Immaturity') to death ('Inevitability'), with an introductory essay by Alexander McCall Smith. ...more
 

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Life: The Classic Collection



Robert Sullivan

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Life 2008
Hardback Illustrated
 

Launched in 1936, Life magazine created a new kind of visual journalism, using the world's best photographers to bring readers the drama of events, inLaunched in 1936, Life magazine created a new kind of visual journalism, using the world's best photographers to bring readers the drama of events, introduce them to the people making the news and show them the wonders of the world. This collection presents its 100 most iconic pictures, among them Eisenstaedt's VJ Day image of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square, Robert Capa's 'Falling Soldier' from the Spanish Civil War, and the portrait of Gandhi by Margaret Bourke-White. Includes 25 removable 10"x8" prints....more
 

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Silhouette



Emma Rutherford


Rizzoli 2009
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Silhouette portraits have been around since antiquity, but in the 18th century they became immensely popular, cut from black paper as an amateur pastiSilhouette portraits have been around since antiquity, but in the 18th century they became immensely popular, cut from black paper as an amateur pastime, championed by scientists as a study of physiognomy, and providing mementoes of loved ones in an age before photography. Illustrated with more than 250 examples, many published for the first time, from private, public and royal collections, this beautiful book explores the fascinating techniques and social history of this charming, yet neglected art form. ...more
 

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Rome from the Ground Up



James HS McGregor


Harvard University Press 2005
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Rome was not built in a day; indeed it has been redesigned many times around different centres, as an ancient trading port on the Tiber, an imperial pRome was not built in a day; indeed it has been redesigned many times around different centres, as an ancient trading port on the Tiber, an imperial power based on the Palatine and a Christian city centring on the Lateran and Vatican. Beginning with the shaping of the ground on which Rome first rose, McGregor has produced an unusual, multifaceted portrait of these contiguous cities' complex and shifting historical, architectural, political and social realities. ...more
 

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Dogs in Vogue


A Century of Canine Chic

Judith Watt


Little, Brown 2009
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From a cartoon by Fish depicting 'the moneyed wife' trailing a husband and three lap-dogs in 1916, to David Bailey's photograph of designer Marc JacobFrom a cartoon by Fish depicting 'the moneyed wife' trailing a husband and three lap-dogs in 1916, to David Bailey's photograph of designer Marc Jacobs and Alfred, his English bull terrier, in 2006, Judith Watt presents a superbly illustrated history of dogs in Vogue magazine as they accompanied, and sometimes upstaged, the fashion models and socialites. In one 1980s fashion spread the dogs actually took over the modelling - Paloma Picasso's British brindle bulldog wore the silk taffeta by Christian Lacroix....more
 

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The Worlds of Johann Sebastian Bach


An Aston Magna Academy Book

Raymond Erickson

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Amadeus 2009
Hardback Illustrated
 

Bach's music is now played all over the world, but, in contrast to his more widely-travelled contemporaries Handel and Telemann, he lived and worked iBach's music is now played all over the world, but, in contrast to his more widely-travelled contemporaries Handel and Telemann, he lived and worked in an area of Germany spanning only 100 miles. In these nine essays, leading scholars draw on newly available materials to examine the region's political, religious, architectural, literary and theatrical environment during Bach's lifetime; and they argue that the study of its richly multifaceted culture is key to understanding his genius. ...more
 

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Venice: The Grand Canal


Righthand Side from Santa Lucia Station to San Marco

Daniele Resini


Vianello Libri 2004
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The Secret Life of Musical Notation


Defying Interpretive Traditions

Roberto Poli


Amadeus 2010
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Did instructions in musical scores have the same meaning in the 18th and 19th centuries as they do today? Using composers' manuscripts, engravers' copDid instructions in musical scores have the same meaning in the 18th and 19th centuries as they do today? Using composers' manuscripts, engravers' copies and contemporary writings, pianist Roberto Poli analyses the evidence for the changing uses of notational features such as 'hairpins', sforzandi and rinforzandi. He argues that traditions of interpretation have rested too much on received knowledge, which can change over time, rather than historical accuracy. ...more
 

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Schubert's Theatre of Song


A Listener's Guide

Mark Ringer


Amadeus 2009
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Schubert composed more than 600 lieder, revolutionizing the genre by packing intense drama into the space of just a few minutes. This book features anSchubert composed more than 600 lieder, revolutionizing the genre by packing intense drama into the space of just a few minutes. This book features analysis of his fusion of music and poetry in more than 100 songs, ending with the great song cycles Die Schone Mullerin, Winterreise and Schwanengesang ...more
 

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Puccini


A Listener's Guide

John Bell Young


Amadeus 2008
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With their sweeping drama and such melodies as 'Nessun dorma', Puccini's works are operatic mainstays. This guide combines description of the operas' With their sweeping drama and such melodies as 'Nessun dorma', Puccini's works are operatic mainstays. This guide combines description of the operas' plots with analysis of musical detail and character development. As well as tracks from the operas, the CD features the string quartet Crisantemi, source of two themes in Manon Lescaut. ...more
 

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Liszt


A Listener's Guide to his Piano Works

John Bell Young


Amadeus 2009
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Liszt was a virtuosic pianist and left an enormous body of piano music in which he pushed the boundaries of form and harmony. John Bell Young discusseLiszt was a virtuosic pianist and left an enormous body of piano music in which he pushed the boundaries of form and harmony. John Bell Young discusses a representative sample, from a transcription of a Schubert song to the magniloquent B Minor Sonata. ...more
 

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