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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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Elgar


An Anniversary Portrait

Nicholas Kenyon


Continuum 2008
Paperback 
 

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 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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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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Brahms


A Listener's Guide

John Bell Young


Amadeus 2008
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Hailed as Beethoven's true successor but disdainful of Liszt and Wagner, Brahms was one of the 19th century's most polarizing figures. This survey covHailed as Beethoven's true successor but disdainful of Liszt and Wagner, Brahms was one of the 19th century's most polarizing figures. This survey covers his piano music, the piano quintet, all four symphonies, the violin concerto and A German Requiem, setting them in the musical context of Brahms' time. ...more
 

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Bach's Choral Music


A Listener's Guide

Gordon Jones


Amadeus 2009
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Covering 30 cantatas, the B Minor Mass, the two passion settings and other works such as the motets and oratorios, this guide presents the full range Covering 30 cantatas, the B Minor Mass, the two passion settings and other works such as the motets and oratorios, this guide presents the full range of Bach's remarkable body of works for chorus. The CD performances are all by the acclaimed Bach Collegium Japan. ...more
 

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Richard Baker's Classical Music Quiz Book


Over 600 Questions from Bach to Bernstein

Richard Baker


Omnibus 2006
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Gigantic


The Story of Frank Black and the Pixies

John Mendelssohn


Omnibus 2004
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Shoot Out the Lights



Hayden Childs


Continuum 2008
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Live at the Apollo



Douglas Wolk


Continuum 2004
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Christmas Carols to Play



Anthony Marks


Usborne 2012
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Island Musics



Kevin Dawe

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Berg 2004
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