Appetite for Definition
An A–Z Guide to Rock Genres
Since the 1950s, when the term ‘rock and roll’ came into common use, more than 200 distinct rock genres have been named. King’s guide explores the branches of this ‘family tree’, with recommended crossover tracks illustrating the genres’ interconnections. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
This album of photographs and music celebrates Che Guevara’s life from his early years in Argentina and revolution in Cuba to his time as a world statesman and later involvements in struggles in Africa and Bolivia in the late 1960s. Four accompanying CDs select music evocative of the cultures in which he lived, including Argentinian tango, Cuban folk music and international workers’ songs. Slightly off-mint.
100 Years of British Music
A Photographic Tribute to Some of the Greatest Songwriters and Composers of all Time
The Performing Rights Society was founded to protect, administer and distribute performance royalties, and since 1914 it has represented some of the finest composers, songwriters and music publishers in the world. To celebrate the Society’s centenary, this volume presents photographs and brief profiles of over 120 individuals and groups, including composers of music for film, singer-songwriters, jazz musicians, rock bands and classical composers, from Sir Hubert Parry and Sir Edward Elgar to Amy Winehouse and Ed Sheeran.
Monk of Dunfermline and Scottish Reformation Music
During the religious upheavals of the 16th century the old Scottish repertory of polyphonic music was swept away and replaced by simple tunes that could be sung by congregations of the Reformed Kirk. This book focuses on the compositions of this type by former Benedictine monk Jhone Angus (c.1515–96), which are preserved in the delightful manuscript psalter of his friend Thomas Wode. The accompanying CD features recordings of the canticles set to music by Angus. Slightly off-mint.
The Complete Piano Works
Described by Borodin as ‘an elegant piano-playing dilettante’, Mussorgsky (1839–81) was a prodigy who performed a concerto at the age of nine and later became one of ‘The Mighty Handful’ of Russian composers. His famous Pictures at an Exhibition is included in this compilation of piano music, together with a further 18 pieces, four of which are presented in both their first and second versions.
Poets on Composers from Thomas Tallis to Arvo Pärt
This anthology brings together poetic responses to 80 great composers, from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The texts include John Dryden’s ode on the death of Purcell, Elizabeth Jennings’ poem on Mozart’s Horn Concertos and Michael Longley on Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder.
Great Opera Recordings
Presented in Naxos’s Great Opera Recordings series, this is a much-celebrated historical performance of Jules Massenet’s Manon by the Chorus and Orchestra of the Opéra-Comique, Paris, conducted by Élie Cohen, with Germaine Féraldy (soprano), Joseph Rogatchewsky (tenor) and George Villier (baritone).
Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth)
Mahler’s ‘symphony for two vocal soloists and orchestra’, set to texts from Hans Bethge’s The Chinese Flute, explores themes of transience and loss, culminating in Der Abschied (The Farewell). The ‘Song of the Earth’ is performed here by the Houston Symphony, conducted by Hans Graf, with Jane Henschel (mezzo-soprano) and Gregory Kunde (tenor).
The Story of British Classical Music
Anthony Burton’s extended essay surveys a millennium of British music, illustrating its distinctive features through the pieces assembled on the accompanying pair of CDs. These 47 tracks range from an anonymous motet honouring St Thomas of Canterbury (c.1300), via such composers including Boyce, Bax and Britten, to Colin Matthews’ Pluto, the Renewer, written in 2000 to complement Holst’s The Planets.
The Complete Lyrics
One of the wittiest and most versatile songwriters of the 20th century, Noël Coward's lyrics were first collected into a single volume in 1965, but this highly illustrated version also includes over 200 previously unknown songs, the result of researches into Coward's personal archives. Including numbers from unfinished musicals and an abortive collaboration with Jerome Kern as well as all The Master’s famous songs, the lyrics are accompanied by production photographs, publicity material and excerpts from Coward's own manuscripts.
Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Rock
Now in their sixth decade, the Rolling Stones remain the standard by which all rock ’n’ roll bands are measured. Lavishly illustrated with stunning live, studio and backstage photographs, this big, glamorous book charts the group’s history from 1962 to the 21st century. It records the creation and impact of seminal albums such as Beggars Banquet and Exile on Main Street, the changes in line-up over the years, and the punishing live schedule maintained to the present.
The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Puccini's La Bohème: The Complete Libretto
The Met has staged Puccini’s passionate tale of tenderness and tragedy more than any other opera. The short essays complementing this libretto explain why it is so loved, why its Parisian setting is important and how it reveals the emotional significance of everyday things.è