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- Faber and Faber 2012; US$ 21.86
In the chaos of the English Civil War and Puritan Commonwealth, churches were defaced and organs broken, but the tradition of fine music survived. When Charles II returned from exile in 1660, one of the first things he demanded was music, sacred and profane, anthems and motets, pavannes and gavottes. In 1659 Henry Purcell was born, and his genius... more...
- Boydell & Brewer 2012; US$ 50.00
Although the most renowned conductor of his era, Toscanini spent much of the first half of his career in a handful of opera houses in Italy and the United States: only in the 1920s did he start to conduct in the world's great capital cities. Among these centres, London became the most favoured; Toscanini's thirty concerts there between 1930... more...
- Penguin Books Ltd 2013; Not Available
Published to mark the beginning of the Britten centenary year in 2013, Paul Kildea's Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century is the definitive biography of Britain's greatest modern composer. In the eyes of many, Benjamin Britten was our finest composer since Purcell (a figure who often inspired him) three hundred years earlier.... more...
- Faber and Faber 2013; US$ 18.94
First published in English in 1980, this important early memoir of Gustav Mahler is by Natalie Bauer-Lechner (1858-1921), a viola player and close and devoted friend of Mahler until his marriage to Alma Schindler in 1902. She visited him in Hamburg and frequented his circle in Vienna, also accompanying him and his family on a number of the summer... more...
- Faber and Faber 2013; US$ 18.94
'People are always asking, 'Aren't you proud of your famous brother?' I was, of course, but often wished he was not so famous so that one could see more of this brother who was such a joy to be with. Janet Baker has written that the air crackled when he walked into the room, and she was right...' The younger of Benjamin Britten's two sisters,... more...
- Scarecrow Press 2004; US$ 39.99
Béla Bartók's Mikrokosmos is a collection of 153 pieces for piano designed by the composer as a series graded according to difficulty. The pieces were written between 1926 and 1939, and have become by far the best-known series of teaching pieces by a major composer in the twentieth century. more...
- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 35.00
Johann Sebastian Bach is one of the most unfathomable composers in the history of music. How can such sublime work have been produced by a man who (when we can discern his personality at all) seems so ordinary, so opaque?and occasionally so intemperate? John Eliot Gardiner grew up passing one of the only two authentic portraits of Bach every morning... more...
- Boydell & Brewer 2013; US$ 99.00
The first genuinely interdisciplinary study of creativity in early modern England more...
- Scribner 1999; US$ 30.00
Chopin in Paris introduces the most important musical and literary figures of Fryderyk Chopin's day in a glittering story of the Romantic era. During Chopin's eighteen years in Paris, lasting nearly half his short life, he shone at the center of the immensely talented artists who were defining their time -- Hugo, Balzac, Stendhal, Delacroix, Liszt,... more...