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  • The Lives and Times of the Great Composersby Michael Steen

    Icon Books 2011; US$ 11.65

    Explore the life of Bach, the respectable burgher much of whose vast output was composed amidst petty turf disputes in Lutheran Leipzig; the ugly, argumentative Beethoven in French-occupied Vienna, obsessed by his laundry; Mozart, the over-exploited infant prodigy whose untimely death was shrouded in rumour. Steen gives us the story of Verdi, who... more...

  • The Lives and Times of the Great Composersby Michael Steen

    Icon Books 2011; US$ 11.65

    Explore the life of Bach, the respectable burgher much of whose vast output was composed amidst petty turf disputes in Lutheran Leipzig; the ugly, argumentative Beethoven in French-occupied Vienna, obsessed by his laundry; Mozart, the over-exploited infant prodigy whose untimely death was shrouded in rumour. Steen gives us the story of Verdi, who... more...

  • Great Operasby Michael Steen

    Icon Books 2012; US$ 11.65

    From Great Composers author Michael Steen, a unique multi-platform project offering a royal box view into one of mankind?s greatest art forms. From the soaring heights of Wagner?s epic Ring cycle to the tear-jerking emotion of Mozart?s breathtakingly beautiful Don Giovanni, opera is one of the most powerful artistic forms mankind has ever created.... more...

  • Sampling Methods, Remote Sensing and GIS Multiresource Forest Inventoryby Michael Köhl; Steen Magnussen; Marco Marchetti

    Springer 2006; US$ 279.00

    Presents the state-of-the-art of forest resources assessments and monitoring, and provides links to practical applications of forest and natural resource assessment programs. This book also provides a short summary of the history of forest resources assessments. more...

  • Rossini's La Cenerentolaby Michael Steen

    Icon Books 2012; US$ 2.90

    Rossini?s La Cenerentola (or Cinderella) is one of the most popular comic operas in the classical repertoire ? the timeless fairy tale about the triumph of virtue over snobbery. Its first performance at Rome?s Teatro Valle in January 1817 ? when the composer was not yet 25 ? was the customary fiasco. More recently, audiences have laughed at Rossini?s... more...

  • Puccini's La Bohemeby Michael Steen

    Icon Books 2012; US$ 2.90

    Puccini?s obsession with detail ensured the success of La Bohème, his opera about the impoverished ?artistes? in Paris in the 1830s. Soon after its première, people started calling their baby daughters Mimi. The story of this seamstress, her hectic but fraught love affair with the poet Rodolfo and her tragic death from consumption (tuberculosis),... more...

  • Mozart's Don Giovanniby Michael Steen

    Icon Books 2012; US$ 2.90

    With a wealth of famous tunes and meticulous characterisation, Don Giovanni is an undisputed masterpiece created by Mozart out of a thread-bare fairground gig. The Don ? for whom both sexes have a sneaking admiration ? gatecrashes proceedings, serenading and seducing as he goes. As wily as he is insatiable, he outclasses all who are out to get him,... more...

  • Puccini's Madama Butterflyby Michael Steen

    Icon Books 2012; US$ 2.90

    Butterfly is a delicate and impressionable geisha who thinks she has married Pinkerton, a US naval officer briefly stationed in Japan. Naive and loving as she is, she does not realise that for him the marriage is a sham, an extended 'date'. It?s not long before he goes away, leaving her pregnant. Still, she trusts that he will return one fine day (Un... more...

  • Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor: A Short Guide to a Great Operaby Michael Steen

    Icon Books 2012; US$ 2.90

    Sir Walter Scott?s story of a Scottish girl forced by her family into an arranged marriage still resonates today, two centuries after it was published. Donizetti?s opera, which premièred in Naples in 1835, is famous particularly for the Mad Scene when Lucia, after leaving for her nuptials, reappears having murdered the man she has just married, the... more...

  • Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte: A Short Guide to a Great Operaby Michael Steen

    Icon Books 2012; US$ 2.90

    A couple of smooth army officers in metropolitan Naples become increasingly horrified as they find that they are losing their bet with a misogynist philosopher. The wager? That their fiancées will be faithful. Their disguise as Albanians in an attempt to entrap their fiancées, and the complicity of the naughty maid, who feigns as a lawyer organising... more...