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  • Fanfares and Finesseby Elisa Koehler

    Indiana University Press 2014; US$ 39.99

    Unlike the violin, which has flourished largely unchanged for close to four centuries, the trumpet has endured numerous changes in design and social status from the battlefield to the bandstand and ultimately to the concert hall. This colorful past is reflected in the arsenal of instruments a classical trumpeter employs during a performance, sometimes... more...

  • Stravinskyby Stephen Walsh

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 35.00

    This, the second and final volume of Stephen Walsh?s magisterial biography of Igor Stravinsky, begins in 1934, when Stravinsky is fifty-two and living in France. Already regarded by many as the most important composer of his generation, Stravinsky is nevertheless at this point a fairly unhappy expatriate, all too aware of the war clouds beginning to... more...

  • Timpani Tone and the Interpretation of Baroque and Classical Musicby Steven Schweizer

    Oxford University Press, USA 2010; US$ 18.99

    Timpani Tone and the Interpretation of Baroque and Classical Music explores the nature, production, and evolution of timpani tone and provides insights into how to interpret the music of J. S. Bach, Handel, Haydn, and Mozart. In drawing on 31 years of experience, Steven L. Schweizer focuses on the components of timpani tone and methods for producing... more...

  • Beethoven: Violin Concertoby Robin Stowell

    Cambridge University Press 1998; US$ 30.00

    The first individual study of Beethoven's Violin Concerto. more...

  • Beethoven's Diabelli Variationsby William Kinderman

    Oxford University Press, USA 2008; US$ 28.99

    The Thirty-three Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120, represent Beethoven's most extraordinary achievement in the art of variation-writing. In their originality and power of invention, they stand beside other late Beethoven masterpieces such as the Ninth Symphony, the Missa Solemnis, and the last quartets. William Kinderman's study of... more...

  • Mozartby Robert Gutman

    Random House 2011; US$ 23.07

    Mozart: A Cultural Biography is a fresh interpretation of a musical genius, meticulously researched and gracefully written. It places Mozart's life and music in the context of the intellectual, political, and artistic currents of eighteenth-century Europe. Even as he delves into philosophic and aesthetic questions, Robert Gutman keeps in sight,... more...

  • Dmitri Shostakovichby John Riley

    I.B.Tauris 2004; US$ 32.00

    Between 1929 and 1970, five years before his death, Dmitri Shostakovich wrote almost 40 film scores for most genres of Soviet films, from Stalinist cult epics to classical literary adaptations. His long and distinguished cinema career has hitherto been overlooked. Here, John Riley provides this first account, which examines the scores and their contexts... more...

  • Letters from a Life Vol 1: 1923-39by Benjamin Britten; Donald Mitchell; Philip Reed

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 21.86

    Volume One of these remarkable letters and diaries opens with a letter from Britten aged nine to his formidable mother, Edith. Music is already at the centre of his life, and it accompanies him through prep and public school and then to London to the Royal College of Music, where the phenomenally gifted but inexperienced young composer is plunged... more...

  • The Great Cellistsby Margaret Campbell

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 18.94

    The Great Cellists is a comprehensive and authoritative history of the lives and work of the cello's great performers and teachers, from the emergence of the solo instrument in the seventeenth century to the present day. In its early history, the cello was a genuine 'bass' violin that came in three sizes and from the thirteenth century was played... more...

  • Starlustby Fred Vermorel

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 16.03

    'I go in my bedroom and lie on my bed and soon as I set eyes on Nick it's like magic...' (Alison, 14) Starlust is a stunning oral history of pop music fandom in all its glorious, unexpurgated ecstasies and deliriums. Through first-hand accounts collected from interviews, diaries, letters and confessions Fred Vermorel presents an unprecedented,... more...