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  • Camille Saint-SaŽnsby Brian Rees

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 23.32

    Camille Saint-SaŽns began as a child prodigy and was acclaimed in his lifetime as the incarnation of French genius. His was one of the longest careers in musical history, stretching from the traditions of Beethoven to the innovations of the twentieth century, including one of the earliest film scores. As a virtuoso pianist he achieved international... more...

  • Sibelius Volume III: 1914-1957by Erik Tawaststjerna

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 23.32

    Erik Tawaststjerna embarked on his monumental and acclaimed study of Jean Sibelius's life and music in 1960 and it occupied him for over a quarter of a century. His study differs from other work on the composer in one important respect: he had unrestricted access to the composer's papers, diaries and letters as well as the advantage of numerous conversations... more...

  • Sibelius Volume I: 1865-1905by Erik Tawaststjerna

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 23.32

    Erik Tawaststjerna embarked on his authoritative study of Sibelius in 1960, and it occupied him for over a quarter of a century. His book differs from other work on the composer in one important respect: he had unrestricted access to the composer's papers, diaries and letters as well as the advantage of numerous conversations with the composer's... more...

  • Chopinby Adam Zamoyski

    HarperCollins Publishers 2010; Not Available

    A completely new edition of the definitive biography of Chopin, unavailable for many years, by one of the finest of contemporary European historians. more...

  • Toscanini in Britainby Christopher Dyment

    Boydell & Brewer 2012; US$ 50.00

    This is the first book to describe Arturo Toscanini's activities - the life he led, his concerts and recording sessions - during his visits to London and elsewhere in Britain in the years 1900-1952. more...

  • Benjamin Brittenby Paul Kildea

    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...

  • Recollections of Gustav Mahlerby Natalie Bauer-Lechner

    Faber & Faber 2013; US$ 20.40

    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...

  • My Brother Benjaminby Beth Britten

    Faber & Faber 2013; US$ 20.40

    '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...

  • Bartůk's Mikrokosmosby Benjamin Suchoff

    Scarecrow Press 2004; US$ 39.99

    Bťla Bartůk'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...

  • Bachby John Eliot Gardiner

    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...