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- House of Anansi Press 2011; US$ 16.95
One autumn evening, shortly after ending a ten-year stint as a pop-music columnist for the Montreal Gazette, Eric Siblin attended a concert at Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music. There, something unlikely happened: he fell in love with a piece of classical music -- Bach's cello suites. Part biography, part music history, and part literary mystery,... more...
- Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 21.86
Johann Joachim Quantz's On Playing the Flute has long been recognized as one of the primary sources of information about eighteenth-century performance practice. In spite of its title, it is not simply a tutor for the flute, but a fully-fledged programme for training musicians of all types, with detailed information on intonation, ornamentation, dynamics,... more...
- Dundurn 2012; US$ 19.99
In 1868, Munich, Inspector Hermann Preiss investigates a series of murders based around the production of a new opera by troubled composer Richard Wagner. Many people have reasons to dislike the man, but who wrote the anonymous note declaring that the night of the premiere will be Wagner's day of reckoning? more...
- HarperCollins Publishers 2011; US$ 20.49
It's not often that one of the world's greatest composers is accused of plagiarising his wife's work, but an Australian musical expert has cast doubt on whether Johann Sebastian Bach wrote all his own material. Conductor Martin Jarvis believes Bach's cello suites were composed by the German musician's second wife, Anna Magdalena Bach (1701-60). He... more...
- Touchstone 1995; Not Available
The quintessential primer for the budding classical music lover. Millions of people adore classical music. Millions of other people want to, but simply don?t know how or where to start?so many composers, so many pieces, so many versions, so much music! In either case, this book is for you. In this informal and informative guide, Rudel leads listeners... more...
- Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2009; US$ 18.99
John Adams is one of the most respected and loved of contemporary composers, and ?he has won his eminence fair and square: he has aimed high, he has addressed life as it is lived now, and he has found a language that makes sense to a wide audience? (Alex Ross, The New Yorker ). Now, in Hallelujah Junction , he incisively relates his life story,... more...
- Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2003; US$ 27.99
The ultimate guide to classical composers and their music-for both the novice and the experienced listener Music, according to Aaron Copland, can thrive only if there are "gifted listeners." But today's listeners must choose between classical and rock, opera and rap, and the choices can seem overwhelming at times. In The Essential Canon of Classical... more...