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  • Rite of Spring: 75 Years of ABC Music-Makingby Martin Buzacott

    HarperCollins Publishers 2012; US$ 21.14

    For three generations the ABC's symphony orchestras were a jewel in the crown of Australian culture, allowing audiences to hear Rubenstein, Tauber, Szell, Beecham, Schwarzkopf, Rostropovich and Klemperer in their primes, while providing career-long employment for Australia's own leading classical musicians. Much less well known is the fact that for... more...

  • The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Centuryby Alex Ross

    HarperCollins Publishers 2011; Not Available

    Alex Ross?s sweeping history of twentieth-century classical music, winner of the Guardian First Book Award, is a gripping account of a musical revolution. more...

  • Mozart's Graceby Scott Burnham

    Princeton University Press 2012; US$ 29.95

    It is a common article of faith that Mozart composed the most beautiful music we can know. But few of us ask why. Why does the beautiful in Mozart stand apart, as though untouched by human hands? At the same time, why does it inspire intimacy rather than distant admiration, love rather than awe? And how does Mozart's music create and sustain its buoyant... more...

  • Slavonic and Romantic Musicby Gerald Abraham

    Faber & Faber 2013; US$ 24.78

    Gerald Abraham's reputation as an authority on Russian music has tended to obscure his deep interest in the music of Poland and Czechoslovakia, and of the nineteenth-century generally. From a lifetime's devoted scholarship in these fields Abrahams selected his best work to make up this volume (first published in 1968), one of exceptional breadth... more...

  • Orchestral Musicby David Daniels

    Scarecrow Press 2005; US$ 69.99

    Familiar to conductors, orchestra managers, and music librarians, this classic sourcebook of information necessary to plan orchestral programs and organize rehearsals has been greatly expanded and revised. The fourth edition features nearly 6400 compositions that cover the standard repertoire for American orchestras (a 42% increase over the third edition),... more...

  • Franz Liszt, Volume 2by Alan Walker

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 39.95

    The second volume in Alan Walker's magisterial biography of Franz Liszt. "You can't help but keep turning the pages, wondering how it will all turn out: and Walker's accumulated readings of Liszt's music have to be taken seriously indeed."-D. Kern Holoman,  New York Review of Books "A conscientious scholar passionate about his subject. Mr. Walker... more...

  • The Time by the Seaby Dr Ronald Blythe

    Faber & Faber 2013; US$ 13.11

    The Time by the Sea is about Ronald Blythe's life in Aldeburgh during the 1950s. He had originally come to the Suffolk coast as an aspiring young writer, but found himself drawn into Benjamin Britten's circle and began working for the Aldeburgh Festival. Although befriended by Imogen Holst and by E M Forster, part of him remained essentially solitary,... more...

  • On Music and Musiciansby Robert Schumann; Konrad Wolff; Paul Rosenfeld

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 26.00

    Edited by Konraad Wolff Translated by Paul Rosenfeld With twenty black-and-white illustrations Schumann?s literary gifts and interests almost equaled his musical ones.  From boyhood on he was drawn to literary expression, and his writings on music belong to the best among the romantic literature of the 19th century.  The same fire, poetry, directness... more...

  • The Show Must Go Onby Gareth Davies

    Elliott & Thompson 2013; US$ 12.73

    A memoir of the London Symphony Orchestra on tour in the US and beyond, focusing on their historical first visit to America in 1912 when they were due to sail on the Titanic, and their most recent travels. Gareth Davies, Principal Flautist at the LSO, tells the remarkable story of a groundbreaking expedition through recently discovered diaries, archive... more...

  • Musorgsky and His Circleby Stephen Walsh

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 37.50

    The emergence of Russian classical music in the nineteenth century in the wake of Mikhail Glinka comprises one of the most remarkable and fascinating stories in all musical history. The five men who came together in the Russian capital of St. Petersburg in the 1860s, all composers of talent, some of genius, would be?in spite of a virtual lack of technical... more...