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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Experiencing Leonard Bernsteinby Kenneth LaFave

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2014; US$ 44.99

    In this book, Kenneth LaFave guides readers past Bernstein?s famously tortured personal problems and into the clarity and balance of his Serenade after Plato?s Symposium for Violin and Orchestra , the intense drama of his music for On the Waterfront , the existential cosmography of his three symphonies, and his vibrant works for the musical... more...

  • The Black Hornby Robert Lee Watt

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2014; US$ 74.99

    Today, the number of African Americans who hold chairs in major American symphony orchestras are few and far between, and Watt is the first in many years to write about this uniquely exhilarating?and at times painful?experience. more...

  • Dies Iraeby Robert Chase; Jahja Ling

    Scarecrow Press 2004; US$ 92.99

    Traditional requiem texts, among them the anonymous medieval Latin poem Dies Irae ('Day of Wrath'), have inspired an untold number of composers in different ages and serving different religions, Western and Eastern. This book, the first comprehensive survey of requiem music for nearly half a century, provides a great deal of diverse and detailed information... more...

  • Leonard Bernsteinby Burton Bernstein; Barbara Haws

    HarperCollins 2010; Not Available

    One of the most gifted, celebrated, scrutinized, and criticized musicians in the second half of the twentieth century, Leonard Bernstein made his legendary conducting debut at the New York Philharmonic in 1943, at age 25. A year later, he became a sensation on Broadway with the premiere of On the Town . Throughout the 1950s, his Broadway fame only... more...

  • Franz Schubert and His Worldby Christopher H. Gibbs; Morten Solvik

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 35.00

    During his short lifetime, Franz Schubert (1797?1828) contributed to a wide variety of musical genres, from intimate songs and dances to ambitious chamber pieces, symphonies, and operas. The essays and translated documents in Franz Schubert and His World examine his compositions and ties to the Viennese cultural context, revealing surprising and... 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...

  • Harrison Birtwistleby Fiona Maddocks; Harrison Birtwistle

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 24.78

    'Anyone with the smallest interest in composition - not just concertos but novels, buildings, lives, you name it, should read this absorbing, spiky, dazzling book.' Adam Thirwell, TLS Books of the Year Harrison Birtwistle is recognised worldwide as one of the greatest of living composers, behind such works of trail-blazingly modern classical... more...

  • The Faber Pocket Guide to Handelby Edward Blakeman

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 11.65

    An engaging and easy-to-use pocket guide, published in the anniversary year of the celebrated composer's death. more...