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  • 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$ 32.00

    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$ 25.58

    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...

  • 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...

  • The Rough Guide to Classical Musicby Joe Staines

    Rough Guides 2010; US$ 29.99

    This expanded and completely revised fifth edition is a unique ebook, spanning a thousand years of music from Gregorian chant via Bach and Beethoven to current leading lights such as Thomas Adès and Kaija Saariaho. There are concise biographical profiles of more than 200 composers and informative summaries of the major compositions in all genres,... 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...

  • On Playing the Fluteby Johann Joachim Quantz

    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,... more...