Musical Composition
Accent on Composers, Vol 2: The Music and Lives of 22 Great Composers, with Listening CD, Review/Tests, and Supplemental Materials, Comb Bound Boo
Accent on Composers, Vol 2
The Music and Lives of 22 Great Composers, with Listening CD, Review/Tests, and Supplemental Materials, Comb Bound Boo
Paperback      ISBN: 1470611279

Introducing another volume of Alfred Music's most popular reproducible book PDFs of the entire book are included on the enhanced CD. Includes lessons, assessments, and professional recordings for Berlioz, Bernstein, Britten, Chopin, Dufay, Ellington, Gershwin, Grieg, Mahler, Mussorgsky, Offenbach, Pachelbel, Palestrina, Prokofiev, Puccini, Purcell, Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rossini, Saint-Sa ns, Schoenberg, and Strauss.

Schubert's Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession
Schubert's Winter Journey
Anatomy of an Obsession
Paperback      ISBN: 0525431802

An exploration of the world's most famous and challenging song cycle, Schubert's Winter Journey (Winterreise), by a leading interpreter of the work who teases out the themes--literary, historical, psychological--that weave through the twenty-four songs that make up this legendary masterpiece.

Drawing equally on his vast experience performing this work, on his musical knowledge, and on his training as a scholar, Ian Bostridge teases out the enigmas and subtle meanings of each of the twenty-four lyrics to explore for us the world Schubert inhabited, his biography and psychological makeup, the historical and political pressures within which he became one of the world's greatest composers, and the continuing resonances and affinities that our ears still detect today, making Schubert's wanderer our mirror.

The Art of Writing Music: A Practical Book for Composers and Arrangers of Instrumental, Choral, and Electronic Music As Applied to Publication
The Art of Writing Music
A Practical Book for Composers and Arrangers of Instrumental, Choral, and Electronic Music As Applied to Publication
Paperback      ISBN: 0882846191

John Cacavas has written an extensive book on the techniques of composing, orchestrating and arranging. Includes chapters on each section of the band and orchestra, voicing techniques as well as special chapters on concert band writing, choral writing, el

Absolutely on Music: Conversations
Absolutely on Music
Conversations
Hardcover      ISBN: 0385354347

A deeply personal, intimate conversation about music and writing between the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author and the former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

In Absolutely on Music, internationally Haruki Murakami sits down with his friend Seiji Ozawa, the revered former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, for a series of conversations on their shared passion: music. Over the course of two years, Murakami and Ozawa discuss everything from Brahms to Beethoven, from Leonard Bernstein to Glenn Gould, from Bart k to Mahler, and from pop-up orchestras to opera. They listen to and dissect recordings of some of their favorite performances, and Murakami questions Ozawa about his career conducting orchestras around the world. Culminating in Murakami's ten-day visit to the banks of Lake Geneva to observe Ozawa's retreat for young musicians, the book is interspersed with ruminations on record collecting, jazz clubs, orchestra halls, film scores, and much more. A deep reflection on the essential nature of both music and writing, Absolutely on Music is an unprecedented glimpse into the minds of two maestros.
Tchaikovsky: The Man Revealed
Tchaikovsky
The Man Revealed
Hardcover      ISBN: 1643131338

A tortured genius, a sensitive soul, and a great composer burdened by the weight of his private desires, Tchaikovsky's life is explored in full by the incomparable John Suchet.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is one of the most successful composers that Russia has ever produced, but his path to success was not an easy one.

A shy, emotional child, intended for the civil service by his father, Tchaikovsky came late to composing as a career, and despite his success he was a troubled character. Doubting himself at every turn, he was keenly wounded by criticism. The death of his mother haunted him all his life and his incessant attempts to suppress his homosexuality took a huge toll.

From Tchaikovsky's disastrous marriage to his extraordinary relationship with his female patron, his many amorous liaisons, and his devotion to friends and family, Suchet shows us how the complexity of Tchaikovsky's emotional life plays out in his music. A man who was by turns quick to laugh and to despair, his mercurial temperament found its outlet in some of the most emotionally intense music ever written.
Being Wagner: The Story of the Most Provocative Composer Who Ever Lived
Being Wagner
The Story of the Most Provocative Composer Who Ever Lived
Paperback      ISBN: 0525436189
Simon Callow, the celebrated author of Orson Welles, delivers a dazzling, swift, and accessible biography of the musical titan Richard Wagner and his profoundly problematic legacy--a fresh take for seasoned acolytes and the perfect introduction for new fans.

Richard Wagner's music dramas have never been more popular or more divisive. His ten masterpieces, created against the backdrop of a continent in severe political and cultural upheaval, constitute an unmatched body of work. A man who spent most of his life in abject poverty, inspiring both critical derision and hysterical hero-worship, Wagner was a walking contradiction: belligerent, flirtatious, disciplined, capricious, demanding, visionary, and poisonously anti-Semitic. Acclaimed biographer Simon Callow evokes the intellectual and artistic climate in which Wagner lived and takes us through his most iconic works, from his pivotal successes in The Flying Dutchman and Lohengrin, to the musical paradigm shift contained in Tristan and Isolde, to the apogee of his achievements in The Ring of the Nibelung and Parsifal, which debuted at Bayreuth shortly before his death. Being Wagner brings to life this towering figure, creator of the most sublime and most controversial body of work ever known.
Mozart
Mozart
Hardcover      ISBN: 0670026379

Eminent historian Paul Johnson dazzles with a rich, succinct portrait of Mozart and his music
As he s done in "Napoleon," "Churchill," "Jesus," and "Darwin," acclaimed historian and author Paul Johnson here offers a concise, illuminating biography of Mozart. Johnson s focus is on the music Mozart s wondrous output of composition and his uncanny gift for instrumentation.
Liszt once said that Mozart composed more bars than a trained copyist could write in a lifetime. Mozart s gift and skill with instruments was also remarkable as he mastered all of them except the harp. For example, no sooner had the clarinet been invented and introduced than Mozart began playing and composing for it.
In addition to his many insights into Mozart s music, Johnson also challenges the many myths that have followed Mozart, including those about the composer s health, wealth, religion, and relationships. Always engaging, Johnson offers readers and music lovers a superb examination of Mozart and his glorious music, which is still performed every day in concert halls and opera houses around the world."

Irving Berlin: A Life in Song
Irving Berlin
A Life in Song
Hardcover      ISBN: 0028648153

Traces the life and career of the American songwriter.

Scoring for Voice: A Guide to Writing Vocal Arrangements
Scoring for Voice
A Guide to Writing Vocal Arrangements
Paperback      ISBN: 0882844717

Scoring for Voice
is a comprehensive, easy-to-use guide covering all aspects of vocal arranging. It includes a compact disc containing 50 examples of arranging techniques found in the text and covers such topics as scoring for 2-, 3-, and 4-part voices, scoring behind a soloist, vocal ranges, rehearsal techniques and voice-leading concepts.

6 Steps to Songwriting Success: The Comprehensive Guide to Writing and Marketing Hit Songs
6 Steps to Songwriting Success
The Comprehensive Guide to Writing and Marketing Hit Songs
Paperback      ISBN: 0823084779

What's the secret to writing a hit song? It's as simple as 1-2-3-4-5-6 Innovative, practical, and inspiring, Six Steps to Songwriting Success presents a surefire step-by-step approach to mastering the elements consistently found in hit songs. Author Jason Blume, a songwriter with the rare distinction of having had songs on the Country, Pop, and R&B charts simultaneously, has packed this book with such key aids as the three-step lyric writing technique used by the pros; lyric, melody, and demo checklists; and tools for self-evaluation-plus many other exercises that work. Blume's warm, humorous style features motivational anecdotes and entertaining stories of how hit songs came to be written and recorded. Get Six Steps to Songwriting Success, and get on the charts