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The Magic Flute Unveiled: Esoteric Symbolism in Mozart's Masonic Opera : An Interpretation of the Libretto and the Music
The Magic Flute Unveiled
Esoteric Symbolism in Mozart's Masonic Opera : An Interpretation of the Libretto and the Music
Paperback      ISBN: 089281358x
Chailley, a professor of music history at the Sorbonne, reveals the coherence of the opera and the hidden significance of its characters and situations. The author relates each of these elements to the esoteric tradition from which they emanate and to Mozart's own involvement with the Masonic brotherhood.
The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker
Hardcover      ISBN: 051755285x
After hearing how her toy nutcracker got his ugly face, a little girl helps break the spell and watches him change into a handsome prince.
The Complete Operas of Puccini: A Critical Guide
The Complete Operas of Puccini
A Critical Guide
Paperback      ISBN: 0306802007
Provides historical background, plot summaries, and critical analyses of the music and librettos of all Puccini's operas
Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans
Satchmo
My Life in New Orleans
Paperback      ISBN: 0306802767
”In all my whole career the Brick House was one of the toughest joints I ever played in. It was the honky-tonk where levee workers would congregate every Saturday night and trade with the gals who’d stroll up and down the floor and the bar. Those guys would drink and fight one another like circle saws. Bottles would come flying over the bandstand like crazy, and there was lots of just plain common shooting and cutting. But somehow all that jive didn’t faze me at all, I was so happy to have some place to blow my horn.” So says Louis Armstrong, a tough kid who just happened to be a musical genius, about one of the places where he performed and grew up. This raucous, rich tale of his early days in New Orleans concludes with his departure to Chicago at twenty-one to play with his boyhood idol King Oliver, and tells the story of a life that began, mythically, on July 4, 1900, in the city that sowed the seeds of jazz.
Songs of Zion
Songs of Zion
Paperback      ISBN: 0687391210
Features gospels, spirituals, ethnic benedictions, chants, and songs from the African-American Liberation that reflect black heritage and traditions and the contemporary black experience. *Accompanist's Edition.
Black Pearls: Blues Queens of the 1920s
Black Pearls
Blues Queens of the 1920s
Paperback      ISBN: 0813512808
Offers profiles of Alberta Hunter, Edith Wilson, Victoria Spivey, and Sippie Wallace, and looks at the history of the blues, and the vaudeville circuit
Early Jazz: Its Roots and Musical Development
Early Jazz
Its Roots and Musical Development
Paperback      ISBN: 0195040430
This classic study of jazz by renowned composer, conductor, and musical scholar Gunther Schuller was widely acclaimed on its first publication in 1968. The first of two volumes on the history and musical contribution of jazz, it takes us from the beginnings of jazz as a distinct musical style at the turn of the century to its first great flowering in the 1930's. Schuller explores the music of the great jazz soloists of the twenties--Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, and others--and the big bands and arrangers--Fletcher Henderson, Bennie Moten, and especially Duke Ellington--placing their music in the context of the other musical cultures and languages of the 20th century and offering original analyses of many great jazz recordings. Now reissued in paper, Early Jazz provides a musical tour of the early American jazz world for a new generation of scholars, students, and jazz fans.
Mingus: A Critical Biography
Mingus
A Critical Biography
Paperback      ISBN: 0306802171
"It would be no exaggeration to call Charles Mingus the greatest bass player in the history of jazz; indeed, some might even regard it as understatement, for the hurricane power of his work as a compos"
American Guitars: An Illustrated History
American Guitars
An Illustrated History
Paperback      ISBN: 0062731548
The only comprehensive history of the guitar, from the Civil War to the present. "I think this book is a must for guitar players and those interested in guitar music."--B. B. King
Dylan: A Biography
Dylan
A Biography
Paperback      ISBN: 0393307697
Looks beyond the myths surrounding Dylan to chronicle his transformation from a middle-class Jewish boy from Minnesota to a musical superstar and pop culture icon