Classical Music Biography
Herbert Von Karajan
A Life in Pictures
Hardcover ISBN: 1574671650
The official book supporting 'Karajan 2008,' a worldwide campaign to celebrate Karajan's centenary. Herbert von Karajan, arguably the greatest and most flamboyant conductor and musical director of his time, remains today as one of the giants of 20th-century classical music. His contribution to classical music, his legacy, and his celebrity status are unchallenged. Karajan's exceptional charisma makes him the perfect subject for the pictorial journey this book presents. It is the ultimate visual testimony and photographic homage to this great and extravagant classical music personality. Its features include: * 12,000-word bio essay by Jurgen Otten and introduction by Anne-Sophie Mutter * Over 150 photos in black-and-white and color, with dozens of quotations * Edited by Pierre-Henri Verlhac, publisher of high-end French photo books * and more!
Hiding in the Spotlight
A Musical Prodigy's Story of Survival, 1941-1946
Paperback ISBN: 1605981281
By the age of six, Zhanna had developed a repertoire fellow students twice her age would envy. Scholarships to the most prestigious conservatories in the Soviet Union soon followed—conservatories that had produced legends like Rachmaninoff, Kogan, and Horowitz. In 1941 disaster strikes. The Nazi Army is smashing through the Ukraine en route to Moscow. Zhanna and her family are to be executed alongside thousands of others in the ravines of Drobitsky Yar. A few short miles from certain death, her father bribes a nearby guard, and she escapes into the forest with only the clothes on her back, a copy of Chopin’s Fantasy Impromptu in her pocket, and her father’s parting words echoing in her head: “I don’t care what you do, just live.” Adopting a new identity and ever fearful of recognition, Zhanna roamed the ravaged countryside. One lonely evening, the head of a local Nazi battalion hears her play. he is so taken with her exquisite interpretation of Chopin that little Zhanna soon becomes the performing darling of the Nazi forces.
Hilary and Jackie
Paperback ISBN: 0345432711
The authors share memories of their sister, a celebrated cellist whose life was cut short by multiple sclerosis, and describe her influence on their family
J. S. Bach
Paperback ISBN: 0486216314
Volume 1 of 2-volume set. This stimulating narrative traces Bach's life; discusses contemporary artistic and philosophical movements; assesses the work of his predecessors Schutz, Scheidt, Buxtehude, etc., analyzes Bach's own work; and passes on brilliant recommendations for performance — tempo, phrasing, accentuation, dynamics, etc. Translated by Ernest Newman.
Hardcover ISBN: 0385423454
A comprehensive, detailed biography of the influential, flamboyant, multifaceted, and passionate composer-conductor presents Bernstein as a man full of contradictions and considers his numerous, frequently controversial, personal and professional relationships. 60,000 first printing. $60,000 ad/promo.
Paperback ISBN: 0940322358
Plot and counterplot lie at the heart of Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, and The Marriage of Figaro, the three brilliant libretti that Lorenzo Da Ponte prepared for Mozart. They were also central to Da Ponte's own extraordinary life. His Memoirs record a fantastic variety of romantic, political, and professional intrigues, and tell of meetings with a host of remarkable men. In a life that took him from the canals of Venice to the streets of New York, Da Ponte was at different times priest, professional gambler, proprietor of a bordello, political agitator, court poet, impresario, grocery store owner, and the first professor of Italian literature at Columbia University. His Memoirs, a minor classic of Italian literature, are the picaresque and engrossing story of a man of enormous talent and unsurpassed flair who was, above all, an indefatigable survivor. "I shall speak of things . . . so singular in their oddity as in some manner to instruct, or at least entertain, without wearying." —Lorenzo da Ponte
The Memoirs of Hector Berlioz
Hardcover ISBN: 037541391x
(Book Jacket Status: Not Jacketed) The Memoirs of Hector Berlioz has long been considered to be among the best of musical autobiographies. Like his massive compositions, Berlioz (1803-69) was colorful, eloquent, larger than life. His book is both an account of his important place in the rise of the Romantic movement and a personal testament. He tells the story of his liaison with Harriet Smithson, and his even more passionate affairs of the mind with Shakespeare, Scott, and Byron. Familiar with all the great figures of the age, Berlioz paints brilliant portraits of Liszt, Wagner, Balzac, Weber, and Rossini, among others. And through Berlioz's intimate and detailed self-revelation, there emerges a profoundly sympathetic and attractive man, driven, finally, by his overwhelming creative urges to a position of lonely eminence. For this new Everyman's edition of The Memoirs, the translator--the composer's most admired biographer--has completely revised the text and the extensive notes to take into account the latest research.