"...it is the evident quiet approbation which best pleases me It is apparent that this opera is rising rapidly and steadily in estimation." -- Mozart, letter to his wife, October 7-8, 1791.
Unfortunately, his tragic death a scant two months later prevented Mozart from ever realizing the full accuracy of this observation, made a few performances after the cool reception given The Magic Flute at its Viennese premiere.
In May 1791, Mozart's friend Emanuel Schikaneder commissioned The Magic Flute. In keeping with the popular level of this theater, Schikaneder himself supplied Mozart with the libretto about the rescue of a good fairy's daughter from a wicked magician by a hero armed with a magic flute. After a good deal of the music was written, the composer and librettist -- both Freemasons -- grafted Masonic ideals onto the plot, transforming a simple fairy tale into a moralistic allegory and a Singspiel into one of the world's greatest operas.
This handsome, moderately priced volume, reprinted directly form an authoritative edition, will enable musicians, music students, and opera lovers to gain a fuller appreciation of Mozart's mastery of operatic language, orchestral color, and dramatic expression. A helpful feature of this edition is the inclusion of all spoken dialog, usually abbreviated in other editions.
A comprehensive and historically significant song collection, this massive volume captures the hopes and tragedy of the Civil War era. Songs are grouped into the following categories: The Union, The Confederacy, Lincoln, Universal Sentiments, Soldiers Songs, Battles, Negro Spirituals & Abolitionist Songs, The Lighter Side, and Post Bellum. A special feature of this text is the inclusion of authentic formal and informal portraits, plus depiciting military encampment of the aftermath of the battle. Arranged for voice with piano accompaniment and guitar chords.
Great masters of lieder from Beethoven to Richard Strauss are represented among 48 songs that have been chosen for their appeal to young singers. Musical excerpts studied in Gateway to German Diction appear as complete scores. The comb binding creates a lay-flat book that is perfect for study and performance.
(P/V/G Composer Collection). 60 of this brilliant composer's very best Features a bio, background notes on each song, show and movie listings by year, and loads of photos Includes: Always * Blue Skies * Cheek to Cheek * God Bless America * Happy Holiday * I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm * Marie * Puttin' On the Ritz * Steppin' Out with My Baby * There's No Business like Show Business * White Christmas * and more. A must for every Irving Berlin fan
An album-matching folio containing all the music from Alan Parker's movie, The Commitments, about Irish kids who put together a soul band. Zesty versions of 14 R & B classics like: Chain of Fools * Do Right Woman Do Right Man * In the Midnight Hour
The Contemporary Piano Literature series includes a selection of music written for children by Bart�k, Gretchaninov, Kabalevsky, Prokofiev, Scott, Shostakovich and Stravinsky. In addition, the books contain pieces composed specifically for this series by Ross Lee Finney, David Kraehenbuehl, Douglas Moore, Elie Siegmeister, Alexandre Tansman and Alexander Tcherepnin. Short biographies and portraits help make composers come alive for the student. None of the music is so far in the vanguard that it is difficult to enjoy or understand.
Forty powerful songs from the heavy-metal masters. Includes: Stairway to Heaven * Black Dog * Dazed and Confused * Immigrant Song * Rock and Roll * Whole Lotta Love * Heartbreaker and many, many more. 228 pages.
A collection of 153 popular and traditional favorites. Includes: Angels from the Realms of Glory * Birthday of a King * Deck the Halls * Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas * I'll Be Home for Christmas * It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year * Joy t
Gloria's Spanish album is breathtaking Each song is in Spanish with English lyric pages. Titles are: Ayer * Con Los A�os Que Me Quedan * Hablas de M� * Hablemos el Mismo Idioma * Mi Buen Amor * Mi Tierra * Montuno * No Hay Mal Que Por Bien no Venga * �Si Se�or . . . * Tradicion * Tus Ojos * Volver�s.