Classical Music History and Reference
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Handbook of Literature for the Flute: A Compilation of Graded Method Materials, Solos, and Ensemble Music for the Flute
Handbook of Literature for the Flute
A Compilation of Graded Method Materials, Solos, and Ensemble Music for the Flute
3rd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0931200695
Revised 3rd edition. An annotated list of solos, graded method materials, reference reading, flute ensembles, music for alto flute, piccolo and bass flute. Over 3,500 entries, representing more than 1,700 composers and authors. Used throughout the world by flutists, artists, teachers, libraries and music dealers.
Hardcover      ISBN: 0670882380
Presents a biography of the eighteenth-century Austrian composer
The Great Pianists
The Great Pianists
Paperback      ISBN: 0671638378
Surveys the careers and personalities of the great pianists from Clementi and Mozart to the present day
The Roaring Silence: John Cage : A Life
The Roaring Silence
John Cage : A Life
Paperback      ISBN: 1559702206
Documents John Cage's contributions to modern music, analyzes influences on his art, and places his life and work within the context of twentieth-century art
Opera for Dummies
Opera for Dummies
Paperback      ISBN: 0764550101
Introduces the history and terminology of opera, explains the stories of seventy-five favorites, and looks at major composers and singers
Paul Bowles on Music: Includes the Last Interview With Paul Bowles
Paul Bowles on Music
Includes the Last Interview With Paul Bowles
Hardcover      ISBN: 0520236556
Though known chiefly as a writer of novels and stories, Paul Bowles (1910-1999) thought of himself first and foremost as a composer. Drawing together the work he did at the intersection of his two passions and professions, writing and music, this volume collects the music criticism Bowles published between 1935 and 1946, with an interview conducted by Irene Herrmann shortly before his death. An intimate of Aaron Copland and a protege of Virgil Thomson, Bowles was a musical sophisticate acquainted with an enormous range of music. The criticism collected here - Bowles published first in Modern Music and later in the New York Herald Tribune - brilliantly illuminates not only the whole range of modernist composition but also film scores, jazz, Mexican and Moroccan music, and many other genres. As a reviewer he reports on established artists and young hopefuls, symphonic concerts indoors and out, and important premieres of works by Copland, Thomson, Cage, Shostakovich, and Stravinsky, among others. These reviews, written with the austere grace of Bowles's better-known literary works, enhance our picture of an important era in American music history as well as our sense of Bowles's own accomplishments and his extraordinary contribution to twentieth-century culture.
Wagner's Ring: Turning the Sky Round
Wagner's Ring
Turning the Sky Round
Paperback      ISBN: 0879101865
Commentary on and a concise, lucid interpretation of the opera world's most complex masterwork, expanded from the author's popular intermission talks during Met Opera broadcasts. "Anyone, whether knowledgeable or not, will profit by reading it..." - Opera Quarterly
A Night at the Opera: An Irreverent Guide to the Plots, the Singers, the Composers, the Recordings
A Night at the Opera
An Irreverent Guide to the Plots, the Singers, the Composers, the Recordings
Paperback      ISBN: 0375751769
Discusses eighty-three popular operas available on compact disc and includes character analyses, plot summaries, historical information, humorous commentary, and short biographies of composers, conductors, and artists
Milk It!: Collected Musings on the Alternative Music Explosion of the '90s
Milk It!
Collected Musings on the Alternative Music Explosion of the '90s
Paperback      ISBN: 0306812711
A collection of essays, articles, and other writings by a noted pop music critic offers incisive commentary on the music industry, the evolution of rock music, the alternative-rock era, and the musicians of the period, offering provocative portraits of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, and many others. Original. 30,000 first printing.
Great Pop Things: The Real History of Rock and Roll from Elvis to Oasis
Great Pop Things
The Real History of Rock and Roll from Elvis to Oasis
Paperback      ISBN: 1891241087
The comic strips of Colin B. Morton and Chuck Death deliver an irreverent, heartfelt, and devastatingly funny history of rock and roll. Like Monty Python at its best, their version is surreal and ridiculous - yet somehow everything in it rings true. According to Morton and Death, the bass player in Led Zeppelin was Jean-Paul Sartre. And despite having been able to think up brilliant titles for their first three albums, Led Zeppelin were stuck for what to call the fourth one - so they put a load of prunes on the front. In strip after strip, Morton & Death pinpoint the absurdities and oddities of rock history. In the process, they often come closer to its truth than conventional accounts do, as well as being far more entertaining. As for the drawings, their caricatures of rock stars from Mick Jagger to Frank Zappa, Johnny Rotten to Courtney Love, are in themselves worth the price of admission.