Classical Music History and Reference
Notebook for Willhelm Friedmann Bach
Paperback ISBN: 0769278736
Johann Sebastian Bach's "Notebook for Wilhelm Friedemann Bach" is a collection of keyboard music Bach began compiling in around 1720. Most of the pieces included are better known as parts of the Well-Tempered Clavier and the Inventions and Sinfonias. The authorship of some of the other works in the collection is debated. The comb binding creates a lay-flat book that is perfect for study and performance. 62 Selections, 123 pages.
Music, Love, & True Adventures
Paperback ISBN: 0385318219
The author describes his midlife decision to learn to play the piano, a lifelong dream that made him reevaluate his life achievements and that was bolstered by his admiration for accomplished pianists
The Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich
Paperback ISBN: 087910998x
This is the powerful memoirs which an ailing Dmitri Shostakovich dictated to a young Russian musicologist, Solomon Volkov. When it was first published in 1979, it became an international bestseller. This 25th anniversary edition includes a new foreword by Vladimir Ashkenazy, as well as black-and-white photos. "Testimony changed the perception of Shostakovich's life and work dramatically, and influenced innumerable performances of his music." - New Grove Dictionary
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.