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Tristan Chord
Tristan Chord
Paperback      ISBN: 080507189x

Richard Wagner's devotees have ranged from the subtlest minds (Proust) to the most brutal (Hitler). The enduring fascination with his works arises not only from his singular fusion of musical innovation and theatrical daring, but also from his largely overlooked engagement with the boldest investigations of modern philosophy. In this radically clarifying book, Bryan Magee traces Wagner's intellectual quests, from his youthful embrace of revolutionary socialism to the near-Buddhist resignation of his final years. Magee shows how abstract thought can permeate music and stimulate creations of great power and beauty. And he unflinchingly confronts the Wagner whose paranoia, egocentricity, and anti-Semitism are as repugnant as his achievements are glorious.

At once a biography of the composer, an overview of his times, and an exploration of the intellectual and technical aspects of music, Magee's lucid study offers the best explanation of W. H. Auden's judgment that Wagner, for all his notoriety, was perhaps the greatest genius that ever lived.
Ticket to Ride: Inside the Beatles' 1964 & 1965 Tours That Changed the World
Ticket to Ride
Inside the Beatles' 1964 & 1965 Tours That Changed the World
Paperback      ISBN: 014303426x

An insider's look at the world's first major rock-and-roll tour, Ticket to Ride tells the Beatles? story like it's never been told before.
? Includes a CD featuring an hour of Kane's rare interviews with the Beatles
? Features a foreword by Dick Clark

Great Pop Things: The Real History of Rock 'n' Roll from Elvis to Oasis
Great Pop Things
The Real History of Rock 'n' Roll from Elvis to Oasis
Paperback      ISBN: 1891241087

"A comic-book collection that brilliantly depicts the story of rock & roll"--that's how Rolling Stone summed up "Great Pop Things." Colin Morton and Chuck Death's comic strips, serialized over several years in LA Weekly, offer a heartfelt and devastatingly funny history of rock. Like Monty Python, their version is surreal and ridiculous--yet somehow it all rings true. As they pinpoint the absurdities and oddities of rock history, the authors come closer to its truth than most conventional accounts--and they're way more entertaining. The caricatures--of rock figures from Mick Jagger to Captain Beefheart, Johnny Rotten to Courtney Love--are priceless. "Chuck Death" is a pseudonym of musician/artist Jon Langford ("Nashville Radio").

La Traviata in Full Score
La Traviata in Full Score
Paperback      ISBN: 0486263215

One of Verdi's most popular opera, La Traviata is based on La Dame aux Cam lias (Camille), the novel and play by Alexandre Dumas, fils that enthralled Parisian audiences of the 1850s with a stirring portrayal of a beautiful courtesan redeemed by love. With his librettist, Francesco Maria Piave, Verdi transformed the Dumas story of a passionate, ultimately poignant love affair within the intoxicating demimonde of Paris in the mid-1800s to an exciting, deeply moving musical drama.
La Traviata fortunately survived its dismal first production in Venice in 1853 to become a worldwide favorite, treasured by musical artists and audiences alike for the lyric beauty of its arias and ensembles, and for the dramatic force and finesse of its orchestral scoring. This full-score edition, designed to provide a lifetime of study and enjoyment, is reproduced from the authoritative edition prepared for G. Ricordi of Milan. It will afford opera lovers a rare opportunity to study intimately Verdi's genius for operatic composition in the early years of its greatest flowering.

My Life with the Great Pianists
My Life with the Great Pianists
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0801057108

Mohr's humor and personal perspective on the lives of Rubinstein, Horowitz, and other artists mix music lore with quiet faith.

Main Lines, Blood Feasts, and Bad Taste: A Lester Bangs Reader
Main Lines, Blood Feasts, and Bad Taste
A Lester Bangs Reader
Paperback      ISBN: 0375713670

Before his untimely death in 1982, Lester Bangs was inarguably the most influential critic of rock and roll. Writing in hyper-intelligent Benzedrine prose that calls to mind Jack Kerouac and Hunter S. Thompson, he eschewed all conventional thinking as he discussed everything from Black Sabbath being the first truly Catholic band to Anne Murray's smoldering sexuality. In Mainlines, Blood Feasts, Bad Taste fellow rock critic John Morthland has compiled a companion volume to Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung, the first, now classic collection of Bangs's work. Here are excerpts from an autobiographical piece Bangs wrote as a teenager, travel essays, and, of course, the music pieces, essays, and criticism covering everything from titans like Miles Davis, Lou Reed, and the Rolling Stones to esoteric musicians like Brian Eno and Captain Beefheart. Singularly entertaining, this book is an absolute must for anyone interested in the history of rock.

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
"Delightful and anti-reverential"--Sunday Times (London)

With an encyclopedic knowledge of opera and a delightful dash of irreverence, Sir Denis Forman throws open the world of opera--its structure, composers, conductors, and artists--in this hugely informative guide. A Night at the Opera dissects the eighty-three most popular operas recorded on compact disc, from Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur to Mozart's Die Zauberfl te. For each opera, Sir Denis details the plot and cast of characters, awarding stars to parts that are "worth looking out for," "really good," or, occasionally, "stunning." He goes on to tell the history of each opera and its early reception. Finally, each work is graded from alpha to gamma (although the Ring cycle gets an "X"), and Sir Denis has no qualms about voicing his opinion: the first act of Fidelio is "a bit of a mess," while the last scene of Don Giovanni "towers above the comic finales of Figaro and Cos and whether or not it] is Mozart's greatest opera, it is certainly his most powerful finale."

The guide also presents brief biographies of the great composers, conductors, and singers. A glossary of musical terms is included, as well as Operatica, or the essential elements of opera, from the proper place and style of the audience's applause (and boos) to the use of subtitles.

A Night at the Opera is for connoisseurs and neophytes alike. It will entertain and inform, delight and (perhaps) infuriate, providing a subject for lively debate and ready reference for years to come.
Falstaff in Full Score
Falstaff in Full Score
Paperback      ISBN: 0486240177

The plays of Shakespeare inspired Verdi's deepest resources. Macbeth (1847) was one of the composer's earliest operatic-dramatic triumphs and Otello (1887) was among his latest. At the end of his life Verdi astonished a public accustomed to his tragic fervor with Falstaff, a gem of pure comedy.
Verdi's last great work premiered in the composer's 80th year. This reproduction of the complete and unabridged score brings the final proof of the maestro's universality to the many students, musicians, and opera lovers who would see for themselves the summation of Verdi's brilliant orchestral and compositional powers. Ricordi was Verdi's original publisher; this reprint of his edition contains the standard, definitive score and includes English translations of the original front matter. Falstaff benefits from Verdi's understanding of Wagner and other operatic innovators. Nevertheless, between its concise but forceful orchestration and its copious melodic invention, it remains singularly Verdian. Its wit astonishes as much today as it did in 1893.

88 Keys: The Making of a Steinway Piano
88 Keys
The Making of a Steinway Piano
Hardcover      ISBN: 0517703564

Examines the construction of the Steinway piano which is still completely made by hand in its Long Island City, New York, factory.

Heritage of Music
Heritage of Music
Hardcover      ISBN: 019520493x

This handsome new reference is an encyclopedic record of Western music from the Middle Ages to the present day. With a lively text and copious illustrations, each volume is a complete survey of the period it covers; together the four volumes present a history of Western music as a whole. Written by renowned musical authorities, Heritage of Music is meant for everyone who enjoys music.
From oratorios to computer composition, the cultural climate of each period's music is carefully delineated. Pertinent illustrations, integrated with the text, amplify and complement it. Entire chapters are devoted to each of the best known musicians of each period, with detailed histories of their lives and work, and astute commentary about how their music related to their personalities.
A consistent approach is used in each volume. After a general introduction the chapters cover the main musical developments and personalities of the time. Between these, at appropriate points, each volume contains "interludes": short sections that give in-depth treatment of topics not covered in the chapters, including aspects of music history, the keyboard, the orchestra, opera houses, and more.
Authoritative, comprehensive, and profusely illustrated in both color and black and white, Heritage of Music is that rare musical reference, of interest to the specialist and casual listener alike.
In Heritage of Music you will find:
* Comprehensive coverage of Western Music from the Middle Ages to the present
* Entire chapters devoted to each of the most important composers of each period
* Illustrations throughout, with art from each musical period presented parallel to the subject matter in order to amplify and complement the text
* Special "Interludes" between chapters that offer cogent commentary and descriptive information related to--but not covered by--the chapters
* An illustrated biographical dictionary of composers of the period at the end of each volume
* A full index to each volume, and a cumulative index at the end of Volume IV for fast and easy access to information in all four volumes
* A handsome format (8 1/2 x 11) with approximately 225 color and 300 black and white illustrations in each volume



"Vol 1 Classical Musical & its Orgins, Vol 2 The Romantic Era, Vol 3 The Nineteenth Century Legacy, Vol 4 Music in the Twentieth Century. Overall edge wear, some larger tears to dj's, a tad age toning at book edges but still a most serviceable reference.