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The Barber of Sevilla and Moses
The Barber of Sevilla and Moses
Paperback      ISBN: 0714540803

English National Opera Guides are ideal companions to the opera. They provide stimulating introductory articles together with the complete text of each opera in English and the original. Rossini is one of the great operatic composers, an innovator within the whole concept of what was appropriate for serious as well as comic opera. "Moses" is a score which he revised for Paris, ten years after it had been composed for Naples; the result shows the evolution of his dramatic taste over a crucial decade--from the neo-classical sublime to spectacular Romantic grand opera. "The Barber" has been a consistent favorite with the public and performers since it opened, and Marco Spada analyses how its stylish comedy has been misunderstood. Other essays throw light on the working conditions of the opera industry in Rossini's Italy, on Balzac's delightful novel concerning "Moses" and on the exceptional challenge of performing this type of music to a high standard.

Glenn Gould: A Life and Variations
Glenn Gould
A Life and Variations
Paperback      ISBN: 0679732071

Traces the life and career of the classical pianist, and assesses his influence

Molto Agitato: The Mayhem Behind the Music at the Metropolitan Opera
Molto Agitato
The Mayhem Behind the Music at the Metropolitan Opera
Paperback      ISBN: 1400032318

If the opera world is full of "intrigue, double meanings, and devious dramatics," then no place exemplifies this more than the world-famous Metropolitan Opera, where politics, ambition, and oversized egos have traditionally taken center stage along with some of the world's richest music. Drawing on her fifteen years as its press representative, Johanna Fiedler explodes the traditional secrecy that surrounds the Met in this wonderfully entertaining account of its tumuluous history.

Fiedler chronicles the Met's early days as a home for legends like Toscanini, Mahler, and Caruso, and gives a fascinating account of the middle years when haughty blue-bloods battled stubborn adminstrators for control of a company that would emerge as America's premiere opera house. She takes us behind the grand gold-curtain stage in more recent years as well, showing how musical superstars like Luciano Pavarotti, Pl cido Domingo, and Kathleen Battle have electrified performances and scandalized the public. But most revelatory are Fiedler's portrayals of James Levine and Joseph Volpe and their practically parallel ascendancies--Levine rising from prodigy to artistic director, Volpe advancing from stagehand to general manager--and their once strained relationship. Weaving together the personal, economic, and artistic struggles that characterize the Met's long and vibrant history, Molto Agitato is a must-read saga of power, wealth, and, above all, great music.
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.
The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflote) in Full Score
The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflote) in Full Score
Paperback      ISBN: 048624783x

"...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.


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").

Complete Chamber Music for Strings
Complete Chamber Music for Strings
Paperback      ISBN: 048621463x

This volume is reproduced directly from the famous Breitkopf & H rtel series published at Leipzig under the title Franz Schubert's Werke, Kritisch durchgesehene Gesammtausgabe. The music is edited by Eusebius Mandyczewski and Joseph Hellmesberger. Included are the Quintet in C Major (1828), the 15 quartets, and two trios for violin, viola, and violoncello.
Noteheads have been reproduced in a size large enough to be read easily while you play, and there is ample space between staves and in the margins for any notes, harmonic analyses, fingerings, or annotations that you may want to record on the score. The edition is practical for almost any use, whether as a study guide, a reference, or just a companion for your greater musical enjoyment.

Songbook
Songbook
Paperback      ISBN: 1573223565

"All I have to say about these songs is that I love them, and want to sing along to them, and force other people to listen to them, and get cross when these other people don't like them as much as I do." --Nick Hornby, from Songbook

A wise and hilarious collection from the bestselling author of Funny Girl, About a Boy, and High Fidelity.

Songs, songwriters, and why and how they get under our skin...

Songbook is Nick Hornby's labor of love. A shrewd, funny, and completely unique collection of musings on pop music, why it's good, what makes us listen and love it, and the ways in which it attaches itself to our lives--all with the beat of a perfectly mastered mix tape.

Symphony No. 7
Symphony No. 7
Paperback      ISBN: 0486404188

Renowned for its celebrated slow movement, Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 is one of his most popular works. Written in 1812, when the 42-year-old composer was at the peak of his powers, it demonstrates the mastery of a mature artist in complete control of his craft. His command of symphonic form, thematic development, and orchestral texture is everywhere evident in this remarkable composition.
Reprinted here from the authoritative Litolff edition, this work appears in full score with bar-numbered movements for easy reference. Ideal for study in the classroom, at home, or in the concert hall, this affordable, high-quality, conveniently sized volume will be the edition of choice for music students and music lovers alike.

Jascha Heifetz
Jascha Heifetz
Hardcover      ISBN: 0029344808