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.
Mozart is the archetypal child prodigy whose genius triumphed over precociousness, and who later broke away from a loving but tyrannical father to pursue his vision unhampered. Peter Gay traces the development of the man and the composer who pushed every genre - especially opera - into new realms.
In this extensively researched ode to scandal, Peter Blecha recounts the travails of musicians who have dared to air "unacceptable" topics. Filled with several centuries' worth of raunchy sex ditties, morbid murder ballads, satanic songs, paeans to intoxication and radical political anthems, this book lays the censors' stories bare, and casts a much-needed spotlight on civil liberties and artistic freedom in our post-9/11 world. Highlights the work of hundreds of controversial musicians, including: the Beatles, Ray Charles, the Dixie Chicks, Dylan, Eminem, Billie Holiday, Nirvana, Elvis, Public Enemy, Sex Pistols, Springsteen, Zappa and others. "Blecha tells a story of how free we aren't. It's a story every music fan needs to know." - Dave Marsh
"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.
This volume in our new series features 29 compositions by Claude Debussy, including such famous pieces as 'Clair de Lune, ' 'Reverie, ' 'The Girl with the Flaxen Hair, ' 'Golliwogg's Cake Walk, ' and others. It includes pieces from the French master's wealth of piano compositions, including the 'Arabesques, ' Petite Suite, Children's Corner Suite, both books of 'Preludes, ' and individual pieces. A wide variety of music from the French impressionistic genius 29 titles on 160
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
Titles: Sonata No. 1: Opus 2, No. 1 in F Minor * Sonata No. 2: Opus 2, No. 2 in A Major * Sonata No. 3: Opus 2, No. 3 in C Major * Sonata No. 4: Opus 7, E-Flat Major * Sonata No. 5: Opus 10, No. 1 in C Minor * Sonata No. 6: Opus 10, No. 2 in F Major * Sonata No. 7: Opus 10, No. 3 in D Major * Sonata No. 8: Opus 13, C Minor "Pathetique" * Sonata No. 9: Opus 14, No. 1 in E Major * Sonata No. 10: Opus 14, No. 2 in G Major * Sonata No. 11: Opus 22, B-Flat Major * Sonata No. 12: Opus 26, A-Flat Major * Sonata No. 13: Opus 27, No. 1 in E-Flat Major * Sonata No. 14: Opus 27, No. 2 in C-sharp Minor "Moonlight Sonata" * Sonata No. 15: Opus 28, D Major.
"...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.
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.