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Twelve Piano-Forte Sonatas of Giustini Di Pistoja (Book): Rosamond E.M. Harding Twelve Piano-Forte Sonatas of Giustini Di Pistoja (Book)
Rosamond E.M. Harding
R378 Discovery Miles 3 780 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In 1732, Lodovico Giustini (1685-1743) published the first known pieces of music written specifically for the piano. This book, originally published in 1933, contains an edited facsimile of that first edition, with an introduction on Giustini's life and legacy. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in music or the history of the piano.

John Wallis: Writings on Music (Hardcover, New Ed): Benjamin Wardhaugh John Wallis: Writings on Music (Hardcover, New Ed)
Benjamin Wardhaugh; Edited by David Cram
R3,192 Discovery Miles 31 920 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

John Wallis (1616-1703), was one of the foremost British mathematicians of the seventeenth century, and is also remembered for his important writings on grammar and logic. An interest in music theory led him to produce translations into Latin of three ancient Greek texts - those of Ptolemy, Porphyry and Bryennius - and involved him in discussions with Henry Oldenburg, the Secretary of the Royal Society, Thomas Salmon and other individuals as his ideas developed. The texts presented in this volume cover the relationship of ancient and modern tuning theory, the building of organs, the phenomena of resonance, and other musical topics.

The Present State of Music in France and Italy - Cambridge Library Collection - Music (Book): Charles Burney The Present State of Music in France and Italy - Cambridge Library Collection - Music (Book)
Charles Burney
R746 Discovery Miles 7 460 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Although a well-connected music teacher by profession, Charles Burney (1726 1814) gained greatest recognition for his writings on music. First published in 1771, this work recounts the 1770 journey that Burney undertook as one of two research trips for his General History of Music (1776 89). Eager to meet key composers of the day and to hear the latest music, Burney arrived in Paris in mid-June, soon moving on to Italy, where he spent the majority of his time. Naples, long a centre of musical excellence and then the focus of the new galant style, received particular attention. The whole account provides an invaluable first-hand insight into European musical life in the eighteenth century. Burney's General History and the record of his second tour, The Present State of Music in Germany, the Netherlands, and United Provinces (second edition, 1775), are also reissued in this series."

Beethoven's Letters - A Critical Edition with Explanatory Notes (Paperback): Ludwig Van Beethoven Beethoven's Letters - A Critical Edition with Explanatory Notes (Paperback)
Ludwig Van Beethoven; Translated by J.S. Shedlock; Edited by Alfred Christlieb Kalischer
R868 Discovery Miles 8 680 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was a prolific letter writer. Often written in great haste - he regularly signed off 'in der Eile' - his correspondence allows us to follow his anxieties and preoccupations. From his first letter, written at the age of thirteen, wherein he declared his lifelong commitment to the craft of music, through the poignant 'Heiligenstadt Testament', up to the final codicil to his will, these documents reveal the human figure behind some of the greatest music ever written. In this two-volume English translation of 1909, John South Shedlock (1843-1919) retains as far as possible the idiosyncratic and error-ridden texts as written by the great composer. Volume 1 covers the years to 1816, and includes the heartbreaking unsent 1802 letter to his brothers in which Beethoven reveals his misery over his increasing deafness and his determination to overcome his physical and emotional weaknesses.

Beethoven's Letters - A Critical Edition with Explanatory Notes (Paperback): Ludwig Van Beethoven Beethoven's Letters - A Critical Edition with Explanatory Notes (Paperback)
Ludwig Van Beethoven; Translated by J.S. Shedlock; Edited by Alfred Christlieb Kalischer
R921 Discovery Miles 9 210 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was a prolific letter writer. Often written in great haste - he regularly signed off 'in der Eile' - his correspondence allows us to follow his anxieties and preoccupations. From his first letter, written at the age of thirteen, wherein he declared his lifelong commitment to the craft of music, through the poignant 'Heiligenstadt Testament', up to the final codicil to his will, these documents reveal the human figure behind some of the greatest music ever written. In this two-volume English translation of 1909, John South Shedlock (1843-1919) retains as far as possible the idiosyncratic and error-ridden texts as written by the great composer. Spanning the period 1816-27, Volume 2 finds Beethoven concerned over his financial situation and the poor printing of his music, and includes the final codicil to his will, written just three days before his death.

Beethoven's Letters (1790-1826) - From the Collection of Dr Ludwig Nohl (Paperback): Ludwig Van Beethoven Beethoven's Letters (1790-1826) - From the Collection of Dr Ludwig Nohl (Paperback)
Ludwig Van Beethoven; Edited by Grace Jane Wallace
R572 Discovery Miles 5 720 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Excerpt: ...I afterwards took him sharply to task for this; I gave him no quarter, and upbraided him with all his sins, especially towards you, my dear friend, as we had just been speaking of you. Heavens if I could have lived with you as he did, believe me I should have produced far greater things. A musician is also a poet, he too can feel himself transported into a brighter world by a pair of fine eyes, where loftier spirits sport with him and impose heavy tasks on him. What thoughts rushed into my mind when I first saw you in the Observatory during a refreshing May shower, so fertilizing to me also 2 The most beautiful themes stole from your eyes into my heart, which shall yet enchant the world when Beethoven no longer directs. If God vouchsafes to grant me a few more years of life, I must then see you once more, my dear, most dear friend, for the voice within, to which I always listen, demands this. Spirits may love one another, and I shall ever woo yours. Your approval is dearer to me than all else in the world. I told Goethe my sentiments as to the influence praise has over men like us, and that we desire our equals to listen to us with their understanding. Emotion suits women only; (forgive me ) music ought to strike fire from the soul of a man. Ah my dear girl, how long have our feelings been identical on all points The sole real good is some bright kindly spirit to sympathize with us, whom we thoroughly comprehend, and from whom we need not hide our thoughts. He who wishes to appear something, must in reality be something. The world must acknowledge us, it is not always unjust; but for this I care not, having a higher purpose in view. I hope to get a letter from you in Vienna; write to me soon and fully, for a week hence I shall be there. The Court leaves this to-morrow, and to-day they have another performance. The Empress has studied her part thoroughly. The Emperor and the Duke wished me to play some of my own music, but I refused, for they...

Beethoven's Letters (1790-1826) - From the Collection of Dr Ludwig Nohl (Paperback): Ludwig Van Beethoven Beethoven's Letters (1790-1826) - From the Collection of Dr Ludwig Nohl (Paperback)
Ludwig Van Beethoven; Edited by Grace Jane Wallace
R598 Discovery Miles 5 980 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Excerpt: ...I afterwards took him sharply to task for this; I gave him no quarter, and upbraided him with all his sins, especially towards you, my dear friend, as we had just been speaking of you. Heavens if I could have lived with you as he did, believe me I should have produced far greater things. A musician is also a poet, he too can feel himself transported into a brighter world by a pair of fine eyes, where loftier spirits sport with him and impose heavy tasks on him. What thoughts rushed into my mind when I first saw you in the Observatory during a refreshing May shower, so fertilizing to me also 2 The most beautiful themes stole from your eyes into my heart, which shall yet enchant the world when Beethoven no longer directs. If God vouchsafes to grant me a few more years of life, I must then see you once more, my dear, most dear friend, for the voice within, to which I always listen, demands this. Spirits may love one another, and I shall ever woo yours. Your approval is dearer to me than all else in the world. I told Goethe my sentiments as to the influence praise has over men like us, and that we desire our equals to listen to us with their understanding. Emotion suits women only; (forgive me ) music ought to strike fire from the soul of a man. Ah my dear girl, how long have our feelings been identical on all points The sole real good is some bright kindly spirit to sympathize with us, whom we thoroughly comprehend, and from whom we need not hide our thoughts. He who wishes to appear something, must in reality be something. The world must acknowledge us, it is not always unjust; but for this I care not, having a higher purpose in view. I hope to get a letter from you in Vienna; write to me soon and fully, for a week hence I shall be there. The Court leaves this to-morrow, and to-day they have another performance. The Empress has studied her part thoroughly. The Emperor and the Duke wished me to play some of my own music, but I refused, for they...

The Lure and Legacy of Music at Versailles - Louis XIV and the Aix School (Hardcover): John Hajdu Heyer The Lure and Legacy of Music at Versailles - Louis XIV and the Aix School (Hardcover)
John Hajdu Heyer
R1,856 Discovery Miles 18 560 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Louis XIV and his court at Versailles had a profound influence on music in France and throughout Europe. In 1660 Louis visited Aix-en-Provence, a trip that resulted in political and cultural transformations throughout the region. Soon thereafter Aix became an important center of sacred music composition, eventually rivaling Paris for the quality of the composers it produced. John Hajdu Heyer documents the young king's visit and examines how he and his court deployed sacred music to enhance the royal image and secure the loyalty of the populace. Exploring the circle of composers at Aix, Heyer provides the most up-to-date and complete biographies in English of nine key figures, including Guillaume Poitevin, Andre Campra, Jean Gilles, Francois Estienne, and Antoine Blanchard. The book goes on to reveal how the history of political power in the region was reflected through church music, and how musicians were affected by contemporary events."

Doctor Arne (Book): Hubert Langley Doctor Arne (Book)
Hubert Langley
R559 Discovery Miles 5 590 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.

Indebtedness of Handel to Works by Other Composers - A Presentation of Evidence (Book): Sedley Taylor Indebtedness of Handel to Works by Other Composers - A Presentation of Evidence (Book)
Sedley Taylor
R591 Discovery Miles 5 910 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

A popular and generous figure on the Cambridge academic scene, Sedley Taylor (1834 1920) used his proficiency both in music and in European languages to render Continental musical scholarship accessible to British readers. In this book, originally published in 1906, Taylor draws on the work of Chrysander and Seiffert to display clearly the influence on Handel by a number of lesser-known composers including Habermann, Kerl and Clari. Handel's musical inspirations were the subject of much debate, with Samuel Wesley accusing him of 'establishing a Reputation wholly constituted upon the spoils of the Continent'. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in musical history and the contested originality of Handel."

The Musician in Literature in the Age of Bach (Book): Stephen Rose The Musician in Literature in the Age of Bach (Book)
Stephen Rose
R882 Discovery Miles 8 820 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Using novels and autobiographies from Bach's Germany, Stephen Rose suggests new ways of interpreting the lives and social status of musicians. This study focuses on satirical novels written by musicians that describe the lives of performers and composers, as well as the autobiographies of Bach's contemporaries. These narratives represent musicians variously as picaresque outcasts, honourable craft-workers, foolish bunglers and respected virtuosos. They probe the lives of musicians considered taboo or aberrant in the period, such as street entertainers and Italian castratos. The novels and autobiographies also reveal two major debates that shaped the mindset and social identity of musicians: was music a sensual or rational craft, and should musicians integrate within society or be regarded as outsiders? Quoting from an array of little-known novels, this book shows how an interdisciplinary approach can transform our understanding of Bach and his contemporaries.

The Present State of Music - In Germany, the Netherlands, and United Provinces (Book): Charles Burney The Present State of Music - In Germany, the Netherlands, and United Provinces (Book)
Charles Burney
R784 Discovery Miles 7 840 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Although a well-connected music teacher by profession, Charles Burney (1726 1814) gained greatest recognition for his writings on music. In this 1773 work, reissued here in its 1775 second edition, Burney recounts the 1772 journey that he undertook as one of two research trips for his General History of Music (1776 89). Throughout his travels, he was welcomed by the leading musicians of the day and heard many performances of the latest music. The whole account provides an invaluable first-hand insight into European musical life in the eighteenth century. Burney's General History and The Present State of Music in France and Italy (1772), the record of his first tour, are also reissued in this series. Volume 1 includes his visits to Munich, Cologne and Frankfurt, and to Vienna where he spent considerable time with the librettist Metastasio and the composers Hasse and Gluck."

The Present State of Music - In Germany, the Netherlands, and United Provinces (Book): Charles Burney The Present State of Music - In Germany, the Netherlands, and United Provinces (Book)
Charles Burney
R757 Discovery Miles 7 570 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Although a well-connected music teacher by profession, Charles Burney (1726 1814) gained greatest recognition for his writings on music. In this 1773 work, reissued here in its 1775 second edition, Burney recounts the 1772 journey that he undertook as one of two research trips for his General History of Music (1776 89). Throughout his travels, he was welcomed by the leading musicians of the day and heard many performances of the latest music. The whole account provides an invaluable first-hand insight into European musical life in the eighteenth century. Burney's General History and The Present State of Music in France and Italy (1772), the record of his first tour, are also reissued in this series. Volume 2 includes his visit to Potsdam to hear Frederick the Great's flute playing, and to Hamburg where he was welcomed by C. P. E. Bach."

Portrait of a Castrato - Politics, Patronage, and Music in the Life of Atto Melani (Book): Roger Freitas Portrait of a Castrato - Politics, Patronage, and Music in the Life of Atto Melani (Book)
Roger Freitas
R694 Discovery Miles 6 940 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book explores the fascinating life of the most documented musician of the seventeenth century. Born in 1626 into a bourgeois family in Pistoia, Italy, Atto Melani was castrated to preserve his singing voice and soon rose to both artistic and social prominence. His extant letters not only depict the musical activities of several European centers, they reveal the real-life context of music and the musician: how a singer related to patrons and colleagues, what he thought about his profession, and the role music played in his life. Whether Atto was singing, spying, having sex, composing, or even rejecting his art, his life illustrates how music-making was always also a negotiation for power. Providing a rare glimpse of the social and political contexts of seventeenth-century music, Roger Freitas sheds light on the mechanisms that generated meaning for music, clarifying what music at this time actually was.

Sexualities, Textualities, Art and Music in Early Modern Italy - Playing with Boundaries (Hardcover, New Ed): Melanie L.... Sexualities, Textualities, Art and Music in Early Modern Italy - Playing with Boundaries (Hardcover, New Ed)
Melanie L. Marshall, Linda L. Carroll, Katherine A. McIver
R3,076 Discovery Miles 30 760 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Taking as axiomatic the concept that artistic output does not simply reflect culture but also shapes it, the essays in this interdisciplinary collection take a holistic approach to the cultural fashioning of sexualities, drawing on visual art, theatre, music, and literature, in sacred and secular contexts. Although there is diversity in disciplinary approach, the interpretations and readings offered in each essay have a historical basis. Approaching the topic from the point of view of both visual and auditory media, this volume paints a comprehensive picture of artists' challenges to erotic boundaries, and contributes to new historicizing thinking on sexualities. Collectively, the essays demonstrate the role played by artistic production-visual arts, literature, theatre and music-in fashioning, policing, and challenging early modern sexual boundaries, and thus help to identify the ways in which the arts contributed to both the disciplining and the exploration of a range of sexualities.

The Lively Arts of the London Stage, 1675-1725 (Hardcover, New Ed): Kathryn Lowerre The Lively Arts of the London Stage, 1675-1725 (Hardcover, New Ed)
Kathryn Lowerre
R3,203 Discovery Miles 32 030 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Unlike collections of essays which focus on a single century or whose authors are drawn from a single discipline, this collection reflects the myriad performance options available to London audiences, offering readers a composite portrait of the music, drama, and dance productions that characterized this rich period. Just as the performing arts were deeply interrelated, the essays presented here, by scholars from a range of fields, engage in dialogue with others in the volume. The opening section examines a famous series of 1701 performances based on the competition between composers to set William Congreve's masque The Judgment of Paris to music. The essays in the central section (the 'mainpiece') showcase performers and productions on the London stage from a variety of perspectives, including English 'tastes' in art and music, the use of dance, the depiction of madness and masculinity in both spoken and musical performances, and genres and modes in the context of contemporary criticism and theatrical practice. A brief afterpiece looks at comic pieces in relation to satire, parody and homage. By bringing together work by scholars of music, dance, and drama, this cross-disciplinary collection illuminates the interconnecting strands that shaped a vibrant theatrical world.

George Frideric Handel - Collected Documents (Hardcover, New): Donald Burrows, Helen Coffey, John Greenacombe, Anthony Hicks George Frideric Handel - Collected Documents (Hardcover, New)
Donald Burrows, Helen Coffey, John Greenacombe, Anthony Hicks
R3,619 Discovery Miles 36 190 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The life and career of George Frideric Handel, one of the most frequently performed composers from the Baroque period, are copiously and intricately documented through a huge variety of contemporary sources. This multi-volume major publication is the most up-to-date and comprehensive collection of these documents. Presented chronologically in their original languages with English translations and with commentaries incorporating the results of recent research, the documents provide an essential and accessible resource for anyone interested in Handel and his music. As well as being an outstanding musician with a successful career as a composer of Italian operas and English oratorios, Handel was a well-known figure in his own lifetime, with an international reputation. In charting his activities in Germany, Italy and Britain, the documents also offer a valuable insight into broader eighteenth-century topics, such as court life, theatrical history, public concerts and competition between music publishers. This volume includes family documents from Halle, then covers Handel's early career in Germany and Italy, followed by the period in which he became an established composer for London's Italian opera company while also writing the Water Music and the Utrecht Te Deum for the British court.

Anecdotes of George Frederick Handel, and Jc Smith - With Select Pieces of Music, Composed by J. C. Smith, Never Before... Anecdotes of George Frederick Handel, and Jc Smith - With Select Pieces of Music, Composed by J. C. Smith, Never Before Published (Book)
William Coxe
R564 Discovery Miles 5 640 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The author and clergyman William Coxe (1748-1828), noted for his travel works, was the stepson of Handel's amanuensis, German-born John Christopher Smith (1712-95). First published in 1799, the present work is a valuable source of first-hand information about two men at the heart of eighteenth-century English music: George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), whose inventive and sensitive melodic genius and exuberant brilliance in depicting the spectacular are best displayed in his Messiah and Zadok the Priest, and Smith, a composer of attractive and fashionable music, who settled in London in 1720, took lessons with Handel and later supported the great composer as his eyesight failed. Smith was also organist at the Foundling Hospital until 1770. This publication, profits from which were intended to support Smith's family, draws on the works of John Hawkins and Charles Burney, and on anecdotes claimed to be 'derived from unquestionable authority'.

Music, Pantomime and Freedom in Enlightenment France (Hardcover): Hedy Law Music, Pantomime and Freedom in Enlightenment France (Hardcover)
Hedy Law
R1,473 Discovery Miles 14 730 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book explains the relationships between music, pantomime and freedom in pre-Revolutionary France. It argues that composers and performers recognized their agency when they attempted, from the 1730s through the end of the Old Regime, to revive a lost art called 'pantomime' for their compositions. In musical settings of pantomimes in French operas and instrumental works, leading composers of the time - Rameau, Rousseau, Gluck, and Salieri - used pantomime as a type of expressive dance and acting style that marked an aesthetic rupture between Louis XIV's absolutist governance and the Enlightenment ideals of free expression. In musical settings of pantomime, these composers cultivated various forms of freedom theorized in Enlightenment writings: artistic freedom for the composer; freedom as self-governance; interpretive freedom for spectators; freedom of action for performers; and freedom from dance convention. Thus, pantomime was not only a dance genre; it also functioned as an expressive medium for top performers and invited spectators to draw their own interpretative conclusions. Placing the cultural phenomenon of pantomime in the intellectual context of the Enlightenment, the book explains how composers helped develop thinking and feeling subjects in pre-Revolutionary France.

Networks of Music and Culture in the Late Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries - A Collection of Essays in Celebration of... Networks of Music and Culture in the Late Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries - A Collection of Essays in Celebration of Peter Philips's 450th Anniversary (Hardcover, New Ed)
David J. Smith, Rachelle Taylor
R3,201 Discovery Miles 32 010 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Peter Philips (c.1560-1628) was an English organist, composer, priest and spy. He was embroiled in multifarious intersecting musical, social, religious and political networks linking him with some of the key international players in these spheres. Despite the undeniable quality of his music, Philips does not fit easily into an overarching, progressive view of music history in which developments taking place in centres judged by historians to be of importance are given precedence over developments elsewhere, which are dismissed as peripheral. These principal loci of musical development are given prominence over secondary ones because of their perceived significance in terms of later music. However, a consideration of the networks in which Philips was involved suggests that he was anything but at the periphery of the musical, cultural, religious and political life of his day. In this book, Philips's life and music serve as a touchstone for a discussion of various kinds of network in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. The study of networks enriches our appreciation and understanding of musicians and the context in which they worked. The wider implication of this approach is a constructive challenge to orthodox historiographies of Western art music in the Early Modern Period.

Exploring Bach's B-Minor Mass (Book, New): Yo Tomita, Robin A Leaver, Jan Smaczny Exploring Bach's B-Minor Mass (Book, New)
Yo Tomita, Robin A Leaver, Jan Smaczny
R1,886 Discovery Miles 18 860 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The B-minor Mass has always represented a fascinating challenge to musical scholarship. Composed over the course of Johann Sebastian Bach's life, it is considered by many to be the composer's greatest and most complex work. The fourteen essays assembled in this volume originate from the International Symposium 'Understanding Bach's B-minor mass' at which scholars from eighteen countries gathered to debate the latest topics in the field. In revised and updated form, they comprise a thorough and systematic study of Bach's Opus Ultimum, including a wide range of discussions relating to the Mass's historical background and contexts, structure and proportion, sources and editions, and the reception of the work in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In the light of important new developments in the study of the piece, this collection demonstrates the innovation and rigour for which Bach scholarship has become known.

Life of Mozart - Cambridge Library Collection - Music (Book): Otto Jahn Life of Mozart - Cambridge Library Collection - Music (Book)
Otto Jahn; Translated by Pauline D Townsend; Preface by George Grove
R870 Discovery Miles 8 700 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In terms of musical composition, all but the first five of his thirty-five years were astoundingly productive for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 91). A stream of glorious symphonies, piano concertos, chamber music, operas and the sublime but unfinished Requiem poured from his pen. German philologist and archaeologist Otto Jahn (1813 69) was inspired to write a scholarly biography of Mozart following a conversation at Mendelssohn's funeral in 1847. He immersed himself in intensive research on the composer and his music, publishing the first edition of this landmark work in four volumes between 1856 and 1859. A second edition followed in 1867, incorporating new material and making use of Kochel's 1862 catalogue of Mozart's works. It is from this edition that Pauline D. Townsend made her three-volume English translation, first published in 1882. Volume 2 covers Mozart the man, the break with Colloredo, his move to Vienna, marriage, and Freemasonry."

Life of Mozart - Cambridge Library Collection - Music (Book): Otto Jahn Life of Mozart - Cambridge Library Collection - Music (Book)
Otto Jahn; Translated by Pauline D Townsend; Preface by George Grove
R865 Discovery Miles 8 650 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In terms of musical composition, all but the first five of his thirty-five years were astoundingly productive for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 91). A stream of glorious symphonies, piano concertos, chamber music, operas and the sublime but unfinished Requiem poured from his pen. German philologist and archaeologist Otto Jahn (1813 69) was inspired to write a scholarly biography of Mozart following a conversation at Mendelssohn's funeral in 1847. He immersed himself in intensive research on the composer and his music, publishing the first edition of this landmark work in four volumes between 1856 and 1859. A second edition followed in 1867, incorporating new material and making use of Kochel's 1862 catalogue of Mozart's works. It is from this edition that Pauline D. Townsend made her three-volume English translation, first published in 1882. Volume 3 discusses the Mozart Da Ponte operas and the Requiem, and also includes a list of his works."

Life of Mozart - Cambridge Library Collection - Music (Book): Otto Jahn Life of Mozart - Cambridge Library Collection - Music (Book)
Otto Jahn; Translated by Pauline D Townsend; Preface by George Grove
R866 Discovery Miles 8 660 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In terms of musical composition, all but the first five of his thirty-five years were astoundingly productive for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 91). A stream of glorious symphonies, piano concertos, chamber music, operas and the sublime but unfinished Requiem poured from his pen. German philologist and archaeologist Otto Jahn (1813 69) was inspired to write a scholarly biography of Mozart following a conversation at Mendelssohn's funeral in 1847. He immersed himself in intensive research on the composer and his music, publishing the first edition of this landmark work in four volumes between 1856 and 1859. A second edition followed in 1867, incorporating new material and making use of Kochel's 1862 catalogue of Mozart's works. It is from this edition that Pauline D. Townsend made her three-volume English translation, first published in 1882. Volume 1 covers Mozart's life to 1778, including tours with his father and employment under Archbishop Colloredo."

Joseph Haydn - Cambridge Library Collection - Music (Book): Pauline D Townsend Joseph Haydn - Cambridge Library Collection - Music (Book)
Pauline D Townsend
R460 Discovery Miles 4 600 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Admired and studied by both Mozart and Beethoven, Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) imbued his life-enhancing compositions with wit, elegance and deep emotion. His output was prolific and included symphonies (most notably those written during his two visits to London, where he received a rapturous welcome), string quartets, chamber music, piano sonatas and choral works. This concise biography, first published in 1884, forms part of music critic Francis Hueffer's Great Musicians series, which was intended to provide succinct accounts of popular composers for the general reader. The author, Pauline D. Townsend, drew much of her material for the book from the painstaking research on Haydn published by the German musicologist Carl Ferdinand Pohl, archivist and librarian of the Vienna Society of the Friends of Music. A list of Haydn's works forms an appendix, based on the information in Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

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