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Rodney Trudgeon's Concert Notes - A Selection Of Favourite Orchestral Masterpieces (Paperback): Rodney Trudgeon Rodney Trudgeon's Concert Notes - A Selection Of Favourite Orchestral Masterpieces (Paperback)
Rodney Trudgeon
R250 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R50 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Rodney Trudgeon's Concert Notes is a collection of essays on famous classical, orchestral compositions. The pieces in this collection have appeared in concert programmes that have accompanied performances by the Cape Town and Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestras.

Rodney Trudgeon is a well-known radio host and presenter on Fine Music Radio. He is an expert on the range of musical genres that broadly fall under the category "classical music". The text that comprises Rodney Trudgeon's Concert Notes is structured alphabetically according to composer and gives a broad overview of the development of classical music, starting with the Baroque period and ending with modern, atonal music. Each piece is dedicated to a particular musical composition, describing its highlights, its history, and what makes it unique.

Broadly, the pieces are grouped together according to the following three broad categories: ouvertures, concertos, and symphonies, mimicking the structure of concert programmes. Each entry also includes a short biography of its composer. Trudgeon's style is easy to read and accessible to all readers: from those who listen to classical music regularly to those who are unfamiliar with it. Overall, this collection is a useful and informative musical guide, making a case for listening to orchestral music.

Christmas Lullaby - Orchestral & Instrumental Carol & Hymn Accompaniments (Sheet music, Full score): John Rutter Christmas Lullaby - Orchestral & Instrumental Carol & Hymn Accompaniments (Sheet music, Full score)
John Rutter
R549 Discovery Miles 5 490 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

for SATB and piano/small orchestra Christmas Lullaby was commissioned in 1989 by the Bach Choir in celebration of the seventieth birthday of its conductor, Sir David Willcocks. The haunting melody of the verses and the reflective refrain of 'Ave Maria' have made this an immensely popular carol.

Sound in the Ecstatic-Materialist Perspective on Experimental Music (Hardcover): Riccardo D. Wanke Sound in the Ecstatic-Materialist Perspective on Experimental Music (Hardcover)
Riccardo D. Wanke
R3,003 Discovery Miles 30 030 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

What does a one hour contemporary orchestral piece by Georg Friedrich Haas have in common with a series of glitch-noise electronic tracks by Pan Sonic? This book proposes that, despite their differences, they share a particular understanding of sound that is found across several quite distinct genres of contemporary art music: the ecstatic-materialist perspective. Sound in the ecstatic-materialist perspective is considered as a material mass or element, unfolding in time, encountered by a listener, for whom the experience of that sound exceeds the purely sonic without becoming entirely divorced from its materiality. It is "material" by virtue of the focus on the texture, consistency, and density of sound; it is "ecstatic" in the etymological sense, that is to say that the experience of this sound involves an instability; an inclination to depart from material appearance, an ephemeral and transitory impulse in the very perception of sound to something beyond - but still related to - it. By examining musical pieces from spectralism to electroacoustic domains, from minimalism to glitch electronica and dubstep, this book identifies the key intrinsic characteristics of this musical perspective. To fully account for this perspective on sonic experience, listener feedback and interviews with composers and performers are also incorporated. Sound in the ecstatic-materialist perspective is the common territory where composers, sound artists, performers, and listeners converge.

Upbeat - The Story of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq (Paperback): Paul MacAlindin Upbeat - The Story of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq (Paperback)
Paul MacAlindin
R272 R230 Discovery Miles 2 300 Save R42 (15%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

The story of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq is here told by its musical director from its inception to its eventual end. The NYOI came through the most difficult and dangerous of times to produce fine music not only in Iraq but also in Britain, Germany and France. A beacon of hope and achievement the young musicians and their tutors made bridges across their own ethnic divisions, made great music in the most trying and tragic of circumstances, and became their country's best ambassadors in 5000 years.

Music, The Encyclopedia of - A guide to the greatest composers and the instruments of the orchestra (Hardcover): Max... Music, The Encyclopedia of - A guide to the greatest composers and the instruments of the orchestra (Hardcover)
Max Wade-Matthews, Wendy Thompson
R508 Discovery Miles 5 080 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This beautifully illustrated reference is a guide to the history of music, instruments of the orchestra and the most influential classical composers. All sections of the orchestra are covered: strings, woodwind and brass, percussion, keyboards and the voice, as well as historical, rare and non-Western instruments. An authoritative guide to over 100 of the most famous classic composers then follows. From Bach to Xenakis all styles of compositions from medieval times to the present day are included. The fascinating lives of the great composers are detailed, the places where they lived and worked, scenes from their ballets or operas, and examples of original scripts. This comprehensively updated new edition is illustrated with over 1000 photographs and illustrations.

Compositional Process in Elliott Carter's String Quartets - A Study in Sketches (Paperback): Laura Emmery Compositional Process in Elliott Carter's String Quartets - A Study in Sketches (Paperback)
Laura Emmery
R983 Discovery Miles 9 830 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Compositional Process in Elliott Carter's String Quartets is an interdisciplinary study examining the evolution and compositional process in Elliott Carter's five string quartets. Offering a systematic and logical way of unpacking concepts and processes in these quartets that would otherwise remain opaque, the book's narrative reveals new aspects of understanding these works and draws novel conclusions on their collective meaning and Carter's place as the leading American modernist. Each of Carter's five string quartets is driven by a new idea that Carter was exploring during a particular period, which allows for each quartet to be examined under a unique lens and a deeper understanding of his oeuvre at large. Drawing on key ideas from a variety of subjects including performance studies, philosophy, music cognition, musical meaning and semantics, literary criticism, and critical theory, this is an informative volume for scholars and researchers in the areas of music theory and musicology. Analyses are supplemented with sketch study, correspondence, text manuscripts, and other archival sources from the Paul Sacher Stiftung, the Library of Congress, and the New York Public Library.

Conducting Technique - For Beginners and Professionals (Spiral bound, 3rd Revised edition): Brock McElheran Conducting Technique - For Beginners and Professionals (Spiral bound, 3rd Revised edition)
Brock McElheran
R485 Discovery Miles 4 850 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

This book starts at the very beginning and ends with some remarkably profound insights on conductorial subtleties. An experienced conductor is one in whom detection, diagnosis, and remedy take place simultaneously; as he hears the error, he realizes where the fault lies and what to do about it. This book gives valuable hints about these three basic conductorial functions from the viewpoint of chorus and orchestra alike. McElheran leads the student toward mastery of the problems at hand, with firmness and gentle humour.

Burley Heath (Book, Study score): Ralph Vaughan Williams Burley Heath (Book, Study score)
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Edited by James Francis Brown
R300 Discovery Miles 3 000 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Originally intended as the first piece in a cycle of four impressions entitled In the New Forest, Burley Heath was written in 1902 but never finished. The manuscript represents a 168-bar fragment, which James Francis Brown, the editor of this edition, has completed by inserting a recapitulation of the initial material. Marking the first publication of this previously little-known early work, this edition also contains an introduction by the editor. Orchestral material is available on hire/rental form the hire library or appropriate agent.

Flos Campi (Sheet music, Vocal score): Ralph Vaughan Williams Flos Campi (Sheet music, Vocal score)
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Edited by Julian Rushton
R298 Discovery Miles 2 980 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

for SATB wordless chorus, viola solo, and orchestra A suite for solo viola, wordless chorus (SATB), and small orchestra, Flos Campi is one of Vaughan Williams's most enigmatic pieces. Although the six movements all borrow their titles from the Old Testament's Song of Solomon, the chorus never articulates a single word. Instead, it serves as a section of the orchestra, creating an elegant vocal texture and backdrop to the viola's haunting solo lines. The work was premiered in October 1925 by the violist Lionel Tertis, singers from the RCM, and the Queen's Hall Orchestra, directed by Sir Henry Wood.

Music-Dance - Sound and Motion in Contemporary Discourse (Hardcover): Patrizia Veroli, Gianfranco Vinay Music-Dance - Sound and Motion in Contemporary Discourse (Hardcover)
Patrizia Veroli, Gianfranco Vinay
R3,014 Discovery Miles 30 140 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Music-Dance explores the identity of choreomusical work, its complex authorship and its modes of reception as well as the cognitive processes involved in the reception of dance performance. Scholars of dance and music analyse the ways in which a musical score changes its prescriptive status when it becomes part of a choreographic project, the encounter between sound and motion on stage, and the intersection of listening and seeing. As well as being of interest to musicologists and choreologists considering issues such as notation, multimedia and the analysis of performance, this volume will appeal to scholars interested in applied research in the fields of cognition and neuroscience. The line-up of authors comprises representative figures of today's choreomusicology, dance historians, scholars of twentieth-century composition and specialists in cognitive science and performance studies. Among the topics covered are multimedia and the analysis of performance; the notational practice of choreographers and the parallel attempts of composers to find a graphic representation for musical gestures; and the experience of dance as a paradigm for a multimodal perception, which is investigated in terms of how the association of sound and movement triggers emotions and specific forms of cognition.

Symphony No.6 in E Minor - Second Edition (Book, Study score): Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphony No.6 in E Minor - Second Edition (Book, Study score)
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Edited by David Lloyd Jones
R658 Discovery Miles 6 580 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Vaughan Williams's 6th Symphony was composed immediately after the Second World War and its dramatic and at times violent musical language was long felt to be a comment on that conflict (though the composer denied it had any programmatic intent). Its power and invention were immediately recognized and it has remained part of the concert repertoire ever since. For this newly engraved edition, editor David Lloyd-Jones has consulted all extant sources and materials to create a score matching the composer's intentions. Fully compatible orchestral parts are available on hire.

The Solent (Book, Study score): Ralph Vaughan Williams The Solent (Book, Study score)
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Edited by James Francis Brown
R300 Discovery Miles 3 000 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Marking the first publication of an early work for chamber orchestra, this study score presents Vaughan Williams's The Solent, composed in 1903. The main theme from this work will be recognisable to many listeners, as it later found its way into both the Sea Symphony and the Ninth Symphony, albeit in a somewhat altered form. This duplication has intrigued many Vaughan Williams' scholars, as has the Philip Marston quotation that prefaces the scores: 'Passion and sorrow in the deep sea's voice, A mighty mystery saddening all the wind?'. The score has been edited by James Francis Brown and includes an introduction by the editor. Orchestral material is available on hire/rental form the hire library or appropriate agent.

Recording Orchestra and Other Classical Music Ensembles (Hardcover): Richard King Recording Orchestra and Other Classical Music Ensembles (Hardcover)
Richard King
R3,515 Discovery Miles 35 150 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Recording Orchestra and Other Classical Music Ensembles explores techniques and methodologies specific to recording classical music. Whether a newcomer or a seasoned engineer looking to refine their skills, this book speaks to all levels of expertise and covers every aspect of recording symphonic and concerto repertoire, opera, chamber music, and solo piano. With a focus on the orchestra as an instrument and sound source, this book features sections on how to listen, understanding microphones, concert halls, orchestra seating arrangements, how to set up the monitoring environment, and how to approach recording each section of the orchestra. Recording Orchestra provides concise information on preparing for a recording session, the role of the producer, mixing techniques, and includes a "quick-start" reference guide with suggested setups aimed at helping introduce the reader to the recording process. A companion website, featuring audio examples of various techniques, reinforces concepts discussed throughout the book. The content of the book includes: Clear, practical advice in plain language from an expert in classical music recording, multiple Grammy award winning recording engineer, and university professor The "secret of recording": a collection of practical recording techniques that have been proven to be highly successful in the field, on many occasions Never before published information written by an industry veteran with over twenty five-years of experience in classical music recording Specific techniques and strategies for recording orchestra, opera, wind symphony, chorus, string quartet, and other common classical music ensembles.

Toscanini in Britain (Hardcover, Annotated Ed): Christopher Dyment Toscanini in Britain (Hardcover, Annotated Ed)
Christopher Dyment
R954 Discovery Miles 9 540 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

During the 1930s Arturo Toscanini conducted many concerts broadcast by the BBC from London's Queen's Hall, where he also made some unsurpassed recordings. Drawing on newly researched material in British and American archives, Christopher Dyment reveals how the most renowned and influential conductor of the twentieth century, notoriously microphone-shy though he was, came to conduct so frequently in London, a tale replete with unexpected twists, turns and ingenious stratagems. Toscanini's dominating influence on London critics and audiences in the period covered by the narrative, extending through to his final appearances at the Royal Festival Hall in 1952, is copiously documented from contemporary sources. Dyment also presents fresh evidence showing how the remarkable combination of passionate conviction and architectural mastery that characterised Toscanini's conducting was grounded not only in his obsessive study of the score but also in his awareness of performing traditions dating back to the mid-nineteenth century. This book will fascinate those with a particular interest in Toscanini's career and recorded legacy. It is also essential reading for anyone with an interest in the history of conducting and recording in the first half of the twentieth century, set against the vividly evoked backdrop of London's concert scene of the period. This comprehensive study includes both an annotated table of all Toscanini's London concerts and his EMI discography. CHRISTOPHER DYMENT has written extensively about historic conductors since the 1970s, particularly Felix Weingartner and Arturo Toscanini. His first book, on Weingartner, was published in 1976.

Symphony No. 9 - In E-Minor (Book, Study score): Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 9 - In E-Minor (Book, Study score)
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Edited by Alain Frogley
R552 Discovery Miles 5 520 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Symphony No. 9 in E minor was the last symphony written by Ralph Vaughan Williams and was premiered by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Malcolm Sargent on 2nd April 1958. It is described in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians as 'the most impressive achievement' of the composer's final decade. This scholarly edition replaces the original 1958 edition, and includes detailed preliminary matter comprising a preface, sources and editorial method, and detailed textual notes. Orchestral material is available on hire/rental.

Masterworks of 20th-Century Music - The Modern Repertory of the Symphony Orchestra (Paperback): Douglas Lee Masterworks of 20th-Century Music - The Modern Repertory of the Symphony Orchestra (Paperback)
Douglas Lee
R1,069 Discovery Miles 10 690 Ships in 12 - 17 working days


From Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring to Gustav Holst's The Planets and Igor Stravinsky's Le sacre du printemps, Masterworks of 20th-Century Music collects over 100 of the most celebrated and frequently played compositions by world composers. Based on the author's survey of dozens of American orchestras, these are works that we all recognize, but whose history we may not know. Each entry gives the reader a wealth of information about: the composer, when and where the piece was first performed, the "style" of the composition, and a basic analysis of the music. From the general reader to the music scholar, this book will prove a source of valuable information and a constant pleasure.

Fantasia for Piano and Orchestra (Book, Study score): Ralph Vaughan Williams Fantasia for Piano and Orchestra (Book, Study score)
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Edited by Graham Parlett
R491 Discovery Miles 4 910 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Vaughan Williams began this work - his earliest known piece for a solo instrument with orchestra - in 1896, shortly after returning to the Royal College of Music to study composition with Stanford, and completed it in 1904. After his death, the manuscript was donated to the British Library, and it was here that the pianist Mark Bebbington rediscovered it in 2010, subsequently recording it for Somm Records. The work shows influences of late nineteenth-century composers, but also hallmarks of Vaughan Williams's later style and maturity. As such, it offers a fascinating glimpse into the composer's development, as well as being a powerful work in its own right. This is its first publication; a reduction for two pianos is also available on sale. Orchestral material is available on hire/rental.

Cello Concerto - William Walton Edition (Book, Study score): William Walton Cello Concerto - William Walton Edition (Book, Study score)
William Walton; Edited by David Lloyd Jones
R563 Discovery Miles 5 630 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This edition of Walton's Cello Concerto has been off-printed from the Wiliam Walton Edition full score, and combines the scholarship of the Edition (including an introduction by the editor) with the practical benefits of a study score format. Dating from 1956, the work was commissioned by Gregor Piatigorsky and premiered by him the following year. Walton regarded this work as the best of his three solo concertos. Orchestral material is available on hire/rental.

Symphony No. 4 (Sheet music, Study score): Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 4 (Sheet music, Study score)
Ralph Vaughan Williams
R565 Discovery Miles 5 650 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Described by Walton as the 'greatest symphony since Beethoven', Vaughan Williams's fourth symphony was composed in 1935 and is noted for its abrasively dissonant harmonic language, unlike much of the composer's other work. This new, scholarly edition, edited by David Matthews, will replace the existing OUP edition from 1935 and the Eulenburg edition from 1983. The preliminary text will include a preface, sources and editorial method, and detailed textual notes.

Music-Dance - Sound and Motion in Contemporary Discourse (Paperback): Patrizia Veroli, Gianfranco Vinay Music-Dance - Sound and Motion in Contemporary Discourse (Paperback)
Patrizia Veroli, Gianfranco Vinay
R976 Discovery Miles 9 760 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Music-Dance explores the identity of choreomusical work, its complex authorship and its modes of reception as well as the cognitive processes involved in the reception of dance performance. Scholars of dance and music analyse the ways in which a musical score changes its prescriptive status when it becomes part of a choreographic project, the encounter between sound and motion on stage, and the intersection of listening and seeing. As well as being of interest to musicologists and choreologists considering issues such as notation, multimedia and the analysis of performance, this volume will appeal to scholars interested in applied research in the fields of cognition and neuroscience. The line-up of authors comprises representative figures of today's choreomusicology, dance historians, scholars of twentieth-century composition and specialists in cognitive science and performance studies. Among the topics covered are multimedia and the analysis of performance; the notational practice of choreographers and the parallel attempts of composers to find a graphic representation for musical gestures; and the experience of dance as a paradigm for a multimodal perception, which is investigated in terms of how the association of sound and movement triggers emotions and specific forms of cognition.

Symphony No. 5 in C Minor Op.67 (Book): Ludwig Van Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C Minor Op.67 (Book)
Ludwig Van Beethoven
R179 R147 Discovery Miles 1 470 Save R32 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Widely regarded as the most powerful and most popular of the composer's nine symphonies, the fifth represents the thematic unification Beethoven developed during his middle period. Magisterial and much loved, this magnificent work in miniature format appears here in full score with original instrumentation, bar-numbered movements, and ample margins at the bottom of each score page for notes and analysis.

Symphonie Fantastique Op.14 (Paperback): Hector Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique Op.14 (Paperback)
Hector Berlioz
R202 R173 Discovery Miles 1 730 Save R29 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In this masterpiece of "program" music (a genre invented by the composer), an obsessed musician is overcome by increasingly bizarre visions of his lover. This miniature score version, an unabridged republication of the Breitkopf & Härtel edition, is handy, inexpensive, and perfect for use in the classroom or concert hall.

The Digital Score - Musicianship, Creativity and Innovation (Hardcover): Craig Vear The Digital Score - Musicianship, Creativity and Innovation (Hardcover)
Craig Vear
R3,014 Discovery Miles 30 140 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Digital technology is transforming the musical score as a broad array of innovative score systems have become available to musicians. From attempts to mimic the print score, to animated and graphical scores, to artificial intelligence-based options, digital scoring affects the musical process by opening up new possibilities for dynamic interaction between the performer and the music, changing how we understand the boundaries between composition, score, improvisation and performance. The Digital Score: Musicianship, Creativity and Innovation offers a guide into this new landscape, reflecting on what these changes mean for music-making from both theoretical and applied perspectives. Drawing on findings from over a decade's worth of practice-based experimentation in the field, author Craig Vear builds a framework for understanding how digital scores create meaning. He considers the interactions between affect, embodiment and digital scores, offering the first comprehensive and critical consideration of an exciting field with no agreed-upon borders. Featuring insights from interviews with over fifty musicians and composers from across four continents, this book is a valuable resource for music researchers and practitioners alike.

Concerto for Bass Tuba and Orchestra - Piano (Book, Arrangement for tuba and piano): Ralph Vaughan Williams Concerto for Bass Tuba and Orchestra - Piano (Book, Arrangement for tuba and piano)
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Edited by David Matthews
R485 Discovery Miles 4 850 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The Concerto for Bass Tuba and Orchestra was composed in 1953-4 to mark the 50th anniversary of the formation of the LSO and was written for the orchestra's principal tuba player, Philip Catelinet. It was the first major concerto to be written for the instrument, and remains today the outstanding work of its kind. This new edition is based on all extant sources and contains full textual notes and a discussion of the editorial method. Notable additions are the inclusion of two sets of phrasing for the Romanza-one from the first publication, largely influenced by Catelinet, and the other from Vaughan Williams's manuscript-and the original cadenza to the first movement. The arrangement for tuba and piano has been updated in light of the research carried out by David Matthews, and all orchestral parts have been revised.

Symphony No.6 - Hardback (Sheet music, Full score): Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphony No.6 - Hardback (Sheet music, Full score)
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Edited by David Lloyd Jones
R2,715 Discovery Miles 27 150 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Vaughan Williams's 6th Symphony was composed immediately after the Second World War and its dramatic and at times violent musical language was long felt to be a comment on that conflict (though the composer denied it had any programmatic intent). Its power and invention were immediately recognized and it has remained part of the concert repertoire ever since. For this newly engraved edition, editor David Lloyd-Jones has consulted all extant sources and materials to create a score matching the composer's intentions. The full score is completed with Textual Notes and Preface, and accompanying orchestral parts are available on hire.

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