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When Swan Lake Comes to Sarajevo (Paperback, Illustrated Ed): Ruth Waterman When Swan Lake Comes to Sarajevo (Paperback, Illustrated Ed)
Ruth Waterman
R496 Discovery Miles 4 960 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

*Chosen as an Observer Book of the Year 2012!* War is always with us, and so is peace. This is about the peace that comes after a war. It is one woman's account of her experiences in the new country of Bosnia as guest conductor of a remarkable little orchestra, the Mostar Sinfonietta. International violinist Ruth Waterman first met the musicians of the multi-ethnic ensemble in 2002, and since then has returned regularly to the region, teaching, conducting and performing, and listening to their stories. Here she describes the nuts and bolts of daily life - in turn frustrating, hilarious and touching: the putting together of concerts despite the odds; the rebuilding of bridges, towns, communities, lives; and how making music can connect us to our essential humanity and to each other. Ruth Waterman's writing is humane and down-to-earth, perceptive and inspiring. Interspersed with her diaries and observations are the stories of war and peace by the Bosnians themselves, in their own voices, acts of witness that reveal their courage, despair, resilience and humour. This intermingling of narrative, first-hand accounts and photographs builds a mosaic that provides a visceral introduction to an unfamiliar world where people simply want to 'live a normal life'.

The Right Place, The Right Time! - Tales of Chicago Symphony Days (Hardcover): Donald Peck The Right Place, The Right Time! - Tales of Chicago Symphony Days (Hardcover)
Donald Peck
R658 Discovery Miles 6 580 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From Yakima, Washington, to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Donald Peck's journey as a flutist has been extraordinary. Here, Peck offers an insider's view of the inner workings of one of the most prestigious orchestras in the country. Peck, like many artists, did not select his path voluntarily, but rather let fate lead him to a career in music. In 1957, he secured a seat with the orchestra as a flutist. Beginning in 1958, Peck garnered the title of principal which he kept until his retirement in 1999.

A memoir filled with stories about life on the road, making recordings, and working with the best musicians and singers in the business, The Right Place, The Right Time is a joy for anyone interested in the life of a dedicated, devoted, and talented artist.

The Symphony in Beethoven's Vienna (Hardcover): David Wyn Jones The Symphony in Beethoven's Vienna (Hardcover)
David Wyn Jones
R1,633 Discovery Miles 16 330 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

An original study of the history of the symphony in Vienna during Beethoven's lifetime, this 2006 book explores the context in which the composer worked. Based on an extensive study of the wider symphonic repertoire of the period and of the characteristics of musical life that shaped the changing fortunes of the genre, from manuscript and printed dissemination to concert life, David Wyn Jones provides a multi-faceted account of the development of the symphony in one of the most crucial periods in its history. The volume offers a wide perspective on musical development in the period, and will be of interest to musicologists and cultural historians. As well as dealing with unfamiliar works by Czerny, Eberl, Krommer, Reicha, Anton Wranitzky, Paul Wranitzky and others, it charts the changing reception of the symphonies of Haydn and Mozart, and offers insights into the symphonic careers of Beethoven and Schubert.

Bruckner'S Symphonies - Analysis, Reception and Cultural Politics (Hardcover, New): Julian Horton Bruckner'S Symphonies - Analysis, Reception and Cultural Politics (Hardcover, New)
Julian Horton
R1,658 Discovery Miles 16 580 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Few works in the nineteenth-century repertoire have aroused such extremes of hostility and admiration, or have generated so many scholarly problems, as Anton Bruckner's symphonies. In this 2004 book, Julian Horton seeks fresh ways of understanding the symphonies and the problems they have accrued by treating them as the focus for a variety of inter-disciplinary debates and methodological controversies. He isolates problematic areas in the works' analysis and reception, and approaches them from a range of analytical, historical, philosophical, literary, critical and psychoanalytical viewpoints. The symphonies are thus explored in the context of a number of crucial and sometimes provocative themes, including the political circumstances of the works' production, Bruckner and post-war musical analysis, issues of musical influence, the problem of editions, Bruckner and psychobiography, and the composer's controversial relationship to the Nazis.

The Cambridge Companion to the Orchestra - Cambridge Companions to Music (Hardcover, New): Colin Lawson The Cambridge Companion to the Orchestra - Cambridge Companions to Music (Hardcover, New)
Colin Lawson
R1,664 Discovery Miles 16 640 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This guide to the orchestra and orchestral life combines orchestral repertory history with critical thought. It includes topics such as the art of orchestration, scorereading, conducting, international orchestras, recording, and becoming an orchestral musician, educator or informed listener.

Sachsische Staatskapelle Dresden: Complete Discography (Paperback): John Hunt Sachsische Staatskapelle Dresden: Complete Discography (Paperback)
John Hunt
R703 Discovery Miles 7 030 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Sachsische Staatskapelle Dresden is the world's known second oldest orchestra. John Hunt was able to draw on the knowledge of orchestra members in the the creation of this discography. John Hunt was born in Windsor and Graduated from University College London, in German language and literature. He has worked in personnel administration, record retailing and bibliographic research for a government agency and is on the lecture panel of the National Federation of Music Societies. In his capacity as Chairman of the Furtwangler Society UK, John Hunt has attended conventions in Rome, Paris and Zurich and has contributed to important reference works about Furtwangler by John Ardoin and Joachim Matzner. He has also translated from the German Jurgen Kesting's important monograph on Maria Callas. John Hunt has published discographies of over 80 performing artists, several of which have run into two or more editions.

Wiener Philharmoniker 1 - Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera Orchestras: Discography, Pt. 1 - 1905-1954 (Paperback):... Wiener Philharmoniker 1 - Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera Orchestras: Discography, Pt. 1 - 1905-1954 (Paperback)
John Hunt
R698 Discovery Miles 6 980 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

John Hunt was born in Windsor and Graduated from University College London, in German language and literature. He has worked in personnel administration, record retailing and bibliographic research for a government agency and is on the lecture panel of the National Federation of Music Societies. In his capacity as Chairman of the Furtwangler Society UK, John Hunt has attended conventions in Rome, Paris and Zurich and has contributed to important reference works about Furtwangler by John Ardoin and Joachim Matzner. He has also translated from the German Jurgen Kesting's important monograph on Maria Callas. John Hunt has published discographies of over 80 performing artists, several of which have run into two or more editions.

Wiener Philharmoniker - Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera Orchestras: Discography, Pt. 2 - 1954-1989 (Paperback): John... Wiener Philharmoniker - Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera Orchestras: Discography, Pt. 2 - 1954-1989 (Paperback)
John Hunt
R700 Discovery Miles 7 000 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

John Hunt was born in Windsor and Graduated from University College London, in German language and literature. He has worked in personnel administration, record retailing and bibliographic research for a government agency and is on the lecture panel of the National Federation of Music Societies. In his capacity as Chairman of the Furtwangler Society UK, John Hunt has attended conventions in Rome, Paris and Zurich and has contributed to important reference works about Furtwangler by John Ardoin and Joachim Matzner. He has also translated from the German Jurgen Kesting's important monograph on Maria Callas. John Hunt has published discographies of over 80 performing artists, several of which have run into two or more editions.

Das Lied Von Der Erde (the Song of the Earth) - Cambridge Music Handbooks (Hardcover): Stephen E Hefling Das Lied Von Der Erde (the Song of the Earth) - Cambridge Music Handbooks (Hardcover)
Stephen E Hefling
R1,103 Discovery Miles 11 030 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Since its premiere Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) has been widely regarded as his finest masterpiece. It was written in the wake of personal events that shook the foundations of his life in 1907 and, like all his earlier works, it is deeply influenced by the composer's individual and philosophical worldview. Stephen Hefling provides a background to this symphony for voice and orchestra, describes its genesis, summarizes reviews of the premiere, and gives a careful account of all six movements.

Bruckner - Symphony No. 8 (Hardcover): Benjamin M. Korstvedt Bruckner - Symphony No. 8 (Hardcover)
Benjamin M. Korstvedt
R966 Discovery Miles 9 660 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Anton Bruckner's Eighth Symphony (1890), one of the last of the great Romantic symphonies, is a grandly complex masterpiece. This book explores this many-faceted work from several angles. It documents the complicated and often misunderstood history of the symphony's composition and revision and provides an accessible guide to its musical design. It demonstrates, by means of a study of well-known recordings, how performance styles have evolved in this century. It also revisits the conventional wisdom about the various versions and editions of the symphony and comes to some provocative new conclusions.

Dvorak - Cello Concerto (Hardcover): Jan Smaczny Dvorak - Cello Concerto (Hardcover)
Jan Smaczny
R1,163 Discovery Miles 11 630 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Although Dvorák's cello concerto is enormously popular, no extended study of it has been undertaken hitherto. This book is a comprehensive study intended for concertgoers and students of this well-loved work. It considers aspects of historical background, form, virtuosity, performance and the concerto's rich personal content. This guide sees the work as a crucial means of exploring the composer's emotional life and links it intimately to the woman who was probably his first love.

Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6 (Pathetique (Hardcover): Timothy L. Jackson Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6 (Pathetique (Hardcover)
Timothy L. Jackson
R1,186 Discovery Miles 11 860 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Tchaikovsky's final symphony has fascinated generations of music lovers, amateur and specialist alike, since its first performance just over a century ago. Timothy L. Jackson explores sensitively and without prejudice the question of the Pathetique's program and its relation to Tchaikovsky's homosexuality and death. The book covers the work's conception, genesis, and reception, and presents an in-depth analysis of its remarkable formal structure. The reception chapter investigates the Pathetique's impact on Tchaikovsky's younger contemporaries, most notably Mahler and Rachmaninov, and on more recent Russian composers like Shostakovich and Schnittke. Also explored is the dark side of the symphony's political interpretation in the twentieth century, especially its transformation into a cultural icon of the Third Reich.

Symphony in B Minor ("Unfinished") (Paperback, Revised): Franz Schubert Symphony in B Minor ("Unfinished") (Paperback, Revised)
Franz Schubert; Edited by Martin Chusid
R581 Discovery Miles 5 810 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Music examples and charts illustrate the analyses, and each essay is fully annotated by the editor. In some cases, the results of the original research by the editor or by others working in the field are published here for the first time. Much of the material has never before appeared in English.

A score embodying the best available musical text.

Historical background what is known of the circumstances surrounding the origin of the work, including (where relevant) original source material.

A detailed analysis of the music, by the editor of the volume or another well-known scholar.

Other significant analytic essays and critical comments, exposing the student to a variety of opinions about the music."

A Companion to Mozart's Piano Concertos (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Arthur Hutchings A Companion to Mozart's Piano Concertos (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Arthur Hutchings; Foreword by Cliff Eisen
R1,162 Discovery Miles 11 620 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This classic study of Mozart's piano concertos is, in the words of Alfred Einstein, `full of penetrating remarks not only about the piano concerto but about Mozart's art in general'. It is here reissued with a new introduction by noted Mozart scholar Cliff Eisen, who, as well as drawing the reader's attention to the virtues of the volume, also examines at the developments in Mozart scholarship since the volume's original publication.

Conducting Favourite Concert Pieces (Paperback): Norman Del Mar Conducting Favourite Concert Pieces (Paperback)
Norman Del Mar; Edited by Jonathan Del Mar
R1,170 Discovery Miles 11 700 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The final book in Norman Del Mar's `Conducting...' series. This study of a collection of shorter orchestral pieces by composers whose output would not make a whole book is full of expert advice and broad-minded appreciation of a wide range of music. Easily readable by conducting student or music-lover, it is equally an invaluable handbook for the expert. Once again, the book has been edited and seen through the press by Jonathan Del Mar, son of the late Norman Del Mar.

Conductors and Composers of Popular Orchestral Music - A Biographical and Discographical Sourcebook (Hardcover, New): Reuben... Conductors and Composers of Popular Orchestral Music - A Biographical and Discographical Sourcebook (Hardcover, New)
Reuben Musiker, Naomi Musiker
R1,642 Discovery Miles 16 420 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Worldwide in scope and covering the second half of the 20th century, this work provides biographies and discographies of some 500 conductors and composers in many aspects of light and popular orchestral music, including film, show, theatre, and mood music. This is the first time the lives and recordings of such artists as Kostelanetz, Faith, Gould, as well as the orchestral recordings of such great popular composers as Gershwin, Kern, Porter, Rodgers, Berlin, and Coward, have been adequately documented and consolidated in an encyclopedic fashion. Almost 5,000 records and CDs are listed. Of interest to scholars, students, disc jockeys, record and CD collectors, film music buffs, and mood and production music enthusiasts. Popular orchestral music has been a neglected and often erroneously perceived and misunderstood genre in the 20th century. It has certainly not received the attention that it deserves and seems to be viewed as a "Cinderella" in relation to classical music and jazz. The genre, especially in the last 50 years, has been graced by exceptionally fine and highly esteemed conductors and arrangers, and also by a large number of highly regarded composers.

Symphony in G Minor, K. 550 (Paperback, Annotated Ed): Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony in G Minor, K. 550 (Paperback, Annotated Ed)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Edited by Nathan Broder
R580 Discovery Miles 5 800 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Music examples and charts illustrate the analyses, and each essay is fully annotated by the editor. in some cases, the results of the original research by the editor or by others working in the field are published here for the first time. Much of the material has never before appeared in English.

A score embodying the best available musical text.

Historical background what is known of the circumstances surrounding the origin of the work, including (where relevant) original source material.

A detailed analysis of the music, by the editor of the volume or another well-known scholar.

Other significant analytic essays and critical comments, exposing the student to a variety of opinions about the music."

Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977): Discography and Concert Register (Paperback): John Hunt Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977): Discography and Concert Register (Paperback)
John Hunt
R695 Discovery Miles 6 950 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This edition includes the Concert Register. About the compiler: John Hunt was born in Windsor and Graduated from University College London, in German language and literature. He has worked in personnel administration, record retailing and bibliographic research for a government agency and is on the lecture panel of the National Federation of Music Societies. In his capacity as Chairman of the Furtwangler Society UK, John Hunt has attended conventions in Rome, Paris and Zurich and has contributed to important reference works about Furtwangler by John Ardoin and Joachim Matzner. He has also translated from the German Jurgen Kesting's important monograph on Maria Callas. John Hunt has published discographies of over 80 performing artists, several of which have run into two or more editions.

Makers of the Philharmonia: 11 Discographies, Galliera, Susskind, Kletzki, Malko, Dobrowen, Von Matacic, Kurtz, Ackermann,... Makers of the Philharmonia: 11 Discographies, Galliera, Susskind, Kletzki, Malko, Dobrowen, Von Matacic, Kurtz, Ackermann, Fistoulari, Weldon, Irving - Alceo Galliera, Walter Susskind, Paul Kletzki, Nicolai Malko, Issay Dobrowen, Lovro Von Matacic, Efrem Kurtz, Otto Ackermann, Anatole Fistoulari, George Weldon, Robert Irving (Paperback)
John Hunt
R684 Discovery Miles 6 840 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

About the compiler: John Hunt was born in Windsor and Graduated from University College London, in German language and literature. He has worked in personnel administration, record retailing and bibliographic research for a government agency and is on the lecture panel of the National Federation of Music Societies. In his capacity as Chairman of the Furtwangler Society UK, John Hunt has attended conventions in Rome, Paris and Zurich and has contributed to important reference works about Furtwangler by John Ardoin and Joachim Matzner. He has also translated from the German Jurgen Kesting's important monograph on Maria Callas. John Hunt has published discographies of over 80 performing artists, several of which have run into two or more editions.

Bartok - Concerto for Orchestra (Hardcover, New): David Cooper Bartok - Concerto for Orchestra (Hardcover, New)
David Cooper
R1,073 Discovery Miles 10 730 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra has proven to be one of the most popularly successful concert works of the twentieth century. It is seen by its champions as an example of Bartók's seamless blend of Eastern European folk music and Western art music, and by its detractors as indicative of the composer's artistic compromise. This book contains a discussion of the historical and musical contexts of the piece, its early performance history and critical reception. It also includes the first complete movement-by-movement synopsis of the Concerto, as well as detailed technical information about the work.

The Four Seasons and Other Concertos, Op. 8 - Cambridge Music Handbooks (Hardcover, New): Paul Everett The Four Seasons and Other Concertos, Op. 8 - Cambridge Music Handbooks (Hardcover, New)
Paul Everett
R1,074 Discovery Miles 10 740 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Vivaldi's celebrated Four Seasons are among the most popular works of all time and these, with the rest of the concertos in Op. 8, represent the composer's remarkable innovation in the field of the Baroque concerto. This detailed guide examines the work's origin and construction in a way that enables the reader to distinguish what is extraordinary about the Seasons, at the same time providing an ideal introduction to Vivaldi's music in general.

The Four Seasons and Other Concertos, Op. 8 - Cambridge Music Handbooks (Book, New): Paul Everett The Four Seasons and Other Concertos, Op. 8 - Cambridge Music Handbooks (Book, New)
Paul Everett
R686 Discovery Miles 6 860 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Vivaldi's celebrated Four Seasons are among the most popular works of all time and these, with the rest of the concertos in Op. 8, represent the composer's remarkable innovation in the field of the Baroque concerto. This detailed guide examines the work's origin and construction in a way that enables the reader to distinguish what is extraordinary about the Seasons, at the same time providing an ideal introduction to Vivaldi's music in general.

The Russian Piano Concerto, Volume 1 - The Nineteenth Century (Hardcover): Jeremy Norris The Russian Piano Concerto, Volume 1 - The Nineteenth Century (Hardcover)
Jeremy Norris
R871 Discovery Miles 8 710 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

..". a joy to read." -- Choice

..".spiritedly written... " -- Music and Letters

Although theRussian piano concerto had inauspicious beginnings, its development during the19thcentury laid superb artistic foundations for the monumental concerti of the 20thcentury. Insights gained here will help performers and teachers to understand laterdevelopments in concerto writing.

Bach - The Brandenburg Concertos (Book): Malcolm Boyd Bach - The Brandenburg Concertos (Book)
Malcolm Boyd
R692 Discovery Miles 6 920 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Brandenburg Concertos represent a pinnacle in the history of the Baroque concerto, as well as being among the most universally admired of all Bach's works. This fascinating new guide places the concertos in their historical context, investigates their sources, traces their origins and discusses the changing traditions of performance that have affected the way listeners have understood them since Bach's time. The work's rich instrumentarium is carefully described, and a substantial chapter considers each concerto individually, revealing those aspects of their style and structure that make this group of works a unique and towering landmark in the history of the genre.

Symphony Orchestras of the United States - Selected Profiles (Hardcover): Robert R. Craven Symphony Orchestras of the United States - Selected Profiles (Hardcover)
Robert R. Craven
R1,676 Discovery Miles 16 760 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"Because many readers may simply wish to browse the book or enjoy individual profiles, the volume may be useful in a variety of libraries serving both general users and researchers." Reference Books Bulletin

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