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Mozart - A Life (Paperback): Paul Johnson Mozart - A Life (Paperback)
Paul Johnson
R245 R193 Discovery Miles 1 930 Save R52 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Mozart's music has enthralled listeners for centuries. In this brilliant biography, acclaimed historian Paul Johnson draws upon his expert knowledge of the era and Mozart's own private letters to conjure Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's life and times in rich detail.

Johnson charts Mozart's life from age three through to his later years - when he penned "The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni." Along the way, Johnson challenges some of the popular myths that cloud Mozart's image: his allegedly tempestuous personal relationships and supposedly bitter rivalry with Salieri, as well as the notion that he was desperately impoverished when he died.

The result - a bold, invigorating portrait of one of the most popular and influential composers of all time - is a welcome addition to Johnson's extraordinary body of work and makes a perfect gift for classical music lovers and fans of biographies.

Berlioz - Servitude and Greatness 1832-1869 (Paperback, 2nd edition): David Cairns Berlioz - Servitude and Greatness 1832-1869 (Paperback, 2nd edition)
David Cairns
R476 R322 Discovery Miles 3 220 Save R154 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Berlioz was one of the towering figures of Romanticism: not only was he a great and revolutionary composer, but also the finest composer of his day and an outstanding critic and writer. Yet throughout his life he struggled for money and his music was persistently reviled in his native France. With exceptional insight and sympathy, David Cairns draws together the major strands of Berlioz's life: his tempestuous marriage to the actress Harriet Smithson; the genesis of his famous works, including the Requiem, Romeo and Juliet and his crowning masterpiece The Trojans; his friendships with Mendelssohn, Liszt, Princess Wittgenstein and Wagner; and, finally, his last years haunted once again by personal tragedy. Here, as never before, is Berlioz the artist - and the man.

BBC Proms 2019 - Festival Guide (Paperback): BBC Proms 2019 - Festival Guide (Paperback)
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R179 R143 Discovery Miles 1 430 Save R36 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The BBC Proms is the world's biggest and longest-running classical music festival and one of the jewels in the crown for the BBC. It is one of the strongest brand names in the music world and attracts a glittering array of artists and orchestras from the UK and around the world in over 150 concerts, talks, workshops and family events around London every summer. Whether you're a first-time visitor or an experienced Prommer, watching at home or listening on radio or online, the BBC Proms Guide will help you to plan your summer of music and discover in depth what lies behind the Proms - from the composers to the performers to how the events are broadcast. The Proms Guide contains brand-new articles on featured composers and insights on performers, new music and accompanying events.

The King shall rejoice (Sheet music, Vocal score): Bob Chilcott The King shall rejoice (Sheet music, Vocal score)
Bob Chilcott
R80 Discovery Miles 800 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

for SATB double choir and organ The King shall rejoice was commissioned by the Dean and Chapter of Westminster to mark the sixtieth anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen's coronation. Setting powerful and optimistic words from Psalm 21, Chilcott establishes a celebratory mood from the outset, with dancing 6/8 rhythms and jubilant, ringing chords. The voices soon divide into two choirs, creating a striking antiphonal effect, and the music moves through sections of slower, more sustained writing in 4/4. The second half of the work sets an adapted version of the psalm text, famously used by William Byrd-'O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth our Queen rejoice in thy strength'-before coming to a buoyant and triumphant close with the final 'amen'.

This endris night (Staple bound, Vocal score): Malcolm Archer This endris night (Staple bound, Vocal score)
Malcolm Archer
R54 Discovery Miles 540 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

for SATB and organ Archer's setting of this well-known Christmas text is lilting and buoyant, with a memorable melody and charming organ interludes. Suitable for liturgical or concert use, the carol features great textual variety, building to a rousing finish that is sure to fill audiences with Christmas cheer!

Eternal source of light divine (Sheet music, Vocal score): George Frideric Handel Eternal source of light divine (Sheet music, Vocal score)
George Frideric Handel; Arranged by John Rutter
R59 Discovery Miles 590 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

for soprano solo and organ (or strings and organ continuo), with optional solo trumpet This deeply expressive arioso, which opens Handel's Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne (1713), was performed at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor, on 19 May 2018. Originally scored in D major for counter-tenor, with trumpet and strings, the work is here arranged by John Rutter for performance by soprano and organ (or strings and organ continuo), with or without solo trumpet, in the slightly lower key of C major. The orchestral score and instrumental parts are available for purchase as a package containing (1) the orchestral score in C major, and (2) the instrumental parts (solo tpt, vln 1, vln 2, vla, vc, db, organ continuo) in two versions, in C major and D flat major. The D flat version of the parts is to enable performance with modern strings but natural trumpet, the trumpet playing in Handel's original key of D major but at baroque pitch (A = 415).

Coffee Time (Sheet music, Vocal score): Anton Leanderson-Andreas Coffee Time (Sheet music, Vocal score)
Anton Leanderson-Andreas
R62 Discovery Miles 620 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

for SAATB unaccompanied A piece made famous by the award-winning a cappella group Vocado, Coffee Time is an upbeat dedication to the down time we all crave, for sharing thoughts, silence, and that aroma! Founded on classic a cappella style and sense of fun, the piece boasts an infectious melody and bossa nova rhythm, with sumptuous key changes, scat rhythms, and contrasting sections. The piece is perfect for vocal groups or small- to medium-size choirs, and has the makings of a great encore or competition piece.

One Voice (Sheet music, Vocal score): John Rutter One Voice (Sheet music, Vocal score)
John Rutter
R66 Discovery Miles 660 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
A Fiery Gospel - The Battle Hymn of the Republic and the Road to Righteous War (Hardcover): Richard M Gamble A Fiery Gospel - The Battle Hymn of the Republic and the Road to Righteous War (Hardcover)
Richard M Gamble
R522 R383 Discovery Miles 3 830 Save R139 (27%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Since its composition in Washington's Willard Hotel in 1861, Julia Ward Howe's "Battle Hymn of the Republic" has been used to make America and its wars sacred. Few Americans reflect on its violent and redemptive imagery, drawn freely from prophetic passages of the Old and New Testaments, and fewer still think about the implications of that apocalyptic language for how Americans interpret who they are and what they owe the world. In A Fiery Gospel, Richard M. Gamble describes how this camp-meeting tune, paired with Howe's evocative lyrics, became one of the most effective instruments of religious nationalism. He takes the reader back to the song's origins during the Civil War, and reveals how those political and military circumstances launched the song's incredible career in American public life. Gamble deftly considers the idea behind the song-humming the tune, reading the music for us-all while reveling in the multiplicity of meanings of and uses to which Howe's lyrics have been put. "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" has been versatile enough to match the needs of Civil Rights activists and conservative nationalists, war hawks and peaceniks, as well as Europeans and Americans. This varied career shows readers much about the shifting shape of American righteousness. Yet it is, argues Gamble, the creator of the song herself-her Abolitionist household, Unitarian theology, and Romantic and nationalist sensibilities-that is the true conductor of this most American of war songs. A Fiery Gospel depicts most vividly the surprising genealogy of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," and its sure and certain position as a cultural piece in the uncertain amalgam that was and is American civil religion.

The White Field (Sheet music, Vocal score): Bob Chilcott The White Field (Sheet music, Vocal score)
Bob Chilcott
R75 Discovery Miles 750 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

for SATB double choir, children's choir, and piano Setting a text by Charles Bennett, The White Field presents a dreamlike scene in which blackbirds plant songs in the cold earth and await the growth of their music. Chilcott's melodies echo through the voices, before a climactic tutti central section giving full voice to the idea of renewal and hope in the depth of winter. A wistful coda completes the reverie as the blackbirds settle to await the return of the sun. The piano part provides harmonic support and rhythmic energy to the voice parts with chordal and semiquaver figurations throughout the work. The White Field was commissioned by the Barbican Centre for London Symphony Chorus and BBC Symphony Chorus for Sound Unbound, November 2015.

The Classical Music Book - Big Ideas Simply Explained (Hardcover): Dk The Classical Music Book - Big Ideas Simply Explained (Hardcover)
Dk; Foreword by Katie Derham 1
R230 R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Save R49 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

From Mozart to Mendelssohn, this comprehensive guide to classical music history and classical music biography is the perfect latest addition to the bestselling Big Ideas series. Easy to understand and clear to follow, this history of classical music explores and explains music theory and the impact of seminal pieces, while also providing fascinating stories about the lives of crucial composers and performers. Including an insightful foreword by Katie Derham, The Classical Music Book analyses over 90 works by famous composers. From Thomas Tallis in the early period to baroque masters like Bach and Handel, to the classical genius of Beethoven and Wagner and beyond to the modern day, The Classical Music Book explores the key ideas underpinning the world's greatest classical compositions and musical traditions, and defines their importance to the musical canon, placing them into their wider social, cultural, and historical context. The unique approach to the subject makes this book the perfect classical music guide for everyone. Regardless of whether you are relatively new to the subject and want to learn or if you are a classical music aficionado, there is plenty to discover in The Classical Music Book.

30-Second Classical Music - The 50 most significant genres, composers and innovations, each explained in half a minute... 30-Second Classical Music - The 50 most significant genres, composers and innovations, each explained in half a minute (Hardcover)
Joanne Cormac
R364 R258 Discovery Miles 2 580 Save R106 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Do you know a capella from zarzuela, or your major from your minor? Can you distinguish between a serenade and a symphony? If you only have 30 seconds, there is time - using this book - to understand the creative journey taken by classical music from the Middle Ages to the modern era. Our early ancestors understood pitch and rhythm, the basic tools that have been worked and ordered by composers and performers over the past 400 years into an extraordinary body of music written for soloists, chamber musicians and entire orchestras. Today, everyone has access to a prodigy of classical music which, far from being traditional or elitist, is alive and magical. From plainsong to programme music, appreciate the magnitude and majesty, the passion and the pathos of sounds that have the power to stir our emotions to great joy or infinite sadness. Here's music to your ears.

Build this house (Sheet music, SSA vocal score): Michael Berkeley Build this house (Sheet music, SSA vocal score)
Michael Berkeley
R62 Discovery Miles 620 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Ave gloriosa mater salvatoris (Sheet music, Vocal score): Gabriel Jackson Ave gloriosa mater salvatoris (Sheet music, Vocal score)
Gabriel Jackson
R91 Discovery Miles 910 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

for SSAATTBB unaccompanied Ave gloriosa mater salvatoris is a challenging and yet delicate anthem, with subtle key-signature changes, vocal divisions in up to eight parts, and alternating homophonic and polyphonic passages. The text includes excerpts from the synonymous medieval hymn and Wordsworth's poem The Virgin, making the piece suitable for a variety of sacred celebrations and particularly those of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

St Matthew Passion (Sheet music, Vocal score): Matthew Owens St Matthew Passion (Sheet music, Vocal score)
Matthew Owens
R79 Discovery Miles 790 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

for soloists, SATB, and organ Written for the Choir of Wells Cathedral, of which Matthew Owens is Organist and Master of the Choristers, this setting of the St Matthew Passion is ideally suited to liturgical performance during Holy Week. The principal role of the Evangelist is taken by a baritone soloist, who narrates the story of Christ's trial and Crucifixion in unaccompanied chant. The other, smaller, solo roles of Judas (tenor), Pilate (tenor), Jesus (bass), and Pilate's wife (alto) continue in the same vein, with four-part choral interspersions from the crowds, soldiers, and priests providing a contrast in texture. The hymn 'When I survey the wondrous cross', set to the Rockingham hymn tune, appears twice throughout the work, and the congregation are encouraged to join in on both occasions. The simple organ part supports the voices for the hymn, and may also optionally double the choir during the narrative.

Advent Moon (Sheet music, Vocal score): Cecilia McDOWALL Advent Moon (Sheet music, Vocal score)
Cecilia McDOWALL
R62 Discovery Miles 620 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

for SATB, organ, and optional handbells Through luminous choral harmonies, images of a winter night, and echoes of scripture, Advent Moon evokes deep human longing as well as the promise of the coming of light. The delicate organ accompaniment and optional handbells underscore both the haunting opening and the radiant conclusion of this piece.

Magna Carta Te Deum (Sheet music, Vocal score): Michael Berkeley Magna Carta Te Deum (Sheet music, Vocal score)
Michael Berkeley
R107 Discovery Miles 1 070 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

for SATB and organ This setting of the Te Deum was written for the Choir of Lincoln Cathedral Choir to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta. It opens with a dialogue between the organ and strident unison choral lines, before moving on to the Sanctus, with alternating tutti and solo passages. Powerful choral lines and jubilant organ flourishes marry perfectly with the well-known text to result in a truly laudatory work.

Two String Quartets (Sheet music, Study score): William Walton Two String Quartets (Sheet music, Study score)
William Walton
R479 Discovery Miles 4 790 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
O Antiphon Sequence (Sheet music): Cecilia McDOWALL O Antiphon Sequence (Sheet music)
Cecilia McDOWALL
R248 Discovery Miles 2 480 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

O Antiphon Sequence was conceived as a recital piece, although each of its individual movements would also work in a liturgical context. Each movement is a response to a short extract of liturgical text taken from the 'O Antiphons', which are the Magnificat antiphons used at Vespers during the last seven days of Advent in Western Christian traditions. The work was commissioned by the American Guild of Organists for performance at the 2018 AGO National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri.

Fantasia on Sussex Folk Tunes (Sheet music, Viola and piano reduction (viola solo version)): Ralph Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Sussex Folk Tunes (Sheet music, Viola and piano reduction (viola solo version))
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Arranged by Martin Outram
R397 Discovery Miles 3 970 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This engaging work was composed in 1929 and premiered the following year by its dedicatee, the legendary Spanish cellist Pablo Casals. The five folk songs on which the work is founded are 'Salisbury Plain', 'The Long Whip', 'Low down in the broom', 'Bristol Town', and 'I've been to France'. This arrangement for solo viola and orchestra is compatible with the original orchestral accompaniment, materials for which are available on hire.

Music to hear (Sheet music, Vocal score): Bob Chilcott Music to hear (Sheet music, Vocal score)
Bob Chilcott
R54 Discovery Miles 540 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Year of Wonder - Classical Music to Enjoy Day by Day (Hardcover): Clemency Burton-Hill Year of Wonder - Classical Music to Enjoy Day by Day (Hardcover)
Clemency Burton-Hill
R478 R355 Discovery Miles 3 550 Save R123 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
From the break of the day (Sheet music, Vocal score): Alan Bullard From the break of the day (Sheet music, Vocal score)
Alan Bullard
R66 Discovery Miles 660 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

for SAT and piano or organ Originally published in the collection Alan Bullard Anthems, this optimistic setting of Jan Struther's famous text is perfectly suited to performance at a variety of occasions, including at weddings, funerals, and services throughout the year. Bullard's original melody is expressive and graceful, paying homage to the message of the words, and the supportive and melodious accompaniment may be performed on piano or organ.

Berlioz - The Making of an Artist 1803-1832 (Paperback): David Cairns Berlioz - The Making of an Artist 1803-1832 (Paperback)
David Cairns
R466 R313 Discovery Miles 3 130 Save R153 (33%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

No artist's achievement connects more directly with early experience than that of Berlioz. David Cairns draws on a wealth of family papers to recreate in authentic and intimate detail the provincial milieu of Berlioz's boyhood, showing how the son of a village doctor was already transforming himself into the composer of the Fantastic Symphony. Berlioz's desperate attempts to win his father's approval for his vocation, his struggles to establish himself on the Parisian musical scene, and his passionate pursuit of love are all brought vividly to life in this first volume of David Cairn's award-winning biography.

Composers in Context - Brahms in Context (Hardcover): Natasha Loges, Katy Hamilton Composers in Context - Brahms in Context (Hardcover)
Natasha Loges, Katy Hamilton
R1,726 Discovery Miles 17 260 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Brahms in Context offers a fresh perspective on the much-admired nineteenth-century German composer. Including thirty-nine chapters on historical, social and cultural contexts, the book brings together internationally renowned experts in music, law, science, art history and other areas, including many figures whose work is appearing in English for the first time. The essays are accessibly written, with short reading lists aimed at music students and educators. The book opens with personal topics including Brahms's Hamburg childhood, his move to Vienna, and his rich social life. It considers professional matters from finance to publishing and copyright; the musicians who shaped and transmitted his works; and the larger musical styles which influenced him. Casting the net wider, other essays embrace politics, religion, literature, philosophy, art, and science. The book closes with chapters on reception, including recordings, historical performance, his compositional legacy, and a reflection on the power of composer myths.

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