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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 R197 Discovery Miles 1 970 Save R53 (21%) In stock

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.

Mozart - A Life (Paperback): Paul Johnson Mozart - A Life (Paperback)
Paul Johnson
R408 R318 Discovery Miles 3 180 Save R90 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 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.

We are: Bob Chilcott We are
Bob Chilcott
R136 Discovery Miles 1 360 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

for SATTBB & SA or SATB unaccompanied We are is a dynamic and vibrant setting of 'The human family', a powerful poem by American poet Maya Angelou. The poet's message that 'we are more alike than we are unalike' is carried through the piece by a compelling rhythmic figure, and the a cappella textures and interplay between voices creates an infectious energy. The rich texture of the double choir scoring allows the two groups of singers to work together to create the sense of unity and common purpose the poem speaks to. We are was commissioned by The King's Singers for their 50th anniversary celebrations and features on their album 'GOLD' (Signum, SIGCD500). The piece was originally presented with the first choir scoring as AATBarBarB, but has since been rescored for SATTBB, with the option for the second choir to be SA or SATB remaining unchanged.

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 (Paperback)
Joanne Cormac 1
R287 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R75 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 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.

This endris night (Staple bound, Vocal score): Malcolm Archer This endris night (Staple bound, Vocal score)
Malcolm Archer
R77 Discovery Miles 770 Ships in 10 - 15 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!

Elegy and Festive Bells (Sheet music): John Rutter Elegy and Festive Bells (Sheet music)
John Rutter
R251 Discovery Miles 2 510 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Elegy, with its warmly expressive tenor-range melodies, is highly suitable for use at funerals, while the cascading joy of Festive Bells makes it perfect as a wedding recessional. The finely wrought sonorities will sound to maximum effect on a large organ in a spacious acoustic, but will nonetheless be convincing on even the most modest of instruments. Both pieces have that warm sense of Englishness that makes them very accessible to the first-time listener.

Coffee Time (Sheet music, Vocal score): Anton Leanderson-Andreas Coffee Time (Sheet music, Vocal score)
Anton Leanderson-Andreas
R88 Discovery Miles 880 Ships in 10 - 15 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.

Richard Wagner - The Sorcerer of Bayreuth (Hardcover): Barry Millington Richard Wagner - The Sorcerer of Bayreuth (Hardcover)
Barry Millington
R735 R565 Discovery Miles 5 650 Save R170 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Published in the run-up to the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth in 2013, and written by one of the most distinguished Wagner scholars in the world, this will be the Wagner book of the bicentenary. Richard Wagner (1813-1883) is one of the most influential - and also one of the most polarizing - composers in the history of music. Over the course of his long career, he produced a stream of spellbinding works that challenged musical convention through their richness and tonal experimentation, ultimately paving the way for modernism. This book presents an in-depth but easy-to-read overview of Wagner's life, work and times. Making use of the very latest scholarship - much of it undertaken by the author himself in connection with his editorship of The Wagner Journal - Millington reassesses received notions about Wagner and his work, demolishing ill-informed opinion in favour of proper critical understanding. It is a radical - and occasionally controversial - reappraisal of this most perplexing of composers. The book considers a whole range of themes, including the composer's original sources of inspiration; his fetish for exotic silks; his relationship with his wife, Cosima, and with his mistress, Mathilde Wesendonck; his anti-semitism; the operas' proto-cinematic nature; and the turbulent legacy both of the Bayreuth Festival and of Wagnerism itself. The volume's arrangement - unique among books on the composer - combines an accessible text, intriguing images and original documents in carefully co-ordinated sections, thus ensuring a consistently fresh approach.

The White Field (Sheet music, Vocal score): Bob Chilcott The White Field (Sheet music, Vocal score)
Bob Chilcott
R104 Discovery Miles 1 040 Ships in 10 - 15 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.

One Voice (Sheet music, Vocal score): John Rutter One Voice (Sheet music, Vocal score)
John Rutter
R91 Discovery Miles 910 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Mahler - His Life, Work and World (Paperback, New edition): Kurt Blaukopf, Herta Blaukopf Mahler - His Life, Work and World (Paperback, New edition)
Kurt Blaukopf, Herta Blaukopf
R573 R446 Discovery Miles 4 460 Save R127 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Mahler was born in 1860 in an outpost of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and became one of the greatest conductors and composers of his time, acclaimed throughout Europe and America. This biography assembles a wealth of contemporary material from letters, diaries, concert programmes and reviews.

Chopin (Paperback): Adam Zamoyski Chopin (Paperback)
Adam Zamoyski 1
R312 R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Save R84 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A new edition of Adam Zamoyski's definitive biography of Chopin, first published in 1979 and unavailable in English for many years. Few composers elicit such strong emotions as Chopin. Few have been more revered and cherished. And few have had so much sentimental nonsense written about them. Published to coincide with the bicentenary of Chopin's birth, Adam Zamoyski's compelling new biography cuts through the mass of anecdote and myth that has sprung up around the composer's life and the ebullient and striking personalities of Romantic Paris among whom he lived, including Liszt, Berlioz, Victor Hugo and George Sand, in search of the real Chopin. Zamoyski brings to the subject an unrivalled knowledge of the historical, social and cultural background of the composer's native Poland as well as of the France in which he spent most of his creative life. He has scoured the archives of Warsaw, Krakow, Paris and London in his quest for the truth, and has based his account exclusively on primary sources and contemporary accounts. The result is a biography of authority, perception and wit. Chopin emerges from the sugary romantic mist in which he has been shrouded as a real, palpable personality, a man of intelligence and humour; in music an innovator of genius; in business a feckless spendthrift; in love hesitant and tender; in friendship passionately loyal but often intolerably exacting. Through a close reading of his letters and the use of everyday detail, Zamoyski draws the reader into the private world of this most complicated and reticent of men - 'a man made for intimacy', as the poet Heinrich Heine called him - and reveals the real passions, suffering and ultimate tragedy of his life.

St Matthew Passion (Sheet music, Vocal score): Matthew Owens St Matthew Passion (Sheet music, Vocal score)
Matthew Owens
R110 Discovery Miles 1 100 Ships in 10 - 15 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.

The Look (Sheet music, Vocal score): Jussi Chydenius The Look (Sheet music, Vocal score)
Jussi Chydenius
R88 Discovery Miles 880 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

for SAA and piano The quirky style of The Look perfectly complements the nature of Sara Teasdale's poem, which reminisces on past romances. The melody is catchy and colourful, with a stylistic ornament that gives the piece a carefree feel, and there are effective contrasts of tonality and texture. The voices are accompanied by a jazzy, characterful piano part with driving syncopations.

Ave gloriosa mater salvatoris (Sheet music, Vocal score): Gabriel Jackson Ave gloriosa mater salvatoris (Sheet music, Vocal score)
Gabriel Jackson
R124 Discovery Miles 1 240 Ships in 10 - 15 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.

The Lark Ascending (Sheet music, Vocal score): Ralph Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending (Sheet music, Vocal score)
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Arranged by Paul Drayton
R143 Discovery Miles 1 430 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

for violin and mixed choir This innovative and imaginative choral arrangement of The Lark Ascending has the original solo violin part accompanied by mixed choir. It sensitively sets George Meredith's poem (on which the original orchestration is based) and combines this with wordless vocal lines and vocal solos, preserving the texture and timeless effect of the original. Commissioned and premiered by the Swedish Chamber Choir, the work has also been recorded by the choir under the direction of Simon Phipps.

The Rest is Noise - Listening to the Twentieth Century (Paperback): Alex Ross The Rest is Noise - Listening to the Twentieth Century (Paperback)
Alex Ross 1
R517 R385 Discovery Miles 3 850 Save R132 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Alex Ross's sweeping history of twentieth-century classical music, winner of the Guardian First Book Award, is a gripping account of a musical revolution. The landscape of twentieth-century classical music is a wild one: this was a period in which music fragmented into apparently divergent strands, each influenced by its own composers, performers and musical innovations. In this comprehensive tour, Alex Ross, music critic for the 'New Yorker', explores the people and places that shaped musical development: Adams to Zweig, Brahms to Bjoerk, pre-First World War Vienna to 'Nixon in China'. Above all, this unique portrait of an exceptional era weaves together art, politics and cultural history to show how twentieth-century classical music was both a symptom and a source of immense social change. This edition includes a definitive list of the greatest recordings of twentieth-century music.

Anthology of Latin American and Iberian Art Songs by Women Composers (Paperback): Patricia Caicedo Anthology of Latin American and Iberian Art Songs by Women Composers (Paperback)
Patricia Caicedo
R1,916 Discovery Miles 19 160 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Walton's Paean (Sheet music): David Bednall Walton's Paean (Sheet music)
David Bednall
R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Commissioned for the 40th birthday of the organist Paul Walton, Walton's Paean is a work of great verve, with compelling rhythms, exciting harmonies, and catchy melodies propelling the celebratory music forward. Through the boisterous excitement, legato passages emerge as the piece hurtles towards the resounding finale. There is also a little joke in the occasional references to the music of Paul Walton's namesake, William.

From the break of the day (Sheet music, Vocal score): Alan Bullard From the break of the day (Sheet music, Vocal score)
Alan Bullard
R91 Discovery Miles 910 Ships in 10 - 15 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.

Ophelia, Caliban, and Miranda (Sheet music, Vocal score): Bob Chilcott Ophelia, Caliban, and Miranda (Sheet music, Vocal score)
Bob Chilcott
R256 Discovery Miles 2 560 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

for SATB, piano, and optional saxophone, bass, and drum kit Ophelia, Caliban, and Miranda puts a jazzy twist on three Shakespearean characters. With newly written texts by Charles Bennett, each of the three movements focuses in on Ophelia from Hamlet and Caliban and Miranda from The Tempest. In the funky opener, 'River Bride', the upper voices take the part of Ophelia, while the tenors and basses play a lover figure. Caliban's song, 'Ariel taught me how to play', is a reflective ballad in which the slave tells Miranda, who has escaped his advances, about the spirit helper Ariel teaching him to play the saxophone. The final movement, 'All good things come to an end', is a sassy yet tender number, where Miranda bids farewell to her beloved husband Ferdinand, declaring: 'I've gone back to the island to remember who I am'. The piano part may be played as written or serve as a guide, and a part for saxophone, bass, and drum kit is available separately for jazz quartet accompaniment.

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
R509 Discovery Miles 5 090 Ships in 10 - 15 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.

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
R440 R324 Discovery Miles 3 240 Save R116 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 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.

Two String Quartets (Sheet music, Study score): William Walton Two String Quartets (Sheet music, Study score)
William Walton
R611 Discovery Miles 6 110 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Lark Ascending - The Music of the British Landscape (Paperback, Main): Richard King The Lark Ascending - The Music of the British Landscape (Paperback, Main)
Richard King 1
R259 R213 Discovery Miles 2 130 Save R46 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Lark Ascending, Ralph Vaughan Williams' 'pastoral romance for orchestra' was premiered on 14 June, 1921. Over the course of the twentieth century this piece of music, perhaps more than any other, worked its way into the collective consciousness to seemingly define a mythical concept of the English countryside: babbling brooks, skylarks, hayricks. But the birth and legacy of the composition are much more complex than this simplified pastoral vision suggests. The landscape we celebrate as unsullied and ripe with mystique is a living, working, and occasionally rancorous environment - not an unaffected idyll - that forged a nation's musical personality, and its dissenting traditions.

On a chronological journey that takes him from postwar poets and artists to the late twentieth century and the free party scene which emerged from acid house and travelling communities, Richard King explores how Britain's history and identity has been shaped by the mysterious relationship between music and nature. From the far west of Wales to the Thames Estuary and the Suffolk shoreline, taking in Brian Eno, Kate Bush, Boards of Canada, Dylan Thomas, Gavin Bryars, Greenham Common and The Kinder Scout Mass Trespass, The Lark Ascending listens to the land and the music that emerged from it, to chart a new and surprising course through a familiar landscape.

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