Reader's Guide to Music

History, Theory and Criticism

Author: Murray Steib

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135942625

Category: Music

Page: 928

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The Reader's Guide to Music is designed to provide a useful single-volume guide to the ever-increasing number of English language book-length studies in music. Each entry consists of a bibliography of some 3-20 titles and an essay in which these titles are evaluated, by an expert in the field, in light of the history of writing and scholarship on the given topic. The more than 500 entries include not just writings on major composers in music history but also the genres in which they worked (from early chant to rock and roll) and topics important to the various disciplines of music scholarship (from aesthetics to gay/lesbian musicology).
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Performing Music in the Age of Recording

Author: Robert Philip

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300161522

Category: MUSIC

Page: 302

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Listeners have enjoyed classical music recordings for more than a century, yet important issues about recorded performances have been little explored. What is the relationship between performance and recording? How are modern audiences affected by the trends set in motion by the recording era? What is the impact of recordings on the lives of musicians? In this wide-ranging book, Robert Philip extends the scope of his earlier pioneering book, "Early Recordings and Musical Style: Changing Tastes in Instrumental Performance 1900-1950." Philip here considers the interaction between music-making and recording throughout the entire twentieth century. The author compares the lives of musicians and audiences in the years before recordings with those of today. He examines such diverse and sometimes contentious topics as changing attitudes toward freedom of expression, the authority of recordings made by or approved by composers, the globalization of performing styles, and the rise of the period instrument movement. Philip concludes with a thought-provoking discussion of the future of classical music performance.
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Dvorák: Cello Concerto

Author: Jan Smaczny

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521669030

Category: Music

Page: 120

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A study of Dvorák's cello concerto, one of the most popular works in the orchestral repertoire.
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Always Something New to Discover

Menahem Pressler and the Beaux Arts Trio

Author: Cynthia Wilson

Publisher: Paragon Publishing

ISBN: 1908341254

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 348

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Menahem Pressler and the Beaux Arts Trio German born pianist Menahem Pressler (1923) was forced to flee Nazi terror to Israel. He quickly attained international fame in 1946 by winning the Debussy Competition in San Francisco and performing his debut with Eugene Ormandy and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Ultimately emigrating to the United States, Pressler teaches at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University where he holds an endowed chair as Distinguished Professor. As founding member of the Beaux Arts Trio, he alone survived the ensemble's changes in membership during its unprecedented 53 year history. 'Setting the standard' for piano trio performance, the Beaux Arts Trio elevated the ensemble type to a par with the string quartet in over seven thousand performances, hundreds of award winning recordings and extensive broadcasts. Famed for his musicality and equally admired for his way with words, communicator Menahem Pressler is captured here, an inspiration to colleagues, students and his international public. In Always Something New to Discover, Pressler's biography, esthetics, pianism and dedication to music are gathered in texts enriched with oral history as generously shared by Pressler and his intimates. 'I am as hungry now making my music as when I was young ' With as yet no retirement in sight, Menahem Pressler continues his musical journey with an undiminished schedule and a full studio of international students, all in blissful service of the music he loves. Originally from Boston, Cynthia Wilson (1953) was educated at Concord Academy in Massachusetts and Sarah Lawrence College in New York before following her passion for early music to Amsterdam. After a decade of concertizing she held a number of management positions in the Dutch music world. In 2006, she founded wwclassics to pursue a wider range of artistic activities."
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1001 Classical Recordings You Must Hear Before You Die

Author: Matthew Rye,Steven Isserlis

Publisher: Chartwell Books

ISBN: 0785835822

Category: Music

Page: 960

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Lists top-recommended works by master composers from the past and present, providing a critical assessment of specific recordings and performances as identified by a team of leading music experts.
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Preludes

An Autobiography in Verse

Author: Jeffrey Jay Niehaus

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621896501

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 336

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All of the glory that had broken on me Surrounded me and saw me through and through Although I had no idea how to name A power that engulfed me totally And turned my soul onto another road. --Book XVI, lines 700-704 Preludes is a soul's journey from infancy to adulthood--from the Ohio Valley to south Florida, from grade school to college in New England and travel abroad, and ultimately to a knowledge of its maker. The author is unabashedly and sometimes almost naively Romantic, and the poem shows both adoration of nature and the ultimate failure of such an obsession. The poem's many passages are windows onto past landscapes, and through them comes an affirmation of life and the goodness of life. Ultimately, the author encounters and is transformed by a power beyond himself.
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