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ix, 258 pages : illustrations, music ; 25 cm
This book is the first detailed contextual study of string quartets in Beethoven's Vienna, at a time when that genre reigned supreme among the different chamber genres. Focusing on a key transition period in the early nineteenth century, which bore witness to fundamental shifts in the 'private' sphere of music-making, it explores the 'cultivation' of string quartets by composers, critics, listeners, performers, publishers and patrons. The book highlights these parties' interactions, ideas and ideals, which were central to defining the unique cultures of chamber music arising at this time. We gain fresh insights into publishing and marketing, performance venues and practices, review culture, listening theories and practices, and composition in early nineteenth-century Vienna. Until now, the unique theatricality of chamber music, and the 'social' nature of its discourse, has been poorly appreciated. Cultivating String Quartets in Beethoven's Vienna addresses this misconception and enriches our understanding of this crucial period of change, in which concert life began antion and enriches our understanding of this crucial period of change, in which concert life began and previously 'private' music was moved out onto the stag.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781783272327 20171127
Music Library
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xx1, 404 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 25 cm
What is classical music? This book answers the question in a manner never before attempted, by presenting the history of fifteen parallel traditions, of which Western classical music is just one. Each music is analysed in terms of its modes, scales, and theory; its instruments, forms, and aesthetic goals; its historical development, golden age, and condition today; and the conventions governing its performance. The writers are leading ethnomusicologists, and their approach is based on the belief that music is best understood in the context of the culture which gave rise to it. By including Mande and Uzbek-Tajik music - plus North American jazz - in addition to the better-known styles of the Middle East, the Indian sub-continent, the Far East, and South-East Asia, this book offers challenging new perspectives on the word 'classical'. It shows the extent to which most classical traditions are underpinned by improvisation, and reveals the cognate origins of seemingly unrelated musics; it reflects the multifarious ways in which colonialism, migration, and new technology have affected musical development, and continue to do today. With specialist language kept to a minimum, it's designed to help both students and general readers to appreciate musical traditions which may be unfamiliar to them, and to encounter the reality which lies behind that lazy adjective 'exotic'. MICHAEL CHURCH has spent much of his career in newspapers as a literary and arts editor; since 2010 he has been the music and opera critic of The Independent. From 1992 to 2005 he reported on traditional musics all over the world for the BBC World Service; in 2004, Topic Records released a CD of his Kazakh field recordings and, in 2007, two further CDs of his recordings in Georgia and Chechnya. Contributors: Michael Church, Scott DeVeaux, Ivan Hewett, David W. Hughes, Jonathan Katz, Roderic Knight, Frank Kouwenhoven, Robert Labaree, Scott Marcus, Terry E. Miller, Dwight F. Reynolds, Neil Sorrell, Will Sumits, Richard Widdess, Ameneh Youssefzadeh.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781843837268 20160619
Music Library
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xiv, 567 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Part one. The heritage of antiquity
  • Part two. The Middle Ages
  • Part three. The Renaissance
  • Part four. The Baroque
  • Part five. The pre-classical period
  • Part six. The classical period
  • Part seven. The later nineteenth century : romanticism and other preoccupations
  • Part eight. The twentieth century
  • Part nine. The recent past, and the present.
This classic anthology assembles over 200 source readings, bringing to life the history of music through letters, reviews, biographical sketches, memoirs, and other documents. Writings by composers, critics, and educators touch on virtually every aspect of Western music from ancient Greece to the present day.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780534585990 20160619
Music Library
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327 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction : The states of joy
  • The birth of modern political music. God save the King and the Handel cult ; La Marseillaise and the "Supreme Being" ; The Ode to joy and the Emperor's anthem ; Beethoven and the Concert of Europe ; The Ninth symphony
  • Political reception of the Ode to joy ; The romantic cult ; The 1845 ceremony at Bonn ; The Ninth in the era of nationalist movements ; The 1927 centenary ; Beethoven as Führer ; From year zero to the European anthem ; From apartheid's anthem to the dismantling of the Berlin Wall
  • Conclusion : Criticism and future of a dream.
In this remarkable history of one of the most popular symphonic works of the modern period, Esteban Buch traces the complex and contradictory uses - and abuses - of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony since its premiere in 1824. Sensitive and fascinating, this account of the tangled political existence of the symphony is a rare book that explores the life of an artwork through time, as it is shifted and realigned with the currents of history.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780226078120 20160528
Music Library
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5. Haydn [2002]

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xxi, 515 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
  • Preface-- Editors and contributors-- Thematic overview-- Map of mainland Europe-- Haydn family tree-- Esterhazy family tree-- Abbreviations-- Note to the reader-- Oxford Composer Companions: J. Haydn-- List of Haydn's works-- Text incipits.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780198662167 20160528
In his lifetime Joseph Haydn enjoyed huge popularity throughout Europe. As a composer of symphonies, quartets, masses, and oratorios he was readily acknowledged by Mozart, Beethoven, and others as a commanding figure. He is one of the founding fathers of classical music, yet only in the last 50 years have his works become available in reliable editions, and much biographical detail has come to light at the same time. Meanwhile, his music is more popular today than it has been at any time since his death. This detailed, scholarly, and lively "Companion" draws together a wealth of biographical detail and expert analysis for the first time in an accessible, engaging format. It covers Haydn's life and times, and his music, including its performance and reception. The "Companion" focuses on the period of Haydn's life (1732-1809), but extends forward to the end of the 20th century, to cover Haydn's reputation in the 19th century, attempts at complete editions, and modern scholarship. Selected feature entries cover such topics as Haydn's life and personality, major genres in which he worked, performance practice, dissemination, and the Enlightenment. The A-Z text is complemented by a full list of Haydn's works, family trees, and a list of first lines.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780198662167 20160528
Music Library
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xvii, 678 p. : music ; 24 cm.
From the agile beauty of Mozart's 'Jupiter' and the fierce power of Beethoven's Fifth to the celebration of heroism in Shostakovich's 'Leningrad, ' the symphony has long held a prime place in the Western musical pantheon. Now, in The Symphony, renowned teacher and critic Michael Steinberg offers music lovers a monumental guide to this most celebrated of musical forms, with perceptive commentaries on some 118 works by 36 major composers. Tracing the ways in which composers have dealt with the extraordinary musical challenges that have engaged them throughout the centuries, Steinberg takes us through the revolutions of expression, sound, and form that have shaped the symphony's remarkable history.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780195061772 20160528
This text offers a guide on symphonies, with perceptive commentaries on some 118 works by 36 major composers.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780195126655 20160528
Green Library, Music Library
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xviii, 201 p. ; 24 cm.
Music Library
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8. The Magic flute [1980]

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127 p. : ill., facsims., music, ports. ; 22 cm.
  • "Singspiel" and symbolism / Rodney Milnes
  • A vision of reconciliation / David Cairns
  • A public for Mozart's last opera / Nicholas John.
Music Library
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