The Art of Fugue: Bach Fugues for Keyboard: 1715-1750 by Joseph Kerman

By Joseph Kerman

Fugue for J. S. Bach was once a average language; he wrote fugues in organ toccatas and voluntaries, in plenty and motets, in orchestral and chamber tune, or even in his sonatas for violin solo. The extra intimate fugues he wrote for keyboard are one of the maximum, so much influential, and best-loved works in all of Western track. they've got lengthy been the root of the keyboard repertory, performed by way of starting scholars and world-famous virtuosi alike. In a chain of elegantly written essays, eminent musicologist Joseph Kerman discusses his favourite Bach keyboard fugues—some of them one of the best-known fugues and others less customary. Kerman skillfully, from time to time playfully, unearths the internal workings of those items, linking the shape of the fugues with their many alternative characters and expressive traits, and illuminating what makes them really attractive, strong, and moving.

These witty, insightful items, addressed to musical amateurs in addition to to experts and scholars, are superbly augmented by means of a CD with new performances made specifically for this quantity. as well as the entire rankings for the entire track mentioned within the booklet, the CD positive aspects Karen Rosenak, piano, taking part in preludes and fugues from TheWell-Tempered Clavier—C significant, e-book 1; and B significant, booklet 2—and recordings via Davitt Moroney of the Fughetta in C significant, BWV 952, on clavichord; the Fugue on "Jesus Christus unser Heiland," BWV 689, on organ; and the delusion and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 904, on harpsichord.

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A Short Historical Account of the Degrees in Music at Oxford by C. F. Abdy Williams

By C. F. Abdy Williams

C. F. Abdy Williams (1855-1923), a famous track student, traced the historical past of the self-discipline at Oxford and Cambridge from the 15th century to the overdue Victorian interval during this 1894 booklet. He discusses the earliest documents of levels within the topic, the institution of professorships, the necessities for levels and the ceremonies linked to their conferral. He offers biographical info for graduates from as early as 1463, noting that English song of this early interval was once in a truly complex level in comparison to that of the remainder of Europe. He additionally comprises, in an appendix, the names of these individuals who're pointed out as graduates yet whose names don't look within the college documents. His booklet unearths the significance connected to the cultivation of track on the historical British universities and the status hooked up to their students over numerous centuries.

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The Jazz Theory Book by Mark Levine

By Mark Levine

The main highly-acclaimed jazz concept booklet ever released! Over 500 pages of complete, yet effortless to appreciate textual content protecting each element of the way jazz is constructed---chord development, II-V-I progressions, scale thought, chord/scale relationships, the blues, reharmonization, and masses extra. A required textual content in universities world-wide, translated into 5 languages, counseled through Jamey Aebersold, James Moody, Dave Liebman, and so on.

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Recognizing Music as an Art Form: Friedrich Th. Vischer and by Barbara Titus

By Barbara Titus

The influence of Hegelian philosophy on 19th-century tune criticism
Music’s prestige as an paintings shape was once distrusted within the context of German idealist philosophy which exerted an exceptional impression at the whole 19th century. Hegel insisted that the content material of a piece of paintings might be grasped in techniques to be able to identify its non secular substantiality (Geistigkeit), and that no item, notice or photo might correctly symbolize the content material and which means of a musical paintings. within the mid-nineteenth century, Friedrich Theodor Vischer and different Hegelian aestheticians stored insisting on art's conceptual readability, yet they tailored the classy approach on which this requirement have been dependent. Their variations grew to become out to be decisive for the improvement of song feedback, to such an volume that track critics used them to show musical content material and to substantiate music’s autonomy as an artwork shape. This e-book unravels the community of tune critics and philosophers, together with not just Hegel but in addition Franz Liszt, Franz Brendel, and Eduard Hanslick, whose works formed public evaluations of song

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How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin: The Untold Story of a by Leslie Woodhead

By Leslie Woodhead

Think an international the place Beatlemania used to be opposed to the law-recordings scratched onto scientific X-rays, service provider sailors bringing domestic contraband LPs, spotty announces taped from western AM radio overdue within the evening. This was once no fable international populated by way of Blue Meanies however the USSR, the place an enormous kingdom of song lovers risked repression to listen to the defining band of the British Invasion.

The tune of John, Paul, George, and Ringo performed an element in waking up a whole new release of Soviet early life, starting their eyes to seventy years of bland reputable tradition and inflexible authoritarianism. Soviet leaders had suppressed so much Western well known tune because the days of jazz, however the Beatles and the bands they inspired-both within the West and in Russia-battered down the partitions of kingdom tradition. Leslie Woodhead's How The Beatles Rocked the Kremlin tells the unforgettable-and endearingly odd-story of Russians who stumbled on that each one you would like is Beatles. through stealth, when it comes to whispers, throughout the illicit past due evening publicizes on Radio Luxembourg, the Soviet Beatles childrens tuned in. "Bitles," they whispered, "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah."

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Australian Piano Music of the Twentieth Century by Larry Sitsky

By Larry Sitsky

This is often the 1st e-book to comprehensively hide all the Australian piano track of the twentieth century. it truly is lavishly illustrated with over three hundred song examples, giving a really transparent photo of a number of the composers and types. The composers are indexed inside of numerous ancient and stylistic blocks in addition to inside attention in their personal pianistic prowess. the massive variety of rankings might help destiny researchers in addition to recording and live performance pianists who're looking for new and intriguing repertoire.

This is a useful booklet guaranteed to attract song fanatics, the pro musician and beginner, and scholars. in reality, an individual drawn to the piano and its historic evolution will relish this quantity.

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Seeing Mahler: Music and the Language of Antisemitism in by K. M. Knittel

By K. M. Knittel

Not anyone, in fact, doubts that Gustav Mahler's tenure on the Vienna courtroom Opera from 1897-1907 used to be made tremendous disagreeable by means of the anti-semitic press. the good biographer, Henry-Louis de los angeles Grange, recognizes that 'it needs to be stated that anti-Semitism was once an enduring characteristic of Viennese life'. regrettably, the point of interest on blatant references to Jewishness has obscured the level to which 'ordinary' attitudes approximately Jewish distinction have been widespread and pervasive, but sophisticated and covert. The context has been misplaced in which such coded references to Jewishness might were instantly well-known and understood. through painstakingly reconstructing 'the language of anti-semitism', Knittel recreates what Mahler's audiences anticipated, observed, and heard, given the biases and ideology of turn-of-the-century Vienna. utilizing newspaper experiences, cartoons and memoirs, Knittel eschews focussing on adverse discussions and overt assaults in themselves, quite revealing how and to what volume authors name awareness to Mahler's Jewishness with extra sophisticated language. She in particular examines the stories of Mahler's Viennese symphonic premieres for his or her resonance with that language as codified by way of Richard Wagner, even though now not invented via him. a complete bankruptcy is additionally dedicated to the Viennese premieres of Richard Strauss' "Tone Poems", as an explanation textual content opposed to which the experiences of Mahler is usually learn and understood. Accepting how deeply embedded this manner of considering used to be, not only for critics yet for the final inhabitants, definitely doesn't suggest that you'll discover anti-semitism lower than each stone. What Knittel indicates, eventually, is that a lot of early feedback was once unease instead of 'objective' reactions to Mahler's tune - a brand new viewpoint that enables for a second look of what makes his song particular, thought-provoking and important.

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The Oxford Dictionary of Music by Michael Kennedy

By Michael Kennedy

While The Oxford Dictionary of song first seemed, it was once hailed as "without query the main accomplished, targeted, trustworthy one-volume reference paintings on tune now to be had within the English language" (Music and Musicians). greatly revised and improved, the second one variation good points over 900 totally new entries, and plenty of extra descriptions of U.S. composers and performers than within the unique paintings. Now with over 12,000 overall entries, the dictionary continues to be the main complete one-volume reference paintings on hand, providing a wealth of knowledge on song and musicians from the center a long time to the current.
As some time past, the dictionary's insurance is outstanding, spanning musical subject matters of all types. prepared alphabetically and specified by an enticing two-column structure, the entries conceal over 2,000 composers of all nationalities, from Ludwig van Beethoven to Stravinsky and Strauss (including vast, up to date lists in their valuable works); nearly 1,800 entries on performers in all fields, from Beverly Sills, to Paul McCartney, to Vaclav Nijinsky; over 450 entries on conductors; over 2,200 definitions of musical phrases and types, reminiscent of "intonation," "reggae," and "partimento"; over 550 descriptions of musical tools; entries on top orchestras and track academies around the globe; and knowledge on critics, reporters, and different writers on track.
Written to attract normal readers in addition to musicians and musicologists, The Oxford Dictionary of song is an imperative addition to the reference shelf of the live performance goer, the opera buff, the list consumer, or somebody concerned with song, even if novice or expert.

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Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (Cambridge Music Handbooks) by David Schiff

By David Schiff

The Rhapsody in Blue (1924) demonstrated Gershwin's popularity as a significant composer and has for the reason that develop into the most well known of all American live performance works. during this richly informative consultant David Schiff considers the piece as musical paintings, ancient occasion and cultural record. He strains the heritage of the Rhapsody's composition, functionality and reception, putting it in the context of yankee well known tune and jazz and the advance of modernism. He additionally offers an entire account of the several released and recorded types of the paintings and explores the numerous stylistic assets of Gershwin's song.

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