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Experiencing Leonard Bernstein: A Listener's Companion

by Kenneth LaFave

In this book, Kenneth LaFave guides readers past Bernstein’s famously tortured personal problems and into the clarity and balance of his Serenade after Plato’s Symposium for Violin and Orchestra, the intense...


Guide to Chamber Music

by Melvin Berger

Authoritative guide presents 231 of the most frequently performed pieces by 55 composers. A must for music lovers and musicians alike. "No lover of chamber music should be without this Guide." — John Barkham...


The Collected Writings of Franz Liszt: Dramaturgical Leaves: Essays about Musical Works for the Stage and Queries about the Stage, Its Composers, and

by Janita R. Hall-Swadley

In Dramaturgical Leaves: Essays about Musical Works for the Stage and Queries about the Stage, Its Composers and Performers, the third volume in Janita R. Hall-Swadley’s The Collected Writings of Franz Liszt,...


The Italian Cantata in Vienna: Entertainment in the Age of Absolutism

by Lawrence Bennett

Lawrence Bennett provides a comprehensive study of the rich repertoire of accompanied vocal chamber music that entertained the imperial family in Vienna and their guests throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries....


Con Brio

by Nat Brandt

A 1959 New Yorker profile captured the inspired risk-taking and raw creative spark of a Budapest String Quartet rehearsal: "Sasha leaped from his chair and with violin held aloft, played the passage with exaggerated...


A Player's Guide to Chamber Music

by Paul Jeffery

Chamber music includes some of the world's greatest music. It is widely played in homes, without an audience, by players who are mostly amateurs, and much of the repertoire is playable even by those of quite...


Tim Lihoreau's Musical Treasury

Chamber Music: An Extensive Guide for Listeners

by Lucy Miller Murray

In Chamber Music: An Extensive Guide for Listeners, Lucy Miller Murray transforms her decades of program notes for some of the world’s most distinguished artists and presenters into the go-to guide for the...


Music, Sense and Nonsense

by Alfred Brendel

Alfred Brendel, one of the greatest pianists of our time, is renowned for his masterly interpretations of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Liszt, and has been credited with rescuing from oblivion the piano...


Vivaldi Compendium

by Michael Talbot

The Vivaldi Compendium will serve as the most reliable and up-to-date source of quick reference on the composer Antonio Vivaldi and his music. This takes the form of a dictionary listing persons, places, musical...


Inherit the Truth 1939-1945

by Anita Lasker-Wallfisch

This is the story of the destruction of a talented Jewish family, and of the survival against all the odds of two young sisters. It is one of the most moving stories to emerge from the Second World War. Anita...


Becoming an Orchestral Musician

by Richard Davis

Becoming an Orchestral Musician takes you on a journey into the musical profession. It is the first comprehensive guide for professional musicians on how to succeed in joining an orchestra or ensemble, and how...


Beyond the Notes

by Susan Tomes

Describes the life of the dedicated professional musician more vividly and honestly than any other work I've read. ALAN RUSBRIDGERSusan Tomes, a rare example of a leading musician who writes about the craft...


Before the Singing: Structuring Childrens Choirs for Success

by Dr. Barbara Tagg

All children must have an opportunity to share the joy of choral music participation - whether in school, church, or community choirs. What happens before the singing begins, is critical to supporting, sustaining,...


Baton Basics: Communicating Music through Gestures

by Diane Wittry

Baton Basics offers a unique approach to teaching conducting based upon the concept of conveying weight, resistance, and energy in order to communicate a better concept of musical sound to the musicians. Featuring...


The Birth of the Orchestra: History of an Institution, 1650-1815

by John Spitzer & Neal Zaslaw

This is the story of the orchestra, from 16th-century string bands to the classical orchestra of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Spitzer and Zaslaw document orchestral organization, instrumentation, social roles,...


The Score, the Orchestra, and the Conductor

by Gustav Meier

Known internationally for his work as a teacher of conducting, Gustav Meiers influence in the field cannot be overstated. In The Score, the Orchestra and the Conductor, Meier demystifies the conductors craft...