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Experiencing Leonard Bernstein

by Kenneth LaFave

In Experiencing Leonard Bernstein: A Listener’s Companion, Kenneth LaFave guides reader past Bernstein’s famously tortured personal problems and into the clarity and balance of his Serenade after Plato’s...

Bach's Testament

by Zoltán Göncz

Written late in his life, J. S. Bach’s The Art of Fugue has long been admired—in some quarters revered—as one of his masterworks. Its last movement, Contrapunctus 14, went unfinished, and the enigma of...

Franz Liszt, His Circle, and His Elusive Oratorio

by Xavier Jon Puslowski

Many scholars, concert pianists, and classical music fans deem Franz Liszt the preeminent pianist of the nineteenth century. In Franz Liszt, His Circle, and His Elusive Oratorio, Xavier Puslowski engages in...

Neoclassical Music in America

by R. James Tobin

From the 1920s to the 1950s, neoclassicism was one of the dominant movements in American music. Today this music is largely in eclipse, mostly absent in performance and even from accounts of music history, in...

Classical Music in a Changing Culture

by Donald Vroon

Founded in 1935, The American Record Guide is America's oldest classical music review magazine. In 1987, when Donald Vroon assumed its editorship, he took on the Herculean task of writing editorials on a vast...

The Secular Commedia

by Wye Jamison Allanbrook, Mary Ann Smart & Richard Taruskin

Wye Jamison Allanbrook’s The Secular Commedia is a stimulating and original rethinking of the music of the late eighteenth century. Hearing the symphonies and concertos of Haydn and Mozart with an ear tuned...

Romantic Anatomies of Performance

by James Q. Davies

Romantic Anatomies of Performance is concerned with the very matter of musical expression: the hands and voices of virtuosic musicians. Rubini, Chopin, Nourrit, Liszt, Donzelli, Thalberg, Velluti, Sontag, and...

All Things Strings

by Jo Nardolillo & T.M. Larsen

String players face a bewildering array of terms related to their instruments. Because string playing is a living art form, passed directly from master to student, the words used to convey complex concepts such...

Arnold Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw in Postwar Europe

by Joy H. Calico

Joy H. Calico examines the cultural history of postwar Europe through the lens of the performance and reception of Arnold Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw—a short but powerful work, she argues, capable...

Mourning de Pachmann

by Carl Abbott

In January 1933, widowed Canadian psychiatrist Charles Flemming traveled to Rome to deliver a paper at an international psychiatric meeting and to further research the career of the eccentric Ukranian pianist,...

The Art of the Fugue and A Musical Offering

by Johann Sebastian Bach

Among Bach's last instrumental compositions are two splendid works that reflect his genius for working complex contrapuntal figures into an expressive, apparently seamless musical texture. The Art of the Fugue...

Symphony No. 7 In Full Score

by Gustav Mahler

Among the most popular of Mahler's symphonic works, the 7th Symphony has neither a "program" nor a folk-song theme. It is a purely instrumental composition, both hopeful and romantic in feeling. The restrained...

La Traviata in Full Score

by Giuseppe Verdi

One of Verdi's most popular opera, La Traviata is based on La Dame aux Camélias ("Camille"), the novel and play by Alexandre Dumas, fils that enthralled Parisian audiences of the 1850s with a stirring portrayal...

Danse Macabre and Other Works for Solo Piano

by Camille Saint-Saëns

Splendid compilation features a variety of the composer's best piano works, all reproduced from authoritative sources. Taking its title from the popular orchestral work "Danse Macabre" (presented here in the...

Complete Sonatas, Invitation to the Dance and Other Piano Works

by Carl Maria von Weber

A virtuoso of the piano and a pioneer of musical Romanticism, Carl Maria von Wolfe (1786?1926) wrote piano music of elegance and grandeur enhanced with bravura technical effects that profoundly influenced later...

Don Giovanni Vocal Score

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Romance, murder, and revenge ? Don Giovanni offers an ingenious blend of comic and tragic elements in recounting the adventures of a dashing libertine whose trail of seductions and abandonments leads (literally!)...

A First Book of Great Composers

by Bergerac

This new gathering of the world's greatest classical themes follows Bergerac's highly successful My First Book of Classical Music. Here are ever-popular themes from the symphonies, concertos, and operas of such...

Complete Keyboard Works, Series Two

by Francois Couperin

"His melodic imagination displays admirable freshness. He possesses a delicate harmonic sense. His themes show the inspirations of an impassioned musician: perfectly created, firm in line, vivid, and enduring...

To Boulez and Beyond

by Joan Peyser & Charles Wuorinen

Joan Peyser offers a history of twentieth century music through the lives and works of its greatest composers in To Boulez and Beyond. Peyser provides historical context and suggests psychological insight for...

Death in Winterreise

by Lauri Suurpää

Lauri Suurpää brings together two rigorous methodologies, Greimassian semiotics and Schenkerian analysis, to provide a unique perspective on the expressive power of Franz Schubert's song cycle. Focusing on...