The Vintage Guide to Classical Music

The Vintage Guide to Classical Music Author Jan Swafford
ISBN-10 9780679728054
Release 1992
Pages 597
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Surveys the history of Western classical music, offers brief profiles of influential composers from Vivaldi to John Cage, and discusses important compositions and periods



Language of the Spirit

Language of the Spirit Author Jan Swafford
ISBN-10 9780465097555
Release 2017-04-11
Pages 336
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For many of us, classical music is something serious-something we study in school, something played by cultivated musicians at fancy gatherings. In Language of the Spirit, renowned music scholar Jan Swafford argues that we have it all wrong: classical music has something for everyone and is accessible to all. Ranging from Gregorian chant to Handel's Messiah, from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons to the postmodern work of Philip Glass, Swafford is an affable and expert guide to the genre. He traces the history of Western music, introduces readers to the most important composers and compositions, and explains the underlying structure and logic of their music. Language of the Spirit is essential reading for anyone who has ever wished to know more about this sublime art.



Beethoven

Beethoven Author Jan Swafford
ISBN-10 9780571312573
Release 2014-09-02
Pages 720
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Sunday Times Classical Music Book of the Year 'Magisterial, warm, and engaging . . . A triumph of scholarship and musical affinity . . . Jan Swafford is to be saluted.' Independent Jan Swafford's biographies of composers Charles Ives and Johannes Brahms have established him as a revered music historian, capable of bringing his subjects vibrantly to life. His magnificent new biography of Ludwig van Beethoven peels away layers of legend to get to the living, breathing human being who composed some of the world's most iconic music. Swafford mines sources never before used in English-language biographies to reanimate the revolutionary ferment of Enlightenment-era Bonn, where Beethoven grew up and imbibed the ideas that would shape all of his future work. Swafford then tracks his subject to Vienna, capital of European music, where Beethoven built his career in the face of critical incomprehension, crippling ill health, romantic rejection, and 'fate's hammer', his ever-encroaching deafness. At the time of his death he was so widely celebrated that over ten thousand people attended his funeral. This book is a biography of Beethoven the man and musician, not the myth, and throughout, Swafford - himself a composer - offers insightful readings of Beethoven's key works. More than a decade in the making, this will be the standard Beethoven biography for years to come.



Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms Author Jan Swafford
ISBN-10 9780307809896
Release 2012-01-11
Pages 752
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An illuminating new biography of one of the most beloved of all composers, published on the hundredth anniversary of his death, brilliantly written by a finalist for the 1996 National Book Critics Circle Award. Johannes Brahms has consistently eluded his biographers. Throughout his life, he attempted to erase traces of himself, wanting his music to be his sole legacy. Now, in this masterful book, Jan Swafford, critically acclaimed as both biographer and composer, takes a fresh look at Brahms, giving us for the first time a fully realized portrait of the man who created the magnificent music. Brahms was a man with many friends and no intimates, who experienced triumphs few artists achieve in their lifetime. Yet he lived with a relentless loneliness and a growing fatalism about the future of music and the world. The Brahms that emerges from these pages is not the bearded eminence of previous biographies but rather a fascinating assemblage of contradictions. Brought up in poverty, he was forced to play the piano in the brothels of Hamburg, where he met with both mental and physical abuse. At the same time, he was the golden boy of his teachers, who found themselves in awe of a stupendous talent: a miraculous young composer and pianist, poised between the emotionalism of the Romantics and the rigors of the composers he worshipped--Bach, Mozart, Beethoven. In 1853, Robert Schumann proclaimed the twenty-year-old Brahms the savior of German music. Brahms spent the rest of his days trying to live up to that prophecy, ever fearful of proving unworthy of his musical inheritance. We find here more of Brahms's words, his daily life and joys and sorrows, than in any other biography. With novelistic grace, Swafford shows us a warm-blooded but guarded genius who hid behind jokes and prickliness, rudeness and intractability with his friends as well as his enemies, but who was also a witty drinking companion and a consummate careerist skillfully courting the powerful. This is a book rich in secondary characters as well, including Robert Schumann, declining into madness as he hailed the advent of a new genius; Clara Schumann, the towering pianist, tormented personality, and great love of Brahms's life; Josef Joachim, the brilliant, self-lacerating violinist; the extraordinary musical amateur Elisabet von Herzogenberg, on whose exacting criticism Brahms relied; Brahms's rival and shadow, the malevolent genius Richard Wagner; and Eduard Hanslick, enemy of Wagner and apostle of Brahms, at once the most powerful and most wrongheaded music critic of his time. Among the characters in the book are two great cities: the stolid North German harbor town of Hamburg where Johannes grew up, which later spurned him; and glittering, fickle, music-mad Vienna, where Brahms the self-proclaimed vagabond finally settled, to find his sweetest triumphs and his most bitter failures. Unique to this book is the way in which musical scholarship and biography are combined: in a style refreshingly free of pretentiousness, Jan Swafford takes us deep into the music--from the grandeur of the First Symphony and the intricacies of the chamber work to the sorrow of the German Requiem--allowing us to hear these familiar works in new and often surprising ways. This is a clear-eyed study of a remarkable man and a vivid portrait of an era in transition. Ultimately, Johannes Brahms is the story of a great, backward-looking artist who inspired musical revolutionaries of the following generations, yet who was no less a prophet of the darkness and violence of our century. A biographical masterpiece at once wholly original and definitive. From the Hardcover edition.



M zikofili

M  zikofili Author Oliver Sacks
ISBN-10 9750829409
Release 2014-07-01
Pages 384
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Guide to Great Dates

Guide to Great Dates Author Paul Joannides
ISBN-10 1885535872
Release 2002-01-01
Pages 288
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Whether it's a tasting at the local microbrewery or a fragrant predawn visit to the wholesale flower mart, "Guide to Great Dates" provides a comprehensive list of memorable get-togethers that includes information about what it will cost, what to bring, and what to do ahead of time for worry-free fun.



Classical Music Magazine

Classical Music Magazine Author
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105017290797
Release 1995
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Renksiz Tsukuru Tazakinin Hac Yillari

Renksiz Tsukuru Tazakinin Hac Yillari Author Haruki Murakami
ISBN-10 605092290X
Release 2014-10-01
Pages 320
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Senior High Core Collection

Senior High Core Collection Author Raymond W. Barber
ISBN-10 0824210867
Release 2007-10-31
Pages 1456
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- More than 6,500 books in the initial clothbound volume, plus more than 2,400 new titles in four annual supplements. - New coverage of biographies, art, sports, Islam and the Middle East, and cultural diversity. - Special focus on graphic novels, primary source materials, nonbook materials, and periodicals. - Analytic entries for items in collections and anthologies.



Senior High School Library Catalog

Senior High School Library Catalog Author H.W. Wilson Company
ISBN-10 UOM:39015054026037
Release 2002
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Each vol. is divided into 2 parts 1st-7th ed.: Dictionary catalog and Classified catalog; 8th-9th ed. have 3rd. part: Directory of publishers.



The NPR Curious Listener s Guide to Classical Music

The NPR Curious Listener s Guide to Classical Music Author Tim Smith
ISBN-10 0399527958
Release 2002
Pages 249
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Provides a concise history of classical music, along with entries on the major composers, influential performers, landmark works, and a listing of the fifty-five essential classical CDs.



Musicians and Composers of the 20th Century

Musicians and Composers of the 20th Century Author Alfred William Cramer
ISBN-10 1587655179
Release 2009
Pages 360
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Examines individuals from all over the world who gained significance as composers, performers, instrumentalists, vocalists, and teachers. Covers the history of musical genres, including blues, classical, country, gospel, jazz, Latin, musical theater, opera, punk, rap, reggae, rock, and more.



Bibliographic Guide to Music

Bibliographic Guide to Music Author
ISBN-10 UOM:39015023342747
Release 1992
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International Who s who in Classical Music

International Who s who in Classical Music Author
ISBN-10 UOM:39015064200309
Release 2007
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New York Public Library Desk Reference to the Performing Arts

New York Public Library Desk Reference to the Performing Arts Author New York Public Library Staff
ISBN-10 002861447X
Release 1996-10-01
Pages 432
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Strategies for teaching high school chorus

Strategies for teaching high school chorus Author Randal Swiggum
ISBN-10 1565450876
Release 1998-01-01
Pages 108
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The American Organist

The American Organist Author
ISBN-10 UOM:39015027687279
Release 1994
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