Carl Maria von Weber and the Search for a German Opera by Stephen C. Meyer

By Stephen C. Meyer

Stephen C. Meyer info the elaborate relationships among the operas Der Freischütz and Euryanthe, and modern discourse on either the "Germany of the mind's eye" and the hot country itself. In so doing, he offers excerpts from quite a lot of philosophical, political, and musical writings, a lot of that are little recognized and in a different way unavailable in English. person chapters hint the multidimensional notion of German and "foreign" opera in the course of the nineteenth century. Meyer’s research of Der Freischütz locations the paintings in the context of rising German nationalism, and a bankruptcy on Euryanthe addresses the opera’s stylistic and topical shifts in gentle of fixing cultural and aesthetic situations. for this reason, Meyer argues that the quest for a brand new German opera was once no longer in simple terms a classy stream, yet a political and social critique as well.

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Christmas Songs for Harmonica by Phil Duncan

By Phil Duncan

A set of Christmas and Hanukkah songs prepared for chromatic, diatonic, and pass harp. a distinct, should have e-book for the harmonica fanatic. the web audio is a stereo recording of Chromatic and diatonic harmonica solos that comes with over fifty three mins of tunes from the ebook prepared singly and in medleys. the web audio recording doesn't comprise each track within the e-book. an outstanding listening album. 37 songs are within the e-book. 24 songs are at the recording.

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Edmund Rubbra: Symphonist by Leo Black

By Leo Black

The track of Edmund Rubbra (1901-1986) has been unjustly missed - arguably simply because its wide-ranging nature makes it tricky to classify. he's probably top referred to as a symphonist; his 11 symphonies lined a interval of musical and political upheaval [1934 - 1980], the 1st 4 reflecting the uneasy later Thirties, with a moment international clash now not avoidable. The immediately-post-war ones rfile new emotional depths and his conversion, whilethe ultimate symphonies convey a guy nonetheless looking for peace and reconciliation, neglected by way of the area yet sure he used to be at the correct course. Leo Black, a scholar of Rubbra at Oxford within the Fifties, right here provides a sympatheticfull-scale research of those works (the first for a few twenty years). A succinct biographical caricature throws gentle on legends in regards to the BBC and Rubbra; there are complete programme notes on each one symphony, with shorter money owed of vital non-symphonic works, specifically a 'triptych' of concertos from the Fifties and significant liturgical items composed round the time of the second one Vatican Council, after Rubbra's conversion to Catholicism. He additionally bargains with the vexed query of Rubbra's mysticism.

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A History of the Oratorio: Vol. 2: the Oratorio in the by Howard E. Smither

By Howard E. Smither

Written by means of an eminent pupil in a method that represents American musicological writing at its communicative most sensible, A heritage of the Oratorio deals a synthesis and significant appraisal so exhaustive and trustworthy that the intense scholar of the oratorio can be pressured to appear to those volumes as an imperative resource. No paintings at the historical past of the oratorio has but seemed within the English language that's related in scope and remedy with Howard Smither's finished four-volume work.

The first a part of quantity 2 examines intensive the antecedents and origins of the oratorio in Protestant Germany within the 17th century. It comprises discussions of the Lutheran Historia, sacred dramatic dialogues, and the Lubeck Abendmusiken of Buxtehude. the second one half treats the oratorio in Protestant Germany within the early eighteenth century and examines Handel, Reinhard Keiser, and J.S. Bach. The 3rd half considers basically the English oratorios of Handel. In such a lot sections of A historical past of the Oratorio, the writer has chosen for particular cognizance a couple of oratorios which are consultant of every geographical quarter and interval. An exception to this approach is within the part on Handel during this quantity, the place all the composer's English oratorios are taken care of absolutely with specific connection with contemporary really expert Handel studies.

Volume 1, The Oratorio within the Baroque period: Italy, Vienna, Paris, and quantity three, The Oratorio within the classical Era, extend and proceed the learn of oratorio heritage. even supposing this sequence used to be initially introduced as a three-volume research, Smither will finish with a fourth volume.

Originally released in 1977.

A UNC Press Enduring variation -- UNC Press Enduring variations use the most recent in electronic expertise to make on hand back books from our unique backlist that have been formerly out of print. those variants are released unaltered from the unique, and are provided in cheap paperback codecs, bringing readers either old and cultural value.

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Musical Theater Synopses, Edition: An Index by Jeanette Marie Drone

By Jeanette Marie Drone

Musical Theater Synopses: An Index is a complement to Jeanette Marie Drone's winning prior publication, Index to Opera, Operetta and Musical Comedy Synopses in Collections and Periodicals (Scarecrow 1978). The complement identifies the site of synopses of over 11,000 titles through greater than 4,000 composers. The name swap displays the extended assurance either one of different types of resources listed and kinds of musical works integrated. as well as operas, operettas, and musical comedies, the complement indexes ballets, oratories, minstrel indicates, and a number of other non-Western varieties, together with Kabuki, Beijing opera, and chinese language performs. resources listed comprise collections of synopses, ratings, together with huge units, and net assets. The index is prepared in 3 sections: the 1st is a three-part coded record of 352 monographic assets, together with ratings and huge units, sixty two periodicals and journals, and 14 web assets; the second one is an index by means of identify of musical theater works and cross-references prepared alphabetically, through codes for destinations; and the 3rd is an index prepared by means of composer. All works indexed within the 1978 variation are incorporated within the complement and pointed out with a linking code to alert clients to refer to the unique variation for the few works now not present in assets listed for the complement or the place extra resources are wanted.

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Distant Cycles: Schubert and the Conceiving of Song by Richard Kramer

By Richard Kramer

Franz Schubert's track cycles Schone Mullerin and Winterreise are cornerstones of the style. yet as Richard Kramer argues during this publication, Schubert predicted many different songs as parts of cyclical preparations that have been by no means released as such. through rigorously learning Schubert's unique manuscripts, Kramer recovers a few of these "distant cycles" and money owed for idiosyncrasies within the songs which different analyses have did not explain.

Returning the songs to their unique keys, Kramer unearths linkages between songs that have been frequently obscured as Schubert readied his compositions for e-book. His research hence conveys even known songs in clean contexts that may impact functionality, interpretation, and feedback. After addressing difficulties of a number of settings and revisions, Kramer offers a chain of briefs for the reconfiguring of units of songs to poems by means of Goethe, Rellstab, and Heine. He deconstructs Winterreise, utilizing its convoluted origins to light up its textual contradictions. eventually, Kramer scrutinizes settings from the Abendrote cycle (on poems by means of Friedrich Schlegel) for symptoms of cyclic approach. Probing the farthest reaches of Schubert's engagement with the poetics of lieder, Distant Cycles exposes tensions among Schubert the composer and Schubert the merchant-entrepreneur.

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Breath in Action: The Art of Breath in Vocal and Holistic by Jane Boston, Jane Boston, Rena Cook

By Jane Boston, Jane Boston, Rena Cook

''Breath in Action'' confirms the significance of breath as principal to all vocal verbal exchange. Bringing jointly specialists on voice and breath from numerous backgrounds, the publication presents a wealth of knowledge at the artwork of breath and vocal verbal exchange. New innovations for instructing breath, new paths of integration from numerous different disciplines and the most recent in scientific details are all introduced jointly during this complete, easy quantity. Divided into 5 sections, the publication considers using breath in various contexts: Breath within the physique; Breath throughout Cultures; Breath in education; Breath in circulation; and Breath and the brain. It bargains an up- to- date standpoint on how breath is taught on the way to in attaining larger leads to a functionality context, and the way it's conceptualised as a way to upload larger that means and generate better knowing of all human conversation. Combining conception with perform, a number of the chapters include sincerely laid out sensible workouts on respiring ideas from a number of disciplines. Interdisciplinary in its concentration, ''Breath in Action'' provides to professional wisdom within the functionality box, while additionally supplying enlightening info for these attracted to healing and therapeutic strategies, move, and voice and speech sciences.

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A Conductor's Guide to Choral-Orchestral Works; Part I by Jonathan D. Green

By Jonathan D. Green

Now in paperback. This cutting edge survey of huge choral-orchestral works written among 1900 and 1972 and containing a few English textual content examines eighty-nine works, from Elgar's Dream of Gerontius to Bernstein's Mass. for every paintings, the writer offers a biography of the composer, entire instrumentation, textual content assets, variations, availability of appearing fabrics, functionality concerns, discography, and bibliographies of the composer and the paintings. established upon direct ranking examine, every one paintings has been evaluated when it comes to strength functionality difficulties, practice session concerns, and point of hassle for either choir and orchestra. whilst current, solo roles are described.

The forty-nine composers represented contain Samuel Barber, Arthur Bliss, Benjamin Britten, Henry Cowell, Frederick Delius, R. Nathaniel Dett, Gerald Finzi, Howard Hanson, Roy Harris, Paul Hindemith, Ulysses Kay, consistent Lambert, Peter Mennin, Gunther Schuller, William Schumann, Michael Tippett, Ralph Vaughan Williams, William Walton, and Healey Willan.

Written as a box advisor for conductors and a person else curious about programming concert events for choir and orchestra, this article may still end up an invaluable resource of recent repertoire rules and a useful relief to practice session instruction. fabric variation first released in 1994.

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Athena Sings: Wagner and the Greeks by M. Owen Lee

By M. Owen Lee

Richard Wagner's wisdom of and fervour for Greek drama was once so profound that for Friedrich Nietzsche, Wagner was once Aeschylus come alive back. strangely little has been written concerning the pervasive impact of classical Greece at the quintessentially German grasp. during this based and masterfully argued publication, well known opera critic Father Owen Lee describes for the modern reader what it may well were wish to witness a dramatic functionality of Aeschylus within the theatre of Dionysus in Athens within the 5th century B.C. - whatever that Wagner himself undertook to do on a number of events, imagining a functionality of The Oresteia in his brain, studying it aloud to his pals, offering his personal remark, and referring to the Greek vintage drama to his personal romantic view.

Father Lee additionally makes use of Wagner's writings on Greece and entries from his wife's diaries to forged new gentle on Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger, Parsifal, and particularly the effective Ring cycle, the place Wagner made wide use of Greek parts to offer structural harmony and dramatic credibility to his Nordic and Germanic myths. No opera fan, argues Father Lee, can relatively comprehend Wagner saving Brünhilde with no figuring out the Athena who, in Greek drama, first introduced justice to Athens.

Written with a readability and intensity of data that experience characterised all Father Lee's books at the classics of Greece and Rome and made his six different volumes of opera bestsellers, Athena Sings strains the profound effect - a power few tune fans are conscious of - that Greek theatre and tradition had at the so much German of composers and his progressive musical dramas.

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The Baroque Libretto: Italian Operas and Oratorios in the by Domenico Pietropaolo

By Domenico Pietropaolo

The Thomas Fisher Library on the college of Toronto homes an enormous selection of opera and oratorio librettos linked to performances throughout Europe. as well as containing the textual content of musical dramas, those books comprise points of historic element and literary background, in addition to biographical info of performers. The Baroque Libretto catalogues the Baroque Italian operas and oratorios within the Fisher Library and gives an research of the way the learn of libretto can tell the knowledge of opera. the amount additionally catalogues French and English goods from a similar interval in appendices.

This entire dialogue attracts at the literary, musical, dramatic, and theatrical features of every libretto whereas additionally contemplating its philosophical, old, social, and fiscal contexts. the result's a piece with attraction for these eager about the operatic style and modern ecu culture.

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