Classical Music

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  1. Book ImageCharles Ives: A Life with Music

    Jan Swafford

    An illuminating portrait of a man whose innovative works profoundly influenced the course of twentieth-century American classical music.More

  2. Book ImageThe Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven

    Charles Rosen

    Expanded Edition

    A greatly expanded edition of the National Book Award-winning masterpiece by a world-class pianist and writer on music.More

  3. Book ImageThe New Grove Second Viennese School: Schoenberg, Webern, Berg

    Oliver Neighbour

    The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians is the most up-to-date body of musical knowledge ever gathered together. The New Grove composer biographies have been selected from the dictionary to bring the finest of the biographies to a wider audience.More

  4. Book ImageThe New Grove Modern Masters: Bartók, Stravinsky, Hindemith

    Vera Lampert

    The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians is the most comprehensive and up-to-date body of musical knowledge ever gathered together. The New Grove composer biographies have been selected from the dictionary to bring the finest of the biographies to a wider audience. Each has been expanded and updated for book publication and contains a comprehensive work-list, index, and fully revised bibliography, in addition to the definitive view of the subject's life and works.More

  5. Book ImageThe New Grove Russian Masters I: Glinka, Borodin, Balakirev, Musorgsky, Tchaikovsky

    David Brown

    The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians is the most up-to-date body of musical knowledge ever gathered together. The New Grove composer biographies have been selected from the dictionary to bring the finest of the biographies to a wider audience.More

  6. Book ImageThe World of the Bach Cantatas: Early Selected Cantatas

    Christoph Wolff, Ton Koopman

    The cantatas of J.S. Bach are among the best known and most frequently performed musical works of the baroque period. However, when they are played and heard today, questions arise that are difficult to answer because the works are being experienced outside their historical context.More

  7. Book ImageThe Metropolitan Opera: Stories of the Great Operas

    John W. Freeman, Beverly Sills

    Volume(s): 2

    “Explores a large area of repertory that lies beyond the basic, with considerable attention paid to American opera, but includes also the less familiar operas of Rossini, Verdi, Massenet, and Wagner. Freeman has organized his material in fastidious though not excessive detail and presents it in a down-to-earth, conversational manner. His highly informative essays on the composers are particularly valuable.” —George JellinekMore

  8. Book ImageMozart and the Enlightenment: Truth, Virtue, and Beauty in Mozart's Operas

    Nicholas Till

    “An erudite mix of music, history, philosophy, biography, sociology and even depth psychology—adding up to a triumphant study of Mozart’s supreme masterworks. . . . Few books provide such a satisfying exploration of the thoughts and feelings from which great art is born. . . . A feast for the intellectually adventurous.” —Kirkus ReviewsMore

  9. Book ImageThe Metropolitan Opera: Stories of the Great Operas

    John W. Freeman, James Levine, Peter Allen, Et Al.

    For anyone who has tried to unscramble the plot of Mozart’s The Magic Flute by skimming through an incomprehensible synopsis in a rapidly darkening hall, this compact, well-written, well-designed collection of stories of the great operas will be a boon.More

  10. Book ImageClassical Music: The Era of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven

    Philip G. Downs

    In this, the fourth volume in the Norton Introduction to Music History series, Philip Downs traces the rise and decline of the "Classical" style from the birth of Haydn (1732) to the death of Beethoven (1827).More

  11. Book ImageAnthology of Classical Music

    Philip G. Downs

    For this carefully selected anthology, the author of Classical Music has chosen representative works from the eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries. All seventy-six selections--complete pieces, movements, or integral sections--are discussed at length in the companion text.More

  12. Book ImageAnthology of Twentieth-Century Music

    Robert P. Morgan

    Designed to accompany and supplement the author's survey, Twentieth-Century Music: A History of Musical Style in Modern Europe and America, this selection of 29 works or groups of works by 24 composers covers a time span from 1903 to 1983.More

  13. Book ImageEvenings with the Orchestra: A Norton Companion for Concertgoers

    D Kern Holoman

    Going to concerts is becoming, for large numbers of Americans, an increasingly frequent pleasure. For those who encounter unfamiliar traditions and terms in the concert hall, here is information and advice which tells all listeners what they need to know to be comfortable at an orchestral concert.More

  14. Book ImageBartok Remembered

    Malcolm Gillies

    In Bartók Remembered, Malcolm Gillies has brought us closer to this man through a collection of memoirs written by those who knew him best. The volume contains nearly one hundred recollections of Bartók, from his mother’s memories of his early years in provincial Hungary, to assorted reminiscences of his last years in New York.More

  15. Book ImageBeethoven on Beethoven: Playing His Piano Music His Way

    William S. Newman

    “’Must’ reading for any pianist concerned with Beethoven’s music, which is to say almost every pianist alive.” —William Rothstein, Musical TimesMore

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