Classical Music

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  1. Book ImageThe Ring of the Nibelung

    Richard Wagner, Andrew Porter

    "Andrew Porter's utterly natural, often poetic, faithfully rendered English text should be a revelation...The immediacy of instant comprehension gives the entire drama an added dimension."—The New York TimesMore

  2. Book ImageThe Chopin Companion: Profiles of the Man and the Musician

    Alan Walker

    The Chopin Companion is illustrated with a photograph of the composer, fourteen manuscript facsimiles, and 350 music examples. It also contains a biographical summary chart and a chronological table of the compositions.More

  3. Book ImageThe Puccini Companion

    William Weaver, Simonetta Puccini

    This informative volume offers 27 photographs and drawings, select bibliographies, a chronology of Puccini’s life and works, a dramatis personae of the countless individuals who played a role in Puccini’s career, a list of first performances, and plot summaries of all the operas.More

  4. Book ImageThe Essence of Opera

    Ulrich Weisstein

    The process of operatic creation revealed in original writings by librettists and composers from 1600 to the present.More

  5. Book ImageThe New College Encyclopedia of Music

    J. A. Westrup

    Second Edition

    Thousands of entries and hundreds of illustrations cover musical works, instruments, composers, performers, technical terms, critics, scholars, and other subjects.More

  6. Book ImageMozart at the Gateway to His Fortune: Serving the Emperor, 1788–1791

    Christoph Wolff

    ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award winner

    A fresh look at the life of Mozart during his imperial years by one of the world's leading Mozart scholars.More

  7. Book ImageJohann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician

    Christoph Wolff

    Finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Biography, this landmark book was revised in 2013 to include new knowledge discovered after its initial publication.More

  8. 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

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