Download Duke Ellington's America by Harvey G. Cohen PDF

By Harvey G. Cohen

Few American artists in any medium have loved the overseas and lasting cultural influence of Duke Ellington. From jazz criteria equivalent to “Mood Indigo” and “Don’t Get round a lot Anymore,” to his longer, extra orchestral suites, to his management of the stellar sizeable band he toured and played with for many years after such a lot large bands folded, Ellington represented a unique, pathbreaking strength in tune over the process a half-century. while, as essentially the most popular black public figures in heritage, Ellington tested management on questions of civil rights, equality, and America’s position within the world.

With Duke Ellington’s the USA, Harvey G. Cohen paints a vibrant photograph of Ellington’s lifestyles and instances, taking him from his early life within the black center category enclave of Washington, D.C., to the heights of globally acclaim. Mining large data, many by no means prior to to be had, plus new interviews with Ellington’s pals, kinfolk, band individuals, and company affiliates, Cohen illuminates his continuously evolving method of composition, functionality, and the track business—as good as problems with race, equality and faith. Ellington’s personal voice, in the meantime, animates the ebook all through, giving Duke Ellington’s the US an intimacy and immediacy unequalled by means of any prior account.

By some distance the main thorough and nuanced portrait but of this towering determine, Duke Ellington’s the US highlights Ellington’s significance as a determine in American historical past in addition to in American track.

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Download The Essence of Bruckner: An essay towards the understanding by Robert Wilfred Levick Simpson PDF

By Robert Wilfred Levick Simpson

It is a revised and extended variation of Robert Simpson's learn, first released in 1967, of Bruckner's tune. It comprises extra fabric at the third, 4th and eighth symphonies, whose unique types have just recently turn into on hand, and a brand new bankruptcy at the String Quintet. Dr Simpson, himself a composer, can be the writer of "Carl Nielsen, Symphonist" and the BBC song consultant, "Beethoven Symphonies".

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Download Symbolic Scores: Studies in the Music of the Renaissance by Willem Elders PDF

By Willem Elders

This monograph on Renaissance tune is dedicated to discussing greater than one hundred fifty compositions which contain symbolism encouraged by way of rules and subject matters inherent within the musical tradition of the time. The advent describes the old and theoretical premises of using the phrases "allegory", "sign" and "symbol", and is going into the point of quantity symbolism in addition to the goals, limits and rules of musico-symbolical research. different reports which be aware of Dufay and Josquin, care for the symbolical software of "soggetto ostinato" and canon process, or deal with such topics as tune for the useless and the Holy Virgin. the ultimate research is ready the belief of heavenly track and musical composition. The textual content comprises musical examples, and indexes of compositions and names.

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Download The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven by Charles Rosen PDF

By Charles Rosen

Charles Rosen's magisterial survey of the classical interval in track, focusing on the 3 composers named within the name. First written in 1971 (date given is of the paperback in Norton's version, considering the fact that Rosen did amend later editions).

Never outdated, lots of research, yet an excellent learn in addition. The paintings that outlined Rosen's occupation.

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Download 31 Songs by Nick Hornby PDF

By Nick Hornby

Published within the US as Songbook

31 Songs is best-selling writer Nick Hornby's final wasteland island disks

Through thirty-one songs that he both loves or has enjoyed, Nick Hornby tells us what song skill to his existence. those own and passionate items - refreshingly freed from pretension - are a party of the enjoyment that definite songs have given him. including extra writings on tune from his column within the new Yorker - visible within the united kingdom for the 1st time - 31 Songs is for Hornby what many folks have continuously sought after: a soundtrack to accompany life.

Winner of The nationwide e-book Critics Circle award, this humorous and touchingly own booklet, from the writer of the million-copy number 1 bestseller a few Boy, is a needs to for song enthusiasts everywhere.

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Download The Devil's Music Master: The Controversial Life and Career by Sam H. Shirakawa PDF

By Sam H. Shirakawa

From 1922 till his demise in 1954, Wilhelm Furtwängler used to be the key cultural track determine of the German-speaking global, conductor of either the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras. yet a cloud nonetheless hangs over his popularity, regardless of his indisputable brilliance as a musician, as a result of a deadly and tragic determination. Wilhelm Furtwängler remained in Germany whilst millions of intellectuals and artists fled after the Nazis seized energy in 1933. His determination to stick at the back of earned him lasting condemnation as a Nazi collaborator--"The Devil's track Master." many years after his demise, Furtwängler continues to be for plenty of not just the best but in addition the main arguable musical character of our time.
In The Devil's track grasp, Sam H. Shirakawa forges the 1st full-length and accomplished biography of Furtwängler. He surveys Furtwängler's youth as a tough yet excellent prodigy, his upward push to pre-eminence as Germany's prime conductor, and his improvement as a musician, composer, and philosopher. Shirakawa additionally studies the wealthy recorded legacy Furtwängler documented all through his forty-year career--such because the mythical Tristan with Kirsten Flagstad and the well-known performances of Beethoven's 9th Symphony in 1942 and 1951.
Equally vital, Shirakawa is going behind the curtain and in the back of the traces to discover how the Nazis seized keep an eye on of the humanities and the way Furtwängler single-handedly attempted to avoid evil characters as Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels and Luftwaffe leader Hermann Göring from annihilating Germany's musical lifestyles. He exhibits how Furtwängler, faraway from being a toady to the Nazis, stood up brazenly opposed to Hitler and Himmler--at huge, immense own risk--to salvage the musical traditions of Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven. Shirakawa additionally offers relocating and overwhelming proof of Furtwängler's fabulous efforts to avoid wasting the lives of Jews and different persecuted contributors trapped in Nazi Germany--only to be proscribed on the finish of the struggle and approximately framed as a conflict criminal.
But there has been extra to Furtwängler than his politics, or maybe his track, and we come to grasp this remarkable guy as a reluctant composer, a prolific essayist and diary keeper, a faithful buddy, an impressive enemy while crossed, and an incorrigible philanderer. a variety of musical luminaries percentage their stories of Furtwängler to around out this shiny portrait.
Based on dozens of interviews and study in several files, letters, and diaries, a lot of them formerly unpublished, The Devil's tune grasp is an in-depth examine the existence and occasions of a distinct character whose deadly flaw lay in his uncompromising trust that tune and paintings needs to be stored except politics, a conviction that reworked him right into a tragic determine.

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Download At the Piano: Interviews with 21st-Century Pianists by Caroline Benser PDF

By Caroline Benser

In At the Piano: Interviews with 21st-Century Pianists, Caroline Benser explores the kaleidoscopic global of 21st-century pianism via a chain of prolonged interviews with 8 significant pianists: Leif Ove Andsnes, Jonathan Biss, Simone Dinnerstein, Marc-André Hamelin, Stephen Hough, Steven Osborne, Yevgeny Sudbin, and Yuja Wang.

The pianists represented listed below are not just a virtuosos on their tool, popular for his or her renditions of vintage works by means of Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, Debussy, and Bartók, also they are devoted to advancing pianism, commissioning and acting works through dwelling composers in addition to revisiting and re-exploring musical probabilities missed by means of their predecessors. Interviewees speak with Benser approximately such issues as their first reports on the piano, the serious position performed through their earliest academics, the literature they play, the tools they like, the which means of musicianship to them, and the thrill and problems of a pro occupation doing what they love.

Teachers, scholars, and beginner pianists alike will know about new and lesser-known piano literature; newly built tools that experience prolonged the variety of the keyboard; the outstanding upward thrust of pianists in such international locations as China; and new examine on pianists' accidents and fit enjoying. At the Piano is written not just for the expert and non-specialist pianist but additionally for all musicians and common tune fans.

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Download 50 Licks: Myths and Stories from Half a Century of the by Peter Fornatale PDF

By Peter Fornatale

On July 12, 1962, London's Marquee membership debuted a brand new act, a blues-inflected rock band named after a Muddy Waters track - The Rolling Stones. They have been a hard-edged band with an inherent ability for the dramatic, styling themselves because the devil's solution to the sainted Beatles.A younger, green manufacturer named Andrew Loog Oldham first heard the band at a consultation he recollects with 4 phrases: 'I fell in love.' although surprising with such simple practices as blending a recording, he made an excellent choice - he pitched the band to a studio that had handed at the Beatles. Afraid to make an identical mistake two times, they signed the Stones, and commenced a history-making career.This is only one of the 50 vintage tales that make up 50 Licks. Many are never-before instructed, a few are from unique interviews - together with with elusive bassist invoice Wyman - and all are illustrated and instructed via the folks who lived them.Half a century on, the Rolling Stones are nonetheless the best band operating. And this can be the ebook to commemorate their remarkable success in rock tune.

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