Experiencing Verdi: A Listener’s Companion by Donald Sanders

By Donald Sanders

Titles in The Listener’s significant other: A Scarecrow Press track Series supply readers with a deeper realizing of key musical genres and the paintings of significant artists and composers. aimed toward nonspecialists, each one quantity explains in transparent and available language tips on how to listen to works from specific artists, composers, and genres. the context during which the tune seemed in addition to its shape, authors discover with readers the environments during which key musical works have been written and performed—from a Nineteen Fifties bebop live performance on the Village leading edge to a functionality of Handel’s Messiah in eighteenth-century Germany.

Along together with his contemporaries Chopin and Wagner, Verdi is likely one of the few composers whose position within the musical pantheon is predicated virtually completely upon the mastery of a unmarried style. this is often mostly due to his extraordinary output in a profession that lasted over fifty years. a number of of his operas occupy the nucleus of the fashionable repertoire, and Verdi virtually single-handedly maintained the Italian lyric culture opposed to the tide of Wagnerian track drama. In his ultimate years, he almost reinvented Italian opera. certainly, Verdi’s lifestyles and tune got here to be so in detail linked to the Italian unification circulate often called the Risorgimento that he's nonetheless respected as a very good nationwide determine in his homeland.

In Experiencing Verdi: A Listener’s Companion, Donald Sanders combines biography with uncomplicated, concise musical research. Summarizing the evolution of Italian opera and the bel canto culture that prevailed first and foremost of Verdi’s occupation, Sanders takes readers on a leisurely journey of 11 of Verdi’s most crucial operas and of the Manzoni Requiem and concludes with a glance at Verdi’s impression on later composers like Giacomo Puccini, his position within the glossy repertoire, and his position as an Italian patriot.

With a timeline, word list of easy musical phrases, and chosen analyzing and listening strategies, Experiencing Verdi will interact opera enthusiasts in any respect degrees, from these simply beginning to hear, examine, and revel in to musical devotees.

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Choral Scores by Dennis Shrock

By Dennis Shrock

Choral Scores is an anthology of tune exemplifying special choral repertoire via the main noteworthy composers in the course of the historical past of Western track. A spouse quantity to Denis Shrock's Choral Repertoire (Oxford 2009), it offers works of salient value to the advance of choral tune in Western tradition, representing the song of the composers, eras, and routine mentioned such a lot prominently in that quantity. together with 132 compositions by way of 124 varied composers, each one provided unabridged and in complete ranking, and spanning the whole lot of Western tune historical past, from the medieval period during the 20th century, and into the twenty-first, Choral Scores is the main thorough, and updated choice of choral song to be had. whole with an appendix delivering literal translations of texts, in addition to composer and style indices, Choral Scores is a vital reference for choral students, lecturers, and scholars alike.

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The Perilous Life of Symphony Orchestras: Artistic Triumphs by Robert J. Flanagan

By Robert J. Flanagan

This e-book analyzes the commercial demanding situations dealing with symphony orchestras and contrasts the adventure of orchestras within the usa (where there's little direct executive help) and in another country (where governments in most cases supply huge direct subsidies). Robert J. Flanagan explains the strain among creative excellence and monetary jeopardy that confronts so much symphony orchestras. He analyzes 3 complementary options for addressing orchestras’ financial challenges—raising functionality sales, slowing the expansion of functionality expenditures, and extending nonperformance income—and demonstrates that not one of the 3 concepts alone is probably going to supply monetary safeguard for orchestras.

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John Adams's Nixon in China: Musical Analysis, Historical by Timothy A. Johnson

By Timothy A. Johnson

John Adams' opera, "Nixon in China", is without doubt one of the most often played operas within the modern literature. Timothy A. Johnson illuminates the opera and complements listeners' and students' appreciation for this landmark paintings. This music-analytical consultant offers a close, in-depth research of the song tied to ancient and political contexts. The opera captures a tremendous second in heritage and in diplomacy, and a detailed research of it from an interdisciplinary viewpoint offers clean, compelling insights in regards to the opera. The tune research takes a neo-Riemannian method of concord and to large-scale harmonic connections. Musical metaphors drawn among harmonies and their dramatic contexts increase this process. Motivic research unearths interweaving institutions among the characters, in keeping with melodic content material. research of rhythm and meter makes a speciality of Adams's widespread use of grouping and displacement dissonances to propel the tune ahead or to demonstrate the libretto. The booklet exhibits how the historic depiction within the opera is exact, but enriched by means of this operatic variation. The language of the opera is correct to its resource, yet extra evocative than the phrases spoken in 1972-due to Alice Goodman's fabulous, poetic libretto. And the song transcends its repetitive shell to develop into a hierarchically-rich and musically-compelling fulfillment.

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Tainted Glory in Handel’s Messiah: The Unsettling History of by Michael Marissen

By Michael Marissen

An eye-opening reexamination of Handel’s loved non secular oratorio

each Easter, audiences around the globe thrill to performances of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus,” yet they'd most likely be appalled to profit the whole quantity of the oratorio’s anti-Judaic message. during this pioneering learn, revered musicologist Michael Marissen examines Handel’s masterwork and uncovers a demanding message of anti-Judaism buried inside its joyous get together of the divinity of the Christ.

getting to know formerly unidentified ancient resource fabrics enabled the writer to enquire the situations that ended in the production of the Messiah and disclose the hateful sentiments masked through very good musical artistry—including the famed “Hallelujah Chorus,” which rejoices within the “dashing to items” of God’s enemies, between them the “people of Israel.” Marissen’s attention-grabbing, provocative paintings bargains musical students and normal readers alike an unsettling new appreciation of 1 of the world’s best-loved and most generally performed works of spiritual music.

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Phantom of the Opera - Andrew Lloyd Webber: Vocal Selections by Andrew Lloyd Webber

By Andrew Lloyd Webber

This memento folio positive factors full-color photographs from the beautiful construction in addition to piano/vocal preparations of nine songs, together with: All I Ask of You * Angel of track * Masquerade * The tune of the evening * The Phantom of the Opera * the purpose of No go back * Prima Donna * contemplate Me * Wishing You have been one way or the other the following back.

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Beijing Opera Costumes: The Visual Communication of by Alexandra B. Bonds

By Alexandra B. Bonds

"Beijing Opera Costumes" is the 1st in-depth English-language ebook concentrated solely at the costumes of Jingju, the top kind of degree arts in China. This entire quantity offers either conception and research of the costumes and the strategy in their choice for the jobs in addition to technical details on embroidery, styles, and development. vast descriptions remove darkness from using colours and floor photos derived from historic gown and transformed for the level. info on make-up, hairstyles, and dressing thoughts current an entire view of the Jingju performer from head to toe.Meticulously researched in Taipei and Beijing, this definitive paintings starts with an overview of the wealthy and complicated heritage of Beijing opera and important advancements in layout during the last millennium. Chapters on gown idea and layout parts and their amendment to create a wide selection of pictures are by means of shows of person costumes including their historic historical past and use of colour and trend. A survey of the add-ons and headdresses, make-up and hairstyles, accompanies the dialogue of every dress. The intricacies of selecting costumes for a creation and dressing actors also are discussed.Lavishly illustrated with greater than 250 colour and black-and-white pictures and development drafts, "Beijing Opera Costumes" is an essential list of and source for Jingju because it is played in China at the present time. fabric artists will have fun with the great thing about the colours and designs in addition to the knowledge on embroidery thoughts and symbolism of the photographs. China students will price the contextual research and theater experts the explication of costumes with regards to functionality. eventually, dress designers will take pleasure in the chance to envision intimately their paintings in one other cultural surroundings and theatrical sort.

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French Opera: A Short History by Vincent Giroud

By Vincent Giroud

French opera is moment purely to Italian opera within the size, breadth, and variety of its background. but most folks, if requested to come back up with titles, may well point out just a handful of titles—Carmen, Faust, Pelleas et Melisande, Samson et Dalila—a small record for an operatic culture that begun within the 17th century and remains to be a great deal alive. This e-book offers an entire, single-volume account of opera in France from its origins to the current day.

Vincent Giroud seems to be on the top composers, from Lully to Messiaen and past; on the improvement of French operatic shape and elegance; at functionality, performers, and viewers; and on the influence of French opera past France’s borders. enthusiasts of opera will locate this a fantastic spouse to their appreciation of the shape.

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