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This engaging guide to the 175 most popular operas will enhance the experience of every opera lover. The book consists of entries that set each opera within the context of its composer's career, outline the plot, discuss the music, & give relevant background information on the libretto, the staging, & the most famous & influential interpreters of the principal roles. In addition, the entries recountdetails of the first performance & subsequent performance history & provide guidance on the relative quality of available recordings. Index of Titles; General Index. 627p.
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This easy-to-use handbook provides music education professionals with 'best practices' for tasks such as articulating the need for music education; developing a positive leadership style; designing curriculum and assessment; managing people, paper, and time; communicating with a wide variety of constituents; overseeing resources and budgets; scheduling; overseeing student travel to music festivals and events; dealing with legal issues; and problem solving!
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Examines the life of the famed Austrian composer from his youth as a child prodigy to his later musical accomplishments and their impact on music.
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A characteristic feature of Wagnerian and post-Wagnerian opera is the tendency to link scenes with numerous and often surprisingly lengthy orchestral interludes, frequently performed with the curtain closed. Often taken for granted or treated as a filler by audiences and critics, these interludes can take on very prominent roles, representing dream sequences, journeys and sexual encounters. Combining studies of individual musical texts with an investigation of the critical discourse surrounding the operas, Christopher Morris investigates the implications of these important but strangely overlooked passages.
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This comprehensive volume offers a wide-ranging perspective on the stories that art-music has told since the start of the 20th century. Contributors challenge the broadly held opinion that the loss of tonality in some music after 1900 also meant the loss of narrative in that music. On the contrary, the editors and the essayists in this book demonstrate how experiments in approaching narrative in other media, such as fiction and cinema, suggested fresh possibilities for musical narrative, which composers were quick to exploit. The new conceptions of time, narrative voice, plot, and character that accompanied these experiments also had a significant impact on contemporary music. The repertoire explored in the collection ranges across a wide variety of genres and includes composers from Charles Ives and the Pet Shop Boys to Thomas Adès and Dmitri Shostakovich.
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Though many well-known German philosophers have devoted considerable attention to music and its aesthetics, surprisingly few of their writings on the subject have been translated into English. Stefan Lorenz Sorgner, a philosopher, and Oliver Furbeth, a musicologist, her fill this important gap for musical scholars and students alike with this compelling guide to the musical discourse of ten of the most important German philosophers, from Kant to Adorno.Music in German Philosophy includes contributions from a renowned group of ten scholars, including some of today's most prominent German thinkers, all of whom are specialists on the writers they treat. Each chapter consists of a short biographical sketch of the philosopher concerned, a summary of his writings on aesthetics, and finally a detailed exploration of his thoughts on music. The book is prefaced by the editors' original introduction, presenting music philosophy in Germany before and after Kant, as well as a new introduction and foreward to this English-language edition, which places contemplations on music by these German philosophers within a broader intellectual climate.
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