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Most popular Baroque music (c 1600 to c 1750) books

The most popular Baroque music (c 1600 to c 1750) books currently available. Updated weekly.
Handel in London: The Making of a Genius
A rich and evocative account of the life and work of Britain's favourite composer from one of our finest conductors.
On Playing the Flute
Johann Joachim Quantz's On Playing the Flute has long been recognized as one of the primary sources of information about eighteenth-century performance practice.
Handel in London: The Making of a Genius
A rich and evocative account of the life and work of Britain's favourite composer from one of our finest conductors.
Oxford History of Western Music: Music in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
The Oxford History of Western Music is a magisterial survey of the traditions of Western music by one of the most prominent and provocative musicologists of our time. This text illuminates, through a representative sampling of masterworks, those themes, styles, and currents that give shape and direction to each musical age. Taking a critical perspective, this text sets the details of music, the chronological sweep of figures, works, and musical ideas, within the larger context of world affairs and cultural history., Written by an authoritative, opinionated, and controversial figure in musicology, The Oxford History of Western Music provides a critical aesthetic position with respect to individual works, a context in which each composition may be evaluated and remembered. Taruskin combines an emphasis on structure and form with a discussion of relevant theoretical concepts in each age, to illustrate how the music itself works, and how contemporaries heard and understood it. It also describes how the context of each stylistic period-key cultural, historical, social, economic, and scientific events-influenced and directed compositional choices.
Johann Sebastian Bach: A Very Brief History
Concise historical introduction to Johann Sebastian Bach and his continuing influence on the world and how we see it.
Music in the Castle of Heaven: A Portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach is one of the most unfathomable composers in the history of music. How can such sublime work have been produced by a man who seems so ordinary, so opaque - and occasionally so intemperate? This book distills the fruits of a lifetime's immersion as one of Bach's greatest living interpreters.
Bach and Tuning
Bach and Tuning is strictly concerned with the identification of a historically accurate tuning paradigm that applies to the great majority of Johann Sebastian Bach's music. This fresh narrative reveals the great composer's intentions regarding intonation. A new intimate dimension of expression is the result.
Cello Suites: In Search of a Baroque Masterpiece
One autumn evening, not long after ending a stint as a pop music critic, Eric Siblin attended a recital of Johann Sebastian Bach's Cello Suites - and fell deeply in love. The Cello Suites weaves together three dramatic narratives: the first features Bach and the missing manuscript of the suites;
Faber Pocket Guide to Bach
A pocket Guide looks at all Bach's music, sacred and secular, and explores why he speaks so profoundly to our age about both the spiritual and the sensual in life.
French Song Companion
This text provides repertoire guides to the work of some 150 composers - the majority of them from France, but including British, American, German, Spanish, and Italian musicians who have written French vocal music. Biographical articles are supplemented by the song translations.
First Four Notes
The story of the composition, first performances and cultural afterlife of one of the best-loved and most widely performed works in the entire history of music.
Musical Response in the Early Modern Playhouse, 1603-1625
This book investigates the dramatic role of music in plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Drawing on Smith's unusual combination of gifts as a musician and literary critic, this investigation offers scholars and students of literature, history and music new views on Jacobean drama and early modern musical culture.
Early Flute: A Practical Guide
This handbook addresses all who wish to consider the issues raised when performing music of the past. It provides sound advice on instruments and their care, historical techniques, stylistic issues and historically informed interpretation, with examples drawn from a wide range of case studies, including Bach, Handel and Mozart.
Polish Style in the Music of Johann Sebastian Bach
Now translated into English, Szymon Paczkowski's study presents the first true analysis of Polish influences on the works of Johann Sebastian Bach to shed new light on Bach's magnificent oeuvre.
Musical Creativity in Restoration England
Rebecca Herissone's study is the first comprehensive investigation of approaches to creating music in late seventeenth-century England. Her methodology challenges preconceptions about what it meant to be a composer in the period and goes on to raise broader questions about the interpretation of early modern notation.
Baroque Music: Music in Western Europe, 1580-1750
John Walter Hill's highly anticipated text presents a broad survey of the music of Western Europe from 1580 to 1750.
Handel's Bestiary
When Donna Leon, the acclaimed author of the best-selling Commissario Guido Brunetti series, is not conjuring up tales of crime and corruption in Venice, she is listening to opera. Over the years, Leon has noticed that her favourite composer, George Frideric Handel, filled his operas with arias that make reference to animals;
Vivaldi Compendium
The Vivaldi Compendium represents the latest in Vivaldi research, drawing on the author's close involvement with Vivaldi and Venetian music over four decades.
Creative Development of Johann Sebastian Bach, Volume II: 1717-1750: Music to Delight the Spirit
This last in a two-volume study examines Bach's musical compositional development in his later years, including his time at Cdthen and Leipzig.
Critica Musica: Essays in Honour of Paul Brainard
Exploring the World of J. S. Bach: A Traveler's Guide
"Published in cooperation with the American Bach Society."
Continuo Playing According to Handel: His Figured Bass Exercises. With a Commentary
This book comprises an edition, with commentary, of Handel's exercises for continuo playing which he wrote for the daughters of George II. Remaining faithful to the source, this is a useful book for students and performers of the music of Handel and his contemporaries.
Organ Music of J. S. Bach
The first two volumes of Peter Williams's classic study of Bach's organ works have been fully revised, taking account of Bach scholarship of the 25 years prior to publication. This one-volume 2003 edition provides a piece-by-piece commentary on this ever-popular repertoire, showing what its unique qualities are, and how we might hear and play it today.
Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician
This biography (first published in 2000 to mark the 250th anniversary of J.S. Bach's death) presents a picture of the composer that demonstrates the intimate connection between Bach's life and his music, showing how the composer's superb inventiveness pervaded his career as a musician, composer, performer, scholar, and teacher.
History of Baroque Music
A study of the music of the Baroque period, with a focus on the 17th century. It examines composers and genres from Russia, the Ukraine, Slovenia, Croatia, and Latin America. It also includes musical examples from various genres and instrumental combinations.
Anna Magdalena Bach Book of 1725
This authoritative new edition of the book contains the keyboard pieces only from the collection, including the well-known Minuet in G and Prelude in C, from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Part I. Also contains invaluable advice on appropriate tempo, phrasing, articulation and ornamentation in accordance with contemporary performance practice.
Purcell: An Extraordinary life
In this vivid portrait, Bruce Wood illuminates the sometimes shadowy figure of Henry Purcell, richly evoking the atmosphere of 17th-century England. By interweaving the events during a period of social and political change with the life and music of Purcell, Wood creates an account of this elusive English genius that is hard to put down.
Scarlatti for Guitar
This collection of arrangements for solo guitar is an ideal introduction to Scarlatti's music. The ten varied pieces were carefully chosen for their musical character and technical suitability at intermediate and advanced levels. Core repertoire for Grades 6-8 of ABRSM's Guitar syllabus. Includes idiomatic adaptations, with original ornamentation.
Baroque Music in Focus
Trombone: Its History and Music, 1697-1811
Provides an overview of the use of the trombone in America and in seven European countries. It uses 24 reproduced texts and relevant English translations to trace its origins to the middle of the 17th century. The texts were all published between 1697 and 1811.
Baroque Flute Anthology + CD: 36 Works for Flute and Piano
Analytical Survey of the Fifteen Two-Part Inventions by J.S. Bach
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Oxford Bach Books for Organ: Manuals and Pedals, Book 1: Grades 4-5
This five-volume graded series of organ music by J. S. Bach provides a wonderful selection of pieces for all players.The whole is an authoritative and fully practical introduction to this cornerstone of the organ repertoire, with pieces presented in highly practical form for teachers and students.
George Frideric Handel: A Life with Friends
An intimate portrait of Handel's life and inner circle, modelled after one of the composer's favourite forms: the fugue.
Creative Development of Johann Sebastian Bach, Volume I: 1695-1717: Music to Delight the Spirit
This first of a two-volume study deals with the earlier part of Bach's career, and examines the output of his youth and its may external influences, before moving on to study he first great masterpieces in which Bach's own personal voice begins to emerge.
Composers' Intentions?: Lost Traditions of Musical Performance
Essays on musical performance practice by an acknowledged expert in the field.
Lives of George Frideric Handel
How have Handel's 'lives' in biographies and histories moulded our understanding of the musician, the man and the icon?
Hearing Bach's Passions
Presenting the most recent scholarship, yet assuming no technical music knowledge, Bach scholar Daniel Melamed examines the issues we encounter when we hear the passions performed today, and offers unique insight into Bach's passion settings.
French Organ Music in the Reign of Louis XIV
Ponsford takes a fresh approach to French Baroque organ music by analysing each genre chronologically and tracing influences from Italian and French secular music. The study enhances understanding of French influence on J. S. Bach, and will appeal to all those who play, study and admire this unique repertory.
Heinrich Schutz Reader: Letters and Documents in Translation
Heinrich Schutz (1585-1672) was the most important and influential German composer of the seventeenth century. In A Heinrich Schutz Reader, the composer and his times are brought to life through the translation of more than 150 documents by or about the composer, each complemented with richly detailed annotations and commentary.
Mozart in Vienna: The Final Decade
This biography focuses on Mozart's career as a performer-composer in Vienna. Covering all of his greatest Viennese works, and many others that are often marginalized, it highlights his remarkable ability to engage with the competing demands of singers and instrumentalists, publishing and public performance, and concerts and dramatic productions.
Viola da Gamba
Women and Music in Sixteenth-Century Ferrara
With new information on four generations of women musicians, this book expands and alters the narratives that scholars and musicians have told about music in sixteenth-century Ferrara. A radical perspective on a familiar repertoire, it proposes a new way of thinking with consequences for music history and performance practice.
English Dramatick Opera, 1661-1706
Gateways to Understanding Music
Music for St Cecilia's Day: From Purcell to Handel
In 1683 English court musicians and the Musical Society of London joined forces to celebrate St Cecilia's Day (22 November) with a feast and the performance of specially composed music. The most prominent composers and poets of the age wrote for these occasions, including Henry Purcell, John Blow, John Dryden and William Congreve.
Dance and Drama in French Baroque Opera: A History
In this book, Rebecca Harris-Warrick dismantles the prevailing notion that dance in French Baroque opera was merely decorative, and presents compelling evidence that the divertissement is essential to understanding the work. Evolving practices in music, librettos, choreography and staging are brought to bear on sixty years of operatic history.
Christian West and Its Singers: The First Thousand Years
Traces the rise and consolidation of singers and their art in the Christian West. This book is suitable for historians, musicologists, performing musicians and the general reader keen to explore the beginnings of Western musical art.