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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.
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.
Performer's Guide to Music of the Classical Period: Second edition
This stimulating guide will help students and their teachers to achieve stylish performances of music of the Baroque period. Individual chapters from leading experts focus on historical background, notation and interpretation, and sources and editions, presenting the latest thinking on performance in a clear, helpful and practical way.
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.
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.
Art of Partimento: History, Theory, and Practice
In The Art of Partimento, performer and historian Giorgio Sanguinetti provides students and scholars of composition and music theory an historical chronicle as well as a practical guide, offering them the opportunity not only to understand the life of this fascinating tradition, but to participate in it as well.
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.
Bach and the Patterns of Invention
In this major new interpretation of the music of J.S. Bach, we gain a striking picture of the composer as a unique critic of his age. By reading Bach's music "against the grain" of contemporaries, Laurence Dreyfus explains how Bach's approach to musical invention posed a fundamental challenge to Baroque aesthetics.
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.
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.
First Four Notes
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.
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.
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 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.
Compositional Artifice in the Music of Henry Purcell
Addressing established scholars and advanced students of Purcell, this book proposes the first analytical approach to Purcell's music to be based on examination of his compositional methods alongside historically contemporary theory. It will be of interest to analysts and music theorists of seventeenth-century music, and of early music.
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.
Bach: A Musical Biography
J. S. Bach composed some of the best-loved and most moving music in western culture. In this book, Peter Williams, author of the acclaimed J. S. Bach: A Life in Music, revisits Bach's biography through the lens of his music, especially that for keyboard.
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.
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.
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.
Listening to Bach and Handel: A Comparative Critique
An examination of the music of two great exponents of Baroque music and their influence on later composers.
Polyphonic Mass in France, 1600-1780: The Evidence of the Printed Choirbooks
The first ever book-length study of the a cappella masses which appeared in France in choirbook layout during the baroque era. After tracing the publishing history of this distinctive but little-known repertoire, the author places the works in their social, liturgical and musical context.
Aimed at students, scholars, and those interested in Baroque music, this work demonstrates how the circumstances of Bach's life helped to shape the music he wrote at various periods. It presents a picture of Bach, his music, and his posthumous reputation and influence.
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.
Bach Transcriptions for Piano: Twentieth-century arrangements from choral and instrumental works
Demonstrating the range and popularity of Bach piano transcriptions during the early twentieth century, this collection contains exuberant fantasias and fugues, gentle transcriptions from instrumental works, and popular chorales. Includes introductory notes by the celebrated pianist and broadcaster David Owen Norris.
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.
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.
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?
Critica Musica: Essays in Honour of Paul Brainard
Johann Sebastian Bach's Christmas Oratorio: Music, Theology, Culture
This book is the first thorough study of Bach's popular Christmas Oratorio in English. While giving a comprehensive overview of the oratorio, the book focuses in particular on the cultural and theological understanding of Christmas in Bach's time and the compositional process from the earliest concepts to the completed piece.
Lure and Legacy of Music at Versailles: Louis XIV and the Aix School
Louis XIV and his court at Versailles had a profound influence on music in France and throughout Europe. Taking its departure from Louis XIV's 1660 visit to Provence, this book explores the developments in sacred music during Louis's reign, particularly in the musical forms of the French motet.
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.
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.
Listening to Handel: An Owner's Manual
Music and the Benefit Performance in Eighteenth-Century Britain
Explores the history of the benefit performance in eighteenth-century Britain, revealing how benefits helped musicians establish themselves within the commercial structures of Britain's urban centres. This book is for anyone interested in British musical history, particularly its performers, audiences, and institutions.
Handel on the Stage
For thirty years the opera-house was the principal focus of Handel's creative work and he composed more than forty operas over this period. In this book, David Kimbell sets Handel's operas in their biographical and cultural contexts, exploring the librettos and the music, and how the operas were performed.
Method for the One-Keyed Flute
Suitable for the players of the one-keyed flute, this book includes music drawn from early treatises along with solo flute literature and instructional text and fingering charts. It addresses topics ranging from the basics of choosing a flute and assembling it to advanced concepts such as tone color and eighteenth-century articulation patterns.
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.
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.
Keyboard Music of J.S. Bach
Provides an introduction to and comprehensive discussion of the music for harpsichord and other stringed keyboard instruments by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Intended as a practical guide and an interpretive study, this book consists of three introductory chapters on general matters of historical context, style, and 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.
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.
Music and the Exotic from the Renaissance to Mozart
During the years 1500-1800, Europeans became increasingly aware of ethnic Otherness. In this prequel to his 2009 book Musical Exoticism, Ralph P. Locke demonstrates Western culture's rich response to this burgeoning awareness. His insights into the period's major works and genres are supported by numerous music examples and rare illustrations.
Baroque Flute Anthology + CD: 36 Works for Flute and Piano
George Frideric Handel
Handel's life and career are intricately documented in a wide range of contemporary sources. This major multi-volume publication is the most up-to-date and comprehensive collection of these documents available. Presented in an accessible form, the volumes include English translations of foreign-language texts and commentaries incorporating the results of recent research.
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.