Most popular Chamber ensembles books
The most popular Chamber ensembles books currently available. Updated weekly.
Describes the experience of twenty years of rehearsal, concerts and recording of the author who is an example of a leading musician who writes about the craft of performance.
Intended for the music student, the professional musician, and the music lover, Chamber Music: An Essential History covers repertoire from the Renaissance to the present, crossing genres to include string quartets, piano trios, clarinet quintets, and other groupings.
'They are not for you but for a later age!' Ludwig van Beethoven, on the Opus 59 quartetsBeethoven's sixteen string quartets are some of the most extraordinary and challenging pieces of music ever written.
Thomas Ades's second work for string quartet, The Four Quarters was written for the Emerson Quartet and was premiered by them at Carnegie Hall in 2011. The winner of the 2012 British Composer Award for Chamber Composition, the 20-minute work charts the progress of a day.
While the Beethoven string quartets are to chamber music what the plays of Shakespeare are to drama, even seasoned concertgoers can welcome guidance with these personal and sometimes enigmatic works. This collection offers Beethoven lovers notes on the listening experience of each quartet and a range of general perspectives.
Using the metaphor of artful conversation, this study examines chamber music in Mozart's period as a sociable activity undertaken among friends. Edward Klorman draws on a wide variety of documentary and iconographic sources to analyze selected musical extracts in terms of social interplay.
Raymond Knapp traces the musical legacy of German Idealism as it led to the declining prestige of composers such as Haydn while influencing the development of American popular music in the nineteenth century, showing how the existence of camp in Haydn and American music offer ways of reassessing Haydn's oeuvre.