Most popular Romantic music (c 1830 to c 1900) books
The most popular Romantic music (c 1830 to c 1900) books currently available. Updated weekly.
It is difficult to overestimate the importance of Chopin's Piano compositions, of which this collection represents a substantial and significant part. The Preludes, Nocturnes and Waltzes are overflowing with tonal, technical and textural innovations which, alongside Schubert, heralded the beginnings of the Romantic era of extended tonality and evermore complex methods of expression. These pieces are required repertoire for any serious Piano student or professional performer, rich in clues and signposts that help understand the development of post-Beethoven composition. In this collection, 26 Preludes, 21 Nocturnes and 19 Watzes are presented, including seven urtext editions new to this volume. All edited by Rafael Joseffy. Contents: Nocturne In E Flat Op.9 No.2 Prelude In E Flat Minor Op.28 No.14 Prelude In E Op.28 No.9 Waltz In B Minor Op.69 No.2 Valse Brilliante In A flat Op.34 No.1 Prelude In A Flat (1834) Nocturne In F Op.15 No.1 Waltz In A Flat Op.64 No.3 Nocturne In D Flat Op.27 No.2 Nocturne In A Flat Op.32 No.2 Nocturne In G Op.37 No.2 Nocturne In E Flat Op.55 No.2 Nocturne In B Op.62 No.1 Nocturne In C Minor (1837) Waltz In A Flat (1827) Waltz In E Flat (1830) Waltz In E Flat (1840) Waltz In A Minor (1843) Prelude In D Flat Op.28 No.15 Nocturne In F Sharp Op.15 No.2 Nocturne In B Op.9 No.3 Nocturne In E Minor Op.72 No.1 Prelude In A Op.28 No.7 Nocturne In F Minor Op.55 No.1 Waltz In E Minor Op.Posthumous Prelude In B Minor Op.28 No.6 Waltz In A Flat Op.69 No.1 Waltz In A Flat Op.42 Prelude In F Op.28 No.23 Prelude In G Minor Op.28 No.22 Prelude In C Sharp Minor Op.45 Nocturne In F Sharp Minor Op.48 No.2 Prelude In B Flat Op.28 No.21 Prelude In E Minor Op.28 No.4
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.
A tortured genius, a sensitive soul, a great composer burdened by the weight of his private desires
This text analyzes Mahler's music through his character, his social and philosophical background, and his moment in musical history. It examines the composer's works as a continuous and unified development that began with his childhood response to the marches and folk tunes of his native Bohemia.
A new edition of Adam Zamoyski's definitive biography of Chopin, first published in 1979 and unavailable in English for many years.
Designed for easy reading, with fingerings clearly marked, and helpfully grouped by level of difficulty, each book contains pieces to delight lovers of the classical masterpieces, in this case including everything from 'Arabesque No. 1' to 'Clair de Lune'.
The Sunday Times bestseller: how the Strauss family took Europe by storm during the nineteenth century
What Rosen's The Classical Style did for music of the Classical period, this highly praised volume does for the Romantic era. An exhilarating exploration of musical language, forms, and styles of the period, it captures the spirit that enlivened a generation of composers and musicians, and so conveys the very sense of Romantic music.
A wealth of previously unpublished letters and personal documents drawn from the family archives of the Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Covering Brahms's 32 song opuses published during four decades of song-writing, this book offers a way of understanding what Brahms believed to be the right poetic basis for his immortal music.
Part of a series of comprehensive practical guides for the solo piano. This volume provides a complete survey of Chopin's music for solo piano, including a graded list of his works together with detailed suggestions for study and performance.
How did the son of a provincial piano tuner rise to international fame? Was the English countryside the principal inspiration for Elgar's music? Was this moustachioed, red-blooded, imperialist all that he seemed...?
A biography that offers a fresh account of Robert Schumann's life. It confronts the traditional perception of the doom-laden Romantic, forced by depression into a life of helpless, poignant sadness. It frees Schumann from one hundred and fifty years of myth-making and unjustified psychological speculation.
A century after his death, Gustav Mahler is the most important composer of modern times. In this highly original account of the composer's life and work, Norman Lebrecht explores the Mahler Effect, asking why Mahler's music has become the soundtrack to our twenty-first-century lives.
"No one knows more about Franz Liszt than Alan Walker."-Malcolm Bowie, Times Literary Supplement In a series of lively essays that tell us much not only about the phenomenon that was Franz Liszt but also about the musical and cultural life of...
This lavishly illustrated book chronicles Liszt's life and times with the help of many rare photographs and contemporary prints.
Four of Schumann's great masterpieces of the 1830s are connected to the fiction of E. T. A. Hoffmann. John MacAuslan explores these works' musical patterns, stylistic developments and literary connections. Essential reading for musicologists, performers and listeners with an interest in Schumann and early nineteenth-century music.
This book is the first comprehensive study of musical form in the genre of the overture in continental Europe between 1815 and 1850. Combining historical and analytical perspectives, and discussing a broad range of German, French, and Italian operatic and concert overtures, it will appeal to both musicologists and music theorists.
The first history of keyboard improvisation in European music from the time of Beethoven through the later nineteenth century, Dana Gooley's Free Play: Fantasies of Improvisation in Nineteenth-Century Music describes the motives, intentions, and musical styles of the nineteenth century's leading improvisers, and traces the evolution of the performance practice into a glorified ideal.
Rufus Hallmark sets Schumann's famous song cycle in the context of the challenges and social expectations faced by women in early nineteenth-century Germany. His study offers insights on Schumann's composing materials, reception of the song cycle, other contemporary poems about women, and comparisons with other musical settings of the poems.
An extraordinary prodigy of Mozartean abilities, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy was a distinguished composer and conductor, a legendary pianist and organist, and an accomplished painter and classicist. This book offers a masterful blend of biography and musical analysis.
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.
Mahler was born in 1860 in an outpost of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and became one of the greatest conductors and composers of his time, acclaimed throughout Europe and America. This biography assembles a wealth of contemporary material from letters, diaries, concert programmes and reviews.
Alkan: lonely 19th century genius, virtuoso pianist and also composer of some of the most difficult and disturbingly powerful piano music. This edition, in two parts, deals first with the man, and second with his music.
A comprehensive overview of the life and career of French composer.
The third volume in Alan Walker's magisterial biography of Franz Liszt.
The third volume in Alan Walker's magisterial biography of Franz Liszt.
This account reconceptualizes the notion of genius by placing the life and career of Ludwig van Beethoven in its social context. It explores the musical world of late 18th-century Vienna and follows the activities of the aristocratic patrons who paved the way for the composer's success.
In this new biography, David. J. Code presents an in-depth at the life and work of Claude Debussy, showing how Debussy's love of poetry influenced his compositions.
A record of a ten-year personal friendship, with letters, and insights on other contemporaries.
Meirion Hughes combines a new translation of the first edition with an introduction that places the work in its cultural and political context -- .
Originally published: Hans von B'ulow. Die Briefe an Johannes Brahms. Tutzing: Hans Schneider, 1994.
Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber (Caen 29 January 1782- Paris 12/13 May 1871) is primarily remembered as one of the great masters of opera-comique, but also played a very important role in the development of Romantic ballet through the long danced interludes and divertissements in his grand operas La Muette de Portici, Le Dieu et la Bayadere, Gustave I
Camille Saint-Sans - perhaps the foremost French musical figure of the late nineteenth century and a composer who wrote in every musical genre, from opera and the symphony to film music - is now being rediscovered after a century of modernism overshadowed his importance. This book deconstructs the multiple realities behind the man and his music.
Mahler's life was a remarkably complex one, his success as a conductor continually overshadowed by his craving for recognition as a composer. Recognition which never came in his lifetime.
This new biography is a fascinating account of the period in which Chopin lived, and the way in which the political scene helped shape his music.
A fascinating graphic novel-style introduction to the classical composer everyone has heard of - and few truly understand