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Most popular Western "classical" music books

The most popular Western "classical" music books currently available. Updated weekly.
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BBC Proms 2019: Festival Guide
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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.
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New Heaven: Harry Christophers and The Sixteen Choral conversations with Sara Mohr-Pietsch
With The Sixteen, Christophers has succeeded in nurturing a choir of exceptional calibre, establishing a business model that includes a record label and extensive tours to capacity audiences, mining a rich variety of repertoire, and combining enormous popular appeal with the stamp of approval from experts.
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Memoirs and Reflections
The Russian-born classical pianist's personal account of a life in music
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YEAR OF WONDER: Classical Music for Every Day
Classical music for everyone - an inspirational piece of music for every day of the year, celebrating composers from the medieval era to the present day.
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Classic FM Family Music Box: Hear iconic music from the great composers
The perfect introduction to the world of classical music for all ages. Produced in collaboration with Classic FM, this entertaining book includes a comprehensive overview of classical music accompanied by hand-drawn illustrations and 8 concealed buttons that play short bursts of iconic pieces of music.
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Passionate Spirit: The Life of Alma Mahler
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Bluffer's Guide to Opera: Instant Wit & Wisdom
Instantly acquire all the knowledge you need to pass as an expert in the world of opera. Written by experts and offering readers the opportunity to pass off appropriated knowledge as their own, the Bluffer's Guides provide hard fact masquerading as frivolous observation in one witty, easy read.
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Jonas Kaufmann: In Conversation With
Authorised biography of one of the greatest classical tenors in the world today, the German tenor Jonas Kaufmann.
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Marriage Of Figaro (Book And CDs): The Complete Opera on Two CDs
The Black Dog Opera Library is the best, easiest, and most informative and budget-friendly way to enjoy four of the greatest operas of all time. Each book includes the complete Opera on 2 CDs and the complete libretto in its original language and English translation!
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My Dearest Father
Presents a selection of personal correspondence between author and his most important mentor and supporter, his father.
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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.
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When Words Fail: A Life with Music, War and Peace
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30-Second Classical Music: The 50 most significant genres, composers and innovations, each explained in half a minute
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Help Your Kids With Music: A unique step-by-step visual guide
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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.
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Classic FM Puzzle Book
A fun puzzle book for classical music fans of all levels of knowledge, from the UK's biggest classical radio station, Classic FM.
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Carols for Choirs 1
50 Christmas carolsOrchestrations for several of the carols from this collection are available on sale or hire under the titles Three Carol Orchestrations and Five Christmas Carols. Eight Carols for Brass for 5 and 8 part brass (to accompany carols from Carols for Choirs 1 and Carols for Choirs 2) are also on sale.
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Chopin's Piano: A Journey through Romanticism
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When Words Fail: A Life with Music, War and Peace
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Classical Music Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained
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Frederic Chopin: Complete Preludes, Nocturnes And Waltzes (Updated Edition)
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
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Bold as Brass
When players in Stockwell Park Orchestra fear they may be getting out of touch with their local community, they invite schoolchildren to join them for a season. Supercilious Oakdean College pupils have never mixed with the rough Sunbridge Academy kids, and when things go missing and rumours spread, the situation threatens to turn ugly.
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Oxford Dictionary of Musical Terms
Covers the musical terms in English and other European languages generally used in Western music. This dictionary features over 2,500 A-Z entries which provide definitions across a range of subjects including rhythm, metre, scales, harmony and counterpoint, notational systems, performance practice, computer applications, genres, and more.
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My World
In Pavarotti: My World, he talks candidly about his successes and trials, from his forays into popular music and his performances in China, to the boos he endured at La Scala, from the near-fatal illness of his youngest daughter, to his worldwide efforts to convert people to the joys of classical music and opera.
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Lark Ascending: The Music of the British Landscape
His unique and intimate history of a nation celebrates the British countryside as a living, working, and occasionally rancorous environment - rather than an unaffected idyll - that forged a nation's musical personality.
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O Sing unto the Lord: A History of English Church Music
Andrew Gant's compelling account traces English church music from Anglo-Saxon origins to the present. It is a history of the music and of the people who made, sang and listened to it. It shows the role church music has played in ordinary lives and how it reflects those lives back to us., The author considers why church music remains so popular and frequently tops the classical charts and why the BBC's Choral Evensong remains the longest-running radio series ever. He shows how England's church music follows the contours of its history and is the soundtrack of its changing politics and culture, from the mysteries of the Mass to the elegant decorum of the Restoration anthem, from stern Puritanism to Victorian bombast, and thence to the fractured worlds of the twentieth century as heard in the music of Vaughan Williams and Britten. This is a book for everyone interested in the history of English music, culture and society.
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Sounds and Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music
The hidden history of the women who dared to write music in a man's world
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Silent Musician: Why Conducting Matters
A conductor is one of classical music's most recognisable but misunderstood figures, attracting so many questions:'Surely orchestras can play perfectly well without you?
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Music for Life: 100 Works to Carry You Through
How does music reflect the key moments in our lives? Fiona Maddocks selects 100 classical works from across nine centuries, arguing passionately, persuasively and at times obstinately for their inclusion, putting each work in its cultural and musical context, discussing omissions, suggesting alternatives and always putting the music first.
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Soundscapes: A Musician's Journey through Life and Death
When he awoke, he found his understanding of the world - and beyond - fundamentally altered. This surprising and rewarding memoir offers a singular perspective on creative endeavour: the rigours of learning, the challenges of performance and the spiritual nourishment that drives us on.
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Silent Musician: Why Conducting Matters
Exploring the relationships with the musicians and music they conduct, and the public and personal responsibilities they face, leading conductor Mark Wigglesworth writes with engaging honesty about the role for any music lover curious to know whether or not the profession really matters.
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Gilded Stage: A Social History of Opera
The first and only global social history of the world's most romantic, flamboyant, glamorous and politically influential art-form: opera. 'A mighty achievement, by far and away the best history of opera available.' Tim Blanning, Literary Review
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Why Mahler?: How One Man and Ten Symphonies Changed the World
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.
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Lords Of Chaos - 2nd Edition: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground
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Lang Lang Piano Book
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Schumann: The Faces and the Masks
A groundbreaking account of Schumann, a major composer whose music is becoming increasingly popular over the years.
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Sviatoslav Richter: Notebooks and Conversations
'To Richter (no first name necessary), warm greetings to the best pianist in the Soviet Union - indeed in the whole world.' ProkofievThroughout a life dedicated to music, Richter maintained a stubborn silence about his own ideals and aspirations.
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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.
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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.
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Conversations with Rossini
The autobiography that Rossini never got round to writing
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Carols for Choirs 4
Offers 50 carols for sopranos and altos (suitable for boys', girls', or women's choirs). This work contains simple arrangements of the best-loved carols, some less well-known ones, and four original pieces by Britten, Rutter, and Hadley.
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Opera
A guide for opera enthusiasts and converts to this ancient rite. It explores 400 years of music drama from late-Renaissance Italy to works from contemporary names including Philip Glass and Thomas Ades. It helps you discover hundreds of classic and modern opera interpretations and learn about the lives of operatic masters.
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England Resounding: Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Britten and the English Musical Renaissance
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Oxford Book of Flexible Anthems: A complete resource for every church choir
The Oxford Book of Flexible Anthems is the perfect resource for church choirs of all types and sizes. Each piece is presented with flexible scoring options, clearly explained throughout, enabling performance by various combinations of singers. With complete coverage of the Church's year, this is a must-have collection for all church choirs.
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BBC Proms 2018: Festival Guide
Published annually to accompany the world's greatest classical music festival, the <i>BBC Proms Guide </i>contains illustrated articles on composers and performers and on events commemorating the end of the First World War and the significance of 1918 for music. There are complete listings for over 90 concerts, ranging from solo recitals to Mahlers Symphony of a Thousand, and the <i>Guide </i>provides booking information and a pull-out calendar showing all the concerts and events at a glance.
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Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung: A Companion
A word-for-word translation of Wagners epic masterwork with the full German text.
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Gerald Finzi: An English Composer
The music of Gerald Finzi, whose popularity has enjoyed a great resurgence, is rooted in the tradition of Elgar, Parry, Vaughan Williams and those composers for whom song writing was a principal means of expression. This biography reveals Finzi as a more complex and engaged figure than he is often given credit for.
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Angela Gheorghiu - A Life for Art
The biography of the great soprano, in her own words
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Library Of Piano Classics