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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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I Saw Eternity the Other Night: King's College, Cambridge, and an English Singing Style
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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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Passionate Spirit: The Life of Alma Mahler
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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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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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When Words Fail: A Life with Music, War and Peace
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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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30-Second Classical Music: The 50 most significant genres, composers and innovations, each explained in half a minute
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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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Help Your Kids With Music: A unique step-by-step visual guide
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When Words Fail: A Life with Music, War and Peace
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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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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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Lang Lang Piano Book
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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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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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Library Of Piano Classics
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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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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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Ring of Truth: The Wisdom of Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung
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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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Complete Classical Music Guide
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Classical Music Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained
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Really Easy Piano: 50 Popular Songs
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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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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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Conversations with Rossini
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Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century
Alex Ross's sweeping history of twentieth-century classical music, winner of the Guardian First Book Award, is a gripping account of a musical revolution.
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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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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.
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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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Dear Green Sounds - Glasgow's Music Through Time and Buildings: The Apollo, Glasgow Pavilion, Mono, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, King Tut's Wah Wah Hut and More
Glasgow has always been known for its live music and its buildings and venues that play host to local and touring acts are much loved. Written by various music writers, Dear Green Sounds tells the story of Glasgow's music history though time and buildings.
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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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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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England Resounding: Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Britten and the English Musical Renaissance
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Early Music: A Very Short Introduction
In this Very Short Introduction, Thomas Forrest Kelly frames chapters on the forms, techniques, and repertories of the medieval, Renaissance, and baroque periods with discussion of why old music has been and should be revived, along with a short history of early music revivals.
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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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Dorothy Bradley: Hours With The Masters Book 3 (Grade 4)
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Dearest Lenny: Letters from Japan and the Making of the World Maestro
Through personal letters from little known Japanese individuals that had never been studied before, Dearest Lenny interweaves an intimate story of love and relationships with a history of Leonard Bernstein's transformation from an American icon to the world maestro during the second half of the twentieth century.
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Herbert Von Karajan: A Life in Music
Herbert von Karajan was one of the twentieth century's most prodigiously gifted performing artists. These, however, were only the starting point for a biography which draws on interviews with those who worked with Karajan during his sixty year career, and on a vast array of primary archive material which has never been previously examined.
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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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Angela Gheorghiu - A Life for Art
The biography of the great soprano, in her own words
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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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Tchaikovsky: The Man Revealed
A tortured genius, a sensitive soul, a great composer burdened by the weight of his private desires
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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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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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My Dearest Father
Presents a selection of personal correspondence between author and his most important mentor and supporter, his father.