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For the End of Time
The Story of the Messiaen Quartet
Rebecca Rischin
The clarinetist Rebecca Rischin has written a captivating book. . . . Her research dispels several long-cherished myths about the 1941 premiere. . . . Rischin lovingly brings to life the other musicians—Étienne Pasquier, cellist; Henri Akoka...



Forgotten Firebrand
James Redpath and the Making of Nineteenth-Century America
John R. McKivigan
The first full-length biography of the influential nineteenth-century American reformer, reporter, and impresario.



Frantz Fanon
A Portrait
Alice Cherki
"Fanon was consummately incapable of telling the story of himself. He lived in the immediacy of the moment, with an intensity that embodied everything he evoked. Fanon's discourse pertained to a present tense that was unburdened by its narrative past...



Franz Liszt
The Virtuoso Years, 1811–1847
Alan Walker
The first volume in Alan Walker's magisterial biography of Franz Liszt.



Franz Liszt
The Weimar Years, 1848–1861
Alan Walker
The second volume in Alan Walker's magisterial biography of Franz Liszt.



Franz Liszt
The Final Years, 1861–1886
Alan Walker
The third volume in Alan Walker's magisterial biography of Franz Liszt.



Friends and Exiles
A Memoir of the Nutmeg Isles and the Indonesian Nationalist Movement
Des Alwi
Des Alwi tells of his childhood on the eastern Indonesian island of Banda, where he was befriended and adopted by the two nationalist leaders, Mohammad Hatta and Sutan Sjahrir, exiled there by the Dutch colonial regime. He describes his experiences on...



Golden Mouth
The Story of John Chrysostom—Ascetic, Preacher, Bishop
J. N. D. Kelly
"No other author has delved so deeply into the life and work of this complex, influential, and tragic figure of the fourth century and produced such a far-ranging but precise, solidly researched, and eminently readable account. . . . Chrysostom...



Gustav Mahler
Letters to His Wife
Gustav Mahler
"Gustav Mahler and Alma Maria Schindler were married in . . . 1902. The bride was twenty-one and a half years old, her groom a few months short of forty-two. Apart from their substantial age difference, it seems to have been the very disparity of...



Harrison Birtwistle
Man, Mind, Music
Jonathan Cross
Sir Harrison Birtwistle is the most original, the most challenging, and the most controversial British composer of our time. His notoriously angular music is at once defiantly modernist and deeply indebted to the traditions, medieval and modern, of...



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