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Towards Tonality
Aspects of Baroque Music Theory
Thomas Christensen, Penelope Gouk, Gérard Geay, Susan McClary, Markus Jans
Collected Writings of the Orpheus Institute 6 "We have developed a tremendous amount of what might best be referred to as journalistic knowledge concerning the ways that musicians of earlier periods thought about musical structures. Now that we have...



Diaries 1907–1914
Prodigious Youth
Sergey Prokofiev
Sergey Prokofiev, a compulsive diarist and gifted and idiosyncratic writer, possessed an incorrigibly sardonic curiosity about individuals and events. When he left Russia after the 1917 Revolution, his diaries were recovered from the family flat in...



Sung Birds
Music, Nature, and Poetry in the Later Middle Ages
Elizabeth Eva Leach
Is birdsong music? The most frequent answer to this question in the Middle Ages was resoundingly "no." In Sung Birds, Elizabeth Eva Leach traces postmedieval uses of birdsong within Western musical culture. She first explains why such melodious sound...



Creative Union
The Professional Organization of Soviet Composers, 1939–1953
Kiril Tomoff
Why did the Stalin era, a period characterized by bureaucratic control and the reign of Socialist Realism in the arts, witness such an extraordinary upsurge of musical creativity and the prominence of musicians in the cultural elite? This is one of...



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...



In the Name of Mozart
Photographs by Malou Swinnen
This book is the result of a collaborative project, commissioned to the Lieven Gevaert Research Centre for Photography and Visual Studies at the KULeuven by the Concertgebouw Bruges. Complying to its mission as a laboratory for creation, the...



Bach in Berlin
Nation and Culture in Mendelssohn's Revival of the "St. Matthew Passion"
Celia Applegate
In this book, Celia Applegate asks why the 1829 performance of Bach's St. Matthew Passion crystallized the hitherto inchoate notion that music was central to Germans' collective identity.



Reflections on Liszt
Alan Walker
"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...



Of Mind and Music
Laird Addis
In this fascinating account of the way in which we understand music, Laird Addis builds on the idea, first articulated by Susanne Langer, that passages of music symbolize emotions and other conscious states. He maintains that the unique bond joining...



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...



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