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Russia Gets the Blues
Music, Culture, and Community in Unsettled Times
Michael E. Urban
Michael Urban chronicles the advent of blues music in Russia and explores the significance of the genre in the turbulent, postcommunist society. Russians, he explains, have taken a music originating in the "low" culture of the American South and...



Order and Disorder
Music-Theoretical Strategies in 20th Century Music
Jonathan Dunsby, Joseph N. Straus, Yves Knockaert, Max Paddison, Konrad Boehmer
Order and Disorder is the result of the first International Orpheus Academy for Music Theory, held in 2003. Its theme was 20th century music and theory, especially after the 1950s. Five guest lecturers discussed theoretical, historical and...



Johann Sebastian Bach
Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248)
Ignace Bossuyt
This book is intended to provide the inquisitive listener with a guide to exploring the many layers of meaning found in Bach's Christmas Oratorio. The first section offers a general sketch of the specific context in which this composition was created...



Identity and Difference
Essays on Music, Language and Time
Jonathan Cross, Jonathan Harvey, Helmut Lachenmann, Albrecht Wellmer, Richard Klein
This volume is a collection of essays based on lectures given at the Orpheus Institute in Ghent at various occasions over the last four years. Two of our five distinguished authors are British, three are Germans. Two are prominent composers and both...



The Death of Franz Liszt Based on the Unpublished Diary of His Pupil Lina Schmalhausen
"If only I do not die here." After falling ill during a visit to Bayreuth, Franz Liszt uttered this melancholy refrain throughout his final days, which were spent in rented rooms in a house opposite Wahnfried, the home of his daughter Cosima and his...



Story of a Friendship
The Letters of Dmitry Shostakovich to Isaak Glikman, 1941–1975
Dmitry Shostakovich, Isaak Glikman
After considerable hesitation and soul-searching I have decided to publish the letters Dmitry Dmitriyevich Shostakovich wrote to me. This choice by the composer's close friend Isaak Glikman brought the tormented feelings of the musical genius into...



Clara Schumann
The Artist and the Woman
Nancy B. Reich
This absorbing and award-winning biography tells the story of the tragedies and triumphs of Clara Wieck Schumann (1819–1896)β€”at once artist, composer, editor, teacher, wife, and mother of eight children.



Austria as Theater and Ideology
The Meaning of the Salzburg Festival
Michael P. Steinberg
Austria's renowned Salzburg Festival has from the outset engaged issues of cultural identity in a country that has difficulty coming to terms with its twentieth-century history. That this is the case was especially apparent in 1999, when the Austrian...



Zemlinsky
Antony Beaumont
Following his English edition of Alma Mahler-Werfel's Diaries 1898-1902, Antony Beaumont presents both the first comprehensive biography of the composer and conductor Alexander Zemlinsky (1871-1942) and a critical assessment of his...



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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