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The Death of Franz Liszt Based on the Unpublished Diary of His Pupil Lina Schmalhausen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)—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...



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...



Quintet
Five Journeys toward Musical Fulfillment
David Blum
Quintet presents compelling portraits of five artists known and loved by aficionados of classical music: the cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the conductor Jeffrey Tate, the violinist Josef Gingold, the pianist Richard Goode, and the opera singer Birgit Nilsson...



Osmin's Rage
Philosophical Reflections on Opera, Drama, and Text
Peter Kivy
In his new concluding chapter, Peter Kivy advances his argument on behalf of a distinctive intellectual and musical character of opera before Mozart. He proposes that happy endings were a musical—as opposed to a dramatic—necessity for opera during...



The Music of Elliott Carter
David Schiff
Arguably the most important American composer of the century, Elliott Carter often has been more highly regarded in Europe than in his native land. Interest in his work has grown rapidly in recent years, however, and the celebration of his ninetieth...



Symphonia
A Critical Edition of the "Symphonia Armonie Celestium Revelationum" (Symphony of the Harmony of Celestial Revelations)
Hildegard of Bingen, Hildegard of Bingen
For this revised edition of Hildegard's liturgical song cycle, Barbara Newman has redone her prose translations of the songs, updated the bibliography and discography, and made other minor changes. Also included is an essay by Marianne Richert...



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