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Les Chefs-d'œuvre classiques de la musique

By Roland de Candé

Ce livre, dont l'objet est l. a. vulgarisation de l. a. musique classique, est à l. a. fois réjouissant et frustrant. Réjouissant, automobile il contient une mine d'informations, étayées mais présentées avec une clarté quasi scientifique, sans souci d'exhaustivité inutile ou de commentaires que seuls les spécialistes comprendront. Frustrant, motor vehicle, comme tout livre se voulant grand public, il établit des choix, ne retient que l'essentiel, laissant donc de côté nombre de chefs-d'oeuvre de l. a. musique classique. Le postulat de Roland de Candé est uncomplicated : par chefs-d'oeuvre classiques, il entend les walls que notre tradition occidentale identifie clairement comme des modèles, situant los angeles fin de ces trésors culturels universels à Stravinsky, Bartók et Berg. go out donc Boulez ou Messiaen. Une fois ce principe de départ accepté, l'on se laissera guidé par ce musicologue qui rend los angeles musique available : un foisonnement d'idées, de recommendations musicaux, de courants esthétiques multiples, que Roland de Candé manie avec dextérité. --Pierre Guillaume

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Opera 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Opera

By Fred Plotkin

Opera is the quickest starting to be of the entire appearing arts, attracting audiences of every age who're enthralled by means of the attractive song, bright drama, and luxurious creation values. If you could have determined that the time has eventually come to benefit approximately opera and detect for your self what it truly is approximately opera that sends your regularly reserved buddies into states of ecstatic abandon, this is often the publication for you.

Opera 101 is well-known because the commonplace textual content in English for somebody who desires to develop into an opera lover--a transparent, pleasant, and actually entire guide to studying tips on how to take heed to opera, no matter if at the radio, on recordings, or dwell on the opera apartment. Fred Plotkin, an across the world revered author and instructor approximately opera who for a few years used to be functionality supervisor of the Metropolitan Opera, introduces the reader (whatever his or her point of musical wisdom) to the entire components that make up opera, including:

  • A short, exciting heritage of opera;
  • An rationalization of key operatic ideas, from vocal varieties to musical conventions;
  • Hints at the most sensible strategy to process the 1st opera you attend and the way to most sensible comprehend what's taking place either offstage and on;
  • Lists of advised books and recordings, and the main whole traveler's consultant to opera homes round the world.

the foremost a part of Opera 101 is dedicated to a nearly minute-by-minute research of 11 key operas, starting from Verdi's thunderous masterpiece Rigoletto and Puccini's electrifying Tosca via works through Mozart, Donizetti, Rossini, Offenbach, Tchaikovsky, and Wagner, to the mental complexities of Richard Strauss's Elektra. upon getting accomplished Opera 101, you may be ready to work out and listen to any opera you stumble upon, because of this book's unprecedentedly certain and stress-free approach to revealing the riches of opera.

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World Music: A Very Short Introduction

World Music attracts readers right into a amazing variety of ancient encounters, within which tune had the ability to awaken the unique and to provide voice to the unvoiced. through the volume's 8 chapters the reader witnesses music's involvement within the glossy international, but additionally the person moments and specific histories which are the most important to an figuring out of music's variety. This ebook is wide-ranging in its geographical scope, but person chapters supply in-depth remedies of chosen song cultures and neighborhood tune histories. The ebook often zooms in on repertoires and musicians--such as Bob Marley, Dana foreign, Bartok, and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan--and makes an attempt to account for global music's turning out to be presence and recognition in the beginning of the twenty-first century.

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A Night at the Opera: An Irreverent Guide to The Plots, The Singers, The Composers, The Recordings (Modern Library Paperbacks)

By Sir Denis Forman

With an encyclopedic wisdom of opera and a pleasant sprint of irreverence, Sir Denis Forman throws open the realm of opera--its constitution, composers, conductors, and artists--in this highly informative consultant. an evening on the Opera dissects the eighty-three preferred operas recorded on compact disc, from Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur to Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. for every opera, Sir Denis info the plot and solid of characters, awarding stars to elements which are "worth searching for," "really good," or, sometimes, "stunning." He is going directly to inform the background of every opera and its early reception. ultimately, every one paintings is graded from alpha to gamma (although the hoop cycle will get an "X"), and Sir Denis has no qualms approximately voicing his opinion: the 1st act of Fidelio is "a little bit of a mess," whereas the final scene of Don Giovanni "towers above the comedian finales of Figaro and Così and even if [it] is Mozart's maximum opera, it's definitely his strongest finale."
The advisor additionally provides short biographies of the nice composers, conductors, and singers. A word list of musical phrases is integrated, in addition to Operatica, or the basic parts of opera, from the right kind position and magnificence of the audience's applause (and boos) to using surtitles.
A evening on the Opera is for connoisseurs and neophytes alike. it is going to entertain and tell, pride and (perhaps) infuriate, offering a topic for full of life debate and prepared reference for future years.

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Mozart: A Life

By Maynard Solomon

On the party of Mozart's 2 hundred and 50th birthday, learn Maynard Solomon's Mozart: A Life, universally hailed because the Mozart biography of our time.

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The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience (Music in American Life)

By Stephen Wade

The attractive track throughout Us provides the terribly wealthy backstories of 13 performances captured on Library of Congress box recordings among 1934 and 1942 in destinations attaining from Southern Appalachia to the Mississippi Delta and the good Plains. together with the kid's play track "Shortenin' Bread," the mess around song "Bonaparte's Retreat," the blues "Another guy performed Gone," and the non secular "Ain't No Grave Can carry My physique Down," those performances have been recorded in kitchens and church buildings, on porches and in prisons, in lodge rooms and college auditoriums. Documented in the course of the golden age of the Library of Congress recordings, they seize not just the phrases and tunes of conventional songs but in addition the sounds of existence during which the performances have been embedded: young children snigger, acquaintances remark, vehicles move by.

Musician and researcher Stephen Wade sought out the performers on those recordings, their households, fellow musicians, and others who remembered them. He reconstructs the attractions and sounds of the recording classes themselves and the way the tune labored in all their lives. a few of these performers built musical reputations past those box recordings, yet for plenty of, those tracks signify their merely appearances on checklist: prisoners on the Arkansas nation penal complex leaping on "the Library's recording desktop" in a rendering of "Rock Island Line"; Ora Dell Graham being referred to as clear of the schoolyard to sing the jump-rope rhyme "Pullin' the Skiff"; Luther powerful shaking off a hungover evening in penal complex and borrowing a mess around to tear into "Glory within the Meetinghouse."

Alongside loving and specialist profiles of those performers and their locales and groups, Wade additionally untangles the histories of those iconic songs and tunes, tracing them via slave songs and spirituals, British and homegrown ballads, mess around contests, gospel quartets, and exertions laments. via exploring how those singers and instrumentalists exerted their very own creativity on inherited varieties, "amplifying tradition's gifts," Wade indicates how a unmarried artist could make a distinction inside of a democracy.

Reflecting many years of analysis and detective paintings, the profiles and ample images in The attractive song throughout Us deliver to lifestyles principally unheralded individuals--domestics, farm workers, kingdom prisoners, schoolchildren, cowboys, housewives and moms, loggers and miners--whose tune has turn into a part of the broader American musical soundscape. The hardcover version additionally comprises an accompanying CD that offers those 13 performances, songs and sounds of the United States within the Nineteen Thirties and '40s.

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Best Music Writing 2011 (Da Capo Best Music Writing)

By Daphne Carr

Best track Writing has turn into some of the most eagerly awaited annuals of all of them. Celebrating the 12 months in tune writing via collecting a wealthy array of essays, missives, and musings on each variety of track from rock to hip-hop to R&B to jazz to pop to blues, it's crucial studying for an individual who loves nice track and finished writing. Scribes of each conceivable sort—novelists, poets, newshounds, musicians— are amassed to create a multi-voiced picture of the 12 months in song writing that, just like the song it illuminates, is every piece as exciting because it is riveting.

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Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty

What does it suggest to pay attention within the electronic period? this day, new applied sciences give the chance to roam immediately and experimentally throughout musical languages and generations, from Detroit techno to jam bands to baroque opera―or to dive deeper into the set of tastes that we have already got. both means, we will hearken to approximately something, at any time. the probabilities during this new age of listening overturn previous assumptions approximately what it capacity to correctly have fun with music―to be an “educated” listener.
In Every track Ever, the veteran New York Times song critic Ben Ratliff reimagines the very notion of song appreciation for our instances. As conventional subdivisions like “rock” and “jazz” subject much less and no more and music’s available earlier turns into longer and broader, listeners can set aside the intentions of composers and musicians and have interaction tune afresh, all alone phrases. Ratliff isolates sign musical traits―such as repetition, velocity, and virtuosity―and lines them throughout wildly various recordings to bare unforeseen connections. after we hear for slowness, for example, we could become aware of amazing affinities among the drone steel of Sunn O))), the mixtape manipulations of DJ Screw, Sarah Vaughan making a song “Lover Man,” and the ultimate works of Shostakovich. And if we hear for closeness, we'd discover how the tight harmonies of bluegrass vocals remove darkness from the virtuosic synchrony of John Coltrane’s quartet. Ratliff additionally is going looking for “the ideal moment”; considers what it potential to listen to emotion via sampling the advanced disappointment that powers the track of Nick Drake and Slayer; and examines the which means of sure universal behaviors, equivalent to the impulse to record and own the total functionality background of the thankful Dead.
Encompassing the sounds of 5 continents and a number of other centuries, Ratliff’s publication is an crafty paintings of feedback and a lesson in open-mindedness. it's a definitive box consultant to our considerably altered musical habitat.

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The Blues: A Very Short Introduction

By Elijah Wald

Praised as "suave, soulful, ebullient" (Tom Waits) and "a meticulous researcher, a sleek author, and a dedicated contrarian" (New York occasions booklet Review), Elijah Wald is likely one of the top well known tune critics of his iteration. In The Blues, Wald surveys a style on the middle of yankee tradition.
it isn't a simple factor to pin down. As Howlin' Wolf as soon as defined it, "When you ain't obtained no cash and cannot pay your home lease and cannot purchase you no nutrition, you might have rattling convinced bought the blues." it's been outlined by way of lyrical constitution, or as a development of chords, or as a suite of practices reflecting West African "tonal and rhythmic approaches," utilizing a five-note "blues scale." Wald sees blues much less as a method than as a large musical culture inside a always evolving popular culture. He lines its roots in paintings and compliment songs, and exhibits the way it used to be reworked by means of such specialist performers as W. C. convenient, who first popularized the blues a century in the past. He follows its evolution from Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith via Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix; identifies the influence of rural box recordings of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Charley Patton and others; explores the position of blues within the improvement of either kingdom track and jazz; and appears on the well known rhythm and blues developments of the Nineteen Forties and Fifties, from the uptown West Coast sort of T-Bone Walker to the "down domestic" Chicago sound of Muddy Waters. Wald brings the tale as much as the current, relating the consequences of blues on American poetry, and its connection to fashionable kinds equivalent to rap.
as with every of Oxford's Very brief Introductions, The Blues tells you--with perception, readability, and wit--everything you must be aware of to appreciate this quintessentially American musical genre.

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Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s

By Tom Doyle

An illuminating examine the main tumultuous decade within the lifetime of a rock icon—the basically McCartney biography in a long time in response to firsthand interviews with the ex-Beatle himself.

because the Nineteen Seventies all started, the Beatles ended, leaving Paul McCartney to stand the hot decade with purely his spouse Linda through his facet. Holed up at his farmhouse in Scotland, he sank right into a deep melancholy. To outsiders, McCartney gave the look of a guy adrift—intimidated via his personal reputation, paralyzed through the alternatives that lay sooner than him, separate from from his musical moorings. yet what seemed to be the sorrowful finale of a wonderful occupation used to be only the start of a impressive moment act.

The manufactured from a protracted sequence of one-on-one interviews among McCartney and Scottish rock journalist Tom Doyle, Man at the Run chronicles Paul McCartney’s decadelong attempt to flee the shadow of his earlier, outrace his critics, and defy the expectancies of his enthusiasts. From the sour and painful breakup of the Beatles to the sobering warning sign of John Lennon’s homicide, this can be a deeply revealing examine a occasionally scary, usually exhilarating interval within the lifetime of the world’s most famed rock star.

Sensing that he had nowhere to move yet up, Paul McCartney began over from scratch. With emotional—and musical—backing from Linda, he published eccentric solo albums and launched into a nomadic hippie way of life. He shaped a brand new band, Wings, which first took flight on a ramshackle journey of British college cities and at last back Paul to the summit of enviornment rock superstardom.

In Man at the Run, Doyle follows McCartney contained in the recording classes for Wings’ vintage album Band at the Run—and presents context for many of the baffling misfires in his discography. Doyle tracks the dizzying highs and exasperating lows of a existence lived within the public highlight: the richly over the top international excursions, the japanese drug bust that almost ended McCartney’s occupation, his sour public feuds along with his erstwhile Beatle bandmates, and the aftermath of an notorious drug-and-alcohol-fueled jam consultation the place McCartney helped reconcile the estranged John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

For Paul McCartney, the Nineteen Seventies have been a wild experience with a few darkish turns. Set opposed to the backdrop of a turbulent decade, Man at the Run casts the “sunny Beatle” in a completely new light.

Praise for guy at the Run

““Tom Doyle’s distinctive chronicle, which include infrequent interviews with McCartney and previous Wings individuals, portrays a band that used to be way more contentious than eager-to-please hits like 1976’s ‘Let ’Em In’ had us think, fronted through a legend who desired to be either boss and blood brother. The e-book is larded with stories of Seventies rock-star extra, Paul and Linda’s love of weed, docked paychecks, and grousing musicians.”Rolling Stone

“Well-researched yet nonetheless breezy and fascinating, the booklet bargains a entire travel of the shaggy, bleary-eyed decade whilst the hardest-working ex-Beatle reached the zenith of his inventive and advertisement good fortune. . . . Man at the Run makes a superb contribution to the burgeoning literature dedicated to McCartney’s post-Beatles career.”The Boston Globe

“In the Seventies, a depressed, heavy-drinking Paul McCartney walked clear of The Beatles and reinvented himself because the chief of one other hitmaking rock ’n’ roll band. a brand new booklet through longtime Q journal contributing editor Tom Doyle approximately that turbulent interval within the mythical rock star’s lifestyles, Man at the Run, catches him in mid-flight.”Billboard

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