Started by Papy Oli, June 03, 2007, 10:13:37 AM
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Quote from: papy on June 04, 2007, 01:44:27 PM- Book subjects i'd like to find : *General history of composers and their historical context (more as an overview to start with, hence the book mentionned in my OP)*1st approach on how to listen to classical music (ordered the Aaron Copeland's "What to listen for in Music" to cover that angle).
Quote from: listener on March 14, 2011, 06:13:43 AMDonald Tovey's Essays in Musical Analysis (6 vol,) are definitely worth having. Some works get very detailed dissection, often with quotations. And written with a sense of humour.And Grazioso's post above re the Ross and Steinberg books too.
Quote from: Gurnatron5500 on March 14, 2011, 01:17:35 PMI have found these difficult books to own; i.e. - hard to find, expensive to buy.
Quote from: (poco) Sforzando on March 14, 2011, 05:44:39 PMI'm surprised to hear this. Quite a few are listed at Amazon for very little money.
Quote from: Lethe Dmitriyevich Shostakovich on June 20, 2011, 07:20:04 AMI picked up a secondhand copy of the Victor Book of Symphonies from 1934 (rev. 1948) by Charles O'Connell.[...]Another great benefit to the age of this book is that musicologists were real cantankerous sons of bitches back then which makes it fun to read the occasional outburst such as the following:Those who constitute the lunatic fringe of the musical world, the parasites and the camp followers of music, the little men who batten upon the largesse of the recording companies and acquire collections of records at the expense merely of the labor involved in writing ill-considered, ill-tempered, and ill-informed reviews, are inclined to regard the symphonic music of Franz Schubert rather lightly."After re-reading the sentence several times, I still don't know what it means, which is awesome. I highly recommend the book if you can find it cheaply - it's lengthy, with a moderate amount of musical examples, but is mostly text, and interesting at that.
Quote from: North Star on May 29, 2012, 01:01:26 AMThat series looks interesting, John.Others in the series:Sibelius: Symphony No. 5Janacek: Kát'a KabanováSchoenberg: Pierrot LunaireBerg: LuluBerg: WozzeckStravinsky: Oedipus Rex
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