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The Classical StyleThe Classical Style: Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart In this remarkable study, an established classic, Charles Rosen surveys the language of the music of the classical period. He concentrates on the three major figures of the time, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, because 'it is in terms of their achievements that the musical vernacular can best be defined'. He follows the development of each composer's best known genres: for Haydn, the symphony and string quartet; for Mozart, the concerto, string quintet and comic opera; for Beethoven, the piano sonata. In addition, the author ranges widely through material which falls outside these categories. Classical Music Books.

Il Divo"Il Divo" This work features the debut release from this international quartet of male vocalists singing classical pop material. It also includes expanded vocal arrangements. Songs include: "Dentro Un Altro Si"; "Every Time I Look At You"; "Feelings"; "Hoy Que Ya No Estas Aqui"; "Mama"; "My Way"; "Nella Fantasia"; "The Man You Love"; "Ti Amero"; "Unbreak My Heart"; and "Unchained Melody".

The History of Classical MusicThe History of Classical Music From Gregorian Chant to Henryk Gorecki, the first living classical composer to get into the pop album charts, here is the fascinating story of over a thousand years of Western classical music and the composers who have sought to express in music the deepest of human feelings and emotions.

Romantic MusicRomantic Music: A Concise History from Schubert to Sibelius (World of Art S.) Looks at how Romanticism differs from Classicism, and discusses the works of Paganini, Donizetti, Berlioz, Chopin, Liszt, Wagner, Verdi, Grieg, Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler, Puccini, and Rakhmaninov.

The Oxford Companion to MusicThe Oxford Companion to Music The Oxford Companion to Music is a comprehensive and authoritative reference work, which, like its famous predecessors, will be invaluable to both professional and amateur musicians, and general music lovers. A distinguished and international team of contributors covers a broad sweep of musical subjects, ranging from composers and performers to instruments and genres.

The Real AmadeusMozart: The Real Amadeus (New Horizons S.) Mozart lived for just 35 years - years in which he knew great joy and great sorrow, and composed music that was to enrich the lives of millions yet unborn. An infant prodigy, he wrote his first minuet at the age of six, his first opera at eleven. He died on December 1791 with "The Magic Flute" completed just a few months earlier, the "Requiem" still unfinished; and his story has become a legend. Popular myth represented him as a simple-minded youth with a miraculous musical gift: the truth is far more complicated and exciting.

Choral MasterworksChoral Masterworks: A Listener's Guide Choral Masterworks: A Listener's Guide", the only such guide available to this most popular of musical forms. Here are more than fifty illuminating essays on the classic choral masterworks, ranging from Handel's "Messiah", Bach's "Mass in B Minor", and Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis", to works by Haydn, Brahms, Mendelssohn, and many others.

Margot FonteynMargot Fonteyn Margot Fonteyn born plain Peggy Hookham was dreamed into existence by the architects of British ballet: Ninette de Valois, Frederick Ashton and Constant Lambert. Carried to fame on a wave of wartime patriotism, Margot's sense of duty rather than ambition propelled her forward. Yet her gifts were such that her pre-eminence would come to eclipse the careers of subsequent generations. Ballet is a fairytale world; if Margot, like the pure and poetic heroine of Swan Lake, was a natural Odette, she would also have to contend with virtue's raw shadow-side in the guise of Constant Lambert, Roberto Arias and Rudolph Nureyev the men who, like Von Rothbart, were to take possession of her heart.

Exploring Twentieth Century MusicExploring Twentieth-Century Music: Tradition and Innovation In this wide-ranging book, Arnold Whittall considers a group of important composers of the twentieth century, including Debussy, Webern, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Bartok, Janacek, Britten, Carter, Birtwistle, Andriessen and Adams. He moves skilfully between the cultural and the technical, the general and the particular, to explore the various contexts and critical perspectives which illuminate certain works by these composers. Considering the extent to which place and nationality contribute to the definition of musical character, he investigates the relevance of such images as mirroring and symmetry, the function of genre and the way types of identity may be suggested by such labels as classical, modernist, secular, sacred radical, traditional. These categories are considered as flexible and interactive and they generate a wide-ranging series of narratives delineating some of the most fundamental forces which affected composers and their works within the complex and challenging world of the twentieth century.

Classical Music for DummiesClassical Music for Dummies (For Dummies S.) The more you know about classical music, the more you love it. Now, thanks to Classical Music For Dummies, you can achieve a whole new level of insight into both the composers and the compositions that have made classical music one of the great accomplishments of humankind. Classical Music For Dummies doesn't assume that you have a degree in musicology, or even that you took a course in music appreciation. Rather, the multimedially gifted David Pogue and renowned conductor Scott Speck explain classical music in terms you can understand, and they describe musical elements so that you can hear them for yourself. A reference you can dip into at any point, Classical Music For Dummies covers such topics as, The various forms that classical music takes, from symphonies to string quartets, What goes on behind the scenes and on stage to fill a concert hall with great classical music, How to recognize, by sight and by sound, the many instruments that make up an orchestra. The nuts and bolts of classical music, from rhythm to harmonic progression Plus, Classical Music For Dummies comes complete with a CD containing over 60 minutes of masterpieces compiled especially for the book. The CD also includes a demo version of the Angel/EMI Classics For Dummies TM multimedia interface to try out on your Windows-based PC or Macintosh computer.

Russell Watson - The Voice - Live Russell Watson DVD. Russell Watson has brought opera to a wider audience. His two albums are a mix of classics and pop, both have sold like wildfire, to confound his critics.

The Voice: the Ultimate Collection The Voice, the Ultimate Collection. Inaugural best of collection from self-taught, Salford born classical crossover vocalist. Showcases the wide variety of styles he has effortlessly turned his hand to throughout his career, from well-worn arias, through Italian traditional and pop standards. Includes two duets including the infamous version of 'Barcelona' with Shaun Ryder which launched Watson's career, as well as two new songs.

Andrea Bocelli - A Night In Tuscany [1997] Andrea Bocelli bestselling DVD, A Night In Tuscany. Part concert, part documentary, part travelogue, this hit duplicates the success of Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli's albums and underscores his unique crossover appeal.

Andrea Bocelli - Sacred Arias [1999] Andrea Bocelli, Sacred Arias DVD. Originally broadcast on public television, this remarkable concert features world-renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli return to that city of timeless and eternal beauty, Rome.

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