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Paul Simon: A Bio-Bibliography (Bio-Bibliographies in Music)
by James E. Perone
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Publication date: January 30, 2000
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Subjects: Simon, Paul,; 1941-; Bibliography
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The Self-Promoting Musician : Strategies for Independent Music Success
by Peter Spellman
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Subjects: Music; Business Aspects
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Gian Carlo Menotti: A Bio-Bibliography (Bio-Bibliographies in Music)
by Donald L. Hixon
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Publication date: February 28, 2000
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Subjects: Menotti, Gian Carlo,; 1911-; Bibliography
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Indian Music and the West
by Gerry Farrell
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Subjects: Music; Ethnomusicology
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Music and Humanism : An Essay in the Aesthetics of Music
by R. A. Sharpe
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Subjects: Aesthetics; Music; Philosophy and aesthetics
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Music and Gender
by Pirkko Moisala(Editor), et al
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Publication date: March 2000
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Subjects: Women musicians; Sex in music; Women And Music
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Dream:Western Poets in Russian Music
by S Larin, L Bekova
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And the Angel Sings:Music by Bruch
by Feidman, Shambadal
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A Performer's Guide to Medieval Music (Music: Scholarship and Performance Published in Cooperation With Early Music America)
by Ross W. Duffin(Editor)
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Publication date: March 2000
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Subjects: Music; History & Criticism; Instruction & Study
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Christian Minstrel (Earlier American Music, No 30)
by Jesse B. Aikin
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The Celestial Twins : Poetry and Music Through the Ages
by H. -T Kirby-Smith
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Publication date: January 2000
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Subjects: General; Lyric poetry; History and criticism
ISBN: 1558492259
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The Spheres of Music : A Gathering of Essays
by Leonard B. Meyer
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Publication date: February 2000
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Subjects: Music; History and criticism; Philosophy And Esthetics Of Music
ISBN: 0226521532
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The Spheres of Music : A Gathering of Essays
by Leonard B. Meyer
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Subjects: Music; History and criticism; History & Criticism
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George Gershwin (Bio-Bibliographies in Music)
by Norbert Carnovale
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Subjects: Gershwin, George,; 1898-1937; Bibliography
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The Wind and Wind-Chorus Music of Anton Bruckner (Contributions to the Study
of Music and Dance, No. 51)
by Keith William Kinder
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Publication date: February 2000
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Subjects: Bruckner, Anton,; 1824-1896; Criticism and interpretation
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The Romantic Age (Cambridge Readings in the Literature of Music)
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Subjects: Music; Music Of The 19th Century; Reference
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Music Therapy
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Subjects: Music
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The Sacred in Music
by Albert L. Blackwell
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Subjects: Religion - Worship - Music; Music; Hymns
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Vh1 Behind the Music : 1968
by Wayne Robins, Wayne Robbins
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Getting Started in Christian Music (Ccm Book)
by Reed Arvin(Editor), Academy of Gospel Music Arts
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Subjects: Contemporary Christian music; Writing and publishing; Church music
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Drumming for the Gods : The Life and Times of Felips Garcia Villamil, Santero, Palero, and Abakua (Studies in Latin American and Caribbean Music) by Maria Teresa Velez
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Subjects: Garcia Villamil, Felipe,; 1931-; Drummers (Musicians)
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Dissecting Marilyn Manson
by Gavin Baddeley
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Publication date: January 25, 2000
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Subjects: Music; Rock Music; Popular
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Readers with a predilection for biography have had an especially rich crop of offerings this year, from Michael Kennedy's reassessment of Richard Strauss to the colorful, anecdote-studded memoir of contemporary composer Hans Werner Henze and Howard Pollack's deeply informative portrait of Aaron Copland. For aficionados of cultural studies, Mark Grant's history of American musical criticism and Steven Watson's "Prepare for Saints" have been among the most absorbing books to come along. Meanwhile, Leon Plantinga's marvelous, exhaustive study of Beethoven's concertos is replete with insights into a composer about whom there is never too much to know. Happy reading!

1. "Beethoven's Concertos: History, Style, Performance"
by Leon Plantinga
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Analysis of Beethoven's concertos here yields insights into almost every aspect of the composer's work. Even readers who are not pianists will find helpful, practical information about when and how a soloist might participate in the orchestral sections of classical concertos, systems of tuning in the period, cadenzas, and historical ideas about tempo. They will also enjoy Plantinga's direct, colorful writing style.

2. "Richard Strauss: Man, Musician, Enigma"
by Michael Kennedy
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Michael Kennedy undertakes to penetrate Strauss's contradictions and see the man whole. Through his impressive access to diaries, letters, and living relatives, he posits an underlying consistency of attitude that made "art the reality in [Strauss's] life." Kennedy demystifies much of the received opinion that has developed around the composer. He devotes a significant portion of the book to the composer's position as president of the Reich Music Chamber and subsequent fall from grace both with the Nazis and in world opinion. In his view, Strauss becomes a "tragic figure, symbolizing the struggle to preserve beauty and style in Western European culture" against emerging barbarism.

3. "Bohemian Fifths: An Autobiography"
by Hans Werner Henze; translated by Stewart Spencer
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Hans Werner Henze's autobiography, like his music, is alternately elegant, dense, and humorous, with a clear love of history and classical beauty. Henze covers both his life and work through 1995. Anecdotes about almost all of Henze's music abound, but the most interesting comments are about music in general.

4. "The Four and the One: In Praise of String Quartets"
by David Rounds
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Why have so many great composers reserved some of their most profound, personal music for their string quartets? David Rounds suggests an explanation: the instrumental combination resembles human voices, and socially the group resembles a family or a gathering of friends carrying on a conversation. The author's premise is that in a quartet, four players and four instruments have to become one unit. The book begins with an introduction to the development of chamber music and ends with a guide to the quartet repertoire.

5. "Mozart: A Cultural Biography"
by Robert W. Gutman
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Robert Gutman portrays a musical genius who slowly and painfully achieved personal maturity as he emerged from the shadow of his domineering father. The rich cultural life of 18th-century Europe forms a vivid background for Mozart's professional and artistic evolution. Gutman's descriptions of Mozart's work are models of music writing for the lay reader: they capture the brilliance and beauty of the great composer's art in easily accessible language.

6. "Maestros of the Pen: A History of Classical Music
Criticism in America"
by Mark N. Grant
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Mark Grant tells the story of music criticism's evolution in the United States from shallow dilettantism into an enterprise that itself became an art. He considers the influence of critics as evangelists for music and as tastemakers. Grant also considers the now nearly vanished breed of the composer who doubled as critic. He ends with speculations about the current perilous state of music criticism and some of the new possibilities posed by the Internet. This book is indispensable to anyone interested in the practice and significance of critical writing about all of the arts--and it makes for a highly pleasurable read.

7. "Aaron Copland: The Life and Work of an Uncommon Man"
by Howard Pollack
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This superb biography elucidates Aaron Copland's background, beliefs, affiliations, and achievements. Howard Pollack depicts Copland as a man whose inner serenity and self-confidence enabled him to encompass "startling dichotomies" in his life and work. The author writes with a clarity and dignity eminently suitable to his subject, who seems as warmly appealing as his music.

8. "Twentieth Century Opera: A Guide"
by George Martin
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George Martin begins with a group of essays on such topics as how World War I was the defining event for the form of opera in this century, the two "revolutions" in opera (12-tone music and electronic amplification), and the literary quality of opera librettos. The bulk of the book offers a chronological series of 90 plot synopses. Martin is a refreshingly honest opera companion, quite free with his opinions.

9. "Prepare for Saints: Gertrude Stein, Virgil Thomson, and the Mainstreaming of American Modernism"
by Steven Watson
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When "Four Saints in Three Acts" premiered in 1934, it caused a sensation, making it virtually unique among American operas. Forever associated with that first production, "Four Saints" became a cult object and a landmark of the avant-garde. Steven Watson's deft study follows the opera's creation and the cultural constellation whose mission was to see it produced. The opera came to represent the moment when modernism intersected with high society and became chic.

10. "New World Symphonies: How American Culture Changed European Music"
by Jack Sullivan
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Beginning with the touchstone "New World" symphony of Dvorak, Jack Sullivan takes readers on a tour of music history right up to the present day. His study centers on the American writers, poets, and styles that have influenced the Old World. The book ends with a long consideration of the effects of jazz, which Sullivan views as *the* American classical music.

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"The Musical Dialogue: Thoughts on Monteverdi, Bach and Mozart"
by Nikolaus Harnoncourt
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Nikolaus Harnoncourt has been one of the most important and influential leaders of the 20th-century revival of Baroque instruments and period performance practice--not just because he's a hardworking and talented musician, but because he's articulate. "The Musical Dialogue" is a valuable collection of lectures and essays laying out his ideas. Here Harnoncourt gets specific: he discusses how Monteverdi, Bach, and Mozart used particular instruments and forms and talks about his own experience analyzing and performing specific works. Among the topics he treats are the various possibilities for instrumentation in Monteverdi's works (and why there are so many) and the performance history of the "St. Matthew Passion" and the Mass in B Minor. Perhaps most valuable are Harnoncourt's discussions of Mozart: for example, how the meaning of tempo markings such as "allegro" and "andante" has changed from the 18th century to today, and the many and varied conventions of phrasing that were widely understood--and therefore were not written out in Mozart's scores and performing parts. One caveat: these essays were written in the 1970s and 1980s, and there are a few cases where subsequent events have overtaken Harnoncourt's comments. Nevertheless, the observations of this important, influential, and idiosyncratic maestro make fascinating reading.

"Believing in Opera"
by Tom Sutcliffe
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The tension between opera's conservatives and innovators has gone on for years: the defenders of an established canon take issue with those who want fresh perspectives. Directors grow increasingly daring, and they often stir controversy with extreme interpretations. Tom Sutcliffe, a British opera journalist, stands firmly with the innovators. He sees opera's future health in its ability to reimagine its classics. His descriptions of the work of provocative directors in the past two decades make a persuasive case, even when some of the productions sound like misfires. Sutcliffe locates the true effect of a performance inside the mind of the spectator. For him, "believing" in a performance--the ability to become engaged and stirred by it--is the crucial sign of its worth. It is a measure that allows the greatest latitude in interpretation. Sutcliffe examines the work of some aggressively imaginative directors such as Patrice Chereau, Peter Sellars, and Richard Jones. Live performances are difficult to write about for those who haven't seen them. Sutcliffe fails to solve the problem with excessively minute descriptions of staging, which tend to obscure his larger points. His uninflected prose style, perhaps designed for reportorial accuracy, doesn't help. Nevertheless, his study will stimulate those who see opera as a limitless source of theatrical riches.

"Beethoven: His Spiritual Development"
by J.W.N. Sullivan
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Great creative artists can engage people's imagination for centuries. Beethoven, as man and composer, has inspired innumerable books both by his contemporaries and later writers, and it is proof of his endlessly fascinating, controversial nature that they all throw a different light on some aspect of his life and work. Since Sullivan wrote his book in 1927, much new information about Beethoven, his character, his illnesses, and his relationships has come to light, but it is still a valid contribution to the Beethoven literature. Sullivan's basic theory is that Beethoven's greatness lies in his extraordinary perceptions, his heightened experiences and "states of consciousness," and his ability to organize and synthesize these into a musical expression of a "view of life." He asserts that Beethoven's initially despairing, then defiant struggle against his suffering--especially his deafness and resulting isolation-- gives his middle-period works their heroism, and that his ultimate acceptance of it as necessary to his creativity marks the peak of his "spirituality" and gives his latest works their unparalleled sublimity. Sullivan, who is not a musician, offers some interesting, if sometimes extravagantly extramusical, analyses of Beethoven's works. He also makes subjective, high-handed value judgments. But his book brings up questions about beauty and greatness in art, the relationship between moral character and genius, and the impact of a person's personal experiences upon creativity--all age-old but forever timely.

"La Callas"
by Andre Tubeuf
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It's hard to believe there's a whole new generation of opera lovers who have come of age with little acquaintance with the unparalleled art of Maria Callas. This singer was a key catalyzing element in the postwar renaissance of fascination with opera's possibilities--musical and dramatic--that continues into the present. Of course, the techniques of "mechanical reproduction" can only hint at the unique aura that this icon--known to her admirers as "La Divina"--possessed. But no opera lover should be without at least some examples of her recorded legacy, say in such signature roles as Tosca, Norma, or Violetta in "La Traviata." As for that other crucial aspect of the Callas aura--her mesmerizing stage presence--this attractively produced book offers a tantalizing hint, whether for the longtime Callas fanatic or the budding operaphile. Copublished by the Vendome Press (which is also the source for the lavishly illustrated coffee-table tribute to the Great Tenors), "La Callas" is essentially a visual essay comprising 40-plus black-and-white photographs. We see the artist backstage, in her private life, and wearing the masks of several of her great roles. When Callas becomes the medium for one of these character interpretations--Medea, Lucia, Butterfly--the utter transformation registered by the camera is still transfixing. Introducing the photographs is a short but notionally rich essay by French music critic Andre Tubeuf, consisting of a thumbnail sketch of Callas's life and some thoughtful musings on the significance of her fame. Those seeking an in-depth assessment of Callas's legacy will do well by John Ardoin's well-regarded "The Callas Legacy"; the recent controversial biography by Stelios Galatopoulos should also be of interest.

CD BOX SETS/"BACH 2000" GIVEAWAY
The year 1999 has seen an explosion of big (really big!) CD box sets. From John Adams to Teldec's "Bach 2000" edition of the complete works of J.S. Bach, there have never been so many great classical box sets to beef up your collection. Here's a list including the most impressive new box releases. And remember to check Amazon.com's Classical store for our exciting "Bach 2000" giveaway promotion. CD BOXED Set/Order

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"The Messiah: An Oratorio Complete Vocal Score"
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Ever since its premier in 1742, Handel's "Messiah" has remained one of the most popular pieces of music ever composed. Although the piece was originally written as an Easter work, no Christmas season seems complete without its resounding choruses and immensely varied, heartfelt arias. And this popular piano-vocal edition of the score is a must-have if you plan to join in on a Handel sing-along. Moreover, the seemingly infinite number of recorded versions of the oratorio can present a daunting choice to the record buyer. Amazon.com contributor Ted Libbey weighs the merits of some of the more prominent interpretations in this discography. Book Review/Order

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