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Description, Specifications, More Photos, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, California, Glatter-Götz/Rosales

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Specifications, St. Mark's Church, Burlington, North Carolina, Schantz

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Specifications, First Church, UCC, Wenham, Massachusetts, Schantz

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Church of St. Pius X, Loudonville, New York, Wicks

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Description, University of the South, School of Theology, Sewannee, Tennessee, Casavant

cover African American Concert Singers Before 1950 by Darryl Glenn Nettles
Marian Roberts, Roland Hayes, and Paul Robeson were among the most visible early African American concert singers, but they were not the only ones. Many others were involved in the arts as concert singers and, given the times in which they lived, achieved tremendous results in the face of great adversity and helped pave the way for the post–1950 African American vocal artist. Drawn from articles, reviews, programs, biographical sources, and interviews, this work is a survey of the unknown early African American concert singers. Much of the information from periodicals was taken from The New York Amsterdam News, The Chicago Defender, and The New York Age. The book covers the African Americans who came before Roberts, Hayes, and Robeson, and details the opportunities available in Europe for black concert singers.

cover Bartok and the Piano: A Performer's View by Barbara Nissman

cover Biographical and Bibliographical Checklist of Principal Works Related to Western Music Published... by Samuel J. Rogal

cover Britten on Music by Benjamin Britten, Paul Kildea (Editor)
Benjamin Britten was a most reluctant public speaker. Yet his contributions were without doubt a major factor in the transformation during his lifetime of the structure of the art-music industry. This book, by bringing together all his published articles, unpublished speeches, drafts, and transcriptions of numerous radio interviews, explores the paradox of a reluctant yet influential cultural commentator, artist, and humanist. Whether talking about his own music, about the role of the artist in society, about music criticism, or wading into a debate on Soviet ideology at the height of the cold war, Britten always gave a performance which reinforced the notion of a private man who nonetheless saw the importance of public disclosure.

cover The Death of Franz Liszt: Based on the Unpublished Diary of His Pupil Lina Schmalhausen by Alan Walker (Editor), 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 deceased son-in-law Richard Wagner. Attended by incompetent doctors and ignored and treated coldly by his daughter, the great composer endured needless pain and indignity, according to a knowledgeable eyewitness. Lina Schmalhausen, his student, caregiver, and close companion, recorded in her diary a graphic description of her teacher’s illness and death. Alan Walker here presents this never-before-published account of Liszt’s demise in the summer of 1886. Walker, whose three-volume biography of Liszt was praised as "without rival" by Time, states that "no one who is remotely interested in the life and work of Franz Liszt can remain unaffected by the diary." Schmalhausen’s tale of neglect, family indifference, and medical malpractice was considered so explosive at the time of its writing that it was kept from public view. The twenty-two-year-old Schmalhausen was regarded with suspicion by many in the composer’s inner circle, as well as by other confidants, and a sanitized and inaccurate depiction of Liszt’s death made its way into the history books. For this volume, Walker has overseen the translation and thoroughly annotated the eighty-one-page handwritten diary, and added a selection of illustrations. A prologue contains important background information on Liszt himself and on Lina Schmalhausen’s diary. An epilogue discusses the funeral and ensuing controversies over disposition of the composer’s remains.

cover Guillaume de Machaut and Reims : Context and Meaning in his Musical Works by Anne Walters Robertson
Guillaume de Machaut, fourteenth-century French composer and poet, wrote the first polyphonic Mass and many other important musical works. Friend of royalty, prelates, noted poets, and musicians, Machaut was a cosmopolitan presence in late medieval Europe. He also served as canon of the cathedral of Reims, the coronation site of French kings. From this penetrating study of his music, Machaut emerges as a composer deeply involved in the great crises of his day, one who skillfully and artfully expressed profound themes of human existence in ardent music and poetry.

cover Lost in the Stars: The Forgotten Musical Career of Alexander Siloti by Charles Barber

cover Musical Instruments of the Bible by Jeremy Montagu

cover Musical Performance : A Guide to Understanding by John Rink (Editor)
This book unravels the complexities of playing music and reveals aspects of learning, playing and responding to music relevant to performances of all levels. A survey of performance through the ages leads to a presentation of basic historical, analytical and psychological concepts. Four chapters follow on teaching, development, practice and memorization. The next section considers the "translation" from score to sound, physical projection, ensemble playing and performance anxiety. The final section addresses the act of listening, the legacy of recordings, music criticism and "performers on performance".

cover Pierre De LA Rue and Musical Life at the Habsburg-Burgundian Court: Beginnings by Honey Meconi
For twenty-four or more years composer Pierre de la Rue (d. 1518) provided music for one of the leading musical institutions of his day, the grande chapelle of the Habsburg-Burgundian court. Serving successive rulers Maximilian I, Philip the Fair, Juana of Castile, Marguerite of Austria, and the future Charles V, La Rue surpassed a dozen composer colleagues in his creation of polyphony to meet the needs of the court and its extravagant liturgy. This study, the first ever in English, traces La Rue's life and career, explores aspects of his compositional output, and recounts the reawakening of modern scholarship to his unique contributions.

cover Schumann's Dichterliebe and Early Romantic Poetics : Fragmentation of Desire by Beate Julia Perrey
Schumann's famous song cycle Dichterliebe of 1840 is one of the most enigmatic works in the Western musical repertoire. This book employs Romantic poetics and recent critical thought to help explain the mysterious magnetism of this essentially fragmentary work. A musico-poetic analysis demonstrates the voice of the "Other" and presents Schumann as the "second poet of the poem" when setting Heine's famous Lyrisches Intermezzo. Methodologically, the analysis attempts to synthesize philosophical, literary-critical, music-analytical and psycho-analytical modes of thought.

cover Selling Britten: Music and the Market Place by Paul Francis Kildea
Benjamin Britten's relationships with Boosey & Hawkes, Decca, Covent Garden, the Aldeburgh Festival, the English Opera Group, and the Arts Council, had a huge influence on the music he wrote. This book explores the effect of these commercial and national institutions on the music of one of the foremost British composers of the twentieth century.

cover The Solo Cantata in Eighteenth-Century Britain: A Thematic Catalog by Paul F. Rice

cover Pipe Organ of the Mormon Tabernacle
On this CD:
1. Symphony No. 1 for organ, in D Minor, Op 14 Final
2. Rythmic Suite for organ Pavane
3. Preludes and Fugues (3,) for organ, Op. 99
4. Variations for organ, Op. 40/1
5. Organ Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 65/3
6. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23 Morning Mood
7. Reverie for organ
8. Toccata and Fugue for organ in D minor, BWV 565
9. Cantata No. 156, "Ich steh mit einem Fuss im Grabe," BWV 156 Arioso
10. Rejoice! 14 Improvisations on Hymn Meoldies Toccatino Con Rico Tino
11. Sonata for organ on Psalm 94
12. Extemporizations on Two Familiar Melodies

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