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Music, Sense and Nonsense

Music, Sense and Nonsense

Collected Essays and Lectures

  • Author: Alfred Brendel
  • Publisher: Biteback Publishing
  • ISBN: 1849549613
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 464
  • View: 7823
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Alfred Brendel, one of the greatest pianists of our time, is renowned for his masterly interpretations of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Liszt, and has been credited with rescuing from oblivion the piano music of Schubert's last years. Far from having merely one string to his bow, however, Brendel is also one of the world's most remarkable writers on music - possessed of the rare ability to bring the clarity and originality of expression that characterised his performances to the printed page. The definitive collection of his award-winning writings and essays, Music, Sense and Nonsense combines all of his work originally published in his two classic books, Musical Thoughts and Afterthoughts and Music Sounded Out, along with significant new material on a lifetime of recording, performance habits and reflections on life and art. As well as providing stimulating reading, this new edition provides a unique insight into the exceptional mind of one of the outstanding musicians of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Whether discussing Bach or Beethoven, Schubert or Schoenberg, Brendel's reflections are illuminating and challenging, a treasure for the specialist and the music lover alike.

Music, Sense and Nonsense

Music, Sense and Nonsense

Collected Essays and Lectures

  • Author: Alfred Brendel
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781785902673
  • Category: Piano music
  • Page: 464
  • View: 3549
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The definitive collection of Brendel's award-winning essays and writings, on recording, performance and reflections on life and art.

Music, Sense and Nonsense

Music, Sense and Nonsense

Collected Essays and Lectures

  • Author: Alfred Brendel
  • Publisher: Robson Press
  • ISBN: 9781849549059
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 512
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The definitive collection of pianist Alfred Brendel s writings and essays on music."

Piano Pieces

Piano Pieces

  • Author: Russell Sherman
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • ISBN: 0374525005
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 256
  • View: 4449
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Russell Sherman has been hailed as "that rarest of performers--a thinking man's virtuoso" (Chicago Tribune), and Piano Pieces is his scintillating excursion into the world of piano and its multiple spheres of affect and influence. From pithy reflections on tone, technique, and the thorny matter of thumbs to ruminations on how such a machine could be the voice and repository of priceless human messages both lyrical and complex, Piano Pieces examines the current status of music, piano-playing, and pedagogy through the noisy filter of contemporary culture.

Alfred Brendel: Playing the Human Game

Alfred Brendel: Playing the Human Game

Collected Poems of Alfred Brendel

  • Author: Alfred Brendel
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • ISBN: 9780714859866
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 600
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Enchanting poems from the famous pianist Alfred Brendel.

Controversial Essays

Controversial Essays

  • Author: Thomas Sowell
  • Publisher: Hoover Press
  • ISBN: 0817929932
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 322
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One of conservatism's most articulate voices dissects today's most important economic, racial, political, education, legal, and social issues, sharing his entertaining and thought-provoking insights on a wide range of contentious subjects. --"This book contains an abundance of wisdom on a large number of economic issues." --Mises Review

Step Across This Line

Step Across This Line

Collected Nonfiction 1992-2002

  • Author: Salman Rushdie
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada
  • ISBN: 0307366529
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 416
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From one of the great novelists of our day, a vital, brilliant new book of essays, speeches and articles essential for our times. Step Across This Line showcases the other side of one of fiction’s most astonishing conjurors. On display is Salman Rushdie’s incisive, thoughtful and generous mind, in prose that is as entertaining as it is topical. The world is here, captured in pieces on a dazzling array of subjects: from New York’s Amadou Diallo case to the Wizard of Oz, from U2 to fifty years of Indian writing, from a tribute to Angela Carter to the struggle to film Midnight’s Children. The title essay was originally delivered at Yale as the 2002 Tanner lecture on human values, and examines the changing meaning of frontiers in the modern world -- moral and metaphorical frontiers as well as physical ones. The collection chronicles Rushdie’s intellectual journeys, but it is also an intimate invitation into his life: he explores his relationship to India through a moving diary of his first visit there in over a decade, “A Dream of Glorious Return.” Step Across This Line also includes “Messages From the Plague Years,” a historic set of letters, articles and reflections on life under the fatwa. Gathered together for the first time, this is Rushdie’s humane, intelligent and angry response to a grotesque threat, aimed not just at him but at free expression itself. Step Across This Line, Salman Rushdie’s first collection of non-fiction in a decade, has the same energy, imagination and erudition as his astounding novels -- along with some very strong opinions. From the Hardcover edition.

Music as Alchemy

Music as Alchemy

Journeys with Great Conductors and their Orchestras

  • Author: Tom Service
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 0571268714
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 304
  • View: 5730
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How are conductors' silent gestures magicked into sound by a group of more than a hundred brilliant but belligerent musicians? The mute choreography of great conductors has fascinated and frustrated musicians and music-lovers for centuries. Orchestras can be inspired to the heights of musical and expressive possibility by their maestros, or flabbergasted that someone who doesn't even make a sound should be elevated to demigod-like status by the public. This is the first book to go inside the rehearsal rooms of some of the most inspirational orchestral partnerships in the world - how Simon Rattle works at the Berlin Philharmonic, how Mariss Jansons deals with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, and how Claudio Abbado creates the world's most luxurious pick-up band every year with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. From London to Budapest, Bamberg to Vienna, great orchestral concerts are recreated as a collection of countless human and musical stories.

A Year from Monday

A Year from Monday

New Lectures and Writings

  • Author: John Cage
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • ISBN: 0819570559
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 179
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Includes lectures, essays, diaries and other writings, including "How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse)" and "Juilliard Lecture."

My Nine Lives

My Nine Lives

A Memoir of Many Careers in Music

  • Author: Leon Fleisher,Anne Midgette
  • Publisher: Anchor Books
  • ISBN: 0767931378
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 325
  • View: 7510
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The acclaimed pianist describes his thirty-year effort to battle a mysterious condition that rendered him unable to use two fingers, relating how he was miraculously cured by an experimental treatment.

Everything Is Connected

Everything Is Connected

The Power Of Music

  • Author: Daniel Barenboim
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0297856197
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 224
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A memoir by the master pianist, conductor and internationalist Daniel Barenboim - 'the closest thing that classical music can offer to Nelson Mandela' [THE TIMES] 'The power of music lies in is its ability to speak to all aspects of the human being-the animal, the emotional, the intellectual, and the spiritual. Music teaches us, in short, that everything is connected' Daniel Barenboim's new book vividly describes his lifelong pursuit of knowledge and understanding, not only of music and of life, but of one through the other.

Against Ambience and Other Essays

Against Ambience and Other Essays

  • Author: Seth Kim-Cohen
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • ISBN: 1501310348
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 224
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Against Ambience diagnoses - in order to cure - the art world's recent turn toward ambience. Over the course of three short months - June to September, 2013 - the four most prestigious museums in New York indulged the ambience of sound and light: James Turrell at the Guggenheim, Soundings at MoMA, Robert Irwin at the Whitney, and Janet Cardiff at the Met. In addition, two notable shows at smaller galleries indicate that this is not simply a major-donor movement. Collectively, these shows constitute a proposal about what we wanted from art in 2013. While we're in the soft embrace of light, the NSA and Facebook are still collecting our data, the money in our bank accounts is still being used to fund who-knows-what without our knowledge or consent, the government we elected is still imprisoning and targeting people with whom we have no beef. We deserve an art that is the equal of our information age. Not one that parrots the age's self-assertions or modes of dissemination, but an art that is hyper-aware, vigilant, active, engaged, and informed. We are now one hundred years clear of Duchamp's first readymades. So why should we find ourselves so thoroughly in thrall to ambience? Against Ambience argues for an art that acknowledges its own methods and intentions; its own position in the structures of cultural power and persuasion. Rather than the warm glow of light or the soothing wash of sound, Against Ambience proposes an art that cracks the surface of our prevailing patterns of encounter, initiating productive disruptions and deconstructions.

Bertrand Russell's Best

Bertrand Russell's Best

  • Author: Bertrand Russell
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134027192
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 144
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Bertrand Russell is regarded as one of the twentieth century’s greatest minds. Well-known for his profound knowledge and controversial approach to myriad of different issues and subjects such as sex, marriage, religion, education and politics, his prolific works also exhibit great intellectual wit and humour. First published in 1958, Bertrand Russell’s Best is a delightfully funny and entertaining book, and a striking testament to the remarkable life work and wit of Bertrand Russell.

Artful

Artful

  • Author: Ali Smith
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1101605839
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 256
  • View: 5722
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“A stimulating combination of literary criticism, essay, and fiction” (The New Yorker) from the incomparable Ali Smith Artful is a celebration of literature’s worth in and to the world—it is about the things art can do, the things art is made of, and the quicksilver nature of all artfulness. A magical hybrid that refuses to be tied down to either fiction or the essay form, Artful is narrated by a character who is haunted—literally—by a former lover, the writer of a series of lectures about art and literature. Ali Smith’s heady powers as a novelist and short story writer harmonize with her keen perceptions as a reader and critic to form a living thing that reminds us that life and art are never separate.

Schubert's Winter Journey

Schubert's Winter Journey

Anatomy of an Obsession

  • Author: Ian Bostridge
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 0307961648
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 528
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An exploration of the world’s most famous and challenging song cycle, Schubert's Winter Journey (Winterreise), by a leading interpreter of the work, who teases out the themes—literary, historical, psychological—that weave through the twenty-four songs that make up this legendary masterpiece. Completed in the last months of the young Schubert’s life, Winterreise has come to be considered the single greatest piece of music in the history of Lieder. Deceptively laconic—these twenty-four short poems set to music for voice and piano are performed uninterrupted in little more than an hour—it nonetheless has an emotional depth and power that no music of its kind has ever equaled. A young man, rejected by his beloved, leaves the house where he has been living and walks out into snow and darkness. As he wanders away from the village and into the empty countryside, he experiences a cascade of emotions—loss, grief, anger, and acute loneliness, shot through with only fleeting moments of hope—until the landscape he inhabits becomes one of alienation and despair. Originally intended to be sung to an intimate gathering, performances of Winterreise now pack the greatest concert halls around the world. Drawing equally on his vast experience performing this work (he has sung it more than one hundred times), on his musical knowledge, and on his training as a scholar, Bostridge teases out the enigmas and subtle meanings of each of the twenty-four lyrics to explore for us the world Schubert inhabited, his biography and psychological makeup, the historical and political pressures within which he became one of the world’s greatest composers, and the continuing resonances and affinities that our ears still detect today, making Schubert’s wanderer our mirror.

How to Get a First

How to Get a First

The Essential Guide to Academic Success

  • Author: Thomas Dixon
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134371314
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 192
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In this informative guide, Thomas Dixon argues that you do not have to be a genius to get a first at university. He sets out to de-mystify first-class degrees in the arts, humanities and social sciences, clearly articulating the difference between the excellent and the merely competent in undergraduate work. This concise, no-nonsense guidebook will give prospective and current students advice on teaching and learning styles that prevail in university and on how to manage their two most important resources - their time and their lecturers. In an accessible and entertaining style, the author looks at subjects such as: making the transition from school to university developing transferable skills making use of lectures and seminars using libraries and the Internet note-taking, essays, seminars and presentations common mistakes to avoid writing with clarity and style revision and examinations. Illustrated with many examples from a range of academic disciplines, How to Get a First is an all-purpose guide to success in academic life. Visit the companion website www.getafirst.com

Music at the Limits

Music at the Limits

  • Author: Edward Said
  • Publisher: A&C Black
  • ISBN: 1408845873
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 288
  • View: 3468
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Music at the Limits brings together three decades of Edward W. Said's essays on music. Addressing the work of a wide variety of composers and performers, Said analyses music's social and political contexts, and provides rich and often surprising assessments. He reflects on the censorship of Wagner in Israel; the relationship between music and feminism; and the works of Beethoven, Bruckner, Rossini, Schumann, Stravinsky and others. Always eloquent and often surprising, Music at the Limits reinforces Said's reputation as one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century.

Piano Notes

Piano Notes

The Hidden World of the Pianist

  • Author: Charles Rosen
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141979860
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 256
  • View: 3029
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In this eloquent, intimate exploration of the delights and demands of the piano, world-renowned concert pianist and music writer Charles Rosen draws on a lifetime's wisdom to consider every aspect of the instrument: from what makes a beautiful sound to suffering from stage fright, from the physical challenges of playing to tales of great musicians, including Vladimir Horowitz's recording tricks, Rachmaninov's hands and why Artur Rubenstein applied hairspray to the keys. Gracefully blending anecdote, history, expertise and memoir, Piano Notes will enchant anyone with a passion for music.

Dante's Divine Comedy

Dante's Divine Comedy

  • Author: Ian Thomson
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus Ltd
  • ISBN: 1786690799
  • Category: History
  • Page: 192
  • View: 9436
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As a singer of other-worldly horror and celestial beatitude alike, Dante has no equal. Yet, in spite of our distance from medieval theology, the Florentine poet's allegorical journey through hell, purgatory and paradise remains one of the essential books of mankind. At least fifty English language versions of the 'Inferno' – the first part of Dante's epic – appeared in the twentieth century alone. If Dante's Comedy speaks to our present condition, it is because Dante wrote the epic of Everyman who sets out in search of salvation in this world. And he wrote his great poem in the ordinary Italian of his time. He wrote about suffering bodies and human weakness, and about divine ecstasy, in words that have resonated with readers and writers for the last 700 years.

Critical Essays

Critical Essays

Collected Papers

  • Author: Gilbert Ryle
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134012144
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 352
  • View: 9010
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Gilbert Ryle was one of the most important and controversial philosophers of the Twentieth century. Long unavailable, Critical Essays: Collected Papers Volume 1 includes many of Ryle’s most important and thought-provoking papers. This volume contains 20 critical essays on the history of philosophy, with writing on Plato, Locke and Hume as well as important chapters on Russell and Wittgenstein. It also includes three essays on phenomenology, including Ryle’s famous review of Martin Heidegger’s Being and Time first published in 1928. Although Ryle believed phenomenology ‘will end in self-ruinous subjectivism or in a windy mysticism’ his review also acknowledged that Heidegger was a thinker of great originality and importance. While surveying the developments in the philosophy of language and philosophical logic, Ryle sets out his own conception of the philosophers’ role against that of his predecessors and contemporaries. Together with the second volume of Ryle’s collected papers Collected Papers Volume 2 and the new edition of The Concept of Mind, all published by Routledge, these outstanding essays represent the very best of Ryle’s work. Each volume contains a substantial introduction by Julia Tanney, and both are essential reading for any student of twentieth-century philosophies of mind and language. Gilbert Ryle (1900 -1976) was Waynflete Professor of Metaphysics and Fellow of Magdalen College Oxford, an editor of Mind, and a president of the Aristotelian Society. Julia Tanney is Senior Lecturer at the University of Kent, and has held visiting positions at the University of Picardie and Paris-Sorbonne.