The History Of Classical Music
Since its origins in the sixteenth century, opera has been an extravagant, costly affair, arousing great passions. It has also produced some of the most sublime works of art, from composers Monteverdi to Wagner. Following the widely acclaimed The History of Classical Music, Richard Fawkes traces the history of opera up to the present day discusses the history of operetta.
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From Gregorian chants 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 the deepest of human feelings and emotions. Polyphony, sonata form, serial music, and more many musical expressions are explained, with the text illustrated by over 150 musical excerpts from some of the most highly praised recordings of recent years.
Since the thirteenth century, the sitar-a stringed, plucked instrument of India-has transformed into an instrument beloved by millions in its country of origin as well as all over the world. "The Journey of the Sitar in Indian Classical Music" details the origin, history, and playing styles of this unique stringed instrument. Dr. Swarn Lata relies on more than thirty-five years of experience teaching sitar to students from diverse cultures and communities as well as extensive research from libraries, museums, temples, and musicologists to compile a comprehensive guidebook filled with fascinating facts about the sitar.
The House of Wittgenstein "is the grand saga of a brilliant and tragic Viennese family whose members included a famous philosopher and the world's greatest one-handed classical pianist. The Wittgenstein family was one of the wealthiest, most talented, and most eccentric in European history, held together by a fanatical love of music yet torn apart by money, madness, conflicts of loyalty, and the upheaval of two world wars.
This course is not designed as a chronological survey of musical history and its many stylistic periods or moments, nor an exploration of the lives and output of individual composers. Instead, these lectures focus on the development of listening skills. Through this course you will develop new levels of aural awareness that will allow you to better appreciate the richness, complexity and excitement at the heart of all great concert music.
A guide to music therapy looks at practices from the ancient world, classical forms from the East and West, and contemporary methods.
This popular Lucent Books series has been updated to make music of all genres even more accessible, popular and culturally relevant in the 21st century; the set focuses on the history, music, musicians, and instruments behind specific musical styles.; Thi
Produced in association with the Smithsonian and including images from The National Music Museum in South Dakota, "Music: The Definitive Visual History" guides readers through the progression of music since its prehistoric beginnings, discussing not just Western classical music, but music from all around the world. Telling the story of musical developments, era by era, linking musical theory, technology, and human genius into the narrative, "Music: The Definitive Visual History" profiles the lives of groundbreaking musicians from Mozart to Elvis, takes an in-depth look at the history and function of various instruments, and includes listening suggestions for each music style.
A History of Western Choral Music explores the various genres, key composers, and influential works essential to the development of the western choral tradition. Author Chester L. Alwes divides this exploration into two volumes which move from Medieval music and the Renaissance era up to the 21st century. Volume II begins at the transition from the Classical era to the Romantic, with an examination of the major genres common to both periods.