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Individual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups

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The Eighth

The Eighth

Author: Stephen Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2021

'Thrilling.' John Banville, Guardian The Eighth Symphony was going to be different from anything Mahler had ever done before: it would speak in different tones, and of a different kind of experience. The world premiere in Munich in the summer of 1910 was the artistic breakthrough for which the composer had yearned all his adult life. Stephen Johnson recounts the symphony's far-reaching effect on composers, conductors and writers of the time. Placing Mahler within his world, The Eighth reassesses Mahler's work in the context of the prevailing thought of his age, but also against the backdrop of that tumultuous summer, when Mahler worked desperately on his Tenth Symphony, was betrayed by his wife, and consulted Sigmund Freud. It is a story like no other.

The Voice: Frank Sinatra in the 1940s

The Voice: Frank Sinatra in the 1940s

Author: Stephen Lambe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2021

We tend to think of Frank Sinatra at the mature performer, easing through hit after hit in venues all over the world. However, the 1940s were his formative years in the limelight, beginning as a vocalist with band leader Tommy Dorsey. Sinatra's first solo success came in 1943 and he rode of wave of huge popularity - largely with teenage girls called 'bobby-soxers' - for more than five years. A lucrative contract with MGM also led to a sequence of high-profile movie roles. Yet towards the end of the decade, his fortunes faltered and Sinatra was pulled down by scandal after scandal. He was a philanderer and as a hard-drinker he was a volatile presence in public. By contrast, as a passionate advocate of liberal causes, he was accused of communist sympathies. But worst of all, associations with the mafia began to take their toll on his public image. By 1950, his records and voice faltering and his contract with MGM cancelled, his career seemed at an end. While his sensational comeback in the 1950s is well documented, Sinatra's first, colourful years as an American phenomenon in the 1940s are rather less discussed. Using both contemporary and more recent accounts, Stephen Lambe expertly picks his way - year by year - through the ups and downs of this legendary performer.

Bernstein and Robbins - The Early Ballets

Bernstein and Robbins - The Early Ballets

Author: Sophie Redfern Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/01/2021

Leonard Bernstein and choreographer Jerome Robbins stand as giants of the musical-theatre world, but it was ballet that launched their stage careers and established their relationship. With Fancy Free (1944), their triumphant debut collaboration produced by Ballet Theatre, Bernstein, Robbins, and set designer Oliver Smith - all only twenty-five years old - captured the spirit of wartime New York, created a defining ballet of the period still widely performed today, and became overnight sensations. The hit musical On the Town (1944) and a now largely forgotten ballet, Facsimile (1946), followed over the next two years. Drawing extensively on previously unpublished archival documents, Bernstein and Robbins: The Early Ballets provides a richly detailed and original historical account of the creation, premiere, and reception of Fancy Free and Facsimile. It reveals the vital and sometimes conflicting role of Ballet Theatre, explores how Bernstein composed the scores, sheds light on the central importance of Oliver Smith, and considers the legacy of these works for all involved. The result is a new understanding of Bernstein, Robbins, and this formative period in their lives. SOPHIE REDFERN is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield, UK and Curator for the European Opera Centre.

Ivo Papazov's Balkanology

Ivo Papazov's Balkanology

Author: Prof Carol (University of Oregon, USA) Silverman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2021

From countercultural resistance to world music craze, Balkan music captured the attention of global audiences. Balkanology, the 1991 quintessential album of Bulgarian music, highlights this moment of unbridled creativity. Seasoned musicians all over the world are still in awe of the technical abilities of the musicians in Ansambl Trakia-their complex additive rhythms, breakneck speeds, stunning improvisations, dense ornamentation, chromatic passages, and innovative modulations. Bridging folk, jazz, and rock sensibilities, Trakia's music has set the standard for Bulgarian music until today, and its members, especially Ivo Papazov, are revered stars at home and abroad. The album reveals how Romani (Gypsy) artists resisted the state's prohibition against Romani music and fashioned a genre that became a youth movement in Bulgaria, and then a world music phenomenon. Balkanology underscores the political, economic and social roles of music during socialism and postsocialism.

Ivo Papazov's Balkanology

Ivo Papazov's Balkanology

Author: Prof Carol (University of Oregon, USA) Silverman Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/01/2021

From countercultural resistance to world music craze, Balkan music captured the attention of global audiences. Balkanology, the 1991 quintessential album of Bulgarian music, highlights this moment of unbridled creativity. Seasoned musicians all over the world are still in awe of the technical abilities of the musicians in Ansambl Trakia-their complex additive rhythms, breakneck speeds, stunning improvisations, dense ornamentation, chromatic passages, and innovative modulations. Bridging folk, jazz, and rock sensibilities, Trakia's music has set the standard for Bulgarian music until today, and its members, especially Ivo Papazov, are revered stars at home and abroad. The album reveals how Romani (Gypsy) artists resisted the state's prohibition against Romani music and fashioned a genre that became a youth movement in Bulgaria, and then a world music phenomenon. Balkanology underscores the political, economic and social roles of music during socialism and postsocialism.

Beyonce

Beyonce

Author: Emily J. Lordi, Will Fulton Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/01/2021

Who runs the world? The Beyhive knows. From the Destiny's Child 2001 hit single Survivor to her 2019 jam 7/11, Beyonce Knowles-Carter has confronted dominant issues around the world. Because her image is linked with debates on race, sexuality, and female empowerment, she has become a central figure in pop music and pop culture. Beyonce: At Work, On Screen, and Online explores her work as a singer, activist, and artist by taking a deep dive into her songs, videos, and performances, as well as responses from her fans. Contributors look at Beyonce's entire body of work to examine her status as a canonical figure in modern music and do not shy away from questioning scandals or weighing her social contributions against the evolution of feminism, critical race theory, authenticity, and more. Full of examples from throughout Beyonce's career, this volume presents listening as a political undertaking that generates meaning and creates community. Beyonce: At Work, On Screen, and Online contends that because of her willingness to address societal issues within her career, Beyonce has become an important touchstone for an entire generation-all in a day's work for Queen Bey. -- Indiana University Press

Beyonce

Beyonce

Author: Emily J. Lordi, Will Fulton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2021

Who runs the world? The Beyhive knows. From the Destiny's Child 2001 hit single Survivor to her 2019 jam 7/11, Beyonce Knowles-Carter has confronted dominant issues around the world. Because her image is linked with debates on race, sexuality, and female empowerment, she has become a central figure in pop music and pop culture. Beyonce: At Work, On Screen, and Online explores her work as a singer, activist, and artist by taking a deep dive into her songs, videos, and performances, as well as responses from her fans. Contributors look at Beyonce's entire body of work to examine her status as a canonical figure in modern music and do not shy away from questioning scandals or weighing her social contributions against the evolution of feminism, critical race theory, authenticity, and more. Full of examples from throughout Beyonce's career, this volume presents listening as a political undertaking that generates meaning and creates community. Beyonce: At Work, On Screen, and Online contends that because of her willingness to address societal issues within her career, Beyonce has become an important touchstone for an entire generation-all in a day's work for Queen Bey. -- Indiana University Press

Beethoven's Dedications

Beethoven's Dedications

Author: Artur Pereira Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/2020

The dedication of a piece of music is a feature generally overlooked, but it can reveal a great deal about the work, the composer, the society and the music world in which the composer lived. This book explores the musical, biographical and sociological aspects of the practice of dedicating new compositions in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and makes a significant contribution towards a better understanding of the impact these tributes had on Beethoven's life and work, and their function within the context of the musical, cultural and economic environments in which they appeared. As the first of its kind, this study demonstrates that, as a result of their different functions, published dedications and handwritten inscriptions are distinct from one another, and for that reason they have been classified in different categories. This book, therefore, challenges the idea of what exactly can be termed as a 'dedication', a concept which extends far beyond the dedication of musical works.

Record: The Space Between

Record: The Space Between

Author: Antonio Dias, Lilian Tone, David Platzker Format: Audio disc Release Date: 30/12/2020

Speak Loudly and Carry A Little Stick

Speak Loudly and Carry A Little Stick

Author: John Giordano Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/12/2020

In 1965, John Giordano auditioned for Ezra Rachlin, the music director for the Fort Worth and Austin Symphony Orchestras, by playing a concerto with each. As a result of the audition, Rachlin engaged Giordano to perform with both orchestras and offered him the assistant conductor position with the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra. The results of that serendipitous audition proved to be the impetus for Giordano's grand career in symphonic orchestral conducting and led to his long-term relationship with both the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.Speak Loudly and Carry a Little Stick: A Conductor's Chronicles tells the story of the development of the FWSO and the Cliburn competition as the internationally renowned conductor John Giordano knew them. These enlightening and often humorous chronicles give readers insight into the expansion of the FWSO and the Cliburn during Giordano's tenure. Giordano's musical career and adventures carried him all over the world, from China and Russia to Amsterdam and Mexico, and gave him an opportunity to play with musical greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Itzhak Perlman, and Tony Bennett. Through friendships with these talented artists and international figures and through his relationship with music, Giordano proves how critically important music is to our society and how music can positively impact a community.

Deep Purple: Fire in the Sky

Deep Purple: Fire in the Sky

Author: Simon Robinson, Stephen Clare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/12/2020

These days Deep Purple's `Smoke on the Water' is such a ubiquitous rock anthem that it almost seems as if it's been out there forever. Yet the story of how this most famous of metal tracks came into being is shot-through with chance incidents, any one of which could have seen the recording stifled at birth, leaving music writers to scrabble about for another best riff of all time contender (and five hard-working musicians considerably less well-off.) Fire in the Sky looks in detail at this crucial period in Deep Purple's history and the making of their break-through album `Machine Head'. The basic fact that a fire destroyed the Montreux Casino during a Frank Zappa concert is well known to most music fans, leaving Deep Purple to find somewhere else to record, but this book brings much new information to light. And although `Smoke On The Water' was laid down while the Swiss Police hammered at the door of a roller skating rink, the band were then forced to move again, ending up at the Grand Hotel where they built a studio in the corridors using old mattresses and egg cartons for sound-proofing. In the chaos, `Smoke on the Water' was almost forgotten. The band only roughed it out as something to play to their Montreux host, Jazz festival organiser Claude Nobs, who told them it was far too good to leave in the can. This book looks back at the events which led up to Deep Purple's bizarre and Heath Robinson-esque `Machine Head' recording sessions in the winter of 1971. And as for that hit to be ; `Smoke On The Water' was not even tried out on stage, and might never have been played live at all were it not for a request from the BBC for a radio session. It went on to sell 12 million copies when issued as a single in 1973 and is probably the only record to ever generate a gold disc presented to a city. And yes, there really is a music shop in London which threatens to fine budding guitarists should they dare to try out the riff in-store. And in these times of economic hardship, isn't it inspiring to know that punitive tax rates back home were responsible for Deep Purple being in Montreux in the first place? The book moves on through 1972 and takes in the subsequent debilitating American tours where `Machine Head' quickly became a massive selling album, even as the relentless gigging pulled Deep Purple apart. Memorabilia and many rare and unseen photographs illustrate the story, including remarkable images of the Casino fire and aftermath, and Ian Gillan with his notepad writing the lyrics to `Smoke On The Water' in the studio. Members of the band have spoken, as well as associated crew and studio staff. The music and gigs are covered while appendices include tour dates and a discography, as well as a map showing the sites connected with the recordings. Several myths are also laid to rest: Many fans trekking to Montreux visit the wrong Grand Hotel altogether, while down the road the wealthy owners of luxury apartments sit blithely unaware of the musical history made in their living rooms. During research for this book the authors revisited the site of the recordings in Montreux with bass player Roger Glover to gain a unique insight into the album's history. As a result of this visit locals are preparing a heritage plaque to mark the site.

Bartok

Bartok

The only single-volume biography of Bela Bartok available in English, this fascinating book offers a fresh perspective on one of the most loved and frequently performed composers of the twentieth century, an artist who ranks with Stravinsky and Schoenberg as a leading figure in modern classical music. Building on more than twenty-five years of research, Malcolm Gillies weaves together the varied aspects of Bartok's life--the private and public man, the pianist, the champion of folk music, and the national and cultural figure--with a perceptive discussion of his music. The book looks at two pivotal moments in Bartok's life--the first, the Budapest premiere of Richard Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathustra, which inspired Bartok to begin his climb to the heights of modern composition. The second moment was when a vacationing Bartok overheard a servant girl singing a folk song, an experience which sparked one of the great quests of modern music--Bartok's epic effort to collect and preserve over 10,000 folk tunes. We see how Bartok came to believe that if a particular interval or rhythm worked well in a folk tune, he could take its essence and creatively transform it in his own pieces, whether a string quartet or some of the innovative vocal pieces that he wrote. Gillies sheds light on both the modernist and folk influences that can be found in Bartok's work, and he offers an engaging commentary on the full range of Bartok's compositions, ranging from Bluebeard's Castle to his ballets The Wooden Prince and The Miraculous Mandarin, to his piano and violin concertos, and much more. A delight for all classical music lovers, this book will be an absolute must-read for the legions of Bartok fans.