Music

The Penguin Guide to Recorded Music

Author: Edward Greenfield

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

ISBN:

Category: Music

Page: 1553

View: 804

Reviews thousands of British, American, and European classical recordings on CD and DVD.
Philosophy

The Critical Imagination

Author: James Grant

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN:

Category: Philosophy

Page: 206

View: 372

The Critical Imagination is a study of metaphor, imaginativeness, and criticism of the arts. Since the eighteenth century, many philosophers have argued that appreciating art is rewarding because it involves responding imaginatively to a work. Literary works can be interpreted in many ways; architecture can be seen as stately, meditative, or forbidding; and sensitive descriptions of art are often colourful metaphors: music can 'shimmer', prose can be 'perfumed', and a painter's colouring can be 'effervescent'. Engaging with art, like creating it, seems to offer great scope for imagination. Hume, Kant, Oscar Wilde, Roger Scruton, and others have defended variations on this attractive idea. In this book, James Grant critically examines it. The first half explains the role imaginativeness plays in criticism. To do this, Grant answers three questions that are of interest in their own right. First, what are the aims of criticism? Is the point of criticizing a work to evaluate it, to explain it, to modify our response to it, or something else? Second, what is it to appreciate art? Third, what is imaginativeness? He gives new answers to all three questions, and uses them to explain the role of imaginativeness in criticism. The book's second half focuses on metaphor. Why are some metaphors so effective? How do we understand metaphors? Are some thoughts expressible only in metaphor? Grant's answers to these questions go against much current thinking in the philosophy of language. He uses these answers to explain why imaginative metaphors are so common in art criticism. The result is a rigorous and original theory of metaphor, criticism, imaginativeness, and their interrelations.
Music

The Penguin Guide to the 1000 Finest Classical Recordings

Author: Edward Greenfield

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN:

Category: Music

Page: 624

View: 234

INDEPENDENT BOOKS OF THE YEAR This completely new edition of the Penguin Guide reviews the 1000 best classical albums issued and reissued over the past five decades, many of which dominate the catalogue because of their sheer excellence, irrespective of recording dates. More comprehensive than ever before, it indicates key recordings on CD, DVD and enhanced SACD, including those in surround sound. If you want the finest available version of any major classical album you will find it listed and assessed in these pages. Ranging from long-established albums to the newest releases, the latest edition represents the cream of the international repertoire and has all the information you need to select the finest classical music available.
Music

The 100 Greatest Composers and Their Musical Works

Author: Gary A. Smook

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN:

Category: Music

Page: 388

View: 788

His fascinating exploration takes you inside the rich music and colorful lives of the world’s greatest classical composers. From Bach to Stravinsky and beyond, you will learn how the unique life stories of these gifted composers are reflected in the musical masterpieces that we enjoy to this day. Designed as an introductory book on classical music, this comprehensive collection presents biographical snapshots of the major composers in the context of distinct historical and stylistic periods and in relation to their notable contemporaries. Special attention is given to recognizing their prominent musical works. The book delineates the many forms of instrumental and vocal music; and it explores the “basics” of tonality, musical structure, performance criteria, the orchestra and its instruments, orchestration, chamber music, and the cataloguing of musical works. As well, the newcomer to classical music will find advice on building a musical library. This book is an excellent source of information about classical music in a unique and entertaining format. It will help lay the foundation for a lifelong love of classical music, through the great musical heritage of these fine composers.
Music

The Penguin Jazz Guide

Author: Brian Morton

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN:

Category: Music

Page: 730

View: 300

Offers a chronologically arranged survey of jazz recordings, including biographical details and lineups.
Music

Opera in the Media Age

Author: Paul Fryer

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN:

Category: Music

Page: 264

View: 361

This collection of essays explores the relationship between opera and the development of media technology from the late 19th to the early 21st century. Taking an international perspective, the contributing authors, each with extensive experience as scholars or practitioners of the art, cover a variety of topics including audio, video and film recording, contemporary critical responses, popular and "high brow" culture, live and recorded performance, lighting and performance technology, media marketing and advertising.

Scherzi

Author: Frédéric Chopin

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 128

View: 337

Music

The Rough Guide to Classical Music

Author: Rough Guides

Publisher: Rough Guides UK

ISBN:

Category: Music

Page: 688

View: 482

The Rough Guide to Classical Music is the ideal handbook, spanning a thousand years of music from Gregorian chant via Bach and Beethoven to contemporaries such as Thomas Adès and Kaija Saariaho. Both a CD buyer's guide and a who's who, the guide includes concise biographical profiles of more than 200 composers and informative summaries of the major compositions in all genres, from chamber works to operatic epics. For novices and experts alike, the fully updated fifth edition features contemporary composer Helmut Lachenmann and Widor, the 19th century organ composer of 'Toccata' wedding fame, as well as dozens more works added for existing composers. You'll find an new 'Top 10's' section with accessible introductory listings including the Top 10 operas and the Top 10 symphonies plus new essay boxes on topics such as "Baroque - a style or a period?" and "The clarinet comes of age". The Rough Guide to Classical Music features fresh and incisive reviews of hundreds of CDs, selecting the very best of the latest recordings and reissues as well as more than 150 illustrations of composers and performers, including a rare archive of photos.
Language Arts & Disciplines

Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books (Large Print 16pt)

Author: William P. Germano

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN:

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 436

View: 956

Since 2001 William Germano's Getting It Published has helped thousands of scholars develop a compelling book proposal, find the right academic publisher, evaluate a contract, handle the review process, and, finally, emerge as published authors. But a lot has changed in the past seven years. With the publishing world both more competitive and more confusing - especially given the increased availability of electronic resources - this second edition of Germano's best-selling guide has arrived at just the right moment. As he writes in a new chapter, the ''via electronica'' now touches every aspect of writing and publishing. And although scholars now research, write, and gain tenure in a digital world, they must continue to ensure that their work meets the requirements of their institutions and the needs of their readers. Germano, a veteran editor with experience in both the university press and commercial worlds, knows this audience. This second edition will teach readers how to think about, describe, and pitch their manuscripts before they submit them. They'll discover the finer points of publishing etiquette, including how to approach a busy editor and how to work with other publishing professionals on matters of design, marketing, and publicity. In a new afterword, they'll also find helpful advice on what they can - and must - do to promote their work. A true insider's guide to academic publishing, the second edition of Getting It Published will help authors understand what to expect from the publishing process, from manuscript to finished book and beyond.
Music

A Century of Recorded Music

Author: Timothy Day

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN:

Category: Music

Page: 306

View: 633

Looks at the history of recording technology and its effect on music, including artistic performance, listening habits, and audience participation.
Business & Economics

The Story Of Naxos

Author: Nicolas Soames

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 464

View: 908

In 1987, a budget classical record label was started in Hong Kong by Klaus Heymann, a German businessman who loved classical music. Swiftly, it gained a world wide reputation for reliable new digital recordings of the classics at a remarkably low price. Despite opposition from the classical record establishment, it grew at a remarkable pace, and soon expanded into opera, early music, contemporary music and specialist repertoire so that it became appreciated by specialist collectors as well as the general music lover. It is now the leading provider of classical music and as an innovator in digital delivery. At the heart of Naxos is one man: Klaus Heymann. The combination of his broad knowledge of classical music and his acute business acumen has enabled him to build the most varied classical music label in the world, but also the most effective distribution network to ensure that his recordings are available everywhere. This fascinating story explains how it happened, how a one-time tennis coach in Frankfurt became a classical recording mogul in Hong Kong and how, at the age of 75, he still holds the reins as firmly as ever.
Music

More Important Than the Music

Author: Bruce D. Epperson

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN:

Category: Music

Page: 304

View: 369

Today, jazz is considered high art, America’s national music, and the catalog of its recordings—its discography—is often taken for granted. But behind jazz discography is a fraught and highly colorful history of research, fanaticism, and the intense desire to know who played what, where, and when. This history gets its first full-length treatment in Bruce D. Epperson’s More Important Than the Music. Following the dedicated few who sought to keep jazz’s legacy organized, Epperson tells a fascinating story of archival pursuit in the face of negligence and deception, a tale that saw curses and threats regularly employed, with fisticuffs and lawsuits only slightly rarer. Epperson examines the documentation of recorded jazz from its casual origins as a novelty in the 1920s and ’30s, through the overwhelming deluge of 12-inch vinyl records in the middle of the twentieth century, to the use of computers by today’s discographers. Though he focuses much of his attention on comprehensive discographies, he also examines the development of a variety of related listings, such as buyer’s guides and library catalogs, and he closes with a look toward discography’s future. From the little black book to the full-featured online database, More Important Than the Music offers a history not just of jazz discography but of the profoundly human desire to preserve history itself.
Music

Why You Like It

Author: Nolan Gasser

Publisher: Flatiron Books

ISBN:

Category: Music

Page: 704

View: 394

From the chief architect of the Pandora Radio’s Music Genome Project comes a definitive and groundbreaking examination of how your mind, body, and upbringing influence the music you love. Everyone loves music. But what is it that makes music so universally beloved and have such a powerful effect on us? In this sweeping and authoritative book, Dr. Nolan Gasser—a composer, pianist, and musicologist, and the chief architect of the Music Genome Project, which powers Pandora Radio—breaks down what musical taste is, where it comes from, and what our favorite songs say about us. Dr. Gasser delves into the science, psychology, and sociology that explains why humans love music so much; how our brains process music; and why you may love Queen but your best friend loves Kiss. He sheds light on why babies can clap along to rhythmic patterns and reveals the reason behind why different cultures around the globe identify the same kinds of music as happy, sad, or scary. Using easy-to-follow notated musical scores, Dr. Gasser teaches music fans how to become engaged listeners and provides them with the tools to enhance their musical preferences. He takes readers under the hood of their favorite genres—pop, rock, jazz, hip hop, electronica, world music, and classical—and covers songs from Taylor Swift to Led Zeppelin to Kendrick Lamar to Bill Evans to Beethoven, and through their work, Dr. Gasser introduces the musical concepts behind why you hum along, tap your foot, and feel deeply. Why You Like It will teach you how to follow the musical discourse happening within a song and thereby empower your musical taste, so you will never hear music the same way again.
Music

The British Classical Record Industry, 1945 to 1959: Fidelity and Formats

Author: Mark Jones

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN:

Category: Music

Page:

View: 885

Improvements made in fidelity during the Second World War and new formats introduced in the post-war period – extended frequency range, microgroove records, pre-recorded tapes and stereo – were the result of a convergence of technological advances, some prompted by wartime research and experience, some based on pre-war path dependencies. Thanks to these innovations, the UK witnessed a particularly ‘British’ (i.e. for the most part understated) Battle of the Speeds during the 1950s; in 1945, shellac 78 rpm records were the standard sound carrier format but, by 1956, all British labels had ceased releasing new classical product on this format in preference to 331⁄3 and 45 rpm microgroove vinyl records. The adoption of magnetic tape, meanwhile, made the recording process less cumbersome and fed into the development of stereophonic sound reproduction; monaural pre-recorded tapes were introduced in 1954 and stereophonic tapes in 1955. Stereo vinyl records followed in 1958. Although the focus is on the British record industry, there was a great deal of interaction between the major UK record companies and their US counterparts, with most of the major innovations marketed in America first. Therefore, discussion of the US industry is not only inevitable, but vital to provide context for the changes in the UK market. The Appendices include all tables referenced in the text along with a brief discussion of various then contemporary publications and periodicals provided for buyers of classical records. The book is supported by a website that includes examples of label and sleeve designs, trade advertisements, etc. The book and website are further supported by a discussion forum.
Music

The Penguin Jazz Guide

Author: Brian Morton

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN:

Category: Music

Page: 800

View: 272

The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings is firmly established as the world's leading guide to recorded jazz, a mine of fascinating information and a source of insightful - often wittily trenchant - criticism. This is something rather different: Brian Morton (who taught American history at UEA) has picked out the 1000 best recordings that all jazz fans should have and shows how they tell the history of the music and with it the history of the twentieth century. He has completely revised his and Richard Cook's entries and reassessed each artist's entry for this book. The result is an endlessly browsable companion that will prove required reading for aficionados and jazz novices alike. 'It's the kind of book that you'll yank off the shelf to look up a quick fact and still be reading two hours later' Fortune 'Part jazz history, part jazz Karma Sutra with Cook and Morton as the knowledgeable, urbane, wise and witty guides ... This is one of the great books of recorded jazz; the other guides don't come close' Irish Times