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  • Discovering Classical Music: Bach

    series Discovering Classical Music
    "I recommend this book wholeheartedly to new music lovers" Sir Charles Groves CBE Thanks to Nigel Kennedy and Pavarotti, millions of people have recently discovered that classical music is a highly enjoyable experience, perhaps contrary to their expectations. But the world of classical music can be highly intimidating and confusing. Ian Christians, for many years a passionate believer in ... Read more

    $11.76 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Sonata for a Scoundrel

    by Anthea Lawson ...
    series Music of the Heart Historical Romance #1
    Secrets and passion will bring them to their knees... ~ RITA Finalist, Best Historical Romance ~Clara Becker is a supremely gifted composer--a talent of little to use to a woman in 1830s Europe. Her compositions only have worth when they are published under her brother's name, yet this deception barely enables them to scrape out a living in the poorest quarter of London.Darien Reynard, the most ... Read more

    $4.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Seven Deadly Sins

    by Corey Taylor ...
    'I was 22 years old, a hard-on with a pulse: wretched, vice-ridden, too much to burn and not enough minutes in a hour to do so'The action begins in West Des Moines, Iowa, where Corey Taylor, frontman of heavy metal bands Slipknot and Stone Sour, systematically set about committing each of the Seven Deadly Sins. He has picked fights with douche bags openly brandishing guns. He has set himself on ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • I Am Melba

    A Biography

    by Ann Blainey ...
    The story of an Australian girl who defied convention and became the most famous singer of her era.Growing up in Melbourne, Nellie Mitchell dreamed of fame, but her devout father disapproved. When a chance arose to go to Paris, she trusted in her musical talent and hoped for a lucky break.Within a few years, reborn as Nellie Melba, she was performing to overflowing concert halls, hobnobbing with ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD

  • Mozart in the Jungle

    Sex, Drugs and Classical Music

    by Blair Tindall ...
    Now a major Amazon.com TV series starring Gabriel Garcia Bernal.From her debut recital at Carnegie Hall to performing with the orchestras of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, oboist Blair Tindall has been playing classical music professionally for over twenty-five years. She's also lived the secret life of musicians who survive hand to mouth, trading sex and drugs for low-paying gigs and the promise ... Read more

    $8.46 AUD

  • Beethoven's Skull

    Dark, Strange, and Fascinating Tales from the World of Classical Music and Beyond

    by Tim Rayborn ...
    Beethoven’s Skull is an unusual and often humorous survey of the many strange happenings in the history of Western classical music. Proving that good music and shocking tabloid-style stories make excellent bedfellows, it presents tales of revenge, murder, curious accidents, and strange fates that span more than two thousand years. Highlights include:A cursed song that kills those who hear itA ... Read more

    $20.99 AUD

  • Music in the Castle of Heaven

    A Portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach is one of the most unfathomable composers in the history of music. How can such sublime work have been produced by a man who (when we can discern his personality at all) seems so ordinary, so opaque - and occasionally so intemperate?John Eliot Gardiner grew up passing one of the only two authentic portraits of Bach every morning and evening on the stairs of his parents' house ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century

    by Alex Ross ...
    Alex Ross’s sweeping history of twentieth-century classical music, winner of the Guardian First Book Award, is a gripping account of a musical revolution.The landscape of twentieth-century classical music is a wild one: this was a period in which music fragmented into apparently divergent strands, each influenced by its own composers, performers and musical innovations. In this comprehensive tour, ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Life, Death and Cellos

    by Isabel Rogers ...
    series The Stockwell Park Orchestra Series #1
    Classical music can be a dangerous pastime…What with love affairs, their conductor dropping dead, a stolen cello and no money, Stockwell Park Orchestra is having a fraught season.After Mrs Ford-Hughes is squashed and injured by a dying guest conductor mid-concert, she and her husband withdraw their generous financial backing, leaving the orchestra broke and unsure of its future.Cellist Erin ... Read more

    $5.49 AUD

  • The Memory of Music

    by Andrew Ford ...
    In this evocative and moving book, composer and broadcaster Andrew Ford shares the vivid musical experiences – good, bad and occasionally hilarious – that have shaped his life.Ford’s musical journey has traversed genres and continents, and his loves are broad and deep. The Memory of Music takes us from his childhood obsession with the Beatles to his passion for Beethoven, Brahms, Vaughan Williams, ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Classical Music

    The 50 Greatest Composers and Their 1,000 Greatest Works

    MAKE A SOUND INVESTMENT IN CLASSICAL MUSICWho are the ten most important classical composers? Who in the world was Palestrina? Why did Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" cause a riot? Which five of each important composer's works should you buy? What is a concerto and how does it differ from a sonata?Maybe you don't know the answers to these questions; author Phil Goulding certainly didn't. When ... Read more

    $19.68 AUD

  • Why Mahler?

    How One Man and Ten Symphonies Changed the World

    A century after his death, Gustav Mahler is the most important composer of modern times. Displacing Beethoven as a box-office draw, his music offers more than the usual listening satisfactions. Many believe it has the power to heal emotional wounds and ease the pain of death. Others struggle with the intellectual fascination of its contradictory meanings. Long, loud and seldom easy, his symphonies ... Read more

    $12.31 AUD

  • Swooning

    A Classical Music Guide to Life, Love, Lust and Other Follies

    The orchestra has tuned, the lights in the hall have dimmed, and the conductor’s baton signals the downbeat for the beginning of the romance. Settle back – it’s telling you something…The history of classical music is littered with murder, adultery, bigamy, fraud, sado-masochism, riches, poverty, gluttony, nervous breakdowns, bizarre behaviour and terrible, terrible toilet humour (Mozart was the ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD

  • Chopin's Piano

    A Journey through Romanticism

    by Paul Kildea ...
    'Beguiling ... Limpidly written, effortlessly learned' William Boyd, TLS, Books of the YearIn November 1838 Frédéric Chopin, George Sand and her two children sailed to Majorca to escape the Parisian winter. They settled in an abandoned monastery at Valldemossa in the mountains above Palma, where Chopin finished what would eventually be recognised as one of the great and revolutionary works of ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Beethoven Obsession

    by Brendan Ward ...
    The Beethoven Obsession tells the story of how the greatest piano music ever written acquired a unique Australian voice, played on a revolutionary grand piano that shook up the conservative music establishment. It is a fast-paced drama of frustration, envy, rivalry, struggle and success, starring a self-taught child prodigy who sold condoms and contraband to advance his studies; a fanatical ... Read more

    $9.01 AUD

  • How to Listen to Great Music

    A Guide to Its History, Culture, and Heart

    The perfect music gift from one of the most trusted names in continuing education. Learn how to better appreciate music in this guide that will unlock the knowledge you need to understand “the most abstract and sublime of all the arts.”Whether you're listening in a concert hall or on your iPod, concert music has the power to move you. The right knowledge can deepen the ability of this music to ... Read more

    $18.14 AUD

  • Bold as Brass

    by Isabel Rogers ...
    series The Stockwell Park Orchestra Series #2
    Community music projects always spread harmony… don’t they?When players in Stockwell Park Orchestra fear they may be getting out of touch with the community, they invite children from two nearby schools to join them for a season.Supercilious, rich Oakdean College pupils have never mixed with the rough Sunbridge Academy kids, and when things go missing and rumours spread, the situation threatens to ... Read more

    $5.49 AUD

  • An Unofficial Marriage

    A Novel about Pauline Viardot and Ivan Turgenev

    by Joie Davidow ...
    For Fans of Alexander Chee's best-selling novel, The Queen of the Night and opera fans everywhere.Set against the backdrop of the tumultuous events of 19th century Europe, An Unofficial Marriage dramatizes the equally tumultuous real-life love affair of two great artists—the famous Russian author, Ivan Turgenev, and the celebrated French opera singer, Pauline Viardot. From the moment he encounters ... Read more

    $24.99 AUD

  • Beethoven

    The Man Revealed - revised & updated edition

    by John Suchet ...
    **The Sunday Times bestseller, revised and updated for the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth.As heard throughout 2020 on Classic FM**You know the music... but do you know the man?Ludwig van Beethoven is one of the world's best loved and most influential composers. His life - its dramas, conflicts, loves and losses - is played out in his music.In this special edition to mark the 250th ... Read more

    $12.09 AUD

  • On Playing the Flute

    Johann Joachim Quantz's On Playing the Flute has long been recognized as one of the primary sources of information about eighteenth-century performance practice. In spite of its title, it is not simply a tutor for the flute, but a fully-fledged programme for training musicians of all types, with detailed information on intonation, ornamentation, dynamics, the 'duties' of the various accompanying ... Read more

    $20.45 AUD

  • Chopin: His Life and Music

    Chopin is one of the great originals of musical history and among the most universally beloved of all composers. Every one of his compositions involves the piano and his contribution to the development of the instruments potential cannot be underestimated. This biography offers a clear perspective on Chopins complex character, whose innermost feelings were only fully expressed in his music. It ... Read more

    $14.96 AUD

  • G. F. Handel: Messiah (SATB/Piano)

    by Watkins Shaw ...
    G. F. Handel: Messiah, a sacred oratorio arranged for SATB with piano part, is presented here by Novello, edited with piano reduction by Watkins Shaw. ... Read more

    $10.44 AUD

  • Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung

    A Companion

    This is the first literal, word-for-word translation of Wagners epic masterwork with the full German text. It is at once reliable and readable, adhering closely to the original verse form and to Wagners poetic intentions. The German text is given in parallel, and Spencer also contributes illuminating footnotes and an introductory essay. Specially commissioned essays discuss the Cycles musical ... Read more

    $33.32 AUD

  • Beethoven

    Anguish and Triumph

    by Jan Swafford ...
    Sunday Times Classical Music Book of the Year'Magisterial, warm, and engaging . . . A triumph of scholarship and musical affinity . . . Jan Swafford is to be saluted.' IndependentJan Swafford's biographies of composers Charles Ives and Johannes Brahms have established him as a revered music historian, capable of bringing his subjects vibrantly to life. His magnificent new biography of Ludwig van ... Read more

    $20.45 AUD