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Classical & Opera

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  • Don Giovanni

    series Dover Music Scores
    This is the complete orchestral and vocal score of Mozart's Don Giovanni, considered by many to be the greatest opera ever written. This edition contains all the music Mozart wrote for Don Giovanni, both for the original version performed in Prague (1787) and the alterations―Don Ottavio's aria "Dalla sua pace," Elvira's aria (and its transposition to D Major) "Mi tradì quell'alma ingrata," Zerlina ... Read more

    $26.95 USD

  • Puccini Without Excuses

    A Refreshing Reassessment of the World's Most Popular Composer

    Puccini is the most beloved composer of opera in the world: one quarter of all opera performances in the U.S. are of his operas, his music pervades movie soundtracks, and his plots have infiltrated our popular culture. But, although Puccini’s art still captivates audiences and the popularity of such works as Tosca, La Bohéme, and Madama Butterfly has never waned, he has long been a victim of ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Finding an Ending

    Reflections on Wagner's Ring

    Few musical works loom as large in Western culture as Richard Wagner's four-part Ring of the Nibelung. In Finding an Ending, two eminent philosophers, Philip Kitcher and Richard Schacht, offer an illuminating look at this greatest of Wagner's achievements, focusing on its far-reaching and subtle exploration of problems of meanings and endings in this life and world. Kitcher and Schacht plunge the ... Read more

    $13.29 USD

  • El amor te hará inmortal

    Música, memoria y vida

    by Ramon Gener ...
    Ramon Gener, director y conductor del exitoso programa de televisión This is Opera, nos sorprende con un libro imaginativo y distinto, un apasionante viaje por las emociones a través de la música repleto de historias inspiradoras que se convierten en lecciones de vida.«Mi padre murió dos veces*. La primera, una mañana soleada en la que el Alzheimer nubló su mente y me olvidó. La segunda, tres días ... Read more

    $10.99 USD

  • Beethoven's Letters 1790-1826, both volumes

    From the collection of Dr. Ludwig Nohl, also his letters to the Archduke Rudolph, Cardinal-Archbishop of Olmuetz, from the collection of Dr. Ludwig Ritter von Koechel. Translated by Lady Wallace. According to Wikipedia: "Ludwig van Beethoven (16 December 1770 26 March 1827) was a German composer and pianist. He was a crucial figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras ... Read more

    $0.99 USD

  • Complete Sonatinas for Piano

    Opp. 36, 37 and 38

    series Dover Music for Piano
    Often regarded as the father of piano technique, Clementi was the first composer to achieve the fully matured piano sonata of the late Classic period. This edition includes all 12 of the splendid miniature sonatas — so-called sonatinas — that comprise Clementi's Opp. 36, 37, and 38. Musicians and music lovers will find in this authoritative edition a rich selection of music by an innovative and ... Read more

    $12.95 USD

  • Black Opera

    History, Power, Engagement

    by Naomi Andre ...
    From classic films like Carmen Jones to contemporary works like The Diary of Sally Hemings and U-Carmen eKhayelitsa, American and South African artists and composers have used opera to reclaim black people's place in history. Naomi André draws on the experiences of performers and audiences to explore this music's resonance with today's listeners. Interacting with creators and performers, as well ... Read more

    $11.59 USD

  • Balanchine and Kirstein's American Enterprise

    In 1933 choreographer George Balanchine and impresario Lincoln Kirstein embarked on an elusive quest to found a ballet company and school in the United States. Though their efforts would eventually result in the creation of the New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet, the first decade of their collaborative efforts was anything but assured. Tracing the tangled histories of two of ... Read more

    $23.79 USD

  • 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 USD

  • The Classical Music Book

    Big Ideas Simply Explained

    by DK ...
    series Big Ideas
    Who wrote the first true "opera"? Where did the system of musical notation come from? How do composers construct symphonies?The Classical Music Book answers these questions and more by exploring the history of classical music in clear and easy-to-follow sections. More than 90 works by famous composers are analyzed, with explanations of their music theory and impact on society. You will also ... Read more

    $1.99 USD

  • Fryderyk Chopin

    A Life and Times

    A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. The Sunday Times (U.K.) Classical Music Book of 2018 and one of The Economist's Best Books of 2018.**"A magisterial portrait." --**Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times Book ReviewA landmark biography of the Polish composer by a leading authority on Chopin and his timeBased on ten years of research and a vast cache of primary... ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • 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

    $12.99 USD

  • Bach

    Music in the Castle of Heaven

    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 USD

  • Mozart

    The Reign of Love

    by Jan Swafford ...
    From the acclaimed composer and biographer Jan Swafford comes the definitive biography of one of the most lauded musical geniuses in history, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.At the earliest ages it was apparent that Wolfgang Mozart’s singular imagination was at work in every direction. He hated to be bored and hated to be idle, and through his life he responded to these threats with a repertoire of ... Read more

    $24.99 USD

  • Mozart's Starling

    On May 27th, 1784, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart met a flirtatious little starling in a Viennese shop who sang an improvised version of the theme from his Piano Concerto no. 17 in G major. Sensing a kindred spirit in the plucky young bird, Mozart bought him and took him home to be a family pet. For three years, the starling lived with Mozart, influencing his work and serving as his companion, ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • The Inner Voice

    The Making of a Singer

    by Renee Fleming ...
    The fascinating personal story of one of the most celebrated talents in today’s music sceneThe star of the Metropolitan Opera's recent revival of Dvorak's Rusalka, soprano Renée Fleming brings a consummately beautiful voice, striking interpretive talents, and compelling artistry to bear on performances that have captivated audiences in opera houses and recital halls throughout the world. In The ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • The Cello Suites

    J. S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece

    by Eric Siblin ...
    An award-winning journey through Johann Sebastian Bach’s six cello suites and the brilliant musician who revealed their lasting genius.One fateful evening, journalist and pop-music critic Eric Siblin attended a recital of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suites—an experience that set him on an epic quest to uncover the mysterious history of the entrancing compositions and their miraculous reemergence ... Read more

    $12.39 USD

  • How to Hear Classical Music

    by Davinia Caddy ...
    series The Ginger series
    Ever wondered why most classical music concerts are such stuffy affairs? Had to bluff your way through classical music conversations? Trying to get a handle on music by modern composers? Failed to convince teenagers of the merits of Beethoven or Bach? Or just want an absorbing read about music? This book is an illuminating guide that will be a hit with classical music lovers and those keen to ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • The Late Starters Orchestra

    In a cluttered room in an abandoned coat factory in lower Manhattan, a group of musicians comes together each week to make music. Some are old, some are young, all have come late to music or come back to it after a long absence. This is the Late Starters Orchestra--the bona fide amateur string orchestra where Ari Goldman pursues his lifelong dream of playing the cello.Goldman hadn’t seriously ... Read more

    $13.39 USD

  • Year of Wonder

    Classical Music to Enjoy Day by Day

    “Year of Wonder is an absolute treat—the most enlightening way to be guided through the year.” **—**Eddie RedmayneA unique celebration of classical music that showcases one inspirational piece each day of the year, written by an award-winning violinist and BBC Radio personalityClassical music has a reputation for being stuffy, bori... ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Absolutely on Music

    Conversations

    Translated by Jay Rubin ...
    A deeply personal, intimate conversation about music and writing between the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author and the former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.In Absolutely on Music, internationally Haruki Murakami sits down with his friend Seiji Ozawa, the revered former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, for a series of conversations on their shared passion: music ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Mozart in the Jungle

    Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music

    by Blair Tindall ...
    The memoir that inspired the two-time Golden Globe Award–winning comedy series: “Funny . . . heartbreaking . . . [and] utterly absorbing” (Lee Smith, New York Times–bestselling author of Guests on Earth).Oboist Blair Tindall recounts her decades-long professional career as a classical musician—from the recitals and Broadway orchestra performances to the secret life of musicians who survive hand to ... Read more

    $12.39 USD

  • Johannes Brahms

    A Biography

    by Jan Swafford ...
    An illuminating new biography of one of the most beloved of all composers, published on the hundredth anniversary of his death, brilliantly written by a finalist for the 1996 National Book Critics Circle Award. Johannes Brahms has consistently eluded his biographers. Throughout his life, he attempted to erase traces of himself, wanting his music to be his sole legacy.Now, in this masterful book, ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • A Night at the Opera

    An Irreverent Guide to The Plots, The Singers, The Composers, The Recordings

    “Delightful and anti-reverential”—Sunday Times (London)With an encyclopedic knowledge of opera and a delightful dash of irreverence, Sir Denis Forman throws open the world of opera—its structure, composers, conductors, and artists—in this hugely informative guide. A Night at the Opera dissects the eighty-three most popular operas recorded on compact disc, from Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur to Mozart ... Read more

    $14.99 USD