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  • 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

    $11.99 USD

  • Schoenberg: Why He Matters

    by Harvey Sachs ...
    **A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2023A New Yorker Best Book of the Year“[A]n immensely valuable source for anyone desiring an accessible overview of this endlessly controversial and chronically misunderstood giant of 20th-century music.” —John Adams, New York Times Book Review, cover reviewAn astonishingly lyrical biography that rescues Schoenberg from notoriety, restoring him to his rightful ... Read more

    $19.99 USD

  • Mars the Bringer of War Easy Piano Sheet Music with Colored Notes

    by Gustav Holst ...
    From Holst's famous "Planets Suite" for Easy PianoA SilverTonalities Arrangement!With Colored Notation to enable Beginner Pianists to read Music quickly and accurately! ... Read more

    $4.00 USD

  • Dvorak's Prophecy: And the Vexed Fate of Black Classical Music

    **A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of 2021A provocative interpretation of why classical music in America "stayed white"—how it got to be that way and what can be done about it.**In 1893 the composer Antonín Dvorák prophesied a “great and noble school” of American classical music based on the “negro melodies” he had excitedly discovered since arriving in the United States a year before. But ... Read more

    $18.99 USD

  • Men, Women and Pianos

    A Social History

    series Dover Books On Music: History
    As the "social anchor" in middle-class homes of the nineteenth century, the piano was simultaneously an elegant piece of drawing-room furniture, a sign of bourgeois prosperity, and a means of introducing the young to music. In this admirably balanced and leisurely account of the popular instrument, the late, internationally known concert pianist Arthur Loesser takes a "piano's-eye view" of the ... Read more

    $24.95 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • 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

    $13.99 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

  • Time's Echo

    The Second World War, the Holocaust, and the Music of Remembrance

    A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR • Finalist for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction • A stirring account of how music bears witness to history and carries forward the memory of the wartime pastIn 1785, when the great German poet Friedrich Schiller penned his immortal “Ode to Joy,” he crystallized the deepest hopes and dreams of the European Enlightenment for a new era of peace and ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Samuel Barber

    His Life and Legacy

    series Music in American Life
    A pivotal twentieth-century composer, Samuel Barber earned a long list of honors and accolades that included two Pulitzer Prizes for Music and the public support of conductors like Arturo Toscanini, Serge Koussevitzky, and Leonard Bernstein. Barber’s works have since become standard concert repertoire and continue to flourish across high art and popular culture.Acclaimed biographer Howard Pollack ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Liszt and Virtuosity

    In the annals of music history, few figures have dominated the discussion of virtuosity as much as Franz Liszt. A flamboyant performer whose hair-raising technical feats at the piano created a sense of awe-inspiring excitement andan icon whose star power radiated far beyond the realm of music, Liszt was, along with his early model, Paganini, among the first major performer-composers to define ... Read more

    $17.99 USD

  • Voice Training - How To Improve Your Singing Voice Fast. Singing Tips From The Voice Coach

    by John Little ...
    Are you someone who simply loves to sing? Do you constantly find yourself humming or singing along to the music that is playing in your car, something that comes on your iPod or even the music that is being piped into your favorite shops and eateries?You may even be someone who is a more serious singer that has some strong career plans and wants to become the best that you can be. No matter what ... Read more

    $2.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Wagner Without Fear

    Learning to Love--and Even Enjoy--Opera's Most Demanding Genius

    Do you cringe when your opera-loving friends start raving about the latest production of Tristan? Do you feel faint just thinking about the six-hour performance of Parsifal you were given tickets to? Does your mate accuse you of having a Tannhäuser complex? If you're baffled by the behavior of Wagner worshipers, if you've longed to fathom the mysteries of Wagner's ever-increasing popularity, or if ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Classical Music in a Changing Culture

    Essays from The American Record Guide

    by Donald Vroon ...
    Founded in 1935, The American Record Guide is America's oldest classical music review magazine. In 1987, when Donald Vroon assumed its editorship, he took on the Herculean task of writing editorials on a vast array of subjects, amassing a wealth of commentary and criticism on not only the foibles and failings, but glimmers of light in American culture. A staunch defender of the highbrow pleasures ... Read more

    $53.99 USD

  • Ten Masterpieces of Music

    by Harvey Sachs ...
    Some pieces of music survive. Most fall into oblivion. What gives the ten masterpieces selected for this book their exceptional vitality?In this penetrating volume, Harvey Sachs, acclaimed biographer and historian of classical music, takes readers into the hearts of ten extraordinary works of classical music in ten different genres, showing both the curious novice and the seasoned listener how to ... Read more

    $18.99 USD

  • Rough Ideas

    Reflections on Music and More

    by Stephen Hough ...
    A collection of essays on music and life by the famed classical pianist and composerStephen Hough is one of the world’s leading pianists, winning global acclaim and numerous awards, both for his concerts and his recordings. He is also a writer, composer, and painter, and has been described by The Economist as one of “Twenty Living Polymaths.”Hough writes informally and engagingly about music and ... Read more

    $12.99 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

    $28.99 USD

  • Sonata for a Scoundrel

    by Anthea Lawson ...
    Book 1 - Music of the Heart Historical Romance
    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 or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The Classical Music Book

    Big Ideas Simply Explained

    by DK ...
    series DK Big Ideas
    Learn about the world's greatest classical compositions and musical traditions in The Classical Music Book.Part of the fascinating Big Ideas series, this book tackles tricky topics and themes in a simple and easy to follow format. Learn about Classic Music in this overview guide to the subject, great for novices looking to find out more and experts wishing to refresh their knowledge alike! The ... Read more

    $9.99 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

    $15.99 USD

  • The Complete Classical Music Guide

    by DK, John Burrows ...
    series DK Ultimate Guides
    What makes Mozart's music so great? Why does a minor chord sound sad and a major chord sound happy? What's the difference between opera and operetta? From Bach to Bernstein, this definitive guide offers a complete survey of the history of classical music.Whether you already love classical music or you're just beginning to explore it, The Complete Classical Music Guide invites you to discover the ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • It's Only Rock 'n' Roll

    Thirty Years Married to a Rolling Stone

    by Jo Wood ...
    In this wild, behind-the-scenes portrait of one of the biggest rock bands in history, Jo Wood comes clean about her three decades as the girlfriend and eventually the wife of Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood. This startlingly honest, laugh-out-loud memoir vividly describes life on tour, in the studio, at the legendary parties—and every raucous moment in between.From teenage model to hard ... Read more

    $16.49 USD $14.49 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

    $14.99 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

    $12.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • 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

    $15.99 USD