"Unsung: A History of Women in American Music"
"Unsung: A History of Women in American Music" discusses the place
of women in every musical field, their successes and failures, and
most especially, the obstacles they have always faced--and still
face--in gaining artistic recognition and professional acceptance,
and what they have done to overcome and circumvent them.
"Bad Boy of Music"
His adventurous composing style literally caused riots in concerts
halls, but in his autobiography, "Bad Boy of Music," composer George
Antheil proves to be one of the most humorous figures in 20th
century classical music, too. Antheil strings together fascinating
recollections featuring sweethearts, Stravinsky, and all matters
relevant to his art of composition.
"The True Life of J.S. Bach"
This engagingly eccentric biography by German playwright and
television scriptwriter Klaus Eidam tries to knock off the dust
accumulated around Bach by generations of writers more concerned
with their own musical, religious, or political theories than the
particulars of the composer's life. His aim is to restore Bach to
the general public as a musician first and foremost, well versed in
the techniques and instruments of his day, deeply immersed in his
"Alfred Brendel on Music: Collected Essays"
As part of the celebrations surrounding Alfred Brendel's 70th
birthday, this collection gathers earlier writings by the brilliant
pianist (who also published his first book of poetry, "One Finger
Too Many," not long ago) alongside new, unpublished pieces. Essays
are culled from Brendel's "Musical Thoughts and Afterthoughts" and
"Music Sounded Out."
"The Queen's Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire"
In "The Queen's Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of
Desire," self-proclaimed opera queen Wayne Koestenbaum investigates
the hidden--and unexpected--mysteries that opera and sexuality
produce. It's an investigation of the intricate interplay between
art and sexuality, between beauty and eroticism.
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George Frideric Handel
"Silla" has a sketchy history, with no record of a performance in
the composer's lifetime. This "opera seria" was written early during
Handel's resettlement to London, although some of the music was
later recycled. Download two selections from this Handel rarity now,
for free, from Amazon.com:
"Sol per te, bell'idol mio" (Natasha Marsh and Joanne Lunn)
"Alza il volo mia fama" (James Bowman)
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"Alfons V ("El Magnanim"): El Cancionero de Montecassino-Religious
and Profane Music"
Alfons V ("The Magnanimous") had high artistic ambitions for his
dominion when he ascended the throne of Aragon in 1416. And for a
short time, his patronage did produce an extraordinary musical
rebirth centered in Naples. The "Cancionero de Montecassino"
contains a wonderful potpourri of styles for sacred and secular
purposes--yet another example of the versatility and breadth of
musical discovery that are characteristic of Early Music guru Jordi
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"Spem in Alium"
Named for Renaissance composer Thomas Tallis, Peter Phillips and
his extraordinary singers have found great footing in the 16th
century, though they perform music from several other periods as
well. "Spem in Alium" was the Tallis Scholars' first recording
devoted to their namesake composer--and it remains one of the best
Tallis discs available.
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