Siblin sheds new light on the mysteries that continue to haunt this music more than 250 years after its composer’s death: Why did Bach compose the suites for the cello, The Cello Suites is a true-life journey of discovery, then considered a lowly instrument? What happened to the original manuscript? A seamless blend of biography and music history, fueled by the power of these musical masterpieces.
Winner of the mavis gallant prize for non-fiction and the mcauslan first book prize, pablo Casals’s discovery and popularization of the music in Spain in the late nineteenth century, The Cello Suites weaves together three dramatic narratives: the disappearance of Bach’s manuscript in the eighteenth century, and Siblin’s infatuation with the suites in the present day.
The Cello Suites: J. S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece #ad - In pursuit of his musicological obsession, Siblin would unravel three centuries of intrigue, politics, and passion. Used his instrument and the suites as weapons of protest and pleas for peace. Booklist, starred review. 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 nearly two hundred years later.
The ironies of artistic genius and public taste are subtly explored in this winding, entertaining tale of a musical masterpiece.
Architecture's Odd Couple: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip JohnsonBloomsbury Press #ad - Wright 1867–1959 began it with his romantic prairie style; Johnson 1906–2005 brought down the curtain with his spare postmodernist experiments. It was not despite but rather because of their contentious--and not always admiring--relationship that they were able so powerfully to influence history. In architecture's odd couple, howard deftly traces the historical threads connecting the two men and offers readers a distinct perspective on the era they so enlivened with their designs.
In architectural terms, the twentieth century can be largely summed up with two names: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson. Often publicly at odds, they were the twentieth century's flint and steel; their repeated encounters consistently set off sparks. Between them, they built some of the most admired and discussed buildings in American history.
Architecture's Odd Couple: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson #ad - Differing radically in their views on architecture, enormous charisma, Wright and Johnson shared a restless creativity, and an outspokenness that made each man irresistible to the media. Featuring many of the structures that defined modern space--from Fallingwater to the Guggenheim, from the Glass House to the Seagram Building--this book presents an arresting portrait of modern architecture's odd couple and how they shaped the American landscape by shaping each other.
Yet as acclaimed historian Hugh Howard shows, their rivalry was also a fruitful artistic conversation, one that yielded new directions for both men.
The Voyage OutOpen Road Media #ad - With an appearance by clarissa dalloway—and a fateful encounter between her husband and Rachel—Virginia Woolf’s debut novel anticipates the groundbreaking brilliance of her later works while displaying all their wit, insight, and heartbreaking sensitivity. Shy and introspective, rachel tentatively agrees, and soon finds herself on a voyage of liberation and self-discovery as she experiences the excitement and calamity of young love.
Aboard her father’s cargo ship, her aunt and uncle, young Rachel Vinrace meets Helen and Ridley Ambrose, who invite her to join them at a South American resort for the winter. Woolf has the diversity of power which makes the great writer of narrative. New republic this ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
The Voyage Out #ad - Forster. For all its tragic interest, the voyage Out is not low-keyed; it even has a slight buoyancy of tone, as if clear perception itself brought a continual zest to its writer. . As poignant as anything in modern fiction”: An English girl comes of age on a journey to South America in this debut novel by the author of Mrs.
Dalloway E. M.
Aesthetics: A Beginner's Guide Beginner's GuidesOneworld Publications #ad - From plato on poetry to ringo Starr on the drums, this is a perfect introductory text for anyone interested in the fascinating questions art can raise. In this sweeping introduction, charles Taliaferro skilfully guides us through different theories of art and beauty, tackling issues such as who owns art and what happens when art and morality collide.
. Explaining what art is and what’s not art. What is art? why do we find some things beautiful but not others? Is it wrong to share MP3s? These are just some of the questions explored by aesthetics, the philosophy of art.
The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Nine Turbulent Weeks in ArlesLittle, Brown and Company #ad - This chronicle of the two months in 1888 when paul Gauguin shared a house in France with Vincent Van Gogh describes not only how these two hallowed artists painted and exchanged ideas, but also the texture of their everyday lives. Includes 60 b&w reproductions of the artists' paintings and drawings from the period.
The Beethoven Sonatas and the Creative ExperienceIndiana University Press #ad - An interpreter searching for meaning, color, line, Drake begins with Beethoven’s expressive treatment of the keyboard—the variations of touch, articulation, use of silence, and the pacing of musical ideas. The definitive study of beethoven’s piano sonatas is “remarkable as an insider’s account of the works in an individual perspective.
European music teacher in “one of the most interesting, useful and even exciting books on the process of musical creation” American Music Teacher, Kenneth O. He explores the interpretive implications of rhythm, harmonic effects, dynamics, slurs, and melodic development and identifies specific measures where Beethoven skillfully employs these compositional devices.
The Beethoven Sonatas and the Creative Experience #ad - He then analyzes individual sonatas, exploring motivic development, philosophic overtones, and technical demands. Drake groups the Beethoven piano sonatas according to their musical qualities, rather than their chronology. Hundreds of musical examples illustrate this exploration of emotional and interpretive implications of “the 32.
Here musicians are encouraged to exercise intuition and independence of thought, complementing their performance skills with logical conclusions about ideas and relationships within the score.
Bach: Music in the Castle of HeavenVintage #ad - Johann sebastian Bach is one of the most unfathomable composers in the history of music. John eliot gardiner takes us as deeply into Bach’s works and mind as perhaps words can. Gardiner’s aim is “to give the reader a sense of inhabiting the same experiences and sensations that Bach might have had in the act of music-making.
This has entailed piecing together the few biographical shards, scrutinizing the music, and watching for those instances when Bach’s personality seems to penetrate the fabric of his notation. The fruits of this lifetime’s immersion are distilled in this remarkable book, how his music is constructed, how he worked, grounded in the most recent Bach scholarship but moving far beyond it, and explaining in wonderful detail the ideas on which Bach drew, how it achieves its effects—and what it can tell us about Bach the man.
He has been studying and performing Bach ever since, and is now regarded as one of the composer’s greatest living interpreters. This, i try to show, can help us arrive at a more human likeness discernible in the closely related processes of composing and performing his music. It is very rare that such an accomplished performer of music should also be a considerable writer and thinker about it.
Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven #ad - The result is a unique book about one of the greatest of all creative artists. . 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, where it hung for safety during World War II.
Evening in the Palace of Reason: Bach Meets Frederick the Great in the Age of EnlightenmentHarper Perennial #ad - Brimming with originality and wit, ‘evening in the Palace of Reason’ is history of the best kind – intimate in scale and broad in its vision. In one corner, a godless young warrior, Voltaire’s heralded ‘philosopher-king’, the It Boy of the Enlightenment. The sparks from their brief conflict illuminate a turbulent age.
Behind the pomp and flash, prussia's frederick the Great was a tormented man, son of an abusive king who forced him to watch as his best friend probably his lover was beheaded. In the other, a devout if bad-tempered old composer of ‘outdated’ music, a scorned genius in his last years. A stirring declaration of faith, it represented ‘as stark a rebuke of his beliefs and world view as an absolute monarch has ever received, ’ Gaines writes.
Evening in the Palace of Reason: Bach Meets Frederick the Great in the Age of Enlightenment #ad - In what may have been one of history's crueler practical jokes, Frederick challenged ‘old Bach’ to a musical duel, asking him to improvise a six-part fugue based on an impossibly intricate theme possibly devised for him by Bach's own son. Bach left the court fuming, but in a fever of composition, he used the coded, alchemical language of counterpoint to write ‘A Musical Offering’ in response.
It is also one of the great works of art in the history of music. Set at the tipping point between the ancient and the modern world, the triumphant story of Bach's victory expands to take in the tumult of the eighteenth century: the legacy of the Reformation, wars and conquest, the birth of the Enlightenment.
Stradivari's Genius: Five Violins, One Cello, and Three Centuries of Enduring PerfectionRandom House #ad - From the salons of vienna to the concert halls of New York, from the breakthroughs of Beethoven’s last quartets to the first phonographic recordings, Faber unfolds a narrative magnificent in its range and brilliant in its detail. Then there’s the davidov cello, fashioned in 1712 and lovingly handed down through a succession of celebrated artists until, in the 1980s, it passed into the capable hands of Yo-Yo Ma.
What made this apparently unsophisticated craftsman so special? why were his techniques not maintained by his successors? How is it that even two and a half centuries after his death, copied, and delicacy of a Stradivarius?In Faber’s illuminating narrative, hidden, no one has succeeded in matching the purity, bought and sold by princes and plutocrats, collected, lost, depth, each of the six fabled instruments becomes a character in its own right–a living entity cherished by artists, coveted, and occasionally played by a musician whose skill matches its maker’s.
Stradivari's Genius: Five Violins, One Cello, and Three Centuries of Enduring Perfection #ad - Here is the fabulous viotti, named for the virtuoso who enchanted all Paris in the 1780s, only to fall foul of the French Revolution. Paganini supposedly made a pact with the devil to transform the art of the violin–and by the end of his life he owned eleven Strads. In the course of his long career in the northern Italian city of Cremona, he created more than a thousand stringed instruments; approximately six hundred survive.
Tis god gives skill, but not without men’s hands: He could not make Antonio Stradivari’s violins without Antonio. George eliotantonio stradivari 1644—1737 was a perfectionist whose single-minded pursuit of excellence changed the world of music.
Logic: The Question of Truth Studies in Continental ThoughtIndiana University Press #ad - Not published until 1976—three months before heidegger’s death—as volume 21 of his Complete Works, it is nonetheless central to Heidegger’s overall project of reinterpreting Western thought in terms of time and truth. The text shows the degree to which Aristotle underlies Heidegger’s hermeneutical theory of meaning.
Thomas sheehan’s elegant and insightful translation offers English-speaking readers access to this fundamental text for the first time. Martin heidegger’s 1925–26 lectures on truth and time provided much of the basis for his momentous work, Being and Time. It also contains heidegger’s first published critique of Husserl and takes major steps toward establishing the temporal bases of logic and truth.
Logic: The Question of Truth Studies in Continental Thought #ad - . Heidegger’s radical thinking on the meaning of truth in a “clear and comprehensive critical edition” Philosophy in Review.
Eureka!: Discover and Enjoy the Hidden Power of the English LanguageMorgan James Publishing #ad - His inspiring perspective will transform you into a better listener, speaker, and teammate, writer, and it will stimulate some deeper self-observation—a catalyst for improving your own communications proficiency. Learn the ins and outs of effective written and oral communication through a collection of trivia, anecdotes, lists, puzzles, and practical lessons.
Provocative insights into high-stakes forms of communication—speaking, and even romance—are mixed with English language trivia, interviewing, coaching, selling, humorous anecdotes, and unique puzzles. Instead of highlighting all the mechanics and hairball rules of English, Walker Royce leads you through an educational and entertaining workout of your English knowledge and skills.
Eureka!: Discover and Enjoy the Hidden Power of the English Language #ad - Eureka! illuminates the oddities, the amusement, and the communication power to be found in the English language.