The Price of Genius

    By April Fitzlyon

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    Pauline García Viardot, the daughter of the famous singer and composer Manuel García and younger sister of the celebrated Malibran, was a singer of genius and a woman of outstanding intellect. The first biography of Viardot not only recreates the drama of the prima donna’s own life, but perfectly ca…

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    Lorenzo Da Ponte

    By April FitzLyon

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    This is the revised edition of April FitzLyon’s celebrated biography of Mozart’s librettist, who provided the brilliant, witty texts for The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte. Born a Jew in the Republic of Venice, he became a Christian before involving himself in political and amor…

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    Traditions of the Classical Guitar

    By Graham Wade

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    First published in 1980, Traditions of the Classical Guitar has been described as the first book to examine in detail the many traditions of one of today’s most popular instruments. With its central focus on Andrés Segovia’s pioneering work in establishing the guitar as an international concert inst…

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    Schoenberg

    By H.H. Stuckenschmidt

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    The first complete study of one of the most important and controversial musicians of our time, Stuckenschmidt’s book discusses all Schoenberg’s works, some of them in great detail; it demonstrates Schoenberg’s relationship to his forerunners, contemporaries and successors not only in music and the o…

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    Wagner the Dramatist

    By H.F. Garten

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    Richard Wagner has fascinated every generation of opera lovers for over a century, and a mass of literature has interpreted and reinterpreted not only his character, but also the components of the great music dramas that are still some of the most captivating and complex operas in the international…

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    Memories of the Opera

    By Giulio Gatti-Casazza

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    In these vivid and anecdotal memoirs, Giulio Gatti-Casazza, one of the twentieth century’s most successful impresarios, tells of his long reign in two of the world’s most famous opera houses: a decade at La Scala in Milan, followed by twenty-seven years at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. With an…

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    Playing My Part

    By Frida Leider

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    Frida Leider, the greatest Wagnerian soprano of the pre-war period, has a permanent place in operatic history. In this, her own memoirs, Leider recreates the fascinating operatic world of her day, and recounts her association with Bruno Walter, Wilhelm Furtwangler, Lauritz Melchior, Lotte Lehmann, M…

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    Style in Piano Playing

    By Peter Cooper

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    Renowned for its versatility, the piano has played a major role both in musical development and in the shaping of public taste. Throughout its history it has always remained at the centre of the music scene as the composer’s tool, the virtuoso’s partner and the accompanist’s mainstay. Style in Piano…

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