Language Of The Spirit

Author: Jan Swafford
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0465097553
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A preeminent composer, music scholar, and biographer presents an engaging and accessible introduction to classical music For many of us, classical music is something serious--something we study in school, something played by cultivated musicians at fancy gatherings. In Language of the Spirit, renowned music scholar Jan Swafford argues that we have it all wrong: classical music has something for everyone and is accessible to all. Ranging from Gregorian chant to Handel's Messiah, from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons to the postmodern work of Philip Glass, Swafford is an affable and expert guide to the genre. He traces the history of Western music, introduces readers to the most important composers and compositions, and explains the underlying structure and logic of their music. Language of the Spirit is essential reading for anyone who has ever wished to know more about this sublime art.

The Spirit Of Sounds

Author: Jean During
Publisher: Associated University Presse
ISBN: 9780845348840
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An unrivaled master of the sacred art of tanbour, an ancient Kurdish lute with an unusually captivating sonority, Ostad Elahi considered his music above all as a means of delving within, discovering truths, and reaching the stage of divine love.

Nation And Classical Music

Author: Matthew Riley
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
ISBN: 1783271426
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How and why do listeners come over time to 'feel the nation' through particular musical works?

Spiritual And Demonic Magic

Author: Daniel Pickering Walker
Publisher: Penn State Press
ISBN: 9780271020457
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First published by the Warburg Institute in 1958, this book is considered a landmark in Renaissance studies. Whereas most scholars had tended to view magic as a marginal subject, Walker showed that magic was one of the most typical creations of the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Walker takes readers through the magical concerns of some of the greatest thinkers of the Renaissance, from Marsilio Ficino, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, and Jacques Lefevre d&’Etaples to Jean Bodin, Francis Bacon, and Tommaso Campanella. Ultimately he demonstrates that magic was interconnected with religion, music, and medicine, all of which were central to the Renaissance notion of spiritus. Remarkable for its clarity of writing, this book is still considered essential reading for students seeking to understand the assumptions, beliefs, and convictions that informed the thinking of the Renaissance. This edition features a new introduction by Brian Copenhaver, one of our leading experts on the place of magic in intellectual history.

A Chronology Of Western Classical Music 1600 2000

Author: Jon Paxman
Publisher: Omnibus Press
ISBN: 1783231211
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“A great reference tool for anyone who wants to explore the history of music.” - Philip Glass Jon Paxman's Classical Music 1600–2000: A Chronology interprets four centuries of Western classical music, considering its evolution from two different perspectives. Monumental in scope but lucid in style, this book will prove invaluable to anyone – student or enthusiast – who wants to comprehend the overwhelmingly rich and sometimes complex evolution of Western classical music. Classical Music 1600–2000: A Chronology features contributions by Terry Barfoot, Katy Hamilton, Thomas Lydon and Robert Rawson.

The Second Sense

Author: Robin Maconie
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 146170717X
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A vigorous non-technical discussion of basic acoustical, auditory, and communications processes that guide and connect musical behaviors of every age. Developed as a source book for students of art and design it offers illuminating commentaries on more than 100 cd recorded items from classical and world music traditions.

Critical Essays On Literature Language And Aesthetics

Author: Arnapurna Rath
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1527522504
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This volume of critical essays explores various facets of the social sciences and humanities from an interdisciplinary perspective. The essays gathered here have been culled from different aspects of humanities research in order to widen the scope of research possibilities. The dialogic mode in which the essays are arranged lends a unique texture to the book. This volume will be of interest to researchers, academics and even the casual reader with an interest in the humanities. The rich array of topics covered here gives an inkling of the range of Professor Milind Malshe’s research interests and his academic associations in his career as a scholar and mentor. The different sections in this volume engage in a performance of sorts, allowing a free play of many voices—identified as the core to teaching and research in the humanities.

Brahms And The German Spirit

Author: Daniel Beller-McKenna
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674013186
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Beller-McKenna counters music historians's reluctance to address Brahms's Germanness, wary perhaps of fascist implications. He gives an account of the intertwining of nationalism, politics, and religion that underlies major works, and enriches both our understanding of his art and German culture.

Classical Music

Author: John Stanley
Publisher: Readers Digest
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Surveys classical music from the medieval period to the present, discusses musical instruments, great composers, and major works, and suggests recordings