Chamber Music

Chamber Music : A Listener's Guide

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Chamber Music: A Listener's Guide is a collection of essays about the essential masterworks of the chamber music literature, written to be meaningful to non-professional but interested music-lovers while providing enrichment even for committed chamber music enthusiasts. The book covers a core repertoire of pieces for representative instrumental groupings for three or more players that a concertgoer is most likely to encounter in the course of concert-going, focusing on frequently performed works composed from the late Baroque to the present. Many of these essays have appeared as program notes in the printed programs of notable ensembles in the United States and Europe, but some are newly written specifically for this book. Keller's approach is more historical than analytical. Although the essays draw attention to musical details that make each piece distinctive and admirable, the book steers clear of theoretical jargon that might be off-putting or confusing to the general music-lover. Chamber Music: A Listener's Guide explores the stories behind these compositions: the circumstances of their creation, how they fit into the composer's life and works, how performers have dealt with their specific challenges, how critics and audiences have received them. From Arensky to Wolf, Chamber Music: A Listener's Guide provides inviting and up-to-date essays on 193 seminal works by 56 composers. Keller's generously scaled program notes offer considerable historical depth while revealing the author's enthusiastic delight in a repertoire that is obviously close to his heart. This book promises to be the essential single-volume concert guide for chamber music lovers in the 21st more

Product details

  • Hardback | 520 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 45.72mm | 793.78g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195382536
  • 9780195382532
  • 597,543

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Describes nearly 200 of the best-loved examples of music one might hear in conventional programmes today. The selection is balanced and gives a good idea of listening habits in the United States particularly... The book is user-friendly, with a few jokes, written with some undisguised and understandable enthusiasms. Peter Williams, Times Literary Supplement A treasure trove of learning deployed with lightness of touch companionable as well as wise BBC Music Magazineshow more

About James Keller

James M. Keller has served since 2000 as Program Annotator of both the New York Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony, and also was the 2008-09 Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic. From 1990-2000 he wrote about music and recordings on staff at The New Yorker and in 1999 was awarded the prestigious ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for feature writing about music in Chamber Music magazine, where he has been Contributing Editor for more than a more

Table of contents

Introduction ; Francois Couperin ; Georg Philipp Telemann ; Johann Sebastian Bach ; Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach ; Franz Joseph Haydn ; Luigi Boccherini ; Wolfgang Amade Mozart ; Luigi Cherubini ; Ludwig van Beethoven ; Antonin Reicha ; Johann Nepomuk Hummel ; Louis Spohr ; Carl Maria von Weber ; Gioacchino Rossini ; Franz Peter Schubert ; Mikhail Glinka ; Juan Crisostomo de Arriaga ; Felix Mendelssohn ; Frederic Chopin ; Robert Schumann ; Giuseppe Verdi ; Clara Schumann ; Cesar Franck ; Bedrich Smetana ; Anton Bruckner ; Carl Reinecke ; Johannes Brahms ; Alexander Borodin ; Camille Saint-Saens ; Mac Bruch ; Antonin Dvorak ; Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky ; Edvard Grieg ; Gabriel Faure ; Vincent D'Indy ; Leos Janacek ; Ernest Chausson ; Edward Elgar ; Hugo Wolf ; Viktor Ewald ; Anton Arensky ; Achille-Claude Debussy ; Jean Sibelius ; Carl Nielsen ; Amy Cheney Beach ; Max Reger ; Sergei Rachmaninoff ; Gustav Holst ; Arnold Schoenberg ; Charles Ives ; Maurice Ravel ; Fritz Kreisler ; Ernst von Dohnanyi ; Ernest Bloch ; Bela Bartok ; Nikolai Miaskovsky ; Georges Enesco ; Alban Berg ; Karol Szymanowski ; Joaquin Turina ; Zoltan Kodaly ; Igor Stravinsky ; Anton Webern ; Edgard Varese ; Heitor Villa-Lobos ; Darius Milhaud ; Bohuslav Martinu ; Jacques Ibert ; Sergei Prokofiev ; Leo Ornstein ; Ervin Schulhoff ; Paul Hindemith ; Erich Wolfgang Korngold ; Silvestre Revueltas ; Francis Poulenc ; Carlos Chavez ; Aaron Copland ; Ernst Krenek ; Maurice Durufle ; Karl Amadeus Hartmann ; Dmitri Shostakovich ; Olivier Messiaen ; Elliott Carter ; Samuel Barber ; Nino Rota ; Benjamin Britten ; Alberto Ginastera ; Gyorgy Ligetti ; Luciano Berio ; Morton Feldman ; Gyorgy Kurtag ; George Crumb ; Krzyztof Penderecki ; R. Murray Schafer ; Alfred Schnittke ; Meter Maxwell Davies ; Steve Reich ; Joan Tower ; Joseph Cellli ; Paul Schoenfield ; Osvaldo Golijovshow more

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