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Beyond the Notes
Journeys with Chamber Music
Susan Tomes

We knew from her recordings that Susan Tomes is a superb chamber player; now we know that she's a superb writer too. Michael Church, INDEPENDENT


Britten and Auden in the Thirties: The Year 1936
Donald Mitchell, Alan Hollinghurst [Foreward by]

A crucial year in the Britten/Auden relationship, which reshaped and redefined artistic direction in the immediate pre-war period.


Elliott Carter: Collected Essays and Lectures, , 1937-1995
Elliott Carter, Edited by Jonathan W. Bernard

Provides a renewed incentive to engage Carter's music through critical, historical, and analytical terms...will stimulate further scholarly and critical attention. --ISAM NEWSLETTER


Franz Schubert: Music and Belief
Leo Black

A fresh appraisal of Schubert's nature and beliefs, deriving from close study of his works.

French Organ Music from the Revolution to Franck and Widor
Edited by Lawrence Archbold & William Peterson

Essays by prominent scholars and organists examine the music of Franck and other nineteenth-century French organist-composers through stylistic analysis, study of compositional process, and exploration of how ideas about organ technique and performance-practice traditions developed and became codified.


Gustav Mahler
Songs & Symphonies of Life & Death. Interpretations & Annotations
Donald Mitchell

This volume concentrates on the composer's vocal music, including the late Rueckert Lieder, the 8th Symphony and Das Lied von der Erde.


Gustvan Mahler: The Early Years
Donald Mitchell, Revised by Paul Banks & Donald Matthews

Without an understanding of the conflicts of Mahler's youth one cannot truly appreciate the impulses behind the major symphonies and song cycles of his later years.


Gustav Mahler: The Wunderhorn Years
Chronicles & Commentaries
Donald Mitchell

Donald Mitchell's second book on the life and work of Gustav Mahler examines the fruitful years of the First to the Fourth Symphonies, as well as the earlier song cycles from the Gesellen lieder to the magical Ruckert songs.


Horn and Conductor
Reminiscences of a Practitioner
Harold Meek, Edited by Alfred Mann

The former first horn of the Boston Symphony Orchestra writes about playing under Klemperer, Koussevitzky, Munch etc, the french horn, and specific horn passages.

How We Hear Music
The Relationship between Music & the Hearing Mechanism
James Beament

Covers much of the acoustics a student needs, without mathematics or scientific background.


Max Bruch
His Life & Works
Christopher Fifield

The first paperback edition of this unique and shocking guide to the Black Death in Europe.


Parry to  Finzi: Twenty English Song-Composers
Trevor Hold

The works of twenty composers from the golden age of English romantic song, major figures - Parry, Stanford, Vaughan Williams, Quilter, Ireland, Gurney, Warlock and Finzi - studied alongside the lesser-known.

"The Broadway Sound"
The Autobiography & Selected Essays of Robert Russell Bennett
Robert Russell Bennett, Edited by George Ferencz

The previously unpublished autobiography and additional essays by the  orchestrator-composer of some of America's most important musical  theatre productions. 



The Essential Bach Choir
Andrew Parrott

Discussion of original performance conventions of Bach's sacred works - cantatas, Passions, masses - by practising musician and director of Taverner choir.  

The Operas of Benjamin Britten
Expressin & Evasion
Clair Seymour

This controversial analysis of Britten's operatic works demonstrates how he used music to explore his most private concerns.