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James Keller's Chamber Music: A Listener's Guide PDF

By James Keller

ISBN-10: 019020639X

ISBN-13: 9780190206390

ISBN-10: 0195382536

ISBN-13: 9780195382532

Oxford's hugely winning listener's guides--The Symphony, The Concerto, and Choral Masterworks--have been commonly praised for his or her mixture of alluring biography, crystal transparent musical research, and pleasant humor. Now James Keller follows those vastly famous volumes with Chamber Music. impending the culture of chamber song with wisdom and keenness, Keller right here serves because the often-opinionated yet continuously genial advisor to 192 crucial works through fifty six composers, offering illuminating essays on what makes every piece exact and admirable. Keller spans the background of this intimate style of tune, from key works of the Baroque throughout the emotionally stirring "golden age" of the Classical and Romantic composers, to fashionable masterpieces wealthy in political, mental, and occasionally comical overtones. for every piece, from Bach via to modern figures like George Crumb and Steve Reich, the writer comprises an astute musical research that informal track fans can simply savor but that more matured listeners will locate enriching. Keller stocks the colourful, usually excellent tales in the back of the compositions whereas revealing the delights of an paintings shape as soon as defined via Goethe because the musical similar of "thoughtful humans conversing."

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