Choral Masterworks A Listener's Guide

ISBN-10: 0195340663

ISBN-13: 9780195340662

Edition: 2008

Authors: Michael Steinberg

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Michael Steinberg's highly successful listener's guides--The Symphony and The Concerto--have been universally praised for their blend of captivating biography, crystal clear musical analysis, and delightful humor. Now Steinberg follows these two greatly admired volumes with Choral Masterworks, the only such guide available to this most popular of musical forms. Here are more than fifty illuminating essays on the classic choral masterworks, ranging from Handel's Messiah, Bach's Mass in B Minor, and Beethoven's Missa solemnis, to works by Haydn, Brahms, Mendelssohn, and many others. Steinberg spans the entire history of classical music, from such giants of the Romantic era as Verdi and Berlioz, to leading modern composers such as Elgar, Rachmaninoff, Vaughan Williams, and Stravinsky, to contemporary masters such as John Adams and Charles Wuorinen. For each piece, Steinberg includes a fascinating biographical account of the work's genesis, often spiced with wonderful asides. The author includes an astute musical analysis of each piece, one that casual music lovers can easily appreciate and that more serious fans will find invaluable. The book also provides basic information such as the various movements of the work, the organization of the chorus and orchestra, and brief historical notes on early performances. More than twenty million Americans perform regularly in choirs or choruses. Choral Masterworks will appeal not only to concert goers and CD collectors, but also to this vast multitude of choral performers, an especially engaged and active community. "What sets Steinberg's writing apart is its appealing mixture of impregnable authority (he knows this music) and purely personal asides (by the end of the book, we know this man). Choral Masterworks can be read by anybody, from a professional musician to any young listener newly braced by the stoic pessimism of the Brahms 'German Requiem.'" --Washington Post Book World
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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/28/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 9.50" wide x 6.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.462
Language: English

Michael Steinberg’s writing has been published in the Journal of the History of Ideas, the American Choral Review, and many law reviews, and he was the author of the Web site “Why This War.” He lives in Rochester, NY.

A Word to Nonbelievers--and Believers
Adams: Harmonium
Bach Introduction
Bach: The Passions
Bach: Saint John Passion
Bach: Saint Matthew Passion
Bach: Magnificat
Bach: Mass in B minor
Beethoven: Missa solemnis
Berlioz: Requiem
Brahms Introduction
Brahms: A German Requiem
Brahms: The Shorter Choral Works
Brahms: Gesang der Parzen (Song of the Fates)
Brahms: Nanie (Threnody)
Brahms: Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny)
Britten: War Requiem
Cherubini: Requiem in C minor
Dallapiccola: Canti di prigonia (Songs of Imprisonment)
Dvorak: Stabat mater
Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius
Faure: Requiem
Handel: Messiah
Handel-Mozart: Messiah
Haydn: Introduction
Haydn: The Oratorios
Haydn: The Creation
Haydn: The Seasons
Haydn: Harmoniemesse (Wind-Band Mass)
Honegger: Le Roi David (King David)
Janacek: Glagolilic Mass
Kodaly: Psalmus hungaricus
Mendelssohn: Elias (Elijah)
Mozart Introduction
Mozart: Mass in C minor
Mozart: Requiem
Orff: Carmina burana
Rachmaninoff: The Bells
Schmidt: Das Buch mit dieben Siegelm (The Book With Seven Seals)
Sessions: When Lilacs Last in the Door-Yard Bloom'd
Stravinsky Introduction
Stravinsky: Canticum acrum
Stravinsky: Persephone
Stravinsky: Requiem Canticles
Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms
Stravinsky: The Wedding
Tippett: A Child of Our Time
Sancta Civitas
A Sea Symphony
Verdi: Requiem
Walton: Belshazzar's Feast
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