Choral Masterworks: A Listener's Guide

Choral Masterworks: A Listener's Guide

by Michael Steinberg
     
 

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: A Listener's Guide, the only such guide available to this most popular of… See more details below

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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: A Listener's Guide, 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, such as the true story of Mozart's Requiem-Salieri had nothing to do with the composition of it, nor did he poison Mozart, who most likely died of rheumatic fever. The author also includes an astute musical analysis of each piece, one that casual music lovers can easily appreciate and that musicians and more serious fans will find invaluable. The book also includes 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195340662
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
682,390
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Sacred texts in a secular world : a word to nonbelievers - and believers3
Adams
Harmonium9
Bach
The passions16
Magnificat31
Mass in B minor34
Beethoven
Missa solemnis45
Berlioz
Requiem61
Brahms
A German requiem68
The shorter choral works75
Britten
War requiem86
Cherubini
Requiem in C minor97
Dallapiccola
Canti de prigonia (songs of captivity)104
Dvorak
Stabat mater113
Elgar
The dream of Gerontius119
Faure
Requiem131
Handel
Messiah138
Haydn
Harmoniemesse (wing-band mass)155
Two great oratorios159
Honegger
Le Roi David (King David)177
Janacek
Glagolitic mass186
Kodaly
Psalmus hungaricus194
Mendelssohn
Elias (Elijah)200
Mozart
The shorter choral works210
Mass in C minor212
Requiem219
Orff
Carmina burana230
Rachmaninoff
The bells238
Schmidt
Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln (the book with seven seals)243
Sessions
When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd252
Stravinsky
The wedding257
Persephone260
Symphony of psalms265
Mass269
Canticum sacrum (sacred canticle)273
Requiem canticles277
Tippett
A child of our time280
Vaughan Williams
A sea symphony288
Sancta Civitas295
Verdi
Requiem301
Walton
Belshazzar's feast311
Wuorinen
Genesis317

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