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Download Menahem Pressler : artistry in piano teaching by William Brown PDF

By William Brown

As soloist, grasp classification instructor, and pianist of the world-renowned Beaux Arts Trio, Menahem Pressler can boast of 4 Grammy nominations, 3 honorary doctorates, greater than eighty recordings, and lifelong success awards offered by way of France, Germany, and Israel. Former Pressler pupil William Brown strains the master's pianistic improvement via Rudiakov, Kestenberg, Vengerova, Casadesus, Petri, and Steuermann, mixing innovations and traditions derived from Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, and J. S. Bach.

Brown provides Pressler's method of functionality and instructing, together with technical routines, ideas of leisure and overall physique involvement, and photographs to steer the pianist's creativity towards expressive interpretation. Insights from the author's personal classes, interviews with Pressler, and memories of greater than a hundred Pressler scholars from the prior 50 years are amassed during this textual content. Measure-by-measure classes on 23 piano masterworks by means of, between others, Bach, Bartók, Debussy, and Ravel in addition to transcriptions of Pressler's fingerings, hand redistributions, working towards instructions, musical ratings, and grasp type performances are included.

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Download Johnny Cash: The Biography by Michael Streissguth PDF

By Michael Streissguth

To hundreds of thousands, Johnny funds used to be the rebellious guy in Black, the unabashed patriot, the redeemed Christian-the king of state track. yet Johnny money used to be additionally an doubtful state boy whose desires have been born within the cotton fields of Arkansas and who struggled his whole lifestyles with a guilt-ridden formative years, addictions, and self-doubt. A delicate songwriter with profound powers of musical expression, funds advised the United States and the area the tales of a nation’s heroes and outcasts.Johnny money: The Biography explores extensive many often-overlooked features of the legend’s existence and profession. It examines the robust creative effect of his older brother, Roy, and chronicles Cash’s air strength profession within the early Fifties, while his songwriting took form...and whilst he bought his first guitar. It uncovers the origins of his trademark boom-chicka-boom rhythm and strains his courtship of Bob Dylan within the people revival period of the 1960s.Johnny Cash additionally delves into the main points of Cash’s own existence, together with his drug dependency, which dogged him lengthy after many concept he had crushed it. It unflinchingly recounts his relationships along with his first spouse, Vivian Liberto, his moment spouse, June Carter money, and his kids. And it follows funds as guy and musician from his early years of luck throughout the commercially desolate years of the Nineteen Eighties to his reemergence lower than the effect of manufacturer Rick Rubin-and organization that revitalized his occupation but raised contradictions approximately Cash’s values and craft.Scrupulously researched, passionately informed, Johnny money: The Biography is the unforgettable portrait of a permanent American icon.

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Download James Dean. El Angel Oscuro by Miguel A. Prieto PDF

By Miguel A. Prieto

James Dean tenía sólo 24 años cuando murió en una solitaria carretera el 30 de septiembre de 1955, mientras se dirigía a una competición automovilística en Salinas, CAlifornia. En el momento de su deadly accidente llevaba apenas dieciocho meses en Hollywood y había rodado tres películas, Al este del edén, Rebelde sin causa y Gigante.Solamente los angeles prinera de ellas se había estrenado, pero bastó para consagrarle como una gran estrella. Su muerte desató una histeria sin preccedentes en Hollywood y le convirtió en una figura de culto para los jóvenes de su generación y de todas las siguientes. Hoy, su inmaculado rostro adolescente sigue adornando posters, camisetas, calendarios y un sinfín de artículos de advertising ; su vida ha sido objeto de múltiples biografís, pelídulas y canciones; y, a lo largo de los años, una larga lista de actores y músicos de rock han afirmado tenerle como modelo a seguir.

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Download The Life and Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky by Modest Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Rosa Newmarch PDF

By Modest Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Rosa Newmarch

The existence & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky by way of Modeste Tchaikovsky

IN supplying to English and American readers this abridged variation of The existence and Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky, my advent needs to of necessity take the shape of a few justification of my curtailments and excisions.

The factors which ended in this project, and the explanations for my mode of method, will be said in a couple of words.

In 1900 I released a quantity facing Tchaikovsky, which was once, i think, the 1st try to embrace in publication shape the entire literature—scattered in the course of the byways of Russian journalism—concerning the composer of the Pathetic Symphony.

In the process a yr or two—the booklet having bought out in England and America—a thought was once made to me to arrange a brand new version. in the meantime, although, the permitted lifestyles and Letters, compiled and edited via the composer’s brother, Modeste Ilich Tchaikovsky, was once being issued in twenty-five components through P. I. Jurgenson, of Moscow. This unique Russian version used to be presently by way of a German translation, released in Leipzig by way of an analogous firm.

In November, 1901, the past due P. I. Jurgenson approached me with regards to a translation, yet his negotiations with an American enterprise ultimately fell via. He then asked me to discover, if attainable, an English writer keen to absorb the publication. either in England and the USA the general public curiosity in Tchaikovsky looked to be gradually expanding. widespread demands copies of my small book—by this day trip of print—testified that this used to be really the case.

An substitute path now lay earlier than me: to revise my very own booklet, with the aid of the fabric offered through the approved lifestyles and Letters, or to absorb hand an English translation of the latter. the 1st may were the fewer hard and exacting job; however, there has been doubtless in my brain as to the better worth and value of Modeste Tchaikovsky’s work.

The simplest—and in lots of methods such a lot satisfactory—course appeared at the start to be the interpretation of the Russian variation in its entirety. nearer exam, notwithstanding, published the truth that out of the 3,000 letters incorporated during this publication a wide share have been addressed to individuals particularly unknown to the English and American publics; whereas while it contained a mass of minute and virtually neighborhood details that can have little or no importance for readers unversed in each element of Russian musical life.

Another functional query faced me. What writer might enterprise upon launching this biographical three-decker, with its freight of 3,000 letters, amounting to almost 2,000 pages of heavily revealed subject? Such tremendous biographies, besides the fact that worthwhile as assets of data to the expert, are relatively past all hazard of buy or perusal through most of the people. That the writer himself realised this, turns out obvious from the truth that the German variation used to be lightened of a few 3rd of the unique contents.

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Download Unfinished Music by Richard Kramer PDF

By Richard Kramer

Unfinished Music attracts its concept from the riddling aphorism by means of Walter Benjamin that serves as its epigraph: "the paintings is the dying masks of its conception." The paintings in its entire, perfected kingdom conceals the enlivening approach engaged in its production. a gap bankruptcy of this publication examines a few explosive principles from the brain of J. G. Hamann, eccentric determine of the anti-rationalist Enlightenment, at the position of language on the seat of concept. those principles are pursued as an access into the no much less radical brain of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, whose daring idiosyncrasies, like Hamann's, disrupted the discourse of Enlightenment aesthetics. Bach is a significant participant right here, his past due tune the topic of clean inquiry. in numerous chapters at the overdue song of Beethoven, Bach reappears, now whatever of a religious modify ego within the look for a brand new voice. The improvisatory as a style of proposal figures prominently the following, after which evokes a brand new listening to of the envisioning of Chaos on the outset of Haydn's Creation, aligned with Herder's efforts to come back to an realizing of emblems on the foundation of concept. The improvisatory is on the middle of a bankruptcy on Beethoven's brazen cadenzas for the Concerto in D minor through Mozart, one other ghost in Beethoven's computer. tune seductively unfinished is the subject of different chapters: on a few unstudied overdue sketches, ultimately rejected, for a well-known quartet flow by way of Beethoven; at the enigmas set unfastened in numerous notable Mozart fragments; and at the romanticizing of fragment and its pertaining to vital sonatas that Schubert left incomplete. In a last coming to phrases with the imponderables of musical instinct, the writer returns to Benjamin's epigraph, drawing jointly his foundational essay on Goethe's Elective Affinities with Thomas Mann's Death in Venice, and with a draft for a recognized passage within the andantino of Schubert's Sonata in A (1828). Unfinished Music explores with sophisticated perception the uneasy dating among the completed paintings and the elusive, provocative lines of the profound labors buried in its prior. The publication can have vast attract the neighborhood of song students, theorists and performers, and to all these for whom tune is necessary to the background of rules.

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Download Leonard Bernstein: The Political Life of an American by Barry Seldes PDF

By Barry Seldes

From his striking engaging in debut in 1943 till his demise in 1990, Leonard Bernstein's superstar blazed brilliantly. during this clean and revealing biography of Bernstein's political existence, Barry Seldes examines Bernstein's profession opposed to the backdrop of chilly conflict America--blacklisting by way of the country division in 1950, voluntary exile from the hot York Philharmonic in 1951 for worry that he could be blacklisted, signing a humiliating affidavit to regain his passport--and the standards that by way of the mid-1950s allowed his positive go back to the hot York Philharmonic. Seldes for the 1st time hyperlinks Bernstein's nice concert-hall and musical-theatrical achievements and his actual and perceived inventive setbacks to his involvement with innovative political factors. Making wide use of formerly untapped FBI documents in addition to neglected fabrics within the Library of Congress's Bernstein archive, Seldes illuminates the ways that Bernstein's occupation intersected with the 20 th century's so much momentous occasions. This extensively obtainable and impressively documented account of the celebrity-maestro's lifestyles deepens our knowing of a whole period because it unearths very important and infrequently neglected intersections of yank tradition and political energy.

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Download Memories of John Lennon by Yoko Ono PDF

By Yoko Ono

John Lennon . . . as a lot part of our global this day as he ever was once He touched many lives in his short 40 years, and maintains to maneuver and encourage hundreds of thousands extra to at the present time. Now, invited by way of Yoko Ono, associates, family members, and fanatics from all walks of life—including a number of the nice artists of our day—reminisce approximately Lennon as a visionary and pal, musician and performer, husband and father, activist and jokester. of their personal phrases and drawings, poems and photographs, Lennon's existence from his formative years throughout the Beatles years to the happiness and tragedy of his ultimate days turn into stunningly vibrant. Intimate glimpses collected from musicians who knew John, corresponding to Pete Townshend, Sir Elton John, Billy Preston, and Joan Baez; buddies and kin corresponding to manufacturer David Geffen, publicist Elliot Mintz, and cousin Mike Cadwallader; and artists who him reminiscent of Bono, Alicia Keys, Steve Earle, Jello Biafra, and Carlos Santana. And, for the 1st time, popular photographer Annie Liebovitz provides each body of the old final consultation with John and Yoko. stories of John Lennon is a wealthy and deeply felt appreciation of a really nice guy.

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Download Mae Murray: The Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips by Michael G. Ankerich PDF

By Michael G. Ankerich

Mae Murray (1885--1965), popularly often called "the woman with the bee-stung lips," was once a fiery presence in silent-era Hollywood. well known for her vintage attractiveness and charismatic presence, she rocketed to stardom as a dancer within the Ziegfeld Follies, relocating around the kingdom to big name in her first movie, To Have and to carry, in 1916. An rapid hit with audiences, Murray quickly grew to become some of the most recognized names in Tinseltown.

However, Murray's second within the highlight used to be fleeting. The creation of talkies, a string of failed marriages, a significant occupation blunder, and a few sour felony battles left the previous superstar in a kingdom of poverty and psychological instability that she may by no means overcome.

In this fascinating biography, Michael G. Ankerich strains Murray's occupation from the footlights of Broadway to the klieg lighting of Hollywood, recounting her extraordinary physique of labor at the level and display and charting her quick ascent to repute and decline into obscurity. that includes unique interviews with Murray's in basic terms son, Daniel, and with actor George Hamilton, whom the actress heavily befriended on the finish of her existence, Ankerich restores this significant determine in early movie to the limelight.

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