Chamber Music: A Listener's Guide

Chamber Music: A Listener's Guide


Oxford's hugely profitable listener's guides--The Symphony, The Concerto, and Choral Masterworks--have been commonly praised for his or her mix of alluring biography, crystal transparent musical research, and pleasant humor. Now James Keller follows those enormously well-liked volumes with Chamber Music. impending the culture of chamber tune with wisdom and keenness, Keller the following serves because the often-opinionated yet consistently genial consultant to 192 crucial works via fifty six composers, delivering illuminating essays on what makes every piece distinct and admirable. Keller spans the background of this intimate style of song, from key works of the Baroque throughout the emotionally stirring "golden age" of the Classical and Romantic composers, to trendy 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 contains an astute musical research that informal track fanatics can simply savour but that more matured listeners will locate enriching. Keller stocks the colourful, usually wonderful tales at the back of the compositions whereas revealing the delights of an artwork shape as soon as defined by means of Goethe because the musical an identical of "thoughtful humans conversing."

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