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 vastly popular volumes with Chamber Music. impending the culture of chamber tune with wisdom and fervour, Keller right here serves because the often-opinionated yet continuously genial advisor to 192 crucial works via fifty six composers, delivering illuminating essays on what makes every piece specific and admirable. Keller spans the heritage 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 relish but that more matured listeners will locate enriching. Keller stocks the colourful, frequently stunning tales in 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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