Evening In The Palace Of Reason

Author: James R. Gaines
Editor: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0007153937
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In one corner, a godless young warrior, Voltaire's heralded 'philosopher-king', the It Boy of the Enlightenment. In the other, a devout if bad-tempered old composer of 'outdated' music, a scorned genius in his last years. The sparks from their brief conflict illuminate a turbulent age. Behind the pomp and flash, Prussia's Frederick the Great was a tormented man, son of an abusive king who forced him to watch as his best friend (probably his lover) was beheaded. In what may have been one of history's crueler practical jokes, Frederick challenged 'old Bach' to a musical duel, asking him to improvise a six-part fugue based on an impossibly intricate theme (possibly devised for him by Bach's own son). Bach left the court fuming, but in a fever of composition, he used the coded, alchemical language of counterpoint to write 'A Musical Offering' in response. A stirring declaration of faith, it represented 'as stark a rebuke of his beliefs and world view as an absolute monarch has ever received, ' Gaines writes. It is also one of the great works of art in the history of music. triumphant story of Bach's victory expands to take in the tumult of the eighteenth century: the legacy of the Reformation, wars and conquest, the birth of the Enlightenment. Brimming with originality and wit, Evening in the Palace of Reason is history of the best kind - intimate in scale and broad in its vision

The World Of The Bach Cantatas Johann Sebastian Bach S Early Sacred Cantatas

Author: Bach
Editor: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393041064
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The cantatas of J.S. Bach are among the best known and most frequently performed musical works of the baroque period. However, when they are played and heard today, questions arise that are difficult to answer because the works are being experienced outside their historical context. Such questions concern the role of the cantatas in Bach's compositional development, musical models for the works, and performance practice during the composer's lifetime.

For Liberty And Glory Washington Lafayette And Their Revolutions

Author: James R. Gaines
Editor: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393072044
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"Gaines has a deft understanding of the Washington-Lafayette relationship ... [and] a knack for wielding substantial research with aplomb."—San Francisco Chronicle This book tells the story of the French and American Revolutions in a single, thrilling narrative that shows just how deeply intertwined they actually were. Their leaders were often seen as father and son, but the relationship of George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette, while close, was every bit as complex as the long, fraught history of the French-American alliance, of which they were also the founding fathers.

Composition In The Digital World

Author: Robert Raines
Editor: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199357056
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American composers are at the forefront of a renaissance in concert music, in the process expanding the very definition of the category. The impact of digital technology on the creative process and the unprecedented diversity of contemporary composers are arguably among the catalysts driving the rebirth. In this series of personal interviews with some of the most prominent composers of art music currently working on the American music scene, composer and educator Robert Raines leads the intimate conversations through subjects ranging from the source of inspiration to work habits, the realities of the business of music, and the impact of technology on music and life in the 21st century. The musicians who participated in these conversations are as different from one another as might be imagined, both in styles of music and approaches to life and art, resulting in a series of stories that offer a kaleidoscopic view of the many paths to creativity, yet a common thread that runs through the interviews is the passionate artistic drive that is shared by all. The inspirational stories of struggles and successes, told in the artists' own words and distinctively framed by their individual personalities - humorous, curmudgeonly, serious, serene, and playful by turns - is a delightful and thought-provoking journey full of personal insights, advice, and sharp observations on composing music in a changing, technology-driven world. A loving homage to the artistic spirit, this book is a must-read for students of composition, professors and scholars of music, composers and aspiring composers, and anyone interested in the subjective process of writing music. This rich and entertaining collection provides a unique glimpse into the workings of the creative spirit in the digital age.

New Mattheson Studies

Author: George J. Buelow
Editor: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521033312
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This collection of essays brings together the current research on Johann Mattheson (1681-1764), an influential musician and chronicler of musical thought in eighteenth-century Germany. The essays explore the cultural climate of Hamburg during Mattheson's lifetime; Mattheson as a composer; Mattheson's relationship to his contemporaries; and Mattheson's influence on developing musical theories and aesthetics.

Last Chance For Baby

Author: Julianna Morris
Editor: Silhouette
ISBN: 1460353145
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To: Maggie, Sharon, Jen, Lauren From: Julia Date: 1/02 RE: Due Date: 2 months Help! I need advice on how to un-seduce a sheik. Apparently my brief affair with Sheik Raoul Oman left a lasting impression on him. And now that he's working in our office, he seems more determined than ever to continue what we started. I've tried to discourage him from pursuing me—despite my heart telling me not to—but nothing has scared off the charming sheik. Wonder what'll happen when he finds out that I'm pregnant…?

Catering And Retail Services In The House Of Commons

Author: Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Administration Committee
Editor: The Stationery Office
ISBN: 9780215559371
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In this report the Administration Committee makes proposals to cut catering costs in the House of Commons by £1.25 million by 2014 - 15, and to widen access to cafes and restaurants. Recommendations include: further proposals for future cost savings; opening restaurants and the Terrace to the public for meals or afternoon teas on days when Parliament is not sitting; a staff discount scheme; generating more income through merchandising, including a new high street shop; looking at the possibility of merging Commons and Lords catering services to save on shared costs; widening access to dining rooms, and giving journalists in the Press Gallery access to a restaurant in Portcullis House instead of their own dining room.

Musica Poetica Musical Rhetorical Figures In German Baroque Music

Author: Dietrich Bartel
Editor: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803235939
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Musica Poetica provides an unprecedented examination of the development of Baroque musical thought. The initial chapters, which serve as an introduction to the concept and teachings of musical-rhetorical figures, explore Martin Luther’s theology of music, the development of the Baroque concept of musica poetica, the idea of the affections in German Baroque music, and that music’s use of the principles and devices of rhetoric. Dietrich Bartel then turns to more detailed considerations of the musical-rhetorical figures that were developed in Baroque treatises and publications. After brief biographical sketches of the major theorists, Bartel examines those theorists’ interpretation and classification of the figures. The book concludes with a detailed presentation of the musical-rhetorical figures, in which each theorist’s definitions are presented in the original language and in parallel English translations. Bartel’s clear, detailed analysis of German Baroque musical-rhetorical figures, combined with his careful translations of interpretations of those figures from a wide range of sources, make this book an indispensable introduction and resource for all students of Baroque music.

German Poetry In The Age Of The Enlightenment

Author: Robert Marcellus Browning
Editor: University Park : Pennsylvania State University Press
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New light is cast on German intellectual and literary history in the 18th century through this critical analysis of poets usually neglected--unjustly so, in the author's view. The main formal and thematic manifestations of German poetry after the Baroque Age, and before the rise of Sturm und Drang, are presented in a comprehensive form nowhere else available. Through close examination of the poems themselves and through reference to the poets' pronouncements on their intent and poetic theory, Professor Browning gives a sense of their work, its atmosphere, its means of achieving effects, and its intended intellectual and emotional content. Emphasis is on lyric and didactic poetry. Among the poets discussed between Brockes and Klopstock are Haller, Gellert, Gleim, Uz, Gotz, Ewald von Kleist, Gottfried Arnold, Tersteegen, Zinzendorf, and Pyra. Although the author does not shrink from judgments, he pushes no thesis except that German Enlightenment poets deserve serious attention. His conclusion is based on a reexamination of the evidence of the texts not on opinion about the poems as handed down in histories of literature.

Numerology Or What Pythagoras Wrought

Author: Underwood Dudley
Editor: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780883855249
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Numerology is the delusion that numbers have power over events. It is a descendent of number mysticism, the belief the contemplation of numbers can give mystical and non-rational insights into life, the universe and everything. 2500 years ago, Pythagoras originated number mysticism, crediting certain numbers with characteristics, through numerology, is a more recent invention that allots numbers, hence characteristics, to individuals. Underwood Dudley outlines here the history of number mysticism and numerology and gives many examples, including biorhythyms, Bible-numberists, pyramidologists and a plethora of others. His message is that numbers do indeed have power, but over minds not events. This is the only book that exposes this particular human folly, and requires no mathematical background beyond knowledge of numbers.