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A tweedy purveyor of folklore; too many larks ascending and too much Linden Lea: no composer’s work has ever been more cruelly stereotyped than that of Ralph Vaughan Williams ...

Harrison Birtwistle and Fiona Maddocks

Harrison Birtwistle is recognised worldwide as one of the greatest of living composers. His music is both deeply original and highly personal, yet he has always been notoriously reticent about ...

Rupert Christiansen

A handy, readable and easy-to-use opera guide by leading opera critic Rupert Christiansen, containing entries for over a hundred works, both familiar and unfamiliar.

Features include:

- snapshot plot summaries
- background ...

In smoky rooms above pubs, bare rooms with battered stools and beer-stained tables, where the stage was little more than a scrap of carpet and sound systems were unheard of ...

Musorgsky and His Circle is an accessible and thought-provoking intellectual biography of the five creators of some of the best-known and most admired Russian music of the nineteenth century.

The ...

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Brigid Brophy first published her passionate, profoundly original Mozart the Dramatist in 1964, revisiting it subsequently in 1988. Organised by theme, the text offers brilliant readings of Mozart's five ...

From one of the world's best-loved pianists comes a hugely insightful and enjoyable book for all piano lovers.

'This book distils what, at my advanced age, I feel able ...

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First published in 1939, On Russian Music was conceived by Gerald Abraham as a sequel to his earlier Studies in Russian Music (1935, also in Faber Finds), and complements the ...

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First published in English in 1980, this important early memoir of Gustav Mahler is by Natalie Bauer-Lechner (1858-1921), a viola player and close and devoted friend of Mahler until his ...

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The younger of Benjamin Britten's two sisters, Elizabeth ('Beth') Britten first published this loving and revealing portrait of their shared childhood in 1986. She evokes the Lowestoft upbringing of ...

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Gerald Abraham's reputation as an authority on Russian music has tended to obscure his deep interest in the music of Poland and Czechoslovakia, and of the nineteenth-century generally. From ...

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First published in 1936, Calvocoressi's and Abraham's study was the first complete account of its subject to appear in any language, including Russian, and was based on a ...

An illuminating study of the life and work of György Ligeti, one of the best-loved and most original composers of our time.

For 50 years György Ligeti has pursued a ...

The third and final volume of Prokofiev's Diaries covers the years 1924 to 1933 when he was living in Paris. Intimate accounts of the successes and disappointments of a ...

Benjamin Britten was one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century. He wrote a feast of music from an early age, first achieving international fame in 1945 with his ...

Thomas Adès and Tom Service

Thomas Adès is fêted from Los Angeles to London, from New York to Berlin, as the musician who has done more than any other living composer to connect ...

The Everyday Dancer is a new and honest account of the business of dancing from a writer with first hand experience of the profession. Structured around the daily schedule, The ...

Determined to make his mark like those before him, Pharus is hell-bent on being the best choir leader in the school's fifty-year history. First he must gain the respect ...

Benjamin Britten

The third volume of the annotated selected letters of composer Benjamin Britten covers the years 1946-51, during which he wrote many of his best-known works, founded and developed the English ...

- You're having some kind of crisis.
- It's called being fifty. You must be having it too.


Hilary once protested at Greenham. Now her protests tend to focus on ...