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1. Easy Classical Masterworks for Violin: Music of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi and Wagner

Author: by Easy Classical Masterworks
Published at: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 8, 2014)
ISBN: 978-1499174472

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“An important work for Wagnerites and musical scholars.”Choice There had long been a need for a modern English translation of Wagner’s Ringa version that would be reliable and readable yet at the same time be a true reflection of the literary quality of the German libretto.

First published in 1993, this acclaimed translation, which follows the verse form of the original exactly, filled that niche. It reads smoothly and idiomatically, yet is the result of prolonged thought and deep back- ground knowledge. The translation is accompanied by Stewart Spencer’s introductory essay on the libretto and a series of specially commissioned texts by Barry Millington, Roger Hollinrake, Elizabeth Magee, and Warren Darcy that discuss the cycle’s musical structure, philosophical implications, medieval sources, and Wagner’s own changing attitude to its meaning.

With a glossary of names, a review of audio and video recordings, and a select bibliography, this book is an essential complement to Wagner’s great epic. 16 black-and-white illustrations


3. I Saw the World End: A Study of Wagner's Ring (Clarendon Paperbacks)

Author: by Deryck Cooke
Published at: Oxford University Press, USA (March 12, 1992)
ISBN: 978-0193153189

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Long considered a masterpiece, Wagner’s Ring has baffled and confused critics because of the highly complex meaning of its text and music. The diverse range of commentaries written on the subject since the first performance over one hundred years ago reveals just how little critics have understood The Ring.

Deryck Cooke displays his masterly common sense in this study of how and why The Ring took the shape it did. This volume represents only a portion of the enormous book he had planned-his untimely death prevented him from writing a full analysis of the music.

Even as it stands, I Saw The World End will give fresh understanding and appreciation to every lover of Wagner’s music.


4. A New Anthology of Art Songs by African American Composers

Author: by Professor Jeanine Wagner
Published at: Southern Illinois University Press; 1st edition (April 26, 2004)
ISBN: 978-0809325238

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A diverse repertoire of art songs for piano and voiceThe art songa delicate and inspiring blend of music and poetryhas been performed by singers and pianists and appreciated by audiences around the world for more than two hundred years. While collections of art songs abound, this welcome volume and its accompanying compact discs make readily available the contributions of contemporary African American composers to the popular genre.

Including thirty-nine pieces for voice and piano created since 1968 by eighteen artists, ANew Anthology of Art Songs by African American Composers navigates a varied musical terrain from classical European traditions to jazz and spirituals. With nearly half of the featured songs composed by women and with others by lesser-known and emerging composers, this important collection offers a diverse, representative sampling of African American art songs and works to secure the places of these songs and artists in the canon of contemporary American music.

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ASTA String Curriculum: Standards, Goals, and Learning Sequences for Essential Skills and Knowledge in K-12 String Programs

Author: by Stephen J. Benham
Published at: Alfred Music (March 1, 2011)
ISBN: 978-0615439013

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This comprehensive K-12 string program curriculum is the first of its kind. A clear and concise scope-and-sequence makes this curriculum easy to use; more than 200 specific learning tasks make this curriculum comprehensive. Based on the outstanding teaching traditions in the field and the contributions of many earlier authors, educators, and researchers, this curriculum contains useful and practical information for string teachers from every level of experience.


6. Die Walkure in Full Score

Author: by Richard Wagner
Published at: Dover Publications; Dover Edition (March 1, 1978)
ISBN: 978-0486235660

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A landmark in the history of opera, Die Walkre is the most popular and most frequently performed opera among those that make up the Ring Cycle. It contains some of Wagner’s best-known and most memorable music and stands alone as a complete work.

This edition reproduces the full orchestral and vocal score in a clear, modern engraving with large, legible notation for easy reading and study. Do not confuse this with a piano rendering; it is the full orchestral score nothing has been left out.

Perfect for study, this score is also indispensable for anyone listening to recordings. In no other manner can the listener keep full awareness of the orchestral richness of this opera.


7. Gotterdammerung in Full Score

Author: by Richard Wagner
Published at: Dover Publications (March 1, 1982)
ISBN: 978-0486242507

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Melding literary, philosophical, and political as well as musical influences in his works, Richard Wagner (181383) brought the expressive power of German romantic opera to new heights indeed, his music was its crowning glory. George Bernard Shaw, a critic not given to hyperbole, acknowledged Wagner’s preeminent status in The Perfect Wagnerite: “He was the summit of the nineteenth-century school of dramatic music.”In Der Ring des Nibelungen, Wagner drew on a medieval German epic, the Nibelungenlied, and Norse mythology to create a new synthesis of music and drama on the largest scale.

Of the four works in the Ring cycle, Gtterdmmerung is perhaps the grandest and most sweeping of all. Although it is the final work in the series, the opera was actually first sketched out by Wagner in 1848, under the title Siegfrieds Tod.

As it turned out, dramaturgic difficulties forced the composer to expand the tragedy of Siegfried into the four-part Ring. In 1851 he amplified Siegfrieds Tod with Der junge Siegfried (later Siegfried), and the following year wrote the texts of Die Walkre and Das Rheingold.


8. Das Rheingold in Full Score (Dover Music Scores)

Author: by Richard Wagner
Published at: Dover Publications (September 1, 1985)
ISBN: 978-0486249254

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Das Rheingold, the first opera in Wagner’s celebrated four-part Ring Cycle, blends the powerful imagery of Norse and Teutonic mythology with glorious, robustly inventive music to produce a dramatic allegory of greed and lust for power. Despite its popularity, however, Das Rheingold has long been difficult to find in complete score until now.

This handsome volume reproduces the full orchestral and vocal score in a clear engraving with large, legible notation for easy reading and study. This is the complete, authoritative B. Schott’s Shne edition with newly translated front matter, including Wagner’s poetic tribute to his patron and benefactor, King Ludwig II of Bavaria.

Virtually nowhere else will you locate this masterpiece in such an eminently usable format, at such a remarkably affordable price. Music lovers, opera buffs, musicologists any admirer of Wagner will welcome Dover’s full, reliable edition of this magnificent music-drama in its entirety.


9. Siegfried in Full Score (Dover Music Scores)

Author: by Richard Wagner
Published at: Dover Publications (March 1, 1983)
ISBN: 978-0486244563

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Richard Wagner put his supreme effort, as well as his earnings, into constructing the perfect festival theater in the Bavarian town of Bayreuth where his masterpiece, the four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen, could be performed in a manner which would conform to his vision of how the drama should unfold.

Wagner’s own perception was that the unique and revolutionary character of his monumental tetralogy necessitated a special theater one where the difficulties of staging an expansive drama could be surmounted, where changes of scene could be effected without halting the performance for vast lengths of time.

Der Ring des Nibelungen, which is based on a medieval German epic, the Nibelungenlied, and Norse mythology, enlarged the expressive powers of German Romantic opera; today it also gives testimony to Wagner’s willingness to venture into new areas for inspirational material.

The third opera of the cycle, Siegfried, reproduced here in full score, presents the story of a youthful Germanic hero of legendary proportions, a young man without experience of fear, who slays the reptilian hoarder of ill-gotten, powerful golden treasures and rescues a banished goddess from fiery captivity.

10. Easy Classical Trumpet & Piano Duets: Featuring music of Bach, Grieg, Wagner, Strauss and other composers

Author: by Javier Marcó
Published at: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 21, 2012)
ISBN: 978-1470081294

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This collection features a selection of classical pieces by the world’s most renowned composers: Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, George Frideric Handel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Johann Strauss II, Edvard Grieg, Johann Pachelbel, Giuseppe Verdi, Edward Elgar, Richard Wagner and Johannes Brahms.

18 easy and fun themes to play as solos with piano accompaniment, presented in a simplified version for the beginner. Includes: 1812 Overture, Op. 49 An der schnen blauen Donau, Op. 314 Bourre, BWV 996 Dance of the Flowers, Op. 71a Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K.

525 Fr Elise, WoO 59 Greensleeves Guten Abend, gut’ Nacht I Dovregubbens hall Jesus bleibet meine Freude, BWV 147 Kanon in D-Dur La Donna Mobile la Primavera, RV. 269 Menuett, BWV Anh 114 Ode an die Freude, Op. 125 Pomp and Circumstance March N1, Op. 39 Treulich gefhrt Water Music, HWV 349

11. Wagner Without Fear: Learning to Love–and Even Enjoy–Opera's Most Demanding Genius

Author: by William Berger
Published at: Vintage; 1st edition (September 29, 1998)
ISBN: 978-0375700545

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Do you cringe when your opera-loving friends start raving about the latest production of Tristan? Do you feel faint just thinking about the six-hour performance of Parsifal you were given tickets to? Does your mate accuse you of having a Tannhuser complex?

If you’re baffled by the behavior of Wagner worshipers, if you’ve longed to fathom the mysteries of Wagner’s ever-increasing popularity, or if you just want to better understand and enjoy the performances you’re attending, you’ll find this delightful book indispensable.

William Berger is the most helpful guide one could hope to find for navigating the strange and beautiful world of the most controversial artist who ever lived. He tells you all you need to know to become a true Wagnerite-from story lines to historical background; from when to visit the rest room to how to sound smart during intermission; from the Jewish legend that possibly inspired Lohengrin to the tragic death of the first Tristan.

Funny, informative, and always a pleasure to read, Wagner Without Fear proves that the art of Wagner can be accessible to everyone. Includes: The strange life of Richard Wagner-German patriot (and exile), friend (and enemy) of Liszt and Nietzsche- Essential opera lore and “lobby talk”- A scene-by-scene analysis of each opera- What to listen for to get the most from the music- Recommended recordings, films, and sound tracks

12. Complete Piano Transcriptions from Wagner's Operas (Dover Music for Piano)

Author: by Franz Liszt
Published at: Dover Publications (September 1, 1981)
ISBN: 978-0486241265

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Liszt’s reputation as the supreme pianist of the 19th century, and possibly of all time, has overshadowed many of his other achievements. It is less known, for example, that Liszt both championed the music of other composers and transcribed their works for the piano.

Among his vast output in this area are notable transcriptions of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, Schubert’s lieder, Rossini’s Overture to William Tell, and excerpts from Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique. After Liszt’s retirement from the concert stage in 1847, his attention turned increasingly to composition.

His admiration for the music of Richard Wagner led him to promote Wagner’s operas as well as to compose piano transcriptions from many of them. The present volume presents all fifteen of these compositions, dating from 1848 to 1882. Full of familiar melody and brilliant pianism, they are masterful transformations of Wagner’s great opera themes into unforgettable music for the piano.

The compositions included Fantasy on Themes from Rienzi; Spinning Chorus from The Flying Dutchman; Overture to Tannhuser; Recitative and Romance “Evening Star” from Tannhuser; three more pieces from Tannhuser and Lohengrin; Pilgrim’s Chorus from Tannhuser; Isolde’s Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde; “Am Stillen Herd” from Die Meistersinger; Valhalla from Der Ring des Nibelungren; and Solemn March to the Holy Grail from Parsifal.

13. Tristan und Isolde in Full Score (Dover Music Scores)

Author: by Richard Wagner
Published at: Dover Publications; First edition. (June 1, 1973)
ISBN: 978-0486229157

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Among musicologists and serious lovers of music, Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde is generally considered the high point of orchestration in the musical tradition of nineteenth-century Europe. It shows in most successful form Wagner’s unsurpassed gift for using the instruments of the orchestra, and generations of students have worked with it to learn its technique.

Tristan und Isolde also has a remarkable historical position. It was the opera that most of the post-Wagnerians used to build upon, and it was also the opera that the anti-Wagnerians seized upon very frequently for their attacks and for their attempts to move musically away from Wagnerism.

Accepted or rejected, it has been the work with which late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century musicians had to come to terms, and much musical history of this period can be understood through it. This edition reproduces the full orchestral score in a clear, modern engraving for easy reading and piano study, with large legible notation.

14. Easy Classical Flute & Piano Duets: Featuring music of Bach, Vivaldi, Wagner and other composers

Author: by Javier Marcó
Published at: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 21, 2012)
ISBN: 978-1470077327

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This collection features a selection of classical pieces by the world’s most renowned composers: Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, George Frideric Handel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Johann Strauss II, Edvard Grieg, Johann Pachelbel, Giuseppe Verdi, Edward Elgar, Richard Wagner and Johannes Brahms.

18 easy and fun themes to play as solos with piano accompaniment, presented in a simplified version for the beginner. Includes: 1812 Overture, Op. 49 An der schnen blauen Donau, Op. 314 Bourre, BWV 996 Dance of the Flowers, Op. 71a Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K.

525 Fr Elise, WoO 59 Greensleeves Guten Abend, gut’ Nacht I Dovregubbens hall Jesus bleibet meine Freude, BWV 147 Kanon in D-Dur La Donna Mobile la Primavera, RV. 269 Menuett, BWV Anh 114 Ode an die Freude, Op. 125 Pomp and Circumstance March N1, Op. 39 Treulich gefhrt Water Music, HWV 349

15. Drama and the World of Richard Wagner

Author: by Dieter Borchmeyer
Published at: Princeton University Press; F First Edition Remainder (November 30, 2003)
ISBN: 978-0691114972

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Richard Wagner continues to be the most controversial artist in history, a perpetually troubling figure in our cultural consciousness. The unceasing debate over his works and their impact-for and against-is one reason why there has been no genuinely comprehensive modern account of his musical dramas until now.

Dieter Borchmeyer’s book is the first to present an overall picture of these musical dramas from the standpoint of literary and theatrical history. It extends from the composer’s early works-still largely ignored-to the Ring Cycle and Parsifal, and includes Wagner’s unfinished works and operas he never set to music.

Through lively prose, we come to see Wagner as a librettist-and as a man of letters-rather than primarily as musical composer. Borchmeyer uncovers a vast field of cultural and historical cross-references in Wagner’s works. In the first part of the book, he sets out in search of the various archetypal scenes, opening up the composer’s dramatic workshop to the reader.