Chopin's Polish Ballade by Jonathan Bellman

Chopin's Polish Ballade
  • Title : Chopin's Polish Ballade
  • Author : Jonathan Bellman
  • Publisher : OUP USA
  • ISBN Code : 0195338863
  • Pages : 197
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  • Language : English
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Chopin's Polish Ballade examines the Second Ballade, Op. 38, and how that work gave voice to the Polish cultural preoccupations of the 1830s, using musical conventions from French opera and amateur piano music. This approach provides answers to several persistent questions about the work's form, programmatic content, and poetic inspiration.


Chopin and His World by Jonathan D. Bellman,Halina Goldberg

Chopin and His World
  • Title : Chopin and His World
  • Author : Jonathan D. Bellman,Halina Goldberg
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0691177767
  • Pages : 384
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  • Language : English
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A new look at the life, times, and music of Polish composer and piano virtuoso Fryderyk Chopin Fryderyk Chopin (1810–49), although the most beloved of piano composers, remains a contradictory figure, an artist of virtually universal appeal who preferred the company of only a few sympathetic friends and listeners. Chopin and His World reexamines Chopin and his music in light of the cultural narratives formed during his lifetime. These include the romanticism of the ailing spirit, tragically singing its death-song as life ebbs; the Polish expatriate, helpless witness to the martyrdom of his beloved homeland, exiled among friendly but uncomprehending strangers; the sorcerer-bard of dream, memory, and Gothic terror; and the pianist's pianist, shunning the appreciative crowds yet composing and improvising idealized operas, scenes, dances, and narratives in the shadow of virtuoso-idol Franz Liszt. The international Chopin scholars gathered here demonstrate the ways in which Chopin responded to and was understood to exemplify these narratives, as an artist of his own time and one who transcended it. This collection also offers recently rediscovered artistic representations of his hands (with analysis), and—for the first time in English—an extended tribute to Chopin published in Poland upon his death and contemporary Polish writings contextualizing Chopin's compositional strategies. The contributors are Jonathan D. Bellman, Leon Botstein, Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger, Halina Goldberg, Jeffrey Kallberg, David Kasunic, Anatole Leikin, Eric McKee, James Parakilas, John Rink, and Sandra P. Rosenblum. Contemporary documents by Karol Kurpiński, Adam Mickiewicz, and Józef Sikorski are included.


The British National Bibliography by Arthur James Wells

The British National Bibliography
  • Title : The British National Bibliography
  • Author : Arthur James Wells
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Frédéric Chopin by William Smialek,Maja Trochimczyk

Frédéric Chopin
  • Title : Frédéric Chopin
  • Author : William Smialek,Maja Trochimczyk
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • ISBN Code : 1135839042
  • Pages : 330
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  • Language : English
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Frédéric Chopin: A Research and Information Guide is an annotated bibliography concerning both the nature of primary sources related to the composer and the scope and significance of the secondary sources which deal with him, his compositions, and his influence as a composer. The second edition includes research published since the publication of the first edition and provides electronic resources.


The Mystery of Chopin's Préludes by Anatole Leikin

The Mystery of Chopin's Préludes
  • Title : The Mystery of Chopin's Préludes
  • Author : Anatole Leikin
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • ISBN Code : 1317023412
  • Pages : 204
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Chopin's twenty-four Préludes remain as mysterious today as when they were newly published. What prompted Franz Liszt and others to consider Chopin's Préludes to be compositions in their own right rather than introductions to other works? What did set Chopin's Préludes so drastically apart from their forerunners? What exactly was 'the morbid, the feverish, the repellent' that Schumann heard in Opus 28, in that 'wild motley' of 'strange sketches' and 'ruins'? Why did Liszt and another, anonymous, reviewer publicly suggest that Lamartine's poem Les Préludes served as an inspiration for Chopin's Opus 28? And, if that is indeed the case, how did the poem affect the structure and the thematic contents of Chopin's Préludes? And, lastly, is Opus 28 a random assortment of short pieces or a cohesive cycle? In this monograph, richly illustrated with musical examples, Anatole Leikin combines historical perspectives, hermeneutic and thematic analyses, and a range of practical implications for performers to explore these questions and illuminate the music of one of the best loved collections of music for the piano.


The Oxford Handbook of the New Cultural History of Music by Jane F. Fulcher

The Oxford Handbook of the New Cultural History of Music
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of the New Cultural History of Music
  • Author : Jane F. Fulcher
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0195341864
  • Pages : 586
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  • Language : English
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As the field of Cultural History grows in prominence in the academic world, an understanding of the history of culture has become vital to scholars across disciplines. The Oxford Handbook of the New Cultural History of Music cultivates a return to the fundamental premises of cultural history in the cutting-edge work of musicologists concerned with cultural history and historians who deal with music. In this volume, noted academics from both of these disciplines illustrate the continuing endeavor of cultural history to grasp the realms of human experience, understanding, and communication as they are manifest or expressed symbolically through various layers of culture and in many forms of art. The Oxford Handbook of the New Cultural History of Music fosters and reflects a sustained dialogue about their shared goals and techniques, rejuvenating their work with new insights into the field itself.


Music in Chopin's Warsaw by Halina Goldberg

Music in Chopin's Warsaw
  • Title : Music in Chopin's Warsaw
  • Author : Halina Goldberg
  • Publisher : OUP USA
  • ISBN Code : 0195130731
  • Pages : 330
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  • Language : English
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"Warsaw was aware of and in tune with the most recent European styles and fashions in music, but it was also the cradle of a vernacular musical language that was initiated by the generation of Polish composers before Chopin and which found its full realization in his work. Had Chopin been born a decade earlier or a decade later, Goldberg argues, the capital - devastated by warfare and stripped of all cultural institutions - could not have provided support for his talent. The young composer would have been compelled to seek musical education abroad and thus would have been deprived of the specifically Polish experience so central to his musical style."--BOOK JACKET.


The Exotic In Western Music by Jonathan Bellman editor

The Exotic In Western Music
  • Title : The Exotic In Western Music
  • Author : Jonathan Bellman editor
  • Publisher : UPNE
  • ISBN Code : 9781555533199
  • Pages : 370
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  • Language : English
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Exoticism has flourished in western music since the seventeenth century. A blend of familiar and unfamiliar gestures, this vibrant musical language takes the listener beyond the ordinary by evoking foreign cultures and forbidden desires. In this pioneering collection, distinguished musicologists explore the ways in which western composers have used exotic themes for dramatic and striking effect. Interweaving historical, musical, and cultural perspectives, the contributors examine the compositional use of exotic styles and traditions in the works of artists as diverse as Mozart and George Harrison. The volume sheds new light on a significant yet largely neglected art form, and it makes a valuable contribution to music history and cultural studies.


A Short Guide to Writing about Music by Jonathan Bellman

A Short Guide to Writing about Music
  • Title : A Short Guide to Writing about Music
  • Author : Jonathan Bellman
  • Publisher : Longman Publishing Group
  • ISBN Code : 9780321187918
  • Pages : 193
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  • Language : English
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Intended for all writers on music--college through budding professional--and far more than a course textbook, this brief and inexpensive text coaches writers how to approach, research, and write about music. A Short Guide to Writing about Music is written in a clear and conversational style, and employs a variety of writing samples (both student and professional) as a means to illustrate effective writing [Publisher description]


Dictionary of World Biography by Barry Jones

Dictionary of World Biography
  • Title : Dictionary of World Biography
  • Author : Barry Jones
  • Publisher : ANU Press
  • ISBN Code : 1760463809
  • Pages : 988
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Jones, Barry Owen (1932– ). Australian politician, writer and lawyer, born in Geelong. Educated at Melbourne University, he was a public servant, high school teacher, television and radio performer, university lecturer and lawyer before serving as a Labor MP in the Victorian Parliament 1972–77 and the Australian House of Representatives 1977–98. He took a leading role in reviving the Australian film industry, abolishing the death penalty in Australia, and was the first politician to raise public awareness of global warming, the ‘post-industrial’ society, the IT revolution, biotechnology, the rise of ‘the Third Age’ and the need to preserve Antarctica as a wilderness. In the Hawke Government, he was Minister for Science 1983–90, Prices and Consumer Affairs 1987, Small Business 1987–90 and Customs 1988–90. He became a member of the Executive Board of UNESCO, Paris 1991–95 and National President of the Australian Labor Party 1992–2000, 2005–06. He was Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Convention 1998. His books include Decades of Decision 1860– (1965), Joseph II (1968), Age of Apocalypse (1975), and he edited The Penalty is Death (1968). Sleepers, Wake!: Technology and the Future of Work was published by Oxford University Press in 1982, became a bestseller and has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Swedish and braille. The fourth edition was published in 1995. Knowledge Courage Leadership, a collection of speeches and essays, appeared in 2016. He received a DSc for his services to science in 1988 and a DLitt in 1993 for his work on information theory. Elected FTSE (1992), FAHA (1993), FAA (1996) and FASSA (2003), he is the only person to have become a Fellow of four of Australia’s five learned Academies. Awarded an AO in 1993, named as one of Australia’s 100 ‘living national treasures’ in 1997, he was elected a Visiting Fellow Commoner of Trinity College, Cambridge in 1999. His autobiography, A Thinking Reed, was published in 2006 and The Shock of Recognition, about music and literature, in 2016. In 2014 he received an AC for services ‘as a leading intellectual in Australian public life’.


Understanding Music by N. Alan Clark,Thomas Heflin,Jeffrey Kluball

Understanding Music
  • Title : Understanding Music
  • Author : N. Alan Clark,Thomas Heflin,Jeffrey Kluball
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code : 9781940771335
  • Pages : 316
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  • Language : English
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Music moves through time; it is not static. In order to appreciate music wemust remember what sounds happened, and anticipate what sounds might comenext. This book takes you on a journey of music from past to present, from the Middle Ages to the Baroque Period to the 20th century and beyond!


Chopin by James Huneker

Chopin
  • Title : Chopin
  • Author : James Huneker
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  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 188
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Book Excerpt: ...tells me he has the piece and that it is weak, having historic interest only. I cannot find much about the Polish poet, Julius Slowacki, who died the same year, 1849, as Edgar Allan Poe. Tarnowski declares him to have been Chopin's warmest friend and in his poetry a starting point of inspiration for the composer.In July 1829, accompanied by two friends, Chopin started for Vienna. Travelling in a delightful, old-fashioned manner, the party saw much of the country--Galicia, Upper Silesia and Moravia--the Polish Switzerland. On July 31 they arrived in the Austrian capital. Then Chopin first began to enjoy an artistic atmosphere, to live less parochially. His home life, sweet and tranquil as it was, could not fail to hurt him as artist; he was flattered and coddled and doubtless the touch of effeminacy in his person was fostered. In Vienna the life was gayer, freer and infinitely more artistic than in Warsaw. He met every one worth knowing in the artistic world and his letters at that period are positiveClose...


Representation in Western Music by Joshua S. Walden

Representation in Western Music
  • Title : Representation in Western Music
  • Author : Joshua S. Walden
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN Code : 110702157X
  • Pages : 316
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This volume assembles leading scholars to provide a comprehensive study of representation in music from the nineteenth century to today.


Harmony in Chopin by David Damschroder

Harmony in Chopin
  • Title : Harmony in Chopin
  • Author : David Damschroder
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN Code : 1107108578
  • Pages : 310
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Penetrating, innovative analyses of numerous compositions by Chopin, integrating Schenkerian principles and a fresh perspective on harmony.


The Style Hongrois in the Music of Western Europe by Jonathan Bellman

The Style Hongrois in the Music of Western Europe
  • Title : The Style Hongrois in the Music of Western Europe
  • Author : Jonathan Bellman
  • Publisher :
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  • Pages : 261
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An examination of Gypsy performance practices and their exploitation in the works of composers such as Schubert, Brahms, and Liszt.


Adulterous Nations by Tatiana Kuzmic

Adulterous Nations
  • Title : Adulterous Nations
  • Author : Tatiana Kuzmic
  • Publisher : Northwestern University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0810133997
  • Pages : 216
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In Adulterous Nations, Tatiana Kuzmic enlarges our perspective on the nineteenth-century novel of adultery, showing how it often served as a metaphor for relationships between the imperialistic and the colonized. In the context of the long-standing practice of gendering nations as female, the novels under discussion here—George Eliot’s Middlemarch, Theodor Fontane’s Effi Briest, and Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, along with August Šenoa’s The Goldsmith’s Gold and Henryk Sienkiewicz’s Quo Vadis—can be understood as depicting international crises on the scale of the nuclear family. In each example, an outsider figure is responsible for the disruption experienced by the family. Kuzmic deftly argues that the hopes, anxieties, and interests of European nations during this period can be discerned in the destabilizing force of adultery. Reading the work of Šenoa and Sienkiewicz, from Croatia and Poland, respectively, Kuzmic illuminates the relationship between the literature of dominant nations and that of the semicolonized territories that posed a threat to them. Ultimately, Kuzmic’s study enhances our understanding of not only these five novels but nineteenth-century European literature more generally.


The Exile and Return of Writers from East-Central Europe by John Neubauer

The Exile and Return of Writers from East-Central Europe
  • Title : The Exile and Return of Writers from East-Central Europe
  • Author : John Neubauer
  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter
  • ISBN Code : 3110217732
  • Pages : 626
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  • Language : English
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This is the first comparative study of literature written by writers who fled from East-Central Europe during the twentieth century. It includes not only interpretations of individual lives and literary works, but also studies of the most important literary journals, publishers, radio programs, and other aspects of exile literary cultures. The theoretical part of introduction distinguishes between exiles, émigrés, and expatriates, while the historical part surveys the pre-twentieth-century exile traditions and provides an overview of the exilic events between 1919 and 1995; one section is devoted to exile cultures in Paris, London, and New York, as well as in Moscow, Madrid, Toronto, Buenos Aires and other cities. The studies focus on the factional divisions within each national exile culture and on the relationship between the various exiled national cultures among each other. They also investigate the relation of each exile national culture to the culture of its host country. Individual essays are devoted to Witold Gombrowicz, Paul Goma, Milan Kundera, Monica Lovincescu, Miloš Crnjanski, Herta Müller, and to the "internal exile" of Imre Kertész. Special attention is devoted to the new forms of exile that emerged during the ex-Yugoslav wars, and to the problems of "homecoming" of exiled texts and writers


Crescendo of the Virtuoso by Paul Metzner

Crescendo of the Virtuoso
  • Title : Crescendo of the Virtuoso
  • Author : Paul Metzner
  • Publisher : Studies on the History of Society and Culture
  • ISBN Code : 0520301196
  • Pages : 400
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  • Language : English
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During the Age of Revolution, Paris came alive with wildly popular virtuoso performances. Whether the performers were musicians or chefs, chess players or detectives, these virtuosos transformed their technical skills into dramatic spectacles, presenting the marvelous and the outré for spellbound audiences. Who these characters were, how they attained their fame, and why Paris became the focal point of their activities is the subject of Paul Metzner's absorbing study. Covering the years 1775 to 1850, Metzner describes the careers of a handful of virtuosos: chess masters who played several games at once; a chef who sculpted hundreds of four-foot-tall architectural fantasies in sugar; the first police detective, whose memoirs inspired the invention of the detective story; a violinist who played whole pieces on a single string. He examines these virtuosos as a group in the context of the society that was then the capital of Western civilization. This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1999.


Nationalism and Ethnosymbolism: History, Culture and Ethnicity in the Formation of Nations by Athena Leoussi

Nationalism and Ethnosymbolism: History, Culture and Ethnicity in the Formation of Nations
  • Title : Nationalism and Ethnosymbolism: History, Culture and Ethnicity in the Formation of Nations
  • Author : Athena Leoussi
  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0748629351
  • Pages : 352
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  • Language : English
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Ethnosymbolism offers a distinct and innovative approach to the study of nations and nationalism. It focuses on the role of ethnic myths, historical memories, symbols and traditions in the creation and maintenance of the collective identity of modern nations. This book explores the different aspects of the ethnosymbolic approach to the study of ethnicity, nationality and nationalism.Nationalism and Ethnosymbolism first introduces the main theoretical considerations that have arisen in nationalism studies in the past two decades. It then presents a collection of case studies covering music and poetry, ethnosymbolism in antiquity, and a wide variety of nations and regions. Areas discussed include Eastern Europe and Russia, the Middle East, the Far East and India, Africa, and the Americas.Overall the book offers a defence of the methodology of ethnosymbolism and a demonstration of its explanatory power.


Music, Nostalgia and Memory by Sandra Garrido,Jane W. Davidson

Music, Nostalgia and Memory
  • Title : Music, Nostalgia and Memory
  • Author : Sandra Garrido,Jane W. Davidson
  • Publisher : Springer
  • ISBN Code : 303002556X
  • Pages : 282
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  • Language : English
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How are our personal soundtracks of life devised? What makes some pieces of music more meaningful to us than others? This book explores the role of memory, both personal and cultural, in imbuing music with the power to move us. Focusing on the relationship between music and key life moments from birth to death, the text takes a cross-disciplinary approach, combining perspectives from a ‘history of emotions’ with modern day psychology, empirical surveys of modern-day listeners and analysis of musical works. The book traces the trajectory of emotional response to music over the past 500 years, illuminating the interaction between personal, historical and contextual variables that influence our hard-wired emotional responses to music, and the key role of memory and nostalgia in the mechanisms of emotional response.


Portrait of a Young Painter by Mary Kay Vaughan

Portrait of a Young Painter
  • Title : Portrait of a Young Painter
  • Author : Mary Kay Vaughan
  • Publisher : Duke University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0822376121
  • Pages : 304
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  • Language : English
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In Portrait of a Young Painter, the distinguished historian Mary Kay Vaughan adopts a biographical approach to understanding the culture surrounding the Mexico City youth rebellion of the 1960s. Her chronicle of the life of painter Pepe Zúñiga counters a literature that portrays post-1940 Mexican history as a series of uprisings against state repression, injustice, and social neglect that culminated in the student protests of 1968. Rendering Zúñiga's coming of age on the margins of formal politics, Vaughan depicts midcentury Mexico City as a culture of growing prosperity, state largesse, and a vibrant, transnationally-informed public life that produced a multifaceted youth movement brimming with creativity and criticism of convention. In an analysis encompassing the mass media, schools, politics, family, sexuality, neighborhoods, and friendships, she subtly invokes theories of discourse, phenomenology, and affect to examine the formation of Zúñiga's persona in the decades leading up to 1968. By discussing the influences that shaped his worldview, she historicizes the process of subject formation and shows how doing so offers new perspectives on the events of 1968.


Soviet Jews in World War II by Harriet Murav,Gennady Estraikh

Soviet Jews in World War II
  • Title : Soviet Jews in World War II
  • Author : Harriet Murav,Gennady Estraikh
  • Publisher : Academic Studies PRess
  • ISBN Code : 1618119265
  • Pages : 270
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  • Language : English
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This volume discusses the participation of Jews as soldiers, journalists, and propagandists in combating the Nazis during the Great Patriotic War, as the period between June 22, 1941, and May 9, 1945 was known in the Soviet Union. The essays included here examine both newly-discovered and previously-neglected oral testimony, poetry, cinema, diaries, memoirs, newspapers, and archives. This is one of the first books to combine the study of Russian and Yiddish materials, reflecting the nature of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee, which, for the first time during the Soviet period, included both Yiddish-language and Russian-language writers. This volume will be of use to scholars, teachers, students, and researchers working in Russian and Jewish history.


What Can I Write About? by David Powell

What Can I Write About?
  • Title : What Can I Write About?
  • Author : David Powell
  • Publisher : National Council of Teachers
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 111
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  • Language : English
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Provides ideas for a wide variety of essays, stories, research papers, and other compositions on most any subject, including literature, medicine, science, and politics


The Age of Revolution by Eric J. Hobsbawm

The Age of Revolution
  • Title : The Age of Revolution
  • Author : Eric J. Hobsbawm
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code : 9780349116952
  • Pages : 413
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  • Language : English
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The Irish Voice in America by Charles Fanning

The Irish Voice in America
  • Title : The Irish Voice in America
  • Author : Charles Fanning
  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • ISBN Code : 0813148332
  • Pages : 448
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  • Language : English
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In this study, Charles Fanning has written the first general account of the origins and development of a literary tradition among American writers of Irish birth or background who have explored the Irish immigrant or ethnic experience in works of fiction. The result is a portrait of the evolving fictional self-consciousness of an immigrant group over a span of 250 years. Fanning traces the roots of Irish-American writing back to the eighteenth century and carries it forward through the traumatic years of the Famine to the present time with an intensely productive period in the twentieth century beginning with James T. Farrell. Later writers treated in depth include Edwin O'Connor, Elizabeth Cullinan, Maureen Howard, and William Kennedy. Along the way he places in the historical record many all but forgotten writers, including the prolific Mary Ann Sadlier. The Irish Voice in America is not only a highly readable contribution to American literary history but also a valuable reference to many writers and their works. For this second edition, Fanning has added a chapter that covers the fiction of the past decade. He argues that contemporary writers continue to draw on Ireland as a source and are important chroniclers of the modern American experience.


The Lost Constellations by John C. Barentine

The Lost Constellations
  • Title : The Lost Constellations
  • Author : John C. Barentine
  • Publisher : Springer
  • ISBN Code : 3319227955
  • Pages : 506
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  • Language : English
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Casual stargazers are familiar with many classical figures and asterisms composed of bright stars (e.g., Orion and the Plough), but this book reveals not just the constellations of today but those of yesteryear. The history of the human identification of constellations among the stars is explored through the stories of some influential celestial cartographers whose works determined whether new inventions survived. The history of how the modern set of 88 constellations was defined by the professional astronomy community is recounted, explaining how the constellations described in the book became permanently “extinct.” Dr. Barentine addresses why some figures were tried and discarded, and also directs observers to how those figures can still be picked out on a clear night if one knows where to look. These lost constellations are described in great detail using historical references, enabling observers to rediscover them on their own surveys of the sky. Treatment of the obsolete constellations as extant features of the night sky adds a new dimension to stargazing that merges history with the accessibility and immediacy of the night sky.


Composing the Party Line by David G. Tompkins

Composing the Party Line
  • Title : Composing the Party Line
  • Author : David G. Tompkins
  • Publisher : Purdue University Press
  • ISBN Code : 1612492908
  • Pages : 312
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  • Language : English
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This book examines the exercise of power in the Stalinist music world as well as the ways in which composers and ordinary people responded to it. It presents a comparative inquiry into the relationship between music and politics in the German Democratic Republic and Poland from the aftermath of World War II through Stalin's death in 1953, concluding with the slow process of de-Stalinization in the mid-to late-1950s. The author explores how the Communist parties in both countries expressed their attitudes to music of all kinds, and how composers, performers, and audiences cooperated with, resisted, and negotiated these suggestions and demands. Based on a deep analysis of the archival and contemporary published sources on state, party, and professional organizations concerned with musical life, Tompkins argues that music, as a significant part of cultural production in these countries, played a key role in instituting and maintaining the regimes of East Central Europe. As part of the Stalinist project to create and control a new socialist identity at the personal as well as collective level, the ruling parties in East Germany and Poland sought to saturate public space through the production of music. Politically effective ideas and symbols were introduced that furthered their attempts to, in the parlance of the day, "engineer the human soul." Music also helped the Communist parties establish legitimacy. Extensive state support for musical life encouraged musical elites and audiences to accept the dominant position and political missions of these regimes. Party leaders invested considerable resources in the attempt to create an authorized musical language that would secure and maintain hegemony over the cultural and wider social worlds. The responses of composers and audiences ran the gamut from enthusiasm to suspicion, but indifference was not an option.


Polish National Cinema by Marek Haltof

Polish National Cinema
  • Title : Polish National Cinema
  • Author : Marek Haltof
  • Publisher : Berghahn Books
  • ISBN Code : 9781571812759
  • Pages : 304
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  • Language : English
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In the years since World War 2, Poland has developed one of Europe's most distinguished film cultures. This is a comprehensive study of Polish cinema from the end of the 19th century to the present.


Dig by Phil Ford

Dig
  • Title : Dig
  • Author : Phil Ford
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199939918
  • Pages : 306
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  • Language : English
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Dig argues that in hip culture it is sound itself, and the faculty of hearing, that is the privileged part of the sensory experience. Through a string of lucid and illuminating examples, author Phil Ford shows why and how music became a central facet of hipness and the counterculture.


Chopin's Letters by Frederic Chopin

Chopin's Letters
  • Title : Chopin's Letters
  • Author : Frederic Chopin
  • Publisher : Courier Corporation
  • ISBN Code : 0486319520
  • Pages : 448
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  • Language : English
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Nearly 300 letters reveal Chopin as both man and artist and illuminate his fascinating world — Europe of the 1830s and 1840s. "Delightful gossip . . . merry rather than malicious . . . engagingly witty." — Books. Preface. Index.


Zygmunt Stojowski by Joseph Herter

Zygmunt Stojowski
  • Title : Zygmunt Stojowski
  • Author : Joseph Herter
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 327
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  • Language : English
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Ballads Without Words by James Parakilas

Ballads Without Words
  • Title : Ballads Without Words
  • Author : James Parakilas
  • Publisher : Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 358
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  • Language : English
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In his four ballads for piano, Chopin stretched the capacity of instrumental music by asking it to convey, without words, the form and sense of a ballad, a challenge taken up by composers, who developed the orchestral ballad.


Studying Poetry by Barry Spurr

Studying Poetry
  • Title : Studying Poetry
  • Author : Barry Spurr
  • Publisher : Macmillan International Higher Education
  • ISBN Code : 0230802753
  • Pages : 398
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Covering the tradition of poetry in English, this book provides sensitive close readings of varied texts, models for discussion, historical, social and biographical context, suggestions for essays, and a glossary of literary terms. The author tackles head on the difficulties students often face when reading poetry and offers practical advice.


The Musical Topic by Raymond Monelle

The Musical Topic
  • Title : The Musical Topic
  • Author : Raymond Monelle
  • Publisher : Indiana University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0253112362
  • Pages : 304
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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The Musical Topic discusses three tropes prominently featured in Western European music: the hunt, the military, and the pastoral. Raymond Monelle provides an in-depth cultural and historical study of musical topics -- short melodic figures, harmonic or rhythmic formulae carrying literal or lexical meaning -- through consideration of their origin, thematization, manifestation, and meaning. The Musical Topic shows the connections of musical meaning to literature, social history, and the fine arts.


"Four Ways of Writing the City" by Maija Könönen

  • Title : "Four Ways of Writing the City"
  • Author : Maija Könönen
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 340
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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A Glossary of Literary Terms by Abrams M H

A Glossary of Literary Terms
  • Title : A Glossary of Literary Terms
  • Author : Abrams M H
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code : 9780333902622
  • Pages : 193
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Alphabetically arranged and followed by an index of terms at the end, this handy reference of literary terms is bound to be of invaluable assistance to any student of English literature.


Chopin by Adam Zamoyski

Chopin
  • Title : Chopin
  • Author : Adam Zamoyski
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • ISBN Code : 0007341857
  • Pages : 356
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Few composers elicit such strong emotions as Chopin. Few have been more revered and cherished. And few have had so much sentimental nonsense written about them.Published to coincide with the bicentenary of Chopin's birth, Adam Zamoyski's compelling new biography cuts through the mass of anecdote and myth that has sprung up around the composer's life and the ebullient and striking personalities of Romantic Paris among whom he lived, including Liszt, Berlioz, Victor Hugo and George Sand, in search of the real Chopin.Zamoyski brings to the subject an unrivalled knowledge of the historical, social and cultural background of the composer's native Poland as well as of the France in which he spent most of his creative life. He has scoured the archives of Warsaw, Krakow, Paris and London in his quest for the truth, and has based his account exclusively on primary sources and contemporary accounts.The result is a biography of authority, perception and wit. Chopin emerges from the sugary romantic mist in which he has been shrouded as a real, palpable personality, a man of intelligence and humour; in music an innovator of genius; in business a feckless spendthrift; in love hesitant and tender; in friendship passionately loyal but often intolerably exacting. Through a close reading of his letters and the use of everyday detail, Zamoyski draws the reader into the private world of this most complicated and reticent of men - 'a man made for intimacy', as the poet Heinrich Heine called him - and reveals the real passions, suffering and ultimate tragedy of his life.


Migration in European History by Klaus Bade

Migration in European History
  • Title : Migration in European History
  • Author : Klaus Bade
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN Code : 0470754575
  • Pages : 416
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, migration has become a major cause for concern in many European countries, but migrations to, from and within Europe are nothing new, as Klaus Bade reminds us in this timely history. A history of migration to, from and within Europe over a range of eras, countries and migration types. Examines the driving forces and currents of migration, their effects on the cultures of both migrants and host populations, including migration policies. Focuses on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, particularly the period from the Second World War to the present. Illuminates concerns about migration in Europe today. Acts as a corrective to the alarmist reactions of host populations in twenty-first century Europe.


Avenging Muse by Jill Benton

Avenging Muse
  • Title : Avenging Muse
  • Author : Jill Benton
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code : 9781514415351
  • Pages : 328
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Avenging Muse is the biography of Naomi Royde-Smith, a powerful early twentieth-century British literary editor who discovered and published the first works of such writers as Rupert Brooke, Rose Macaulay, and Graham Greene. Beginning at age 50, she became in her own right a prolific author of more than thirty novels in addition to plays, biographies, and cultural critiques posing as travelogues. She writes about fin de siècle Geneva, about London and working women between the wars, about journalism and theater, about artists and their promoters, about banal culture, about social class in disarray, about a world that lacks spiritual center. Bravely Royde-Smith also writes about the lives of women loving women, men loving men, and tales about ordinary men and women in love--or not. The historical environment surrounding her writing, as well as those about whom she wrote, was morally and legally hostile to exploration of sexualities. Her fictions, witty and empathetic, emerge from her own experiences. Royde-Smith enjoyed her work as a professional muse--literary editor in London of the prestigious Saturday Westminster Gazette and then the Queen; however, she did not enjoy being cast by writers, such as Walter de la Mare and Henry Spiess, as their personal muse. Indeed, in certain of her novels, she retaliated against men who trespass, attacking their self-absorbed use of women in the name of art. Her personal story corresponds with an increasing historical realization of women's rights, a realization that undermines romantic and neoromantic reverence for conventional muses. Her writings anticipate current literary and feminist theories of performative gender.


Chopin and Other Musical Essays by Henry Theophilus Finck

Chopin and Other Musical Essays
  • Title : Chopin and Other Musical Essays
  • Author : Henry Theophilus Finck
  • Publisher : tredition
  • ISBN Code : 3847211846
  • Pages : 157
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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This book is part of the TREDITION CLASSICS series. The creators of this series are united by passion for literature and driven by the intention of making all public domain books available in printed format again - worldwide. At tredition we believe that a great book never goes out of style. Several mostly non-profit literature projects provide content to tredition. To support their good work, tredition donates a portion of the proceeds from each sold copy. As a reader of a TREDITION CLASSICS book, you support our mission to save many of the amazing works of world literature from oblivion.