Chamber Music: A Listener's Guide

byJames M. Keller

Hardcover | December 17, 2010

Chamber Music: A Listener's Guide by James M. Keller
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Oxford's highly successful listener's guides - The Symphony, The Concerto, and Choral Masterworks - have been widely praised for their blend of captivating biography, crystal clear musical analysis, and delightful humor. Now James Keller follows these greatly admired volumes with Chamber Music. Approaching the tradition of chamber music with knowledge and passion, Keller here serves as the often opinionated, always genial guide to 192 essential works by 56 composers, providing illuminating essays on what makes each piece distinctive and admirable. Keller spans the history of this intimate genre of music, from key works of the Baroque through the emotionally stirring "golden age" of the Classical and Romantic composers, to modern masterpieces rich in political, psychological, and sometimes comical overtones. For each piece, from Bach through to contemporary figures like George Crumb and Steve Reich, the author includes an astute musical analysis that casual music lovers can easily appreciate yet that more experienced listeners will find enriching. Keller shares the colorful, often surprising stories behind the compositions while revealing the delights of an art form once described by Goethe as the musical equivalent of "thoughtful people conversing."
James Keller, longtime Program Annotator of the New York Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony, was awarded the prestigious ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for feature writing about music in Chamber Music magazine, where he has been Contributing Editor for more than a decade.
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Title:Chamber Music: A Listener's GuideFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:576 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 0.98 inShipping dimensions:576 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 0.98 inPublished:December 17, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195382536

ISBN - 13:9780195382532

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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