Description : Here, the UK's bestselling classical music magazine presents reviews of the best performances on CD, categorised under chamber music, choral and song, instrumental, opera and orchestral.
Description : Lists top-recommended works by master composers from the past and present, providing a critical assessment of specific recordings and performances as identified by a team of leading music experts.
Description : The story behind The Magnificent Seven could have been a movie in itself. It had everything—actors’ strike, writers’ strike, Mexican government interference and a row between the screenwriters that left one removing his name from the credits, all under the lingering gloom of post–McCarthy era Hollywood. A flop on release, it later became a box office hit. This book tells the behind-the-scenes story: how Yul Brynner became the biggest independent producer in Hollywood; why John Sturges was not the first choice after Brynner surrendered the director’s chair; why Sturges quit; the truth about the Mirisch Company (producers); the details of the film’s botched release and unlikely redemption; the creation of Elmer Bernstein’s classic score; and how internecine fighting prevented the making of the television series in 1963. Myths about Steve McQueen, his feud with Brynner and the scene-stealing antics of the cast are debunked. A close examination of the various screenplay drafts and the writers’ source material—Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai—shows who wrote what. Extensive analysis of Sturges’ directorial work is provided.
Description : Engaging Students with Music Education is a groundbreaking book about using DJ decks and urban music in mainstream schools to re-engage disaffected learners and develop a curriculum which better reflects overall contemporary tastes. Many young learners are ‘at risk’ of exclusion; this book argues that for such individuals, the implications of such a shift in the music curriculum could be especially positive. Drawing extensively on the author’s own wealth of teaching experience, and bridging the gap between practice and theory, this book demonstrates through case studies that DJ decks can prove extremely valuable in mainstream classroom situations across the secondary school age ranges. Addressing challenging and crucial topics, combining rigorous theoretical analysis with practical suggestions, the book addresses questions such as: Are DJ decks actually a musical instrument, and are they suitable for classroom teaching? Will Ofsted's school inspectors approve of music teaching involving DJ decks and urban music? If we bring urban music into the classroom, will this further marginalise classical music? Are DJing and MCing skills recognised within examination specifications, at least in the UK? Current teachers will find the practical advice on how to incorporate DJ decks and urban music into their classroom especially helpful, whilst educational researchers will be captivated by the critical discussion of the child-centred tradition and a theoretical approach which stretches from ‘continental’ philosophy to practice-based reflection. With an insistence that the starting point for music education should always be the interests and experiences of the learners, this book is essential reading for those music teachers and researchers interested in the benefits of non-standard music-making in the classroom.
Description : The Historical Dictionary of Russian Music relates the history of Russian music through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on significant persons, events, places, and organizations. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Russian music.
Description : The beginner's guide to learning the violin — for anymusical style Violin For Dummies helps you teach yourself to play theviolin, even if you've never read a note of music. From choosingthe right violin for you to playing a variety of musical styles,this book has you covered. You'll start with the basics of postureand bowing technique, learn how to tune your instrument and keep itin beautiful condition with regular maintenance. You'll learn howto read — and feel — the music, and how to inject yourown personality into whatever you play. Before you know it, you'llbe playing classical, jazz, country, and more, as you become a bonafide violin player. The included audio and video instructionencourages you to play along as you learn, and allow you to hear,see, and imitate proper technique. The violin's small size, portability, and mimicry of the humanvoice have made it popular across cultures and throughout time.This book shows you how to teach yourself the basics so you canstart playing quickly. Start with the basics of proper hold and bowing technique Learn how to properly tune and care for your violin Understand the nuances of rhythm and musical notation Play classical, jazz, and other popular styles of music The violin has a reputation of being difficult to learn, but thereality is that it's difficult to master. Anyone can learn,and practice over time will refine your technique and your musicalstyle. You'll have fun, make music, and maybe even fall in lovewith this instrument that has inspired some of the world's bestmusicians and composers. Get started today, the easy way, withViolin For Dummies.