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Musicians of Today: Romain Rolland By LogoStar Press
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Romain Rolland, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1915, was a writer whose mind was sculpted by a passion for music and admiration for exceptional musicians. The famous novelist who was at... More > the same time a reputed pacifist with interets in socialsim and Eastern mysticism has also authored a history of opera and a biography of Beethoven, maybe the best we have so far. In between, he wrote this wonderful volume on some of his contemporary giants in the realm of music, such as Wagner, Berlioz, Debussy, Strauss, and Saint-Saens. A book that still fascinates today, and which can be the perfect introduction to the musical works of these great luminaries.< Less
Musicians of Today: Romain Rolland By LogoStar Press
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Romain Rolland, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1915, was a writer whose mind was sculpted by a passion for music and admiration for exceptional musicians. The famous novelist who was at... More > the same time a reputed pacifist with interets in socialsim and Eastern mysticism has also authored a history of opera and a biography of Beethoven, maybe the best we have so far. In between, he wrote this wonderful volume on some of his contemporary giants in the realm of music, such as Wagner, Berlioz, Debussy, Strauss, and Saint-Saens. A book that still fascinates today, and which can be the perfect introduction to the musical works of these great luminaries.< Less
The Singing Heart: The Autobiography of Thomas Allen Rector By Thomas Allen Rector
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The autobiography of exhibition dancer and actor Thomas Allen Rector, from his birth to his enlistment, at the age of 36, in the Allied’s cause upon the United States’ involvement in... More > World War One. The time was one of change and excitement. The Gay Nineties carried over into the turn of the century. New York was a whirlwind of social and artistic activity. Opera and theater stars were among the social elite. Vaudeville was at its peak. Hollywood was just beginning to get a grip on the country. Movie stars were just being born with the advent of silent films.< Less
The Cold War Soprano: Memoirs of a Singer-Spy By Edward P. Flaspoehler, Jr.
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Need to finance your singing career? Become a spy! That's what one English soprano did to fund her career in opera. This book tells you how she did it! Written in the form of a memoir, this is the... More > story of a young woman who abandons the comforts of home and family to pursue a career as a singer in a strange new country. Set in London, Vienna and Washington, The Cold War Soprano is the story of English soprano Sheila Jones and her husband, American baritone Werner Harms, two talented singers who worked as under-cover agents for the US Central Intelligence Agency to earn the money they needed to support their musical ambitions. Not just another backstage biography, the Cold War Soprano is a provocative and absorbing tale of opera and espionage in Cold War Europe in the 1960s.< Less
The Cold War Soprano: Memoirs of a Singer-Spy By Edward P. Flaspoehler, Jr.
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Need to finance your singing career? Become a spy! That's what one English soprano did to fund her career in opera. This book tells you how she did it! Written in the form of a memoir, this is the... More > story of a young woman who abandons the comforts of home and family to pursue a career as a singer in a strange new country. Set in London, Vienna and Washington, The Cold War Soprano is the story of English soprano Sheila Jones and her husband, American baritone Werner Harms, two talented singers who worked as under-cover agents for the US Central Intelligence Agency to earn the money they needed to support their musical ambitions. Not just another backstage biography, the Cold War Soprano is a provocative and absorbing tale of opera and espionage in Cold War Europe in the 1960s.< Less
Triple-Portrait of a Countertenor By Maxine Handy
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Triple-Portrait traces over time a unique empathy with the voice of world-renowned countertenor James Bowman. First entranced by his May 1972 live performance of the Britten/Purcell realisation... More > Sweeter Than Roses, the author later commissioned a Scena to mark his 50th birthday. A decade of creative contact followed, during which, James made his ecstatic music personal and even more beautiful, wrapping his listener in the dignity of Art. Describing his bass speaking voice as like a cavern in which his alto voice resonates, this transformation was expressed in the author’s vision of James Bowman as Leonardo’s The Virgin of the Rocks: a glorious Old Master, fading with time to become an ever more beautiful Masterpiece. Beginning with boyhood at Ely, we journey from the fens to James’ alter ego Oberon, and conclude with his last London recital. Triple-Portrait meditates on what David Munrow called ‘The most wonderful noise in the Universe’.< Less
HANDEL By Edward J. Dent
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Edward J. Dent, well known for his 'Foundations of English Opera,' presents a living and breathing Handel. He has covered a wealth of factual detail in this volume, including a discussion of Handel's... More > devotion to the Italian opera and the real reasons behind his transplantation from Hanover to England. Encouraged by the Princess Royal, Handel went into partnership with Heidegger, who had also made his own profits out of the opera, as well as out of his notorious masquerades; they leased the King's Theatre for a period of five years. The first thing to do was to secure new singers, and for this purpose Handel went to Italy, probably in the autumn of 1728. Heidegger had already tried to bring back Senesino and the two "costly canary-birds," as Colley Cibber called them, but they had had enough of London, and probably of Handel too...< Less
Episodes from the Life of Gideon Millwater By Ryan Layne Whitney
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In Episodes from the Life of Gideon Millwater, Ryan Layne Whitney (author of The Primal Shrug) has concocted an extravagant fantasy: the works and life of the composer Gideon Flavius Millwater. In... More > prose as elaborate and detailed as the compositions of Millwater themselves, the Ten Symphonies, the opera Juliette, the Punk and Circumcision Marches, among others, are all described with lurid flair and a delight in the bizarre and eccentric. Millwater’s style of living (and he lived to be 109), as well as his death and memorial celebrations, match that of his music: uncompromising, scandalous, energetic, and witty. If Millwater himself did not actually exist, we can only hope (or fear?) that someone may one day take up the challenge to use this little work as a example for emulation — if they dare!< Less
Episodes from the Life of Gideon Millwater By Ryan Layne Whitney
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In Episodes from the Life of Gideon Millwater, Ryan Layne Whitney (author of The Primal Shrug) has concocted an extravagant fantasy: the works and life of the composer Gideon Flavius Millwater. In... More > prose as elaborate and detailed as the compositions of Millwater themselves, the Ten Symphonies, the opera Juliette, the Punk and Circumcision Marches, among others, are all described with lurid flair and a delight in the bizarre and eccentric. Millwater’s style of living (and he lived to be 109), as well as his death and memorial celebrations, match that of his music: uncompromising, scandalous, energetic, and witty. If Millwater himself did not actually exist, we can only hope (or fear?) that someone may one day take up the challenge to use this little work as a example for emulation — if they dare!< Less
Alice Nielsen and the Gayety of Nations By Dall Wilson
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Alice Nielsen was a magnetic star of Broadway, opera, and concerts. Her mom an Irish musician, dad a Danish troubadour. Born in Nashville, raised in Kansas City, young Alice sang on streets until she... More > took the vaudeville trail to San Francisco. She starred in three bespoke Victor Herbert hits before crossing to opera in 1901 Italy, coached by Bevignini. She debuted in Naples then London's Covent Garden in Mozart, and Puccini with Caruso. She gave joint drama-opera productions with Duse. Returning to America, Nielsen joined Nordica to create a touring opera company regarded as superior to the Met. Boston Opera was built for her in 1909. Famed as America's greatest lyric soprano, this is her first biography. Discover how Alice Nielsen became Americana. “On Tuesday night she sang Lucia, on Wednesday evening she sang Marguerite, on Thursday evening she was Mimi, giving a portrait in harmony that will endure as long as the memories of those who heard and saw her," wrote Otheman Stevens, LA. REVISED 2017< Less

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