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The Anchor guide to orchestral masterpieces

Author: Melvin Berger
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Anchor Books edView all editions and formats
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An accomplished violinist, Berger has played in orchestras under many famous conductors, supplied program notes for concerts and recordings, taught at the City University of New York, and lectured widely. Intent on providing a guide that would help others enjoy orchestral music to the fullest, Berger (Guide to Choral Masterpieces, LJ 10/1/93) chose the entries by studying the programs of orchestral concerts and
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Berger, Melvin.
Anchor guide to orchestral masterpieces.
New York : Anchor Books, 1995
(OCoLC)682339118
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Melvin Berger
ISBN: 0385472005 9780385472005
OCLC Number: 31604674
Description: xviii, 358 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Johann Sebastian Bach --
Bela Bartok --
Ludwig Van Beethoven --
Hector Berlioz --
Johannes Brahms --
Sir Benjamin Britten --
Max Bruch --
Anton Bruckner --
Frederic Chopin --
Aaron Copland --
John Corigliano --
Claude Debussy --
Antonin Dvorak --
Sir Edward Elgar --
Cesar Franck --
George Gershwin --
Edvard Grieg --
George Frideric Handel --
Roy Harris --
Franz Joseph Haydn --
Paul Hindemith --
Charles Ives --
Leos Janacek --
Zoltan Kodaly --
Franz Liszt --
Gustav Mahler --
Felix Mendelssohn --
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart --
Modest Mussorgsky --
Sergei Prokofiev --
Sergei Rachmaninoff --
Maurice Ravel --
Ottorino Respighi --
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov --
Gioacchino Rossini --
Camille Saint-Saens --
Arnold Schoenberg --
Franz Schubert --
Robert Schumann --
Dmitri Shostakovich --
Jean Sibelius --
Bedrich Smetana --
Richard Strauss --
Igor Stravinsky --
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky --
Antonio Vivaldi --
Richard Wagner --
Carl Maria Von Weber --
Appendix: 75 More Masterpieces, with Brief Commentary.
Responsibility: Melvin Berger.

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An accomplished violinist, Berger has played in orchestras under many famous conductors, supplied program notes for concerts and recordings, taught at the City University of New York, and lectured widely. Intent on providing a guide that would help others enjoy orchestral music to the fullest, Berger (Guide to Choral Masterpieces, LJ 10/1/93) chose the entries by studying the programs of orchestral concerts and music radio stations, perusing CD catalogs, and seeking the opinions of various eminent musicians, as well as drawing from his own background in music. Each entry begins with a short sketch detailing the circumstances surrounding the creation of a composition; a brief analysis of its form and occasionally a delightful anecdote are also included. An appendage of "75 more masterpieces" generally given a sentence each seems like a tease. Perhaps Berger should think of doing a supplement that would give proper treatment to those additional works. Essentially an endeavor of personal taste, this guide may inspire readers to investigate similarly well-done works, such as D. Kern Holoman's Evenings with the Orchestra (Norton, 1992). Recommended as a succinct guide for academic and public libraries. Kathleen Sparkman, Baylor Univ., Waco, Tex. -- Library Journal.

Throughout the year, millions of music lovers across America attend orchestra concerts, or relax to the soothing and inspiring sounds of their favorite composers on classical radio or CD. The Anchor Guide to Orchestral Masterpieces offers those classical music lovers a comprehensive and accessible listener's guide to the great orchestral masterpieces. The book includes the finest works by a dazzling array of composers, from Benjamin Britten and Anton Bruckner to Richard Wagner and Carl Maria von Weber, from the nineteenth-century Romantics to the atonal musical explorers of the twentieth century. Arranged alphabetically by composer, each entry discusses the back end of the piece and the history of the composer, provides an analysis of the music, and describes the importance of its place in the repertoire. The author complements his keen observations with a glossary defining and explaining orchestral terms that may be unfamiliar to the general reader, and with an extensive discography of recommended composers, conductors, and orchestras. For those trying to decide which concert series to subscribe to, seeking advice on expanding a home classical music library, or for more experienced aficionados who want additional background on specific compositions, The Anchor Guide to Orchestral Masterpieces will prove itself indispensable. -- Publisher's description.

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