Author: Richard King
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Release Date: 2019-06-04
Originally from Newport, Gwent, for the last eighteen years Richard King has lived in the hill farming country of Radnosrshire, Powys. He is the author of Original Rockers, which was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize, and How Soon Is Now?, both published by Faber.
Author: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Release Date: 2008-05-01
for solo violin and orchestra or piano This serene romance is one of Vaughan Williams's most enduring popular works. Taking its title from a poem by George Meredith, the music perfectly evokes the lark's 'chirrup, whistle, slur, and shake'. This beautifully presented new edition of the violin and piano score includes a preface by Michael Kennedy.
Author: David White
Release Date: 2017-02-15
"A straight woman, a Gay man and a Chinese child. Our family couldn't have existed 30 years ago.In 1997 my friend Judy Jones adopted a girl from China; she asked me to be the child's godfather and I accepted. It was a fairly unsettled time in my life; I was uncertain about where I was going to live due to unsettling events. I moved in with Judy and Shen, temporarily; but then I just stayed.Every now and again, I'd write poems about Shen and our life, from 1997 till the summer of 2016 when I began working on revisions. It wasn't until we went to China with Shen was 12 (2008), and visited the Orphanage where Shen spent the first year of life, that I began to think of the poems in terms of a book. A health scare in 2014 (I ended up spending four days in hospital, and Shen came every night and just sat in the room doing her homework until visiting hours were over) that I realized I needed to make some order out the manuscript."I had kept a journal while in China and when we had some down time in Shanghai I started to write poems about our trip. The first of the "travel" poems was "The Beautiful Ladies Of The Tang Dynasty." The first drafts of the poems happened while China was still very fresh in my memory; and I also had the journal as a source to turn to. And then, when Shen went off to York University to study music, and Judy and I were facing the "empty nest" (this was Fall 2014), I wrote a couple of pieces about that feeling you have when your child leaves home, and I knew then that the book was finished. Stan Dragland, who was the supervisor for my Master's thesis on Gwendolyn McEwan, read here in London. I read his new book and as his address was in one of the essays, I sent the manuscript off to him, not realizing at the time that his was also the address of Pedlar Press."
Author: Thomas F. DeFrantz
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
He also addresses concerns about how dance performance is documented, including issues around spectatorship and the display of sexuality, the relationship of Ailey's dances to civil rights activism, and the establishment and maintenance of a successful, large-scale Black Arts institution."--Jacket.
The thrilling conclusion to The Skylark Trilogy: Revolution is brewing in the city within the Wall. The city stands divided, and war is imminent. The rebels need a leader. After months beyond the Wall, Lark returns with Oren by her side, prepared to overthrow the Institute once and for all. But Lark's triumphant homecoming is short-lived when another leader emerges to unite the rebels: Eve, a mysterious Renewable. Lark wonders if Eve's powers will bring them strength—or bring humanity's final downfall.
Author: Mazo De La Roche
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date: 2014-09-16
Restlessness washes over the small town of Saltport with the sea wind that disturbs Diego Palmer's latest landscape painting. A dark, dissatisfied youth with a beautiful disappointed mother, they both yearn for something more than the bakery Diego's dead father has left them. Josie, fascinated with her cousin Diego's brooding looks and sullen ways, and dedicated to his mother Fay, has long suffered with them in the heat and toil of the family business. When Purley Bond, the local chemist in love with Diego's mother, offers them a chance to escape, they take it, and together embark on an exotic adventure to Europe. But will this long cherished dream bring the freedom and inspiration that they so desire? For Fay's childish exuberance can be less enchanting when her naivety causes her to risk everything, pulling Diego, Josie, and Mr Bond in her wake. First published in 1932, Lark Ascending is a novel about desire, loyalty, disenchantment and hope.
Author: Robert Philip
Release Date: 2018-10-02
An invaluable guide for lovers of classical music designed to enhance their enjoyment of the core orchestral repertoire from 1700 to 1950 Robert Philip, scholar, broadcaster, and musician, has compiled an essential handbook for lovers of classical music, designed to enhance their listening experience to the full. Covering four hundred works by sixty-eight composers from Corelli to Shostakovich, this engaging companion explores and unpacks the most frequently performed works, including symphonies, concertos, overtures, suites, and ballet scores. It offers intriguing details about each piece while avoiding technical terminology that might frustrate the non-specialist reader. Philip identifies key features in each work, as well as subtleties and surprises that await the attentive listener, and he includes enough background and biographical information to illuminate the composer's intentions. Organized alphabetically from Bach to Webern, this compendium will be indispensable for classical music enthusiasts, whether in the concert hall or enjoying recordings at home.
Author: James Michael Floyd
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Release Date: 2011-02-07
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Composers in the Classroom is a bio-bibliographical dictionary, chronicling the careers and work of over 120 composers associated with conservatories, colleges, and universities in the United States and Puerto Rico. Scholars and students of music seeking critical information about composers who have taken on the mantle of instruction will find a wealth of detail on their subjects. Painstakingly obtained through direct correspondence with the composers themselves, Floyd includes within each entry a short biography of the composer's life and education, lists of previous positions, most prominent commissions, awards and honors, and notable performers of the subject's work. Each entry also contains a discography of the recordings and a bibliography of writings by the composer. Researchers will find especially useful the organization of each subject's compositions by a variety of types. These include vocal, choral/assembly, dramatic, keyboard, solo instrument, handbells, chamber music, jazz ensemble, band and wind ensemble, band and wind ensemble with solo instruments, orchestra, orchestra with solo instruments, film/television/commercial, electro-acoustic and multimedia, arrangements, transcriptions, and editions and reconstructions. Music scholars will find under each work not only the title and date of composition but also the date of revision, commission, and dedication information, as well as other pertinent details ranging from the names of collaborators to alternate titles under which works may circulate. Composers in the Classroom is an indispensable tool to scholars of modern music seeking to research the current state of musical composition and the compositional trends of the 21st century.
Author: Toby Faber
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Release Date: 2011-07-06
Everyone knows of the legendary quality and unbelievable price tag of a Stradivarius violin. In this, the first popular account of the Stradivari phenomena, Toby Faber explores the life and methods of this unsurpassed craftsman. Following the life of his instruments as they pass through the hands of many of the greatest musicians that have ever lived, we learn how and why they have become objects of such veneration and desire. It is a dramatic tale of grand artistry, fantastic music, shady dealers, forgery and science. 'Fascinating, accessible and enjoyable' - Tracy Chevalier 'A captivating book . . . An extraordinary accomplishment and a compelling read' - TE Cahart, author of The Piano Shop On The Left Bank 'An inspired idea for a book' - Telegraph 'Faber has found in the Strad a delightful leitmotif for an original comedie humaine' - Financial Times 'Faber pitches the story just right, neither patronising nor baffling the reader' - Times