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This best-selling book provides documentation and annotation of articles, books, and dissertations with references to this great composer and his music published during the twentieth century throughout the world. Includes a comprehensive general index, a discographic listing and index, and a comprehensive index of Respighi compositions.
One of the best compositions by one of 20th century Italy’s best-known composers, the Laud to the Nativity stands out because of its unique pastoral instrumentation, the unusual blending of archaic and early twentieth century styles, the expressive setting of the unusual text, and the creative interweaving of dramatic and lyrical elements. A rewarding challenge to conductors and performers, the work proves to be a pleasure to learn and perform. This Monograph seeks to assist musicians who are preparing the Laud for performance by providing them with relevant historical, analytical, and practical information about the work and its composer. 82 pages.
Since its premiere in 1961, Poulenc’s Gloria has become one of the most often-performed choral works of the twentieth century. A rewarding challenge to conductors and performers, the work proves to be a pleasure to learn and perform. This unique work truly deserves its place in the international repertoire and the many performances it receives each year. This Monograph seeks to assist musicians who are preparing the Gloria for performance by providing them with relevant historical, analytical, and practical information about the composition and its composer, and by offering details about the many issues and discrepancies found in the performance materials. It is the author’s hope that this information will encourage more and better performances of this notable composition. 102 pages.
Among the most often performed sacred choral works from the nineteenth century by one of France's best-known composers, the Christmas Oratorio by Camille Saint-Saëns continues to appeal to modern musicians and audiences because of its accessibility combined with its high musical quality. This monograph attempts to bring into one publication as much practical information as possible about the work including background, analysis, a discography, suggested program notes, information about editions, and numerous relevant quotations from the composer collected from a wide variety of sources. It will assist conductors and musicians who are learning and performing the Oratorio in getting to know the man and the music and help them in developing an authentic interpretation of this approachable and often-performed work. 96 pages.