Classical Music

Benjamin Britten: A Biography

By Humphrey Carpenter

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The author has used Britten's diaries, letters and manuscripts to construct this full-scale biography of the great English composer. The book concentrates on Britten's personal triumphs and struggles - his long "marriage" to tenor Peter Pears, the production and successes of his major works, his frequent depression and self-doubt, and his dangerously close friendships with young boys.

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Beethoven: The Composer as Hero

By Philippe A. Autexier

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To be a musician and to be deaf: that alone would have made Beethoven a tragic hero. But his heroic stature goes beyond the pathos of his condition. Beethoven left his mark in his magnificent sonatas, symphonies, and his chamber music--among the most beautiful ever written. Set against the stormy background of European political upheaval, the intellectual ferment of Vienna, and the love affairs, friendships, and quarrels of his private life, here is the story of Beethoven, the father of Romantic music.

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"1812" Overture: Opus 49; Capriccio Italien: Opus 45; Cossack Dance: from Mazeppa

By Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky

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Many people remember this music for its ending with chimes, bells, and cannons along with the full orchestra, which is in celebration of the Russian defeat of Napoleon's army in 1812. But, in the beginning, the music is a quiet hymn-like melody derived from a Russian folk song. Tchaikovsky's skill for writing melodies has few peers.

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Friday Book Flick: Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Check out this book trailer for Where She Went by Gayle Forman, the sequel to If I Stay.

In the first book you heard from Mia, now it's Adam's turn: Adam, now a rising rock star, and Mia, a successful cellist, reunite in New York and reconnect after the horrific events that tore them apart when Mia almost died in a car accident three years earlier.

If I Stay

By Gayle Foreman

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Mia, the daughter of a former punk rock drummer, doesn’t necessarily “rock” per se. She plays the cello instead, but her boyfriend, the lead singer of a band on the rise, thinks that Mia is punk for that reason. When a serious car accident kills her parents and throws Mia into a coma, she finds herself in limbo. While witnessing her friends’ and family’s reaction to the accident, Mia weighs the pros and cons of life and death...deciding whether or not she should stay.
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