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Chamber Music: A Listener's Guide


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Oxford's highly successful listener's guides--The Symphony, The Concerto, and Choral Masterworks--have been widely praised for their blend of captivating biography, crystal clear musical analysis, and delightful humor. Now James Keller follows these greatly admired volumes with Chamber Music. Approaching the tradition of chamber music with knowledge and passion, Keller here serves as the often opinionated, always genial guide to 192 essential works by 56 composers, providing illuminating essays on what makes each piece distinctive and admirable. Keller spans the history of this intimate genre of music, from key works of the Baroque through the emotionally stirring "golden age" of the Classical and Romantic composers, to modern masterpieces rich in political, psychological, and sometimes comical overtones. For each piece, from Bach through to contemporary figures like George Crumb and Steve Reich, the author includes an astute musical analysis that casual music lovers can easily appreciate yet that more experienced listeners will find enriching. Keller shares the colorful, often surprising stories behind the compositions while revealing the delights of an art form once described by Goethe as the musical equivalent of "thoughtful people conversing."

About the Author

James Keller, longtime Program Annotator of the New York Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony, was awarded the prestigious ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for feature writing about music in Chamber Music magazine, where he has been Contributing Editor for more than a decade.

Table of Contents


Anton Arensky

Johann Sebastian Bach

Samuel Barber

Bela Bartok

Ludwig van Beethoven

Alban Berg

Alexander Borodin

Johannes Brahms

Benjamin Britten

Elliott Carter

Aaron Copland

Ruth Crawford Seeger

George Crumb

Achille-Claude Debussy

Ernst von Dohnanyi

Antonin Dvorak

Edward Elgar

Georges Enesco

Gabriel Faure

Cesar Franck

Mikhail Glinka

Osvaldo Golijov

Edvard Grieg

Franz Joseph Haydn

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel

Paul Hindemith

Jacques Ibert

Charles Ives

Leos Janacek

Zoltan Kodaly

Gyorgy Ligetti

Bohuslav Martinu

Felix Mendelssohn

Olivier Messiaen

Wolfgang Amade Mozart

Carl Nielsen

Francis Poulenc

Sergei Prokofiev

Maurice Ravel

Steve Reich

Silvestre Revueltas

Camille Saint-Saens

Arnold Schoenberg

Franz Peter Schubert

Clara Wieck Schumann

Robert Schumann

Dmitri Shostakovich

Jean Sibelius

Bedrich Smetana

Igor Stravinsky

Karol Szymanowski

Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky

Joan Tower

Carl Maria von Weber

Anton Webern

Hugo Wolf

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Keller, James
Oxford University Press, USA
Keller, James M.
null, James
Genres & Styles - Chamber
Chamber music -- History and criticism.
Chamber music -- Analysis, appreciation.
General Music
Music-Chamber Music
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Professional and scholarly
6.5 x 9.3 x 1.6 in 1.75 lb

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