• American literature

A Book of Prefaces


Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: American literature
Page: 288
View: 6312

    • Literary Criticism

How to Read Literature Like a Professor Revised Edition

A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines
Author: Thomas C. Foster
Publisher: Harper Perennial
ISBN: 9780062301673
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 368
View: 8470
A thoroughly revised and updated edition of Thomas C. Foster's classic guide—a lively and entertaining introduction to literature and literary basics, including symbols, themes, and contexts—that shows you how to make your everyday reading experience more rewarding and enjoyable. While many books can be enjoyed for their basic stories, there are often deeper literary meanings interwoven in these texts. How to Read Literature Like a Professor helps us to discover those hidden truths by looking at literature with the eyes—and the literary codes—of the ultimate professional reader: the college professor. What does it mean when a literary hero travels along a dusty road? When he hands a drink to his companion? When he's drenched in a sudden rain shower? Ranging from major themes to literary models, narrative devices, and form, Thomas C. Foster provides us with a broad overview of literature—a world where a road leads to a quest, a shared meal may signify a communion, and rain, whether cleansing or destructive, is never just a shower—and shows us how to make our reading experience more enriching, satisfying, and fun. This revised edition includes new chapters, a new preface, and a new epilogue, and incorporates updated teaching points that Foster has developed over the past decade.


    • Music

Creating Music

Making More Music (Home Version)
Author: Alfred Publishing,Morton Subotnick
Publisher: Alfred Publishing Company, Incorporated
ISBN: 9780739065044
Category: Music
Page: N.A
View: 2167
Now children can experience music at the most basic level, before ever picking up an instrument or learning to read! Morton Subotnick's series of interactive music games facilitates experimentation with the fundamentals of pitch, rhythm, and sounds of various instruments and styles of music. Children learn what it means to play a high or low note, soft or loud, and fast or slow, with lovable characters and detailed explanations to guide them along the way! Be the composer, conductor and audience! Learn more about the fundamentals of music as you draw musical notes, experiment with different instruments and put together the components of a score. An updated "musical canvas" allows you to convert drawings into sheet music notation! This version is perfect for home use. Special Features: Introduces music in the styles of Mozart, Beethoven, Byrd and Chopin Instructional videos explain fundamental concepts of tempo, scale and musical notation 9 percussion instruments, including parts of the drumset Virtual encyclopedia with more than 50 entries. See a product demo at www.creatingmusic.com/demo

    • Fiction

The Origins and Development of the English Language


Author: John Algeo
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 1428231455
Category: Fiction
Page: 368
View: 9770
Updated to reflect current research and rewritten for further clarity of presentation, the sixth edition of the best-selling THE ORIGINS AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE continues to take a linguistic-analysis approach and focuses on the facts of language rather than on theoretical approaches. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

    • Architecture

Sfera E Il Labirinto


Author: Manfredo Tafuri
Publisher: MIT Press (MA)
ISBN: 9780262700399
Category: Architecture
Page: 383
View: 2718
"Tafuri's work is probably the most innovative and exciting new form of European theory since French poststructuralism and this book is probably the best introduction to it for the newcomer. ..."


    • Music

Mendelssohn in Performance


Author: Siegwart Reichwald
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253002613
Category: Music
Page: 272
View: 6842
Exploring many aspects of Felix Mendelssohn's multi-faceted career as musician and how it intersects with his work as composer, contributors discuss practical issues of music making such as performance space, instruments, tempo markings, dynamics, phrasings, articulations, fingerings, and instrument techniques. They present the conceptual and ideological underpinnings of Mendelssohn's approach to performance, interpretation, and composing through the contextualization of specific performance events and through the theoretic actualization of performances of specific works. Contributors rely on manuscripts, marked or edited scores, and performance parts to convey a deeper understanding of musical expression in 19th-century Germany. This study of Mendelssohn's work as conductor, pianist, organist, violist, accompanist, music director, and editor of old and new music offers valuable perspectives on 19th-century performance practice issues.

    • Music

Modern Music and After


Author: Paul Griffiths
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199792283
Category: Music
Page: 480
View: 5510
Over three decades, Paul Griffiths's survey has remained the definitive study of music since the Second World War; this fully revised and updated edition re-establishes Modern Music and After as the preeminent introduction to the music of our time. The disruptions of the war, and the struggles of the ensuing peace, were reflected in the music of the time: in Pierre Boulez's radical reformation of compositional technique and in John Cage's development of zen music; in Milton Babbitt's settling of the serial system and in Dmitry Shostakovich's unsettling symphonies; in Karlheinz Stockhausen's development of electronic music and in Luigi Nono's pursuit of the universally human, in Iannis Xenakis's view of music as sounding mathematics and in Luciano Berio's consideration of it as language. The initiatives of these composers and their contemporaries opened prospects that haven't yet stopped unfolding. This constant expansion of musical thinking since 1945 has left us with no singular history of music; Griffiths's study accordingly follows several different paths, showing how and why they converge and diverge. This new edition of Modern Music and After discusses not only the music of the fifteen years that have passed since the previous edition, but also the recent explosion of scholarly interest in the latter half of the twentieth century. In particular, the book has been expanded to incorporate the variety of responses to the modernist impasse experienced by composers of the 1980s and 1990s. Griffiths then moves the book into the twenty-first century as he examines such highly influential composers as Helmut Lachenmann and Salvatore Sciarrino. For its breadth, wealth of detail, and characteristic wit and clarity, the third edition of Modern Music and After is required reading for the student and the enquiring listener.

    • Religion

Music and Vital Congregations

A Practical Guide for Clergy
Author: William Bradley Roberts
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 0898698375
Category: Religion
Page: 144
View: 5729
Congregations that are alive and vibrant have vital music programs. How did they get that way? There are sensible and practical steps to develop such a program which begins with a clear vision of the end product. This new book addresses the many interrelated issues of defining and embracing the leadership role in the church music program that is required of clergy in parish ministry and essential for a healthy congregation. Clergy and musicians work toward the same goals; however, clergy are trained differently from musicians. How does this fact impact their relationship, and how can they learn to work together in an atmosphere of mutual respect? The practical issues of employment can be addressed more effectively in this atmosphere. If one is looking for the right musician for the parish, what qualities does one seek? How does one find such a rare and gifted individual? A successful search complete, how does the clergyperson work harmoniously with the music leader? This book provides a blueprint for: • Developing a vision for music in your parish • Locating a musician who is a partner in ministry • How music comes and goes in the church’s repertoire • Moving from musician as performer to musician as pastor

    • Law

Ancient Curious and Famous Wills


Author: Virgil M. Harris
Publisher: Beard Books
ISBN: 9781587980718
Category: Law
Page: 492
View: 7015
An entertaining collection of wills, reflecting the times and the people who wrote them. This collection offers delightful reading for lawyers and laymen alike. As the author states: Wills reflect, as a mirror, the customs and habits of the times when written, as well as the characters of the writers. In the category of ancient wills, the reader will find the oldest written will, dated at 2550 B.C., as well as wills of such personages as Plato and Aristotle. Other categories in the collection include: wills in fiction and poetry; curious wills; testamentary and kindred miscellany; wills of famous foreigners, such as Napoleon and William Shakespeare; and wills of famous Americans, such as Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson.

    • Music

Musical Metropolis

Los Angeles and the Creation of a Music Culture, 1880-1940
Author: K. Marcus
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1403978360
Category: Music
Page: 274
View: 5720
Decentralization and diversity characterized much of the performance of art music in Los Angeles. Decentralization defined the city's growth since the late-nineteenth century, and because the central city did not dominate music culture, as in the East and Midwest, a greater diversification of music emerged in the communities of Greater Los Angeles. Performers and audiencesincluded Latinos, Euro-Americans, Asian Americans, and African Americans, but the notion of diversity goes beyond ethnicity; it also includes 'media diversity', the presentation of music through a variety of media. recording, radio, film media strongly influenced music performance in the city as it grew into the epicenter of entertainment in America.

    • Music

Vaughan Williams on Music


Author: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0195182391
Category: Music
Page: 435
View: 1134
Concert audiences have an enduring affection for the music of Ralph Vaughan Williamsa composer of dance, symphony, opera, song, hymnody, and film musicand serious scholarship on his music is currently enjoying a revival. 2008 marks the 50th anniversary of Vaughan Williams passing (and 2007his 135th birthday); his worksparticularly his orchestral musicwill likely find themselves programmed widely for this season, and groups like the RVW Society which regularly hold symposiums may have events planned in honor of the composer. OUP-UK will be publishing a volume of Vaughan WilliamsLetters, edited by Hugh Cobbe, likely to pub in 2008. We should consider promoting the two volumes together. This collection brings together a host of lively writingssome for the first time, and many for the first time since their initial publicationby one of the most articulate, beloved andengaging English composers. Making available essays, articles, broadcasts, and speech transcripts from 1901-1958, Vaughan Williams on Music exemplifies the multi-faceted nature of his contributions: active supporter of amateur music and English music, a leader in the folksong revival, educator,performer, and polemicist. Vaughan Williams was one of the cultural giants of his day, a figure of iconic stature whose influence stretched far beyond musical circles; his friendships with Bertrand Russell and G. M. Trevelyan, and his tireless work on behalf of a variety of organizations and causes,from Jewish refugees to the Third Programme, gave him a unique place in British national life. He also had a powerful influence in the United States, at a time when the special relationship was approaching its zenith. Through all these perspectives, the words are unmistakably those of a practicingcomposera young composer at the turn of the last century, trying to find his own musical voice amid widely diverse stylistic influences of the dominant and successful figures of Brahms, Strauss, and Tchaikovsky, and a mature composer in the mid-century, having found that glorious voice whichcontinues to resound across the globe. The volume will be an important contribution to the literature not only on British music, but also on nineteenth- and twentieth-century British cultural and intellectual life as a whole, placing Vaughan Williamss political and aesthetic thought in a broadercultural perspective. It will be a welcome read as well for the general audience which loves the music of Vaughan Williams, that will be listening to and remembering the composer as this anniversary of his death approaches.

    • Future life

The Unseen World

And Other Essays
Author: John Fiske
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Future life
Page: 349
View: 9150

    • History

Legacy of the Sacred Harp


Author: Chloe Webb
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
ISBN: 0875654452
Category: History
Page: 256
View: 4688
Sacred Harp music or shape-note singing is as old as America itself. The term sacred harp refers to the human voice. Brought to this continent by the settlers of Jamestown, this style of singing is also known as “fasola.” In Legacy of the Sacred Harp, author Chloe Webb follows the history of this musical form back four hundred years, and in the process uncovers the harrowing legacy of her Dumas family line. The journey begins in contemporary Texas with an overlooked but historically rich family heirloom, a tattered 1869 edition of The Sacred Harp songbook. Traveling across the South and sifting through undiscovered family history, Webb sets out on a personal quest to reconnect with her ancestors who composed, sang, and lived by the words of Sacred Harp music. Her research irreversibly transforms her rose-colored view of her heritage and brings endearing characters to life as the reality of the effects of slavery on Southern plantation life, the thriving tobacco industry, and the Civil War are revisited through the lens of the Dumas family. Most notably, Webb’s original research unearths the person of Ralph Freeman, freed slave and pastor of a pre-Civil War white Southern church. Wringing history from boxes of keepsakes, lively interviews, dusty archival libraries, and church records, Webb keeps Sacred Harp lyrics ringing in readers’ ears, allowing the poetry to illuminate the lessons and trials of the past. The choral shape-note music of the Sacred Harp whispers to us of the past, of the religious persecution that brought this music to our shores, and how the voices of contemporary Sacred Harp singers still ring out the unchanged lyrics across the South, the music pulling the past into our present.

    • Social Science

A Power Stronger Than Itself

The AACM and American Experimental Music
Author: George E. Lewis
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226477037
Category: Social Science
Page: 690
View: 3059
Founded in 1965 and still active today, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) is an American institution with an international reputation. George E. Lewis, who joined the collective as a teenager in 1971, establishes the full importance and vitality of the AACM with this communal history, written with a symphonic sweep that draws on a cross-generational chorus of voices and a rich collection of rare images. Moving from Chicago to New York to Paris, and from founding member Steve McCall’s kitchen table to Carnegie Hall, A Power Stronger Than Itself uncovers a vibrant, multicultural universe and brings to light a major piece of the history of avant-garde music and art.

    • Education

History Riddles

A Treasure Trove Book
Author: Leon Conrad
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
ISBN: 1782792937
Category: Education
Page: 204
View: 2791
Enjoy stories? Enjoy history? You’ll love this book! How well do you know your history? Pit your wits against this collection of 30 cultural riddles featuring popular historical stories and legends. Engage with these riddles out of sheer fun and curiosity as a reader, or use them when facilitating an Odyssey Dynamic Learning System journey (Liberalis Books, 2015). You’ll find they intrigue, tease, inform, educate, enlighten, and entertain. Still guessing? There are clues to help you. Think you’ve cracked them? Check out the background information for the answers and for suggestions on exploring topics further. How many riddles will you be able to solve?

    • Music

Twentieth-Century Chamber Music


Author: James McCalla
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135887063
Category: Music
Page: 320
View: 5860
First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.