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No Bartok Before Breakfast: A Musician's Memoir

John Manduell

No Bartok Before Breakfast: A Musician's Memoir

It is hard to believe that one man could have had so much influence on the musical life not only of the United Kingdom, but of Europe and beyond. Yet the pages of this delightful memoir reveal the extent to which John Manduell's extraordinary vision, his willingness to venture into unknown territory, his ability to think the unthinkable, his wisdom and his persuasiveness have helped to raise the profile of music in so many areas.

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A Cure for Woodness

Michael Haslam

A Cure for Woodness

This is the third part of the highly acclaimed poet Michael Haslam's trilogy 'Music'. Like the first two parts, The Music Laid her Songs in Language and A Sinner Saved by Grace, A Cure for Woodness is a reaffirmation of the nature, language and music with which the poet finds himself surrounded in his hilltop home in the Pennines.

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Twenty Four Preludes and Fugues on Dmitri Shostakovich

Joanna Boulter

Twenty Four Preludes and Fugues on Dmitri Shostakovich

The author writes: "In 1994 I read a review by Peter Conrad, in The Observer, of Elizabeth Wilson's Shostakovich: A Life Remembered. As its title suggests, this is a compendium of personal reminiscences by relatives, friends and acquaintances of the composer. The glimpses of Shostakovich's life which the review quoted caught my imagination as a possible subject for poetry, and I began what quickly became a lengthy project. Conrad's reference to Shostakovich's 24 Preludes and Fugues Op.87 for piano gave me my format.

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Musica Transalpina

Michelene Wandor

Musica Transalpina

Poetry Book Society Recommendation Spring 2006

Michelene Wandor's new poetry collection excels in the richness of its subject matter, the witty and sensuous language, the musicality of its rhythms and the way in which she is able to combine sophistication with accessibility.

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Bluegrass Wasteland

T. R. Hummer

Bluegrass Wasteland

Bluegrass Wasteland draws on T R Hummer's seven collections of poetry published between 1978 and 2003 and serves to locate him as one of America's most distinguished poets.

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Between Two Worlds: The Music of David Lumsdaine

Michael Hall

Between Two Worlds: The Music of David Lumsdaine

This book about David Lumsdaine is both illuminating and thorough, and is an excellent starting point for the study of the music of one of the most intriguing composers of our time.

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Selected Poems

Michael S. Harper

Selected Poems

Concerned with the often painful historical legacies of family and race, Harper re-visits personal and black history in these poems, in which we not only hear the driving syncopations and heady improvisations of Coltrane, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis but also the cadences of those towering literary figures - among them Yeats and Keats - that have so much influenced him.

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The Art of Stealing Time

Louis Andriessen

The Art of Stealing Time

Controversial, funny, stimulating and thought-provoking, The Art of Stealing Time gives us a unique insight into the mind and working methods of one of the most significant composers alive today. This is, without doubt, a book to return to again and again.

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A Constant Level of Illumination

Donald Atkinson

A Constant Level of Illumination

"Donald Atkinson deals in serious and considered themes - including violence, cruelty and arguments about war. He creates telling imagery and narrative... shown in a moving series of dramatic monologues." Stella Stocker, Wayfarers 90

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The Twentieth-Century String Quartet

ed. Douglas Jarman

The Twentieth-Century String Quartet

Stemming from the Royal Northern College of Music's QuartetFest 2000, this book published at the start of the twenty-first century is the first to give an overall assessment of the richness and diversity of the European and American twentieth-century quartet repertoire in a collection of eight essays by leading musicologists, composers and performers.

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