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Chamber music : a listener's guide

Author: James M Keller
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.
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Approaching the tradition of chamber music with knowledge and passion, James 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James M Keller
ISBN: 9780195382532 0195382536
OCLC Number: 551723673
Description: xix, 494 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Piano trio no. 1 in D minor, op. 32 / Anton Arensky --
Trio sonata in G major for flute, violin, and basso continuo, BWV 1038 ; Sonata sopr'il soggetto reale from Musical Offering, BWV 1079 / Johann Sebastian Bach --
String quartet, op. 11 ; Summer music for wind quintet, op. 31 / Samuel Barber --
String quartet no. 2 ; String quartet no. 3 ; String quarter no. 4 ; String quartet no. 5 ; Sonata for two pianos and percussion ; Contrasts for clarinet, violin, and piano ; String quartet no. 6 / Béla Bartók --
Piano trio in C minor, op. 1, no. 3 ; Trio in B-flat major for clarinet, cello, and piano, op. 11 ; String quartet in B-flat major, op. 18, no. 6 ; Septet in E-flat major for clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello, and double bass, op. 20 ; Serenade in D major for flute, violin, and viola, op. 25 ; String quintet in C major, op. 29 ; String quartet in F major, op. 59, no. 1, first Razumovsky ; String quartet in E minor, op. 59, no. 2, second Razumovsky ; String quartet in C major, op. 59, no. 3, third Razumovsky ; Piano trio in D major, op. 70, no. 1, Ghost ; Piano trio in E-flat major, op. 70, no. 2 ; String quartet in E-flat major, op. 74, Harp ; String quartet in F minor, op 95, Quartett serioso ; Piano trio in B-flat major, op. 97, Archduke ; String quartet in E-flat major, op. 127 ; String quartet in A minor, op. 132 ; String quartet in B-flat major, op. 130, and Grosse Fuge, op. 133 ; String quartet in C-sharp minor, op. 131 ; String quartet in F major, op. 135 / Ludwig van Beethoven --
Lyric suite for string quartet / Alban Berg --
String quartet no. 2 in D major / Alexander Borodin --
Piano trio no. 1 in B major, op. 8 ; String sextet no. 1 in B-flat major, op. 18 ; Piano quartet no. 1 in G minor, op 25 ; Piano quartet no. 2 in A major, op. 26 ; Piano quintet in F minor, op. 34 ; String sextet no. 2 in G major, op. 36 ; Trio in E-flat major for horn, violin, and piano, op. 40 ; String quartet no. 1 in C minor, op 51, no. 1 ; String quartet no. 2 in A minor, op. 51, no. 2 ; Piano quartet no. 3 in C minor, op. 60 ; String quartet no. 3 in B-flat major, op. 67 ; Piano trio no. 2 in C major, op. 87 ; String quintet no. 1 in F major, op. 88 ; Piano trio no. 3 in C minor, op. 101 ; String quintet no. 2 in G major, op. 111 ; Trio in A minor for clarinet, cello, and piano, op. 114 ; Clarinet quintet in B, op. 115 / Johannes Brahms --
Phantasy for oboe and string trio, op. 2 ; String quartet no. 2 in C major, op. 36 / Benjamin Britten --
Eight études and a fantasy for wind quartet ; String quartet no. 3 / Elliott Carter --
Two pieces for string quartet ; Vitebsk (Study on a Jewish theme) / Aaron Copland --
String quartet 1931 / Ruth Crawford (Seeger) --
Vox balaenae (Voice of the whale) for three masked players ; Black angels : thirteen images from the dark land (Images I) ; An idyll for the misbegotten (to be heard from afar, over a lake, on a moonlit evening in August) / George Crumb --
String quartet in G minor, op. 10 ; Sonata (no. 2) for flute, viola, and harp / Claude Debussy --
Serenade for string trio, op. 10 / Ernst von Dohnányi --
String quartet in C major, op. 61 ; Piano trio in F minor, op. 65 ; Terzetto in C major for two violins and viola, op. 74 ; Piano quintet in A major, op. 81 ; Piano quartet in E-flat major, op. 87 ; Piano trio in E minor, op. 90, Dumky ; String quartet in F major, op. 96, American ; String quintet in E-flat major, op. 97, American / Antonín Dvor̆ák --
Piano quintet in A minor, op. 84 / Edward Elgar --
Octet for strings, op. 7 / George Enescu --
Piano quartet no. 2 in G minor, op. 45 ; Piano quintet no. 2 in C minor, op. 115 ; Piano trio in D minor, op. 120 / Gabriel Fauré --
Piano quintet in F minor / César Franck --
Trio pathétique in D minor for clarinet, bassoon, and piano / Mikhail Glinka --
The dreams and prayers of Isaac the Blind / Osvaldo Golijov --
String quartet in G minor, op. 27 / Edvard Grieg --
String quartet in F minor, op. 20, no. 5 (Hob. III:38) ; String quartet in E-flat major, op. 33, no. 2, Joke (Hob. III:38) ; String quartet in C major, op. 33, no. 3, Bird (Hob. III:39) ; String quartet in D major, op. 50, no. 6, Frog (Hob. III:49) ; String quartet in B-flat major, op. 64, no. 3 (Hob. III:67) ; String quartet in D major, op. 64, No. 5, Lark (Hob. III:63) ; String quartet in B-flat major, op. 71, no. 1 (Hob. III:69) ; String quartet in G, op. 74, no. 3, Reiter (Hob. III:74) ; Piano trio in A major (Hob. XV:18) ; Piano trio in G major, Gypsy rondo (Hob. XV:25) ; Piano trio in C major (Hob. XV:27) ; String quartet in G major, op. 76, no. 1 (Hob. III:75) ; String quartet in C major, op. 76, no. 3, Emperor (Hob. III:77) ; String quartet in D major, op. 76, no. 5 (Hob. III:79) ; String quartet in G major, op. 77, no. 1 (Hob. III:81) / Franz Joseph Haydn --
Piano trio in D minor, op. 11 / Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel --
Kleine Kammermusik for wind quintet, op. 24, no. 2 ; Septet for flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, horn, and trumpet / Paul Hindemith --
Trois pièces brèves ("Three short pieces") for wind quintet / Jacques Ibert --
String quartet no. 2 / Charles Ives --
Mládi ("Youth"), sextet for winds ; Capriccio for piano left-hand and chamber ensemble ; String quartet no. 2, Listy Důvĕrné ("Intimate letters") / Leos̆ Janác̆ek --
Duo for violin and cello, op. 7 ; Serenade for two violins and viola, op. 12 / Zoltán Kodály --
Six bagatelles for wind quintet ; Ten pieces for wind quintet ; Trio for violin, horn, and piano / György Ligeti --
La revue de cuisine suite, H. 161 ; String quartet no. 5, H. 268 / Bohuslav Martinů --
Octet in E-flat major for strings, op. 20 ; String quartet in A minor, op. 13 ; String quartet in D major, op. 44, no. 1 ; Piano trio no. 1 in D minor, op. 49 ; Piano trio no. 2 in C minor, op. 66 ; String quintet no. 2 in B-flat major, op. 87 ; String quartet no. 6 in F minor, op. 80 / Felix Mendelssohn --
Quatuor pour la fin de temps ("Quartet for the end of time") / Olivier Messiaen --
Flute quartet in D major, K. 285 ; Oboe quartet in F major, K. 370 ; Serenade in E-flat major for wind octet, K. 375b ; String quartet in G major, K. 387 ; String quartet in D minor, K. 421/417b ; String quartet in E-flat major, K. 428/421b ; Quintet in E-flat major for piano and winds, K. 452 ; String quartet in B-flat major, Hunt, K. 458 ; String quartet in C major, Dissonance, K. 465 ; Piano quartet in G minor, K. 478 ; Piano quartet in E-flat major, K. 493 ; Trio in E-flat major for clarinet, viola, and piano, K. 498 ; String quartet in D major, Hoffmeister, K. 499 ; Piano trio in B-flat major, K. 502 ; String quintet in C major, K. 515 ; String quintet in G minor, K. 516 ; Piano trio in C major, K. 548 ; Divertimento in E-flat major for violin, viola, and cello, K. 563 ; String quartet in D major, K. 575 ; Clarinet quintet in A major, K. 581 ; String quartet in F major, K. 590 ; String quintet in D major, K. 593 ; String quintet in E-flat major, K. 614 / Wolfgang Amadè Mozart --
Wind quintet, op. 43 / Carl Nielsen --
Trio for oboe, bassoon, and piano / Francis Poulenc --
Overture on Hebrew themes, op. 34 ; String quartet no. 2 in F major (on Kabardinian themes), op. 92 / Sergei Prokofiev --
String quartet in F major ; Piano trio ; Sonata for violin and cello / Maurice Ravel --
Different trains (interviews), for string quartet and tape / Steve Reich --
Música de feria ("Music of the fair") Silvestre Revueltas --
Septet in E-flat major for two violins, viola, cello, double bass, trumpet, and piano, op. 65 / Camille Saint-Saëns --
Verklärte nacht ("Transfigured night"), op. 4 ; String quartet no. 2 in F-sharp minor, op. 10 / Arnold Schoenberg --
Quintet in A major, Die Forelle ("The trout"), D. 667 ; Octet in F major, D. 803 ; String quartet in A minor, Rosamunde, D. 804 ; String quartet in D minor, Der Tod und das Mädchen ("Death and the maiden"), D. 810 ; String quartet in G major, D. 887 ; Piano trio in B-flat major, D. 898, and Notturno in E-flat major, D. 897 ; Piano trio in E-flat major, D. 929 ; String quintet in C major, D. 956 / Franz Schubert --
Piano trio in G minor, op. 17 / Clara Wieck Schumann --
String quartet in A minor, op. 41, no. 1 ; String quartet in A major, op. 41, no. 3 ; Piano quintet in E-flat major, op. 44 ; Piano quartet in E-flat major, op. 47 ; Piano trio no. 2 in F major, op. 80 / Robert Schumann --
Piano quintet in G minor, op. 57 ; Piano trio no. 2 in E minor, op. 67 ; String quartet no. 3 in F major, op. 73 ; String quartet no. 8 in C minor, op. 110 ; String quartet no. 14 in F-sharp minor, op. 142 ; String quartet no. 15 in E-flat minor, op. 144 / Dmitri Shostakovich --
String quartet in D minor, voces intimae ("Intimate voices"), op. 56 / Jean Sibelius --
Piano trio in G minor, op. 15 ; String quartet in E minor, Z mého z̆ivota ("From my life") / Bedr̆ich Smetana --
Three pieces for string quartet ; L'histoire du soldat and Suite from l'histoire du soldat ("The soldier's tale") ; Octet / Igor Stravinsky --
String quartet no. 1 in C major, op.37 ; String quartet no. 2, op. 56 / Karol Szymanowski --
String quartet no. 1 in D major, op. 11 ; String quartet no. 3 in E-flat minor, op. 30 ; Piano trio in A minor, op. 50 ; String sextet in D minor, Souvenir de Florence, op. 70 / Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky --
Petroushskates / Joan Tower --
Trio for flute, cello, and piano, op. 63 / Carl Maria von Weber --
Fünf Sätze für Streichquartett ("Five movements for string quartet"), op. 5 / Anton Webern --
String quartet in D minor ; Serenade in G major for string quartet ("Italian serenade") / Hugo Wolf.
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Approaching the tradition of chamber music with knowledge and passion, James 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." [Publisher description]
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