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By Gunther Schuller. 1968
Jazz from its beginnings through the early 1930s. Schuller explores sound recordings made since the advent of jazz and responds… to hypothetical questions a musician might ask. He shows how elements of jazz grew out of African music, stresses the shift of emphasis from the music to the performer, and notes the difficulty of studying something as ephemeral as improvised sounds. Followed by "Swing Era". 1986. (History of jazz ; 1)
By Helena Matheopoulos. 1986
Presents in-depth interviews with leading international male singers. Includes such artists as Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras and Simon… Estes, and analyzes their interpretations from both the musical and the dramatic angles. 1986.
By Christopher Hibbert. 1996
British historian chronicles the seventeenth-century English civil war between King Charles’s Royalist Cavaliers and Oliver Cromwell’s Roundhead Parliamentarians. Details the… pillaging of towns and castles by both sides and the carnage on the battlefields that ends in Charles’s beheading in 1649. 1996.
By Theo Aronson. 1986
Focuses on the twelve monarchs who occupied the thrones of Europe during the second decade of this century. The author… looks at the friendships and rivalries, the personal quirks and the national aspirations that culminated in war. 1986.
By Christopher Hitchens. 1984
In July 1974, Cyprus was subject to a military coup directed by the dictators in Greece and a full-scale military… occupation by the army of Turkey. There were mass killings and deportations and the island was partitioned. The author argues that the catastrophe was brought about not so much by the Cypriots themselves as by four foreign powers - Turkey, Greece, Britain and the U.S.A. 1984.
The behind-the-scenes story of how the United States forged its wartime alliance with Britain, told from the perspective of three… key American players in London: Edward R. Murrow, Averell Harriman, and John Gilbert Winant. 2010.
A collection of conversations with seven of the world's greatest conductors: Claudio Abbado, Carlo Maria Giulini, Herbert von Karajan, James… Levine, Riccardo Muti, Eugene Ormandy and Sir Georg Solti. They discuss their lives as well as their musical technique and interpretation. 1990.
By A. F. N Clarke. 1983
A British paratrooper officer's inside view of the war in Northern Ireland. His account of savage urban fighting against unseen… foes is reminiscent of the Vietnam experience. Strong language. 1984, c1983.
By Richard S Warren. 2002
The Toronto Symphony orchestra has been a part of the arts scene in Toronto for eighty years, and this history,… compiled by its former archivist, details its challenges, achievements and trials. It includes stories of artists who performed with the orchestra, such as Glenn Gould, Maureen Forrester, and Seiji Ozawa, its tours throughout the world, and information about its musicians, visiting artists, directors, and administrative personnel. 2002.
By Philip Mansel. 1998
Describes Constantinople, once capital of the Ottoman Empire, as an international centre with power and influence that extended across political,… cultural, social, and religious boundaries. Observes that the metropolis now known as Istanbul has also been called the "city of saints," "refuge of the universe," and "eye of the world." 1998.
By Guy Walters. 2007
The 1936 Berlin Olympics brought together athletes, politicians, socialites, journalists, soldiers and artists from all over the world. Hitler had… secretly decided the Games would showcase Nazi prowess and the unwitting athletes became helpless pawns in his sinister political game. By illuminating the dark, controversial recesses of the world's greatest sporting spectacle, Guy Walters throws shocking new light on the whole of Europe's troubled pre-war period. 2007, c2006.
By Simon Schama. 1989
At the heart of Schama's account of the French Revolution is the concept of "Subjects" to "Citizens". He shows us… an ebullient country, infatuated with novelty and the cult of the new, where the crumbling old distinctions between noble and commoner are evident. The citizens of the revolution are lawyers, priests, professional men, even nobles imbued with faith that they can construct a new France. 1989.
By Frances Gies. 1994
The Gieses debunk long-held myths about stagnation during the Middle Ages (roughly A.D. 500 to A.D. 1500) as they explore… developments in areas such as textiles, shipbuilding, and printing. They conclude that Europe did not suddenly leap forward technologically during the Renaissance, and that many inventions resulted from scientific advances borrowed from other countries. c1994.
By Adam Hochschild. 2005
The author of "King Leopold's Ghost" chronicles the five-decade campaign that formally ended slavery in the British empire in 1838… and provided a framework for American abolitionists. Recounts the movement launched in 1787, its personalities, economics, and moral philosophy. Some descriptions of violence, and some descriptions of sex. c2005.
By Nicholas Jennings. 1997
A generation of musicians, from Vancouver to Halifax, were drawn to Toronto's Yorkville district during the sixties. From among this… group came some of Canada's most well known musicians, both then and now. 1997.
By Thomas Boyle. 1989
The author, intrigued by sensational literature written during the repressive Victorian era, discovered five volumes of newspaper clippings from the… 19th century. The result is this collection of true crime reports. 1989.
By Susan Campbell Bartoletti. 2001
Chronicles the disaster that occurred in Ireland when the potato crop failed for five years straight. Describes the heartbreaking plight… of the peasants, who depended on potatoes for all their meals. A million died of starvation, and many more were forced to emigrate to America. Grades 5-8. Winner of Robert F. Sibert Award. 2001.
By Hugh MacDonald. 1982
The first half of this book covers the life of Berlioz. In the second part Hugh Macdonald considers all known… works of the composer from his early works in Paris as a medical student, through the romanticism of the 1830s to the more serene compositions of later life. 1982.
By Chuck Sudetic. 1998
An American journalist recounts the horrific wartime experiences of the Muslim Celik family in rural Bosnia. Traces the family history… through generations of civil strife and recounts their tragic ordeal during the 1995 slaughter of several thousand Muslims near Srebrenica. 1998.