Have you ever been carried away by a piece of classical music? The sad song of a single violin might make us cry, but the idea of finding out more about classical music can often be intimidating. In this funny, evocative, personal book, Gareth takes us on a journey of musical discovery that explains and entertains in equal measure. Over the course of three series of the Bafta award-winning The Choir, Gareth has unearthed a passion for classical music in schoolchildren, reluctant teenage boys, and even a whole town.With his infectious enthusiasm and gift for explanation, Gareth´s very personal narrative takes you by the hand and leads you through a world of eccentric composers, flamboyant conductors, troubled geniuses and all the colourful personalities that make up the story of Classical Music. It will also provide a foundation of classical music understanding and give the reader the tools to appreciate a whole new world of music.So whether you want to expand your horizons, spend time with the great composers, introduce an almost infinite variety into your iPod playlist, or are just curious about what you might be missing out on, Music for The People will leave you entertained, informed and completely inspired. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gareth Malone. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/000801de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An Open Letter to Any Musician Who Wants to Make $100,000 (or More) in the Music Business You´re in a career where it´s considered "normal" to be broke. If you were doing anything else for a living, you´d have given up by now. And I´m sure there are people in your life who wish you´d do just that... They want you to settle down, get a "real" job, and make music a hobby. Screw ´em. The truth is, if you know what to do, you can make a lot of money as a musician. This book shows you what to do. You´ll learn exactly how to make money with your music - in the club, on the Internet, and on the road. Here´s a taste of what´s waiting for you... How to get record labels to approach you (instead of you chasing them) Nobody at your shows? I´ll show you several ways to fix that... "The Drip Method" - The most profitable way to release music. A 100-year-old marketing trick developed by a woman thought to be "too fat and ugly" for a career in music - today it works better than ever! The greatest threat to your music business success (it´s not piracy) and how to neutralize it. A songwriting secret from successful drag queens and pissed off karaoke singers so potent, it almost guarantees a great song! How a $10 "kitchen appliance" will make you a better songwriter 4 proven "cures" for music business burnout and overwhelm What it takes for a musician to make $150,000/year (with only 500 fans) Rules for social media. Ignore these at your own risk. "Superfan" Secrets - How to develop fans who buy everything you sell. How to sell lots of music... without being obnoxious or turning people off Are you a musician over 40? Why age doesn´t matter anymore... Pro... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chris Caldwell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/004923de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
So, you´re a music teacher. Or perhaps you are an administrator hoping to start a music program at your school. Maybe your program is running, but you have no idea how to drive it, give it a long vision and productive implementation. Is it working? Is it doing what it should be doing? What is that goal in the first place? Or maybe you are a parent, wondering how to put your child or yourself on the path to music literacy. This book is for you. Once a culture restores the priority of training its people in music, the task shifts to finding what type of instruction should be present in formal school education. In this book, you will find practical help in answer to this search and so much more: Music as a language Four principles for music literacy Common pitfalls in music training Music making vs. music history The teacher as curriculum It´s time to revive robust music training again, training that imparts great skill modeled after the Triune God who authored all truth, goodness and beauty. Whatever your role in this endeavor, this book will offer tools to again bring musicians like Bach to the Future. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jarrod Richey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/083100de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Cage the Elephant has toured the globe, sold hundreds of thousands of albums, and become, in Rolling Stone’s words, ´´one of rock’s best young bands.” Before any of that, though, Cage was just five guys from Bowling Green, a small town in southern Kentucky. In Home Grown, Craig Fehrman secured Almost Famous-levels of access to tell the story of Cage’s rise. But along the way he discovered an even bigger story - how a tiny, overlooked place like Bowling Green had itself become one of the most vibrant music scenes in the country. Through vivid storytelling and exclusive details, Home Grown traces the history of Cage, from the band forming in high school to hanging with the Foo Fighters. But the Single also explores how and why Cage keeps coming home. You’ll meet the characters and locations that make up Bowling Green’s scene: the music-first dive bar where Cage got its start; the creaky, Pirate-themed house where artists gather to jam; the radio DJ who sacrificed everything to play local music - plus a slew of exciting young bands, all in different stages of their careers. How does a music scene work, especially in a place most people assume doesn’t even have a music scene? Home Grown has the answers, and it makes a great read for music fans - or for anyone who grew up in a place like Bowling Green. Craig Fehrman is a writer who lives in Indiana. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, and Slate, among others. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rex Anderson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018600de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Johannes Brahms was a man of contrasts. His serious Teutonic music was balanced by joyful dance music. His miserliness with himself by exceeding generosity with family and associates. His kindness to working people with a biting, malicious wit reserved for those he encountered in artistic and aristocratic circles. He was not an easy man to know, destroying a good deal of his own work and almost all of his lifetime´s correspondence, in later years even collecting his letters from friends so that he could consign them to the flames. Yet you can know this enigmatic genius through this 8-lecture series, which uses biographical information and musical commentary to link the complexities of Brahms the man with the electrifying music of Brahms the composer.You´ll learn how Brahms found unique ways of combining the rigor and formal complexity of older Classical and even Baroque genres and forms with the melodic inventiveness, harmonic sophistication, and expressive richness so prized in the Romantic age. And how his fanatical perfectionism led him to write, rewrite, and ultimately destroy more than 20 string quartets before publishing a pair of exceptionally exquisite pieces at the age of 40, breathing new life into the old bones of this exacting chamber music form. ´´His legacy,´´ notes Professor Greenberg, ´´is a lifetime of extraordinary craft and artistic beauty without an inferior piece in the collection.´´ PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Professor Robert Greenberg. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000118de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Folk music is more than an idealized reminder of a simpler past. It reveals a great deal about present-day understandings of community and belonging. It celebrates the shared traditions that define a group or nation. In America, folk music - from African-American spirituals to English ballads and protest songs - renders the imagined community more tangible and comprises a critical component of our diverse national heritage. In ´´I Hear America Singing´´, Rachel Donaldson traces the vibrant history of the 20th-century folk music revival from its origins in the 1930s through its end in the late 1960s. She investigates the relationship between the revival and concepts of nationalism, showing how key figures in the revival - including Pete Seeger, Alan Lomax, Moses Asch, and Ralph Rinzler - used songs to influence the ways in which Americans understood the values, the culture, and the people of their own nation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Arthur Flavell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/055448de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the most astonishing child prodigy in the history of music, is felt by many people to be the greatest composer who ever lived. Dominated and shaped by a highly intelligent but frustrated and ambitious father, his story sees the development of a unique genius, from precocious and often endearing childhood to liberated fulfillment, unexpected poverty, and a tragically early death. Generously illustrated by Mozart´s music, from his fifth to his final year, this portrait-in-sound reveals a fascinating yet elusive character, drawing richly on the words of the composer himself and those who knew him. This is the ideal way to understand more about Mozart the man, and his music. Throughout his life, he wrote numerous letters - to his father and his friends and pupils - and his musical colleagues wrote about him. On this entertaining recording, with parts read by various actors, Mozart himself comes to life - with his sublime music ever-present as his career unfolds. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeremy Siepmann, Nicholas Boulton, Edward de Souza, Teresa Gallagher, Elaine Claxton, Steve Hodson, Jacob Moriarty. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/naxo/000814de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A singer belts out a lonesome song. A guitarist plucks out a twangy lead. A fiddle player brings out a sweet melody. These are the sounds of country. Country music rose out of the folk songs that immigrants brought to the United States. The music spread from the American South to all over the country, capturing the hopes and the struggles of everyday people. In the 21st century, fans enjoy all sorts of wild, upbeat, and moving styles of country music. Find out what inspired the country´s most memorable songs. Discover the stories of outlaw musicians and Nashville legends. And learn more about superstars such as Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, and Taylor Swift. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Intuitive. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lrnr/000027de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For many people, Beethoven is the greatest composer who ever lived. In this portrait-in-sound, actors’ readings combine with his music to reveal a titanic personality, both vulnerable and belligerent, comic and tragic, and above all heroic, as he comes to grips with perhaps the greatest disability a musician can suffer. No man’s music is more universal; few men’s lives are more inspiring. In every sense but one - his modest height - he was a giant. The great bonus of this audio-biography is that the development of Beethoven’s music can be heard in the context of his life. What did he write in those early, ambitious years when he was at the peak of his musical powers? What did he write when beset with anxiety over his failing hearing? And what was the music that insisted on pouring out of him, even though he couldn’t hear it himself? Jeremy Siepmann draws us into the private world of Ludwig van Beethoven, with the composer portrayed with rugged vividness by Bob Peck. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeremy Siepmann, Bob Peck, Neville Jason, David Timson, Elaine Claxton, Karen Archer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/naxo/000810de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Tchaikovsky is one of the most popular composers of all time. His melodies are known to many people who may never have heard his name. They crop up on mobile telephones, alarm clocks and answering machines as often as on records and concert programs. Like his music, the man himself was widely loved, but his inner life was fraught with sufferings, confusions and a deep vein of self-doubt. The drama of his emotional life is vividly reflected in his music, letters and diaries, all of which play a major part in this intimate portrait-in-sound. Who was the man behind some of the most intensely emotional music ever written? Who were the influential figures in his life? In this production packed full of biographical detail and poignant musical extracts we are led through the course of Tchaikovsky’s eventful life. Jeremy Siepmann narrates throughout and Malcolm Sinclair portrays with sincerity this much-loved composer.PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeremy Siepmann, Malcolm Sinclair, Karen Archer, Teresa Gallagher, Stephen Thorne, David Timson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/naxo/000812de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.