One of the last works of German composer Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847), the oratorio Elijah was first performed at England's Birmingham Festival in August 1846. Elated by the audience's response, Mendelssohn wrote jubilantly to his brother: «Not less than four choruses and four airs were encored.» Audiences still respond enthusiastically to this splendid oratorio. A century and a half later, Elijah is one of the most frequently performed of all choral works, a favorite of audiences everywhere.In the Old Testament, the story is told of how the Prophet Elijah vindicates the religion of the Israelites against the nature-worship of Baal. Mendelssohn imagined Elijah as «strong, zealous and, yes, even bad-tempered, angry and brooding…yet borne aloft as if on angels' wings.» His conception of Elijah comes immediately and vividly to life in an inspired series of solo and choral passages filled with compelling drama and rich musical symbolism. Elijah is reprinted here from the definitive German edition, with the text in both German and English.
Mendelssohn's Lieder Ohne Worte, or «Songs without Words,» is among the most loved, most played collections in the Romantic piano repertoire. Reproduced from the authoritative Breitkopf & Härtel edition, this volume contains all of these popular compositions—more than 40 pieces, including such favorites as Spinning Song, Spring Song, and Venetian Gondola Song.Composed at various points throughout his life, Mendelssohn compiled this collection of short works for the amateur pianist looking for high quality, yet not-to-difficult music. Still practiced and performed today, «Songs without Words» is often considered to be Mendelssohn's greatest legacy as a composer. For study or play, this work represents and admirable addition to any music library.
Romance, murder, and revenge — Don Giovanni offers an ingenious blend of comic and tragic elements in recounting the adventures of a dashing libertine whose trail of seductions and abandonments leads (literally!) to hell. Mozart's masterpiece, a product of his inspired collaboration with poet Lorenzo da Ponte, premiered to public and critical acclaim in 1787. Since then, every great opera singer has assayed one or another of its leading roles, and audiences around the world have delighted in its charms.This addition to Dover's series of vocal scores for the world's most popular operas contains the complete music for voice with a piano reduction of the orchestral part. Handsome and inexpensive, it features large pages and clear type for easy reading. Reproduced from an authoritative edition, and including an English-language version of the libretto, this edition of Don Giovanni will prove an indispensable, practical aid for soloists, chorus members, and rehearsal pianists.
Unrivaled as a virtuoso pianist in his own day — and perhaps still — Franz Liszt was a composer of daring originality. He introduced new conceptions of harmony and melody and made radical innovations in piano technique. In a long and prolific career, he produced over 400 works for piano — brilliant compositions with flashes of eloquence and energy that evoke a full, rich orchestral sound. Best known and best loved are the Hungarian Rhapsodies.Reproduced directly from an authoritative Russian edition of the composer's works, this inexpensive and sturdily bound volume presents the complete Hungarian Rhapsodies for solo piano: No. 1, in C-sharp Minor; No. 2, in C-sharp Minor; No. 3, in B-flat Major; No. 4, in E-flat Major; No. 5, in E Minor; No. 6, in D-flat Major; No. 7, in D Minor; No. 8, in F-sharp Minor; No. 9 (Pester Karneval; «Carnival in Pest»), in E-flat Major; No. 10, in E Major; No. 11, in A Minor; No. 12, in C-sharp Minor; No. 13, in A Minor; No. 14, in F Minor; No. 15, (Rákóczy March), in A Minor; No. 16, in A Minor; No. 17, in D Minor; No. 18, in C-sharp Minor; and No. 19, in D Minor.This edition features English translations of all headings and footnotes that originally appeared in Russian. Published in association with the American Liszt Society, this edition offers all the quality features musicians have long associated with Dover: clear reproduction of musical notation, ample space for analysis, notes, fingerings, etc. Classical pianists, students, teachers, and lovers of music will applaud this handsome volume for playing or study — a convenient, affordable opportunity to explore some of the great masterpieces inspired by Hungarian gypsy music.
A contemporary of Bach, Handel, Scarlatti, and Telemann, Jean-Phillipe Rameau (1683–1764) was a notable theorist and innovator and the preeminent French composer of his day. The depth and power that characterize his music are in ample evidence in this volume of all 63 of Rameau's works for keyboard, published between 1706 and 1741, including such well-known pieces as «Musette en Rondeau,» «Tambourin,» «Les Niais de Sologne,» «Les Cyclopes,» and «La Poule.» The music is reproduced here from the important and well-produced edition of Rameau's keyboard works edited by Camille Saint-Saëns. Because the composer attempted to use his keyboard as a sustaining instrument, these pieces lend themselves especially well to performance on modern pianos. Now today's musicians can enjoy Rameau's complete oeuvre for solo keyboard in this inexpensive high-quality edition.
The 24 preludes and 17 etudes-tableaux of Serge Rachmaninoff include what are possibly his finest compositions for solo piano. Each of these masterly works is included in this complete collection, reproduced from recent, authoritative Russian editions. They include: Prelude, Op. 3, No. 2; Ten Preludes, Op. 23; Thirteen Preludes, Op. 32; Eight Etudes-tableaux, Op. 33; Nine Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39. Among these are the enormously popular C-sharp minor prelude, Op. 3, No. 2; the G-minor prelude, Op. 23, No. 5; and the B-minor prelude, Op. 32, No. 10 — classics that have made Rachmaninoff one of the most performed and recorded modern composers.<BR>Each of these works reflects Rachmaninoff's emotional intensity, his thrilling gifts as a melodist and his ability to crystallize perfectly a particular mood or sentiment. In their sonorous textures and rich embellishment, they reflect as well his sovereign command of keyboard technique and his spectacular gifts as a pianist (he was one of the very greatest pianists of the 20th century). This beautifully produced yet inexpensive edition will provide both amateur and professional pianists a lifetime of study and enjoyment, and will afford music lovers as well the deep pleasures of following, music in hand, live and recorded performances of these keyboard masterpieces.
This attractive collection of royalty-free lettering for commercial artists features 100 complete upper-case stencil alphabets — many with lower-cases, numerals, and punctuation marks. Includes such classics as Ancient, Courtland, and Cleft Gothic; the whimsical Ragtime and Spooks Alive; bold Braggadocio; exotic Limbo, Beijing, and Samoa; the old-fashioned Victorian; and more.
The 129 newly rendered and richly detailed designs in this splendid collection depict prime examples of Renaissance ornament. Borders, frames, decorative initials, and other configurations are filled with exquisite images of cherubs, mythical creatures, human figures, floral and foliated designs, interlacings, and more. Adapted from a number of authentic sources.
This book describes over 300 celestial wonders that can be viewed with common binoculars and low-power «backyard» telescopes incorporating refractors and reflectors.In addition to such showpieces as the Andromeda Galaxy, the largest and brightest of all galaxies after the Milky Way, and the Blue Snowball, one of the autumn sky's outstanding planetary nebulas, over 20 other special objects are listed and characterized, many of which are visible to the unaided eye on a dark, clear night.The sun, moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and other members of the earth’s solar system are also described, as are such bright asteroids as Ceres, Juno, and Vesta; open star clusters, diffuse nebulas, supernova remnants, spiral galaxies, elliptical galaxies, and a host of other astronomical phenomena. An abbreviated descriptive format is used to accommodate as much information on observation as possible for both field and armchair use.
Handsome treasury of more than 320 elegant images for use — royalty-free — by today's artists, illustrators, and anyone interested in the interior decor of bygone days. Includes a wealth of floral and foliated sprays, frames and borders of intricate scrollwork, elaborate wall plaques, ceiling roses, cornices and friezes; and much more.