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Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Classical Musicians.


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ISBN 10: 0028712714 / ISBN 13: 9780028712710
Editorial: Schirmer Books,, NY:, 1997
Condición: As New Encuadernación de tapa dura
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Edited by Laura Kuhn. Second printing. As new in blue, printed boards. No dust jacket, as issued. N° de ref. de la librería 24886

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Título: Baker's Biographical Dictionary of ...

Editorial: Schirmer Books,, NY:

Año de publicación: 1997

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:As New

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The respective entries from the 8th edition of the general Baker's, thoroughly revised, enlarged & updated, plus 1000 new biographies. 19th-century musicians & composers whose life & work significantly influenced modern classical music are also included.

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This work is a spin-off of the well-known and prestigious Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, first published in 1900, of which the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth editions were all edited by Nicolas Slonimsky. He died in 1995 at the age of 101, making the eighth edition [RBB F 1 92] his last. Kuhn, who worked with him on the eighth edition, states in her preface that this is the first of "a series of specialized Baker's volumes, representing particularized musical periods and styles."

Entries are very similar to those in the parent volume. Some new musicians, such as mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, violinist Sarah Chang, and bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, have been added. There are 500 new entries in all. There has been updating to make the volume current--for example, the works lists and bibliographies include 1996 publications, mention is made of Kathleen Battle's controversial dismissal from the Metropolitan Opera in 1995, and Slonimsky's death date is noted, as is that of Frank Zappa. What is Frank Zappa doing in a volume devoted to classical musicians? The editor states that pop and jazz artists have been "excised" from this volume, set aside for inclusion in future specialized editions; but one can still find entries here for David Byrne, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and Andrew Lloyd Weber, among many others found in the parent Baker's but not usually thought of as "classical" musicians.

Slonimsky was noted for his unusual style, both humorous and opinionated, and the stamp of his personality (and idiosyncrasies) is retained in this volume. His famous style is especially apparent in the Glossary of Terms borrowed from his Music since 1900 and included in the present volume.

Since, according to the editor, the standard, complete Baker's will continue to be published, smaller libraries that own the eighth edition may just want to wait for the ninth. This new volume is recommended for all larger public and academic libraries and is essential, of course, for music libraries.

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