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Queen of the Night

By J. A. Jance
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  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Isbn : 0062006916
  • Pages : 464
  • Category : Fiction
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“J.A. Jance is among the best—if not the best.” —Chattanooga Times In Queen of the Night, New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance brings back the Walker family—introduced in Hour of the Hunter, terrorized in Kiss of the Bees, and last seen in Day of the Dead. A multilayered thriller, gripping and unforgettable—evocatively set in the breathtaking Arizona desert—Queen of the Night is a chilling tale of murder past and present that connects and devastates three separate families.

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The Queen of the Night (Ancient Rome Mysteries, Book 3)

By Paul Doherty
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Headline
  • Isbn : 0755350235
  • Pages : 207
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 560
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The slightest mistake could cost her life... In the summer of 314AD, dark figures lurking in the twilight of Roman society are on the prowl, and Rome is shocked by a series of gruesome murders in Paul Doherty's third novel featuring imperial secret agent Claudia. Perfect for fans of Lindsey Davis and Steven Saylor. 'The master of historical whodunit' - Booklist Rome: August 314AD, and as the sun's insidious heat beats down, murderous forces lurk in the underbelly of the city. The normally cosseted world of Rome's rich and powerful is rocked by a series of violent abductions, as children of the elite are kidnapped and held for ransom. Meanwhile, veteran soldiers, men who served Constantine along the Great Wall in northern Britain are being barbarously murdered; the indignities inflicted on their corpses reminiscent of the gruesome practices of the Picts whom they fought so many years ago. The Empress Helena summons her secret agent, Claudia, in a bid to resolve these macabre occurrences. But Claudia has problems of her own. The perfectly preserved corpse of a young Christian woman has been disinterred in her uncle's garden and it falls to her to investigate this mystery too. Now she must track her way through a murky tangle of politics, religion and murderous violence, ever aware that the slightest mistake could cost her life. What readers are saying about Paul Doherty: 'A good example of historical fact and fiction mixed together, the past comes to life in front of your eyes' 'Paul Doherty's books are a joy to read' 'The sounds and smells of the period seem to waft from the pages of [Paul Doherty's] books'

Queen of the Night Magic Flute Beginner Piano Sheet Music with Colored Notes

By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,SilverTonalities
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  • Publisher : SilverTonalities
  • Isbn : N.a
  • Pages : 4
  • Category : Music
  • Reads : 149
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From Mozart's Opera "The Magic Flute" for Beginner Piano A SilverTonalities Arrangement! With Colored Notation to enable Beginner Pianists to read Music quickly and accurately!

Tenderness

By Alison MacLeod
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Isbn : 0735233799
  • Pages : 288
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 343
  • File Pdf: tenderness.pdf

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“What a triumph of skill and imagination is this powerful, moving, brilliant novel! I’ve never read anything quite like Tenderness, and I doubt I ever will again.” —Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of City of Girls and Eat, Pray, Love For readers of A Gentleman in Moscow and Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, an ambitious, spellbinding historical novel about sensuality, censorship, and the novel that set off the sexual revolution. On the glittering shores of the Mediterranean in 1928, a dying author in exile races to complete his final novel. Lady Chatterley’s Lover is a sexually bold love story, a searing indictment of class distinctions, and a study in sensuality. But the author, D.H. Lawrence, knows it will be censored. He publishes it privately, loses his copies to customs, and dies bereft. Booker Prize-longlisted author Alison MacLeod brilliantly recreates the novel's origins and boldly imagines its journey to freedom through the story of Jackie Kennedy, who was known to be an admirer. In MacLeod's telling, Jackie—in her last days before becoming first lady—learns that publishers are trying to bring D.H. Lawrence’s long-censored novel to American and British readers in its full form. The US government has responded by targeting the postal service for distributing obscene material. Enjoying what anonymity she has left, determined to honour a novel she loves, Jackie attends the hearing incognito. But there she is quickly recognized, and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover takes note of her interest and her outrage. Through the story of Lawrence’s writing of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, the historic obscenity trial that sought to suppress it in the United Kingdom, and the men and women who fought for its worldwide publication, Alison MacLeod captures the epic sweep of the twentieth century from war and censorship to sensuality and freedom. Exquisite, evocative, and grounded in history, Tenderness is a testament to the transformative power of fiction.

Queen of the Blues

By Jennifer Warner
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : BookCaps Study Guides
  • Isbn : 1629173886
  • Pages : 100
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reads : 812
  • File Pdf: queen-of-the-blues.pdf

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Nicknamed the Queen of the Blues, Bessie Smith rose up from poverty in the American South to become one of the most famous and respected recording artists of her generation. Smith was at the forefront of transitioning blues music from a rural novelty to a legitimate art form that critics and audiences took seriously. Behind the scenes of her success, though, Bessie navigated a story family and personal life. She had adult sisters who depended on her for a living and yet disrespected her when she wasn’t around. Likewise, she settled with a husband, Jack Gee, who mistreated her in every possible way. This book looks at the incredible and influential life of Bessie Smith.

The Queen of Nothing

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  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Isbn : 0316310409
  • Pages : 320
  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Reads : 821
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A powerful curse forces the exiled Queen of Faerie to choose between ambition and humanity in this highly anticipated and jaw-dropping finale to The Folk of the Air trilogy from a #1 New York Times bestselling author. He will be the destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power. Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan's betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her twin sister, Taryn, whose life is in peril. Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict's bloody politics. And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity . . .

The Queen of Attolia

By Megan Whalen Turner
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Isbn : 0061968463
  • Pages : 368
  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Reads : 99
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Discover and rediscover the world of the Queen's Thief, from the acclaimed novel The Thief to the thrilling, twenty-years-in-the-making conclusion, The Return of the Thief. The epic novels set in the world of the Queen’s Thief can be read in any order. New York Times-bestselling author Megan Whalen Turner’s entrancing and award-winning Queen’s Thief novels bring to life the world of the epics and feature one of the most charismatic and incorrigible characters of fiction, Eugenides the thief. Megan Whalen Turner’s Queen’s Thief novels are rich with political machinations and intrigue, battles lost and won, dangerous journeys, divine intervention, power, passion, revenge, and deception. Perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, Patrick Rothfuss, and George R. R. Martin. The brilliant thief Eugenides has visited the Queen of Attolia’s palace one too many times, leaving small tokens and then departing unseen. When his final excursion does not go as planned, he is captured by the ruthless queen. The Queen’s Thief novels have been praised by writers, critics, reviewers, and fans and have been honored with glowing reviews, “best of” citations, and numerous awards, including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Newbery Honor, the Andre Norton Award shortlist, and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award. This edition of The Queen of Attolia includes "Knife Dance," an exclusive story about Eugenides by Megan Whalen Turner, an introduction to the characters from the world of the Queen’s Thief, and a map of the world of the Queen’s Thief. A Booklist Top 10 Fantasy Books for Youth ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age Parent’s Choice Gold Award A Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Blue Ribbon Book “The Queen’s Thief books awe and inspire me. They have the feel of a secret, discovered history of real but forgotten lands. The plot-craft is peerless, the revelations stunning, and the characters flawed, cunning, heartbreaking, exceptional. Megan Whalen Turner’s books have a permanent spot on my favorites shelf, with space waiting for more books to come.”—Laini Taylor, New York Times-bestselling author of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone novels and Strange the Dreamer "Unforgettable characters, plot twists that will make your head spin, a world rendered in elegant detail—you will fall in love with every page of these stories. Megan Whalen Turner writes vivid, immersive, heartbreaking fantasy that will leave you desperate to return to Attolia again and again."—Leigh Bardugo, New York Times-bestselling author of the The Grisha Trilogy and Six of Crows “Megan Whalen Turner proves to be one of the brightest creative talents. With each book, she continues to add new levels and new luster to her sparkling imagination.”—Lloyd Alexander, Newbery Medalist and National Book Award-winning author of The Chronicles of Prydain “Readers will be spellbound.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “Turner’s storytelling is so sure that readers will want to go along with her—and discover whatever it is that Eugenides will do next.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) “[An] intense read . . . thoroughly involving and wholly satisfying on all fronts.”—The Horn Book (starred review)

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  • Publisher : Icon Books Ltd
  • Isbn : 1848315422
  • Pages : 32
  • Category : Music
  • Reads : 694
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Even Salieri, the notorious villain of Peter Shaffer’s drama Amadeus, admired Mozart’s comic opera Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), which was premièred in Vienna a few weeks before Mozart’s death in December 1791. Though sometimes enjoyed as a children’s opera, this is not a pantomime: rooted in Freemasonry, the Enlightenment and the Age of Reason, it promotes the ideals of progress, virtue, self-betterment, truth and justice. Tamino, an Egyptian Prince, has a magic flute to take him and his beloved Pamina through trials of constancy and endurance, before they can attain ultimate bliss. Critics have long been confounded as to how Mozart could present such a light-hearted yet deep masterpiece, with such wonderful music, while being in deep financial trouble. There is great stylistic diversity. The sensationally difficult part of the Queen of the Night comes from the Italian opera tradition, while the comical bird catcher Papageno (originally performed by the librettist Schikaneder) sings in the popular style of the Viennese suburbs. Such is the beauty of the music that Bernard Shaw thought that the O Isis and Osiris, of Sarastro, the High Priest, was fit to emerge from the mouth of a god. Written by Michael Steen, author of the acclaimed The Lives and Times of the Great Composers, ‘Short Guides to Great Operas’ are concise, entertaining and easy to read. They are packed with useful information and informed opinion, helping to make you a truly knowledgeable opera-goer, and so maximising your enjoyment of a great musical experience. Other ‘Short Guides to Great Operas’ that you may enjoy include Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro and Così fan tutte.

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  • Publisher : Random House
  • Isbn : 1409036669
  • Pages : 368
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reads : 680
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In this new volume of memoirs, Frank Skinner describes his experience of going back on the road doing stand-up again, after many years spent working mainly on television. His adventures on tour are by turns funny and moving as he meditates on growing older, the terrors and joys of trying to make a live audience laugh night after night and on the nature of comedy itself. For the first time we read a comedian's account, in his own words, of how his act is put together; his return to a world of dark little clubs and the strange encounters he has there. But what is perhaps most startling and original about Frank Skinner's writing is his honesty nbout not only the highs and lows of his career, but more intimate and personal issues - male sexuality and matters of the heart.

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By Erich Neumann
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  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Isbn : 0691242828
  • Pages : 312
  • Category : Psychology
  • Reads : 464
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These essays by the famous analytical psychologist and student of creativity Erich Neumann belong in the context of the depth psychology of culture and reveal a prescient concern about the one-sidedness of patriarchal Western civilization. Neumann recommended a "cultural therapy" that he thought would redress a "fundamental ignorance" about feminine and masculine psychology, and he looked for societal healing to a "matriarchal consciousness" that forms the bridge between the feminine and the creative. Brought together here for the first time, the essays in the book discuss the psychological stages of woman's development, the moon and matriarchal consciousness, Mozart's Magic Flute, the meaning of the earth archetype for modern times, and the fear of the feminine. In Mozart's fantastic world, Neumann saw a true Auseinandersetzung--the conflict and coming-to-terms with each other of the matriarchal and the patriarchal worlds. Developing such a synthesis of the feminine and the masculine in the psychic reality of the individual and of the collective was, he argued, one of the fundamental, future-oriented tasks of both the society and the individual.

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By Craig Gross,Adam Palmer
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Thomas Nelson
  • Isbn : 1400205336
  • Pages : 256
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 197
  • File Pdf: go-small.pdf

Book Summary:

It is in the seemingly ordinary moments of life where God does his greatest work. Go big or go home . . . so they say. But do you ever feel like no matter how big you go, you still haven’t gone big enough? Have you grown so frustrated with the pursuit of “go big” that “go home” is starting to look inviting? Going big all the time is not only a recipe for burnout—it’s not the way God works in your life. It’s time to break free from “go big or go home.” It’s time to invest in stamina, to cultivate endurance, to recognize the miraculous world of the ordinary, little things. Show the door to “go big or go home” thinking. Your ordinary life is miraculous. It’s time to go small—and keep on going.

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By Carol Matz
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  • Publisher : Alfred Music
  • Isbn : 1457438224
  • Pages : 32
  • Category : Music
  • Reads : 770
  • File Pdf: famous-fun-duets-book-5.pdf

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Famous & Fun: Duets offer a wonderful introduction to timeless masterpieces and crowd favorites. Featuring arrangements of themes from symphonic, operatic and keyboard literature, these works have been carefully selected and balanced for two evenly skilled players. Titles: * Alexander’s Ragtime Band * Hornpipe (from Water Music Suite) * Maple Leaf Rag * Musetta’s Waltz (from the opera La Bohème) * Queen of the Night Aria (from the opera The Magic Flute) * St. Louis Blues

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By Cherry Gilchrist
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  • Publisher : Weiser Books
  • Isbn : 1633410749
  • Pages : 282
  • Category : Social Science
  • Reads : 929
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As women seek to cultivate an understanding of their lives, a mythological model can provide a tool for self-discovery and realizing individual potential. The Circle of Nine presents nine archetypes that represent different, but equally important aspects of the feminine psyche. They portray both the life of the individual and the story of woman as a whole—a circle of ever-changing patterns that is a source of wisdom and inspiration. Three mothers, three queens, and three ladies form the circle. The Great Mother nurtures her children with a love that embraces the cycle of life, the Queen of the Night transforms the raw energy of instinct into skill and vision, and the Lady of the Hearth brings warmth and creativity into the home. By recognizing these and the other six archetypes of the circle, women can hold up a mirror to their souls to gain new perspectives and unlock their potential. Drawing from history, her work with women’s groups, and contemporary observations, Cherry Gilchrist presents a mythology that explores the psychology of the modern woman. Her analysis, interpretations, and practical advice help to unravel the mystery of the divine feminine and provide a useful guide for daily life.

Women, Pleasure, Film

By Simon Richter
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Isbn : 1137309733
  • Pages : 218
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Reads : 282
  • File Pdf: women-pleasure-film.pdf

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The Lola film is a distinct subgenre of the woman's film in which woman's claim to pleasure is entertained without recourse to the figure of the femme fatale. Lola embodies a recognizable set of characteristics through which over time a select group of directors, actors, and audiences have responded in ways that do not succumb to the imperatives of gender. There are over thirty-five Lola films, starting with Marlene Dietrich in The Blue Angel: many are German, others are French, American, British, Italian, and Spanish, but her claim has also resonated in Argentina, China, Egypt, Mexico, Thailand, and the Philippines. Lola can be working class, lesbian, transgender, ethnic, suburban, or any combination. This book examines Lola as a specific and enduring aspect of the early twentieth-century "new woman": woman's forthright claim to pleasure on her own terms, liberated, if only as a cinematic fantasy, from the usual constraints of sex and gender.

Bravo! Brava! A Night at the Opera

By Anne Siberell
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Isbn : 0190286148
  • Pages : 64
  • Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Reads : 556
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A delightful introduction to opera, Bravo! Brava! A Night at the Opera teaches elementary school children what opera is by showing how it is made. "Who writes the words?", "Who makes an opera happen? "Who is backstage?"--these questions and more are answered with easy-to-understand explanations and are illustrated with whimsical watercolors by the author. From composer, choreographer, and costume designers to the conductor, lighting and special effects crew, and, of course, the singers, the excitement builds as Anne Siberell explains each person's role in producing an opera. Bravo! Brava! A Night at the Opera reveals details of the most famous operas' plots and characters along the way and includes synopses of 27 popular operas, a glossary, suggestions for further reading, and an index.

So, About Modern Europe...

By David Imhoof
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Isbn : 1350148717
  • Pages : 320
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 646
  • File Pdf: so-about-modern-europe.pdf

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The West – Europe and the USA – has kind of had its way with the world for a few centuries. Why else does everyone speak English, listen to hip-hop, and want to buy Mercedes? Starting with the Enlightenment, Europeans developed big ideas that have increased opportunities for people around the world and raised standards of living. But those same ideas have also produced wars, genocide, colonialism, and the potential for global environmental disaster. This book describes the origins and legacy of this mixed bag of ideas which includes everything from democracy and feminism to those old foes, communism and capitalism. After all, it's a bag which still shapes how most people on the planet look at things today. In a natural, funny and engaging style, So, About Modern Europe... expertly guides readers through the good, the bad and the indifferent of modern European history, convincingly arguing the need to 'tip the cap' to the Enlightenment and its influence along the way.

The Night Shift

By William Francis Jack
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  • Publisher : Lulu Press, Inc
  • Isbn : 1365882845
  • Pages :
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 415
  • File Pdf: the-night-shift.pdf

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It’s 1962, and college freshman Walter Bremen leaves the comfy but stifling town of Prairie Centre, Minnesota, whose claims for importance are the fancy spelling of its name, that it is in Lake Wobegon Country and that the July Fourth Parade Queen rides on the back of an un-dented, un-rusted Ford flatbed truck. He heads to the University of Minnesota ("Bobby" Dylan territory then). The population of Prairie Centre is 4,000. The student population of the University of Minnesota is 40,000. By the end of the novel, Walter lives in a snowy and crumbling Mississippi River levee town, population 40. What happened along the way? The University? His rooming house (The Pink Palace)? his Russian professor who is arrested? Chez Roy's (the restaurant where he worked)? Linda, the campus princess whom he loves? And Veronica, the crabby waitress with whom me must work in the evening? He will learn that the further and faster you run from home, the sooner you get there.

Delphi Masterworks of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Illustrated)

By Delphi Classics,Peter Russell
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Delphi Classics
  • Isbn : 1786561204
  • Pages : 2919
  • Category : Music
  • Reads : 716
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Understanding the Women of Mozart's Operas

By Kristi Brown-Montesano
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Isbn : 9780520932968
  • Pages : 352
  • Category : Music
  • Reads : 770
  • File Pdf: understanding-the-women-of-mozart-s-operas.pdf

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Is The Marriage of Figaro just about Figaro? Is Don Giovanni’s story the only one—or even the most interesting one—in the opera that bears his name? For generations of critics, historians, and directors, it’s Mozart’s men who have mattered most. Too often, the female characters have been understood from the male protagonist’s point of view or simply reduced on stage (and in print) to paper cutouts from the age of the powdered wig and the tightly cinched corset. It’s time to give Mozart’s women—and Mozart’s multi-dimensional portrayals of feminine character—their due. In this lively book, Kristi Brown-Montesano offers a detailed exploration of the female roles in Mozart’s four most frequently performed operas, Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, and Die Zauberflöte. Each chapter takes a close look at the music, libretto text, literary sources, and historical factors that give shape to a character, re-evaluating common assumptions and proposing fresh interpretations. Brown-Montesano views each character as the subject of a story, not merely the object of a hero’s narrative or the stock figure of convention. From amiable Zerlina, to the awesome Queen of the Night, to calculating Despina, all of Mozart’s women have something unique to say. These readings also tackle provocative social, political, and cultural issues, which are used in the operas to define positive and negative images of femininity: revenge, power, seduction, resistance, autonomy, sacrifice, faithfulness, class, maternity, and sisterhood. Keenly aware of the historical gap between the origins of these works and contemporary culture, Brown-Montesano discusses how attitudes about such concepts—past and current—influence our appreciation of these fascinating representations of women.

Nine Famous Operas

By Iris J. Arnesen
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Isbn : 0786460067
  • Pages : 202
  • Category : Music
  • Reads : 333
  • File Pdf: nine-famous-operas.pdf

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This book contains analyses of the stories and music of nine operas, presented in chronological order from 1791 to 1928. These great works are most readily approached with an understanding of the conventions of the several operatic genres as well as the social conditions that influenced the composers and librettists. The popular and intellectual movements that influenced the operas and the original source material are also discussed. The operas are Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Beethoven’s Fidelio, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, Verdi’s Rigoletto, Bizet’s Carmen, Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Strauss’ Salome, and Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera.

Florence Foster Jenkins

By Darryl W. Bullock
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Abrams
  • Isbn : 1468314092
  • Pages : 208
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reads : 561
  • File Pdf: florence-foster-jenkins.pdf

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"Probably the most complete and absolute lack of talent ever publicly displayed." —Life MagazineMadame Jenkins couldn't carry a tune in a bucket: despite that, in 1944 at the age of 76, she played Carnegie Hall to a capacity audience and had celebrity fans by the score. Her infamous 1940s recordings are still highly-prized today. In his well-researched and thoroughly entertaining biography, Darryl W. Bullock tells of Florence Foster Jenkins meteoric rise to success and the man who stood beside her, through every sharp note. Florence was ridiculed for her poor control of timing, pitch, and tone, and terrible pronunciation of foreign lyrics, but the sheer entertainment value of her caterwauling packed out theatres around the United States, with the 'singer' firmly convinced of her own talent, partly thanks to the devoted attention for her husband and manager St Clair Bayfield. Her story is one of triumph in the face of adversity, courage, conviction and of the belief that with dedication and commitment a true artist can achieve anything.

Performing Knowledge, 1750-1850

By Mary Helen Dupree,Sean B. Franzel
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Isbn : 3110421062
  • Pages : 384
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 270
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The period between 1750 and 1850 was a time when knowledge and its modes of transmission were reconsidered and reworked in fundamental ways. Social and political transformations, such as the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution, went hand in hand with in new ways of viewing, sensing, and experiencing what was perceived to be a rapidly changing world. This volume brings together a range of essays that explore the performance of knowledge in the period from 1750 to 1850, in the broadest possible sense. The essays explore a wide variety of literary, theatrical, and scientific events staged during this period, including scientific demonstrations, philosophical lectures, theatrical performances, stage design, botany primers, musical publications, staged Schiller memorials, acoustic performances, and literary declamations. These events served as vital conduits for the larger process of generating, differentiating, and circulating knowledge. By unpacking the significance of performance and performativity for the creation and circulation of knowledge in Germany during this period, the volume makes an important contribution to interdisciplinary German cultural studies, performance studies, and the history of knowledge.

Great Operas

By Michael Steen
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Icon Books
  • Isbn : 1848314604
  • Pages : 488
  • Category : Music
  • Reads : 286
  • File Pdf: great-operas.pdf

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With four famous operas each from Mozart, Verdi and Puccini, and two each from Rossini and Donizetti, there is a feast of information. Here are short guides to The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni; to the splendour of Aïda, the heart-breaking La Traviata; the drama of Tosca. The range is very broad. There is Wagner’s great love story Tristan und Isolde; there is Johann Strauss’s light comedy Die Fledermaus. On the way you can be briefed about such favourites as Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Bizet’s Carmen, Gounod’s Faust, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Britten’s Peter Grimes. With plot summaries, composer biographies, observations on musical points of interest and background on the historical and cultural context of each opera, every one of these guides will enhance your appreciation and enjoyment and help you discuss the work and the performance with your fellow opera-goers. Steen shares his expert knowledge with a lightness of touch that makes each guide a pleasure to read. Witty, informative and beautifully presented, Great Operas is an indispensable reference guide for both seasoned opera-goers and those enjoying opera for the first time.

Cactus

By Dan Torre
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Reaktion Books
  • Isbn : 1780237693
  • Pages : 224
  • Category : Nature
  • Reads : 214
  • File Pdf: cactus.pdf

Book Summary:

Cacti are full of contradictions. Although many are found in the driest and most barren environments on earth, some grow exclusively in the branches of the rainforest canopy. Many species bristle with ferocious-looking spines, while other varieties are perfectly smooth. And while they might strike us as the most austere plants on earth, nearly all of them exhibit remarkable floral displays—some even larger than the plant itself. In Cactus, Dan Torre explores these unique plants as they appear all around the world and throughout art, literature, and popular culture. As Torre shows, cacti have played a prominent role in human history for thousands of years. Some species were revered by ancient civilizations, playing a part in their religious ceremonies; other varieties have been cultivated for their medicinal properties and even as a source of dye, as in the case of the prickly pear cactus and the cochineal insect, the source of red carmine used in everything from food to lipstick. Torre examines how cacti have figured in low-footprint gardens, as iconic features of the landscapes of Westerns, and as a delicious culinary ingredient, from nutritious Nopal pads to alluring Pitaya—or Dragon—fruits. Entertaining and informative, this book will appeal to any of us who have admired these hardy, efficient plants.

ABC of Opera

By Mark Llewelyn Evans
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : eBook Partnership
  • Isbn : 191373398X
  • Pages : 64
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Reads : 224
  • File Pdf: abc-of-opera.pdf

Book Summary:

Discover the thrilling story of opera with Jack, Megan and the time-travelling Trunk. A school trip takes Jack and Megan to the Natural History Museum, London, where they are reunited with their old friend Trunk. Freeing him from an exhibit, they are whisked back to the Classical period (c. 1730-1820) and the cities of Salzburg and Paris. Here they learn all about this momentous era in musical history from the creators themselves. Tasked with taking the music and stories of Windy Wolfie (Mozart, the penniless prodigy), Riotous Rossini (the king of the dining table) and the moody and resilient Bilious Beethoven back to the present, Jack and Megan soon find themselves caught up in the return of the Queen of the Night, Mozart's most evil creation. Who will win the day and can Jack and Megan keep their heads off the block?Join us on another unforgettable leg of this 500-year journey, told like never before.Written by Mark Llewelyn Evans and illustrated by Karl Davies.

Simply Opera

By Tom Gerou
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Alfred Music
  • Isbn : 9781457428548
  • Pages : 80
  • Category : Music
  • Reads : 895
  • File Pdf: simply-opera.pdf

Book Summary:

Simply Opera is a collection of arias, dances, choruses, interludes, and overtures from famous operas. These selections have been carefully arranged by Tom Gerou for Easy Piano, making them accessible to pianists of all ages. Phrase markings, articulations, fingering, pedaling and dynamics have been included to aid with interpretation, and a large print size makes the notation easy to read. Titles: * Anvil Chorus (Il trovatore) * Barcarolle (Tales of Hoffmann) * Connais-tu le pays (Mignon) * Doretta's Song (La rondine) * Ebben, ne andrò lontano (La Wally) * Flower Duet (Lakmé) * Forse, come la rondine (La rondine) * Habanera (Carmen) * Intermezzo (Cavalleria rusticana) * La donna è mobile (Rigoletto) * Là ci darem la mano (Don Giovanni) * Lascia ch'io pianga (Rinaldo) * Libiamo (La traviata) * Meditation (Thaïs) * Musetta's Waltz (La bohème) * O mio babbino caro (Gianni Schicchi) * Piangeró la sorte mia (Giulio Cesare) * Queen of the Night Aria (The Magic Flute) * Toreador Song (Carmen) * Un bel dì (Madama Butterfly) * Voi, che sapete (The Marriage of Figaro).

The Complete Opera Book: The Stories of the Operas together with 400 of the Leading Airs and Motives in Musical Notation

By Gustav KobbŽ
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Library of Alexandria
  • Isbn : 1465542868
  • Pages :
  • Category :
  • Reads : 151
  • File Pdf: the-complete-opera-book.pdf

Book Summary:

ÊOf the three standard schools, the Italian is the most frankly melodious. When at its best, Italian vocal melody ravishes the senses. When not at its best, it merely tickles the ear and offends common sense. "A•da" was a turning point in Italian music. Before Verdi composed "A•da," Italian opera, despite its many beauties, was largely a thing of temperament, inspirationally, but often also carelessly set forth. Now, Italian opera composers no longer accept any libretto thrust at them. They think out their scores more carefully; they produce works in which due attention is paid to both vocal and orchestral effect. The older composers still represented in the repertoire are Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, and Verdi. The last-named, however, also reaches well over into the modern school of Italian opera, whose foremost living exponent is Puccini. Although Rameau (1683-1764), whose "Castor and Pollux" held the stage until supplanted by Gluck's works, was a native of France, French opera had for its founder the Italian, Lully; and one of its chief exponents was the German, Meyerbeer. Two foreigners, therefore, have had a large share in developing the school. It boasts, however, many distinguished nativesÑHalŽvy, Auber, Gounod, Bizet, Massenet. In the French school of opera the instrumental support of the voice is far richer and the combination of vocal and instrumental effect more discriminating than in the old school of Italian opera. A first cousin of Italian opera, the French, nevertheless, is more carefully thought out, sometimes even too calculated; but, in general, less florid, and never indifferent to the librettist and the significance of the lines he has written and the situations he has evoked. Massenet is, in the truest sense, the most recent representative of the school of Meyerbeer and Gounod, for Bizet's "Carmen" is unique, and DŽbussy's "PellŽas et MŽlisande" a wholly separate manifestation of French art for the lyric stage. The German school of opera is distinguished by a seriousness of purpose that discards all effort at vocal display for itself alone, and strives, in a score, well-balanced as between voice and orchestra, to express more forcibly than could the spoken work, the drama that has been set to music.

Lois Marshall

By James Neufeld
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Dundurn
  • Isbn : 1459704606
  • Pages : 336
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reads : 865
  • File Pdf: lois-marshall.pdf

Book Summary:

Although she called herself "just a singer," soprano Lois Marshall (1925-97) became a household name across Canada during her thirty-four year career and remains one of the foremost figures in the history of Canadian music. She rubbed shoulders with Canada’s musical aristocracy – Glenn Gould, Sir Ernest MacMillan, Jon Vickers, Maureen Forrester – but Marshall always held first place in the hearts of her adoring fans. At the height of the Cold War, Moscow and St. Petersburg embraced her as warmly as Canada had. Yet Marshall remained true to her Canadian roots and to Toronto, her lifelong home. This first-ever biography recounts her dazzling career and paints an intimate portrait of the woman, her childhood encounter with polio, and her complex relationship with her teacher and mentor, Weldon Kilburn. Hers is a tale of a warm, courageous woman; it is also the story of classical music in Canada.

Ethics, Aesthetics and the Historical Dimension of Language

By Hans-Georg Gadamer
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Isbn : 1350278335
  • Pages : 328
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Reads : 756
  • File Pdf: ethics-aesthetics-and-the-historical-dimension-of-language.pdf

Book Summary:

Ethics, Aesthetics and the Historical Dimension of Language collects together Gadamer's most important untranslated writings on ethics, aesthetics and language. With a substantial introduction by the editors exploring Gadamer's ethical project and providing an overview of his aesthetic work, this book collects Gadamer's writings on ancient ethics, including the moral philosophy of Aristotle, and on practical philosophy (first section). In the second section, Gadamer's writings on art are collected, including his examination of poetry, opera and painting among other art forms. The third section comprises Gadamer's essays on language in its historical dimension. This important collection is a useful resource for scholars in philosophy, studying hermeneutics, continental, 20th-century and German philosophy.

Floriography Today: The Symbolic Meanings & The Possible Powers of Trees, Plants and Flowers

By S. Theresa Dietz
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Fayshoneshire Limited
  • Isbn : N.a
  • Pages : 440
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Reads : 554
  • File Pdf: floriography-today.pdf

Book Summary:

There is no better book on the subject of the secret language of flowers and their possible intrinsic spiritual and magical powers than Floriography Today: The Symbolic Meanings & The Possible Powers of Trees, Plants and Flowers by S. Theresa Dietz. Floriography Today is filled with painstakingly researched and organized information that has never been available in one volume until now. Floriography Today is must have for every library's reference book shelf. Concise, consolidated and extensively cross-referenced for easy research, Floriography Today consists of over 7,500 plant names; over 2,000 symbolic meanings; and over 600 possible powers for over 900 individual species trees, plants and flowers with additional notes of interesting "Folklore and Facts" throughout. Floriography Today: The Symbolic Meanings & The Possible Powers of Trees, Plants and Flowers by S. Theresa Dietz, is the Floriography reference book of choice for the 21st Century.

Pagan Portals - Hekate

By Vivienne Moss
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : John Hunt Publishing
  • Isbn : 1785351621
  • Pages : 96
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 148
  • File Pdf: pagan-portals-hekate.pdf

Book Summary:

The Goddess of Witches, Queen of Shades and Shadows, and the ever-eternal Dark Muse – Hekate, Fair Queen of the Shadow-Lands, haunts the pages of this poetic devotional, enchanting those who love Her with the charm only this Dark Goddess can bring. Join in the journey as we meet Hekate, Queen of Sorcery, in the realms of Dream and Enchantment, weaving magic through the Worlds – Seen and Unseen. We take flight to the Lands Eternal in this part devotional, part grimoire and learn how to venerate this Great Goddess of antiquity and connect with the Spirits of the Shadow-Lands…

Giacomo Puccini - Secrets of the Maestro of Music and Freemasonry

By Paolo Nuti
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Babelcube Inc.
  • Isbn : 150717747X
  • Pages : 58
  • Category : Music
  • Reads : 538
  • File Pdf: giacomo-puccini-secrets-of-the-maestro-of-music-and-freemasonry.pdf

Book Summary:

Giacomo Puccini and Freemasonry: what is the connection between one of the greatest Italian composers of all time and this controversial organization? In a skillful interweaving of fiction and autobiography, the author combines personal anecdotes with historical references, raising questions, asking questions, and taking the reader on a fascinating journey to discover the secrets of the Great Maestro.