Yale University Press has published Robert Philip’s The Classical Music Lover’s Companion to Orchestral Music (968 pp.), which examines selected works of 66 composers ranging from J.S. Bach to Glinka, Sibelius, and Webern. Mary Ann Smart’s Waiting for Verdi: Opera and Political Opinion in Nineteenth-Century Italy, 1815-1848 (226 pp.) has been published by University of California Press. University of Chicago Press has published The Spirit of This Place: How Music Illuminates the Human Spirit (166 pp.), a series of short essays by Patrick Summers, artistic and music director and principal conductor of Houston Grand Opera. Also out from University of Chicago Press is musicologist Robin Wallace’s Hearing Beethoven: A Story of Musical Loss and Discovery (288 pp.), an in-depth comparative examination of the deafness of the composer as well as that of the writer’s wife, who became deaf. The Indispensable Composers: A Personal Guide (496 pp.), by New York Times classical music critic Anthony Tommasini, has been published by Penguin Press. University of Illinois Press has published Bach Perspectives, Volume 12: Bach and the Counterpoint of Religion (176 pp.), edited by Robin A. Leaver.
Posted December 10, 2018