Carol Montparker, author of The Composer's Landscape: The Pianist as Explorer — Interpreting the Scores of Eight Masters, chats with Rachel Katz of A Tempo WWFM about her book!

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About the Book
Derived from a popular series of lecture-recitals presented by Carol Montparker over the past several years, The Composer's Landscape features eight insightful essays on the piano repertoire. Each chapter focuses on a single composer: Bach, Mozaart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Chopin, and Mendelssohn. Montparker uses landscape as a metaphor for the score, whether it be a well-tended garden of Mozart or the thorny thickets of a Schumann page: the topographical peaks and valleys, the circuitous melodic lines, the thoroughfares where all the voices convene, and so on. The discussions include thoughtful suggestions for navigating these "landscapes," which differ so greatly from one composer to the next, taking note of the essential technical and interpretive elements, as well as the challenges for the "explorer pianist."

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Carol Montparker (Huntington, NY) is an acclaimed author and pianist, is a Steinway Artist and an active recitalist and lecturer. Among her other books are The Blue Piano and Other StoriesA Pianist's Landscape, and Polly and the Piano, all available from Amadeus Press. Montparker's career in music journalism includes 15 years as senior editor of Clavier magazine and pieces in the New York TimesNewsday, and many other publications.

A Tempo with Rachel Katz: A Tempo is a 30-minute public affairs program devoted to issues, challenges and opportunities facing the performing arts. The show examines the impact of the economy, technology, and social and cultural changes on musicians, ensembles, venues and other organizations involved with the arts. For more information, click here.

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A performing arts podcast, Onstage and Backstage features authors who write about theatre, music, film, or television with guests of their choice. This podcast is brought to you by Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. All books can be found at halleonardbooks.com, Amazon, B&N, and independent bookstores.

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Amadeus Press offers a full line of books on classical music and opera. Our mission is to publish books that appeal to the wide audience of discerning music lovers while also maintaining the highest scholarly integrity. Through series such as Unlocking the Masters, Amadeus brings the joy and beauty of the world's greatest composers to the largest possible audience.

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Unlock the mastery of Beethoven! Victor Lederer, author of Beethoven's Chamber Music: A Listener's Guide, joins Robert Levine, series editor of Amadeus Press' Unlocking the Masters series to take you above and beyond the book to discuss how to become a lover of chamber music, Beethoven's humorous movements, and how Beethoven's experiences affected (or did not affect) his music.

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About the Book
In Beethoven's Chamber Music: A Listener's Guide Lederer shows how Beethoven's sonatas for violin and piano overflow with high energy and spirits, showing a creative force that transcended personal struggles. The “Kreutzer” sonata, Op. 47, displays all the power of the master's middle period, while the G Major sonata, Op. 96, foreshadows Beethoven's mellower late works. The author also considers the sonatas for cello and piano, which span Beethoven's early, middle, and late periods, and examines the piano trios, including the immense “Archduke” trio. The book comes with a compact disc containing musical selections drawn from critically acclaimed performances on Naxos Records.

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Victor Lederer has written Beethoven's Chamber Music: A Listener's Guide as his fifth book for Amadeus Press's Unlocking the Masters series. Lederer's previous titles include studies of Beethoven's piano music and Bach's works for keyboard, as well as overviews of the music of Debussy and Chopin.

Robert Levine is an internationally known music writer whose work has appeared in dozens of publications. He is senior editor of ClassicsToday.com and a regular contributor to Stereophile, Opera Now, International Record Review, Listen, and other periodicals. He is the author of several books on classical music as well as Maria Callas: A Musical Biography

The Unlocking the Masters series now features 24 titles. The reader-friendly language and size bring the reader quickly and easily into the world of the greastest composers and their music. The accompanying CD tracks are taken from the world's greatest libraries of recorded classics. Together, they bring the music to life. 

About this Podcast
A performing arts podcast, Onstage and Backstage features authors who write about theatre, music, film, or television with guests of their choice. This podcast is brought to you by Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. All books can be found at halleonardbooks.com, Amazon, B&N, and independent bookstores.

iTunes   RSS   Libsyn   Blog  Email

Amadeus Press is one of five imprints of the book publisher Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. Amadeus offers a full line of books, books with CDs, and DVDs on classical music and opera. Its mission is to publish books that appeal to a wide audience of discerning music lovers yet maintain a scholarly integrity. Visit amadeuspress.com

Website   E-Newsletter   Facebook   Twitter   YouTube   MusicPro Guides

Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group is the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporation. We have the largest collection of books and DVDs for aspiring and professional musicians, producers, engineers, directors, actors of stage and screen, and discerning fans of pop culture, cinema, television, Broadway, jazz, blues, hip hop, rock 'n' roll, and more! Visit our imprint websites below:

Limelight   Amadeus   Applause   Backbeat   HLB

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