Sounds Magnificent: The Story of the Symphony (Herbert Chappell) soon to be presented for sale on the inspired BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London: British Broadcasting Corporation, 1984, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Plates; Diagrams; Laid in is a letter from the author, signed, to Richard Lyttelton of EMI regarding a meeting to discuss EMI involvement in the classical music recording business. Richard Lyttelton made his career in EMI, which he joined as a management trainee in 1968. After five years in his own businesses, he rejoined EMI full time in 1974 and retired as President of EMI Classics and Jazz in 2006.
From the cover: Herbert Chappells lively and exciting account traces the development of the symphony and the growth of the orchestra from the early string ensembles of seventeenth-century London and Versailles to the full-scale symphony orchestras of today. It is a story in which personal fortunes and daily circumstances, friendships and influences, politics and loyalties all played a part.
Seven symphonic composers from different historical periods have been chosen to illustrate how composers worked, how routine circumstances often shaped careers, or determined how composers tackled the raw material of melody, harmony, rhythm and orchestrat…
Introduction by: Andre Previn
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.
Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 172 pages. Bibliography. 10″ x 7½”.
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