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Richard Strauss and His World (Bard Music Festival Series)
Bryan Randolph Gilliam
0691027625
August 1992
Paperback
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Book Review
A valuable late-summer festival at Bard College in upstate New York, devoted each year to a different composer, has produced several noteworthy collections of papers. This volume on Strauss appeared just before the 1992 festival. When the book was first published, Timothy L. Jackson's thoughts on the Four Last Songs got the most attention. Jackson argues, quite persuasively, that the four songs were originally five, with the orchestral song "Ruhe, meine Seele!" to be heard before "Im Abendrot." His analysis extends all the way to details of orchestration, but the best proof is in the hearing. Several recordings (such as Jessye Norman's with Kurt Masur) allow listeners to program the songs in this order, and the sequence is revelatory.

Elsewhere, Leon Botstein contributes the "keynote address," taking up the odd...



Dial Your Dreams
Robert Weinberg
1930997116
May 2001
Paperback
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Richard Strauss's Elektra
Bryan Randolph Gilliam
0198166028
August 1996
Paperback
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Book Description
Elektra was the fourth of fifteen operas by Strauss and opened his successful partnership with the librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Gilliam's study of this major work examines its musical-historical context and also provides a detailed analysis of some of its musical features. He establishes
a chronology of the evolution of the opera and places it in the larger framework of German opera of the time. His detailed examination of the sketchbooks enables him to offer fresh insight into Strauss's use of motifs and overall tonal structure. In so doing he shows how the work's arresting
dissonance and chromaticism have hidden its similarities to his later, seemingly more tonally conservative opera, Der Rosenkavalier: not only does Strauss exploit in both a variety of musical styles to express irony, parody, and other...


The Life of Richard Strauss
Bryan Randolph Gilliam
0521578957
August 1999
Paperback
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Review
' ... well written, informative and perceptive ... After this admirable book, the reader can return to listening to Strauss with added enjoyment.' Contemporary Review

Review
"Written in a lively style...this volume offers undergraduate and general readers a look at a segment of German history from the perspective of one of its greatest composers." Choice

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Joltin' Joe DiMaggio
Richard Gilliam (Editor)
0786706864
July 1999
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Book Description
Whenever Joe DiMaggio appeared at Yankee Stadium after retirement, he was always introduced as "the greatest living ballplayer." In the career-spanning Joltin' Joe DiMaggio, Richard Gilliam puts together the inspiring story of how he achieved that distinction when baseball was truly the national pastime and how he stayed in American hearts long after his departure from the game. DiMaggio's legendary status is more than his unbeatable record of a 56-game hitting streak in 1941 and his gliding greatness in the outfield as "The Yankee Clipper." With his supple wide-legged swing, DiMaggio batted in more runs per game than Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, and Hank Aaron - the third highest R.B.I. this century - and he struck out fewer times than any other power hitter with his home-run record. "Joe was the pride of baseball," said...


Grails: Quests of the Dawn
Richard Gilliam (Editor)
0451459644
January 2004
Mass Market Paperback
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Locus
One of the most original anthologies.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A wide assortment of grails, visions, and revisions...many fine stories.

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Vida de Richard Strauss
Bryan Gilliam
8483232537
February 2002
Paperback
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