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Books About Music
Zoltán Kodály – A Guide to Research. Michael Houlahan and Philip Tacka. Routledge (formerly Garland Press). 1998. ISBN 0815328532 (hardcover).
This book presents a biographical outline, a catalog of his compositions according to genre, and over 1,400 annotated primary and secondary sources, as well as three indices cover listings by author and title, Kodály's compositions, and proper names. Sources include Kodály's own essays, articles, lectures on folk music and art music, letters and other documents, and his folk music collections and facsimiles; biographical and historical studies; theoretic, analytic, stylistic, and aesthetic studies of his music; discussions of folk music influences and art music influences; studies of his compositional process; and discussions of the Kodály concept.
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Jessica Duchen. Phaidon Press. 1996. ISBN 0714831557 (paperback).
This is the story of Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957), who bridged the worlds of serious music, operetta and film scores. The son of Vienna's most powerful turn-of-the-century music critic, he achieved legendary status as a child-prodigy composer with the operas "Violanta" and "Die Tote Stadt". Pressures of adult life steered him into arranging the operettas of Johann Strauss, his contemporaries and then Hollywood. Korngold became a highly regarded composer of incidental music for films such as "Sea Hawk" and "The Adventures of Robin Hood". He ignored the changing tides of musical fashion, and continued to write in his own romantic idiom, creating scores which establish him – within the film-music genres – as one of this century's most influential composers. This study offers a reappraisal of his life and works. This text is part of the 20th-century composers series, examining composers in a biographical context, and offering a comprehensive study of key figures in the creation of 20th-century music. None of the books in the series presume a knowledge of specialized terms or musical notation. Each book in the series features a list of works, a bibliography, and a discography.
Ernst Krenek: The Man and His Music. John Lincoln Stewart. University of California Press. 1991. ISBN 0520070143 (hardcover).