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Music Of The Spheres

Author : Glenis M Carlton
ISBN : 0992696607
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"England for me is home and New Zealand, where I have spent the last thirty years, sadly is not." After living for many years in New Zealand and still unable to feel that it was her home, Glenis Carlton decides to return to live and work in Britain. She compares the country that she left in 1957 with the Britain of the nineties, recording her impressions, the fulfilment of her expectations, and sometimes her disillusionment. She describes what it was like to be an immigrant in New Zealand, feelings which many who arrived from England in the fifties will relate to. There are amusing anecdotes and observations, told with frankness and humour, as the author travels and works as a market research interviewer, as a steward at the Royal Albert Hall. Returning to the Derbyshire village of her childhood, where memories of the years during and after the war are revived, she also visits other places of her youth, the Cotswolds, Normandy, Paris and London, a city of poverty and wealth, and unaccountability, but still a much-loved city for all that. But where exactly her home will be becomes less of an issue. The book is a progression in maturity, a journey back in time and space to find the 'essential self'. It should give inspiration, especially to women and those living alone. That life can have possibilities, choices. That we should believe in ourselves. Glynis Smy - author (Ripper, My Love & Maggie's Child): 'Music of the Spheres: An Unfinished Journey', is a delightful read. This well-written, descriptive memoir shares the ups and downs of a woman returning to her native, Great Britain, nearly a lifetime living in New Zealand.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Musical Biography

Author : JolantaT. Pekacz
ISBN : 9781351556965
Genre : Music
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Musical biography has rarely been an object of theoretical and methodological reflection. Our present-day perception of the lives of prominent composers and performers of the past has been largely formed by cultural and political assumptions of nineteenth-century biographers and their twentieth-century followers. While older biographies are being scrutinized for veracity and 'updated' with new evidence, their historiographical premisses and narrative techniques remain largely unchallenged. The epistemological upheavals in the humanities since the 1960s have generated a body of theoretical thought that has undermined many of the assumptions of traditional biography. Consequently, many of these assumptions have lost their hold as viable underpinnings for present-day scholarly biography. For example, the accumulation of facts is no longer believed to bring us closer to an understanding of the subject; nor are the traditional views of the unified self and the self as a foundational idea taken for granted. This volume brings together musicologists and historians who explore, through individual case studies, the rich potential of these new theories for writing musical lives. The authors of this volume examine how the insights provided by these theories illuminate our critical reassessment of older biographies - and the interpretations of musical works these biographies were used to construe - and help forge new approaches to musical biography. The authors also explore the functions musical biographies served in different historical contexts, the relevance of biography for musical criticism, the reliability of archival evidence, the ethics of biography, the demands placed on biography by feminist and gender history, and the new possibilities offered by cinema. The contributors to this volume challenge the view that biography has little importance for music history, analysis, and criticism. Collectively, they reassert biography's centrality and relevance, and dem
Category: Music

The Unfinished Journey

Author : William H. Chafe
ISBN : 019515049X
Genre : History
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This popular classic text chronicles America's roller-coaster journey through the decades since World War II. Considering both the paradoxes and the possibilities of post-war America, Chafe portrays the significant cultural and political themes that have colored our country's past and present, including issues of race, class, gender, foreign policy, and economic and social reform. He examines such subjects as the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement, the origins and the end of the Cold War, the culture of the 1970s, the Reagan years, the Clinton presidency, and the events of September 11th and their aftermath. In this edition, Chafe provides an insightful assessment of Clinton's legacy as president, particularly in light of his impeachment, and an entirely new chapter that examines the impact of two of America's most pivotal events of the twenty-first century: the 2000 presidential election turmoil and the September 11th terrorist attacks. Chafe puts forth an excellent account of George W. Bush's first year as president and also covers his subsequent role as a world leader following his administration's declared war on terrorism. The completely revised epilogue and updated bibliographic essay offer a compelling and controversial final commentary on America's past and its future. Brilliantly written by a prize-winning historian, the fifth edition of The Unfinished Journey is an essential text for all students of recent American history.
Category: History

Musical Prodigies

Author : Gary E. McPherson
ISBN : 9780191509261
Genre : Psychology
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Child prodigies have been observed in a range of disciplines - particularly music, mathematics, chess, and art. The question of what makes a prodigy has long been controversial. Some have dismissed the notion of giftedness, arguing that most famous prodigies had strong parental, cultural, and environmental influences that helped them develop their extraordinary abilities. One recent theory suggested that anyone could achieve outstanding success in whatever endeavour they wanted with a minimum of 10,000 hours of practice. Nevertheless, many studies of prodigies have suggested that there might be strong underlying cognitive differences, regarding their use of short-term versus long-term memory, spatial memory, imagery, and language. Whatever the arguments - for those interested in child development - prodigies remain a fascinating subject of study when considering questions about creativity, intelligence, development, and the impact of nature versus nurture. This books breaks new ground in presenting the first scientific exploration on the topic of musical prodigies. It brings together research from a range of disciplines, including psychology, neurobiology, and genetics, to provide a thorough exploration of prodigious talent. In addition, the book includes fascinating case studies of prodigies and also looks at their long-term development into adulthood - many child prodigies have had problems making the transition into adolescence and adulthood. Musical prodigies will be required reading for anyone interested in child development, music, and the arts
Category: Psychology

Portia And Bob Go To Italy

Author : Glenis Carlton
ISBN : 1528931114
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Portia and Bob Go to Italy is the second in the series of adventures about a little cat and a cheeky fox in their quest to meet the famous playwright, Mister Shakespeare. This time, the Magic Staff takes them from their home at the Globe Theatre to the Forum in Ancient Rome where assassins are plotting to overthrow Julius Caesar and to the Colosseum with its ferocious lions and gladiators. Find out what other surprises await them in their magical world... With interesting and lively background material on Elizabethan London, the book is also a children's introduction to Shakespeare's plays.
Category: Juvenile Fiction

The Music Of Pythagoras

Author : Kitty Ferguson
ISBN : STANFORD:36105124033346
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The enthralling story of Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans, whose insights transformed the ancient world and still inspire the realms of science, mathematics, philosophy, and the arts. "Pythagoras's influence on the ideas, and therefore on the destiny, of the human race was probably greater than that of any single man before or after him," wrote Arthur Koestler. Though most people know of him only for the famous Pythagorean Theorem (a2 +b2=c2), in fact the pillars of our scientific tradition--belief that the universe is rational, that there is unity to all things, and that numbers and mathematics are a powerful guide to truth about nature and the cosmos--hark back to the convictions of this legendary sixth-century B.C. scholar. Born around 570 B.C. on the cultured Aegean island of Samos, Pythagoras (according to ancient tales) studied with the sage Thales nearby at Miletus, and with priests and scribes in Egypt and Babylon. Eventually he founded his own school at Croton in southern Italy, where he and his followers began to unravel the surprising deep truths concealed behind such ordinary tasks as tuning a lyre. While considering why some string lengths produced beautiful sounds and others discordant ones, they uncovered the ratios of musical harmony, and recognized that hidden behind the confusion and complexity of nature are patterns and orderly relationships. They had surprised the Creator at his drafting board and had glimpsed the mind of God! Some of them later would also find something darker in numbers and nature: irrationality, a revelation so unsettling and subversive that it may have contributed to the destruction of their brotherhood. Praised for her ability to illuminate complex subjects, Kitty Ferguson brilliantly evokes the archaic world of Pythagoras, showing how ideas spread in antiquity, chronicling the influence he and his followers have had on so many extraordinary people in the history of Western thought and science, and bringing a poignant human saga to readers who are daily reminded that harmony and chaos can and do coexist.
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Unfinished Animal

Author : Theodore Roszak
ISBN : 0060905379
Genre : Religion
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We Have Heard That God Is With You

Author : Rein Bos
ISBN : 9780802807700
Genre : Religion
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Chapters 1 through 7 provide a consideration of classical hermeneutical models. Chapters 8 through 11 include the biblical-theological and hermeneutical background and ingredients of Bos's creative model. Chapters 12 through 15 are an elaboration of this new model. Finally, Chapter 16 employs the model to consider Exodus 3, the songs of the servant of the LORD in Deutero-Isaiah, and Psalm 22.
Category: Religion