What is special about the double bass compared to all other string instruments? What is the difference between a xylophone and a glockenspiel? How long is the tubing that makes up a trumpet? And what is the name of the world´s oldest surviving violin? In this fascinating audiobook, narrator Kent Harris answers all these questions and more as he takes us on an amazing tour of the symphony orchestra. We discover over 100 amazing facts about strings, brass, woodwind, percussion and keyboard instruments as well as interesting information about the orchestra´s history and structure. This audiobook is perfect for anyone, whatever their musical ability! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kent Harris. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/entn/000348de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From car mechanic to internationally loved opera, musical and recording star: the story of Alfie Boe.... Alfie Boe is the first official bad boy of opera: a musical superstar celebrated not only in Britain, but worldwide. This is the story of his life - the ups and the downs, from finding fame to losing his father - and, essentially, of his love affair with music. Raised in Lancashire, the youngest of nine children and with a father who played opera at home, Alfie´s story is not typical of most musical stars. His dreams of singing were only ever going to be dreams until fate intervened in the form of a stranger: he was training as a car mechanic when a customer overheard him singing and told him about a London audition. Alfie tried out, got the part and has never since looked back. This is the tale of how Alfie went from car mechanic to the UK´s most popular and well-known opera star, lauded by Baz Luhrman, Cameron Macintosh and Michael Parkinson as the best tenor we´ve produced in a generation. Now, for the first time, he has granted his millions of fans an intimate glimpse into the life of the man they adore. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrew Wincott. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/006102de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Born in 1948 to a sprawling South London family, Dennis Waterman failed his 11 plus, and went to drama school instead, with people like Francesca Annis and Susan George. Aged 12, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford. The Sweeney and Minder made him famous, but he has also starred in musicals and films, produced and starred in The Captain´s Tale. and played football at Wembley with Bobby Moore and George Best. There were affairs with Suzy Kendall and Romy Schneider, and some failed marriages, the last being with Rula Lenska. Now Waterman tells the story of his rumbustious, action-packed life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dennis Waterman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/000356de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jennings starts the second half of the Christmas term by accidentally setting his ´´india rubber” (erasure) on fire, it seems the residents of Linbury Court are going to have an exciting few weeks. Along with ´´High Fidelity Telephonic Communication” (or two tins and a piece of string), the ´Affair of the Assistant Masterpiece´ and Jennings suddenly becoming a musical prodigy, Old Wilkie is definitely not going to get any peace and quiet. Mouldy chizz! Jennings, As Usual is one of a series of 25 books by Anthony Buckeridge. The Jennings stories originated in a series of radio plays for the BBC’s Children’s Hour, which proved so popular they spawned this delightful series of books. The tales make liberal use of Buckeridge´s inventive schoolboy slang ("fossilised fish hooks!;" "crystallised cheesecakes!;" and others). Published between 1950 and 1989, these books were favorites among a vast assortment of kids all over the world. Jennings Goes to School and Jennings Again! were adapted for radio by Anthony Buckeridge and read by Stephen Fry, and Mark Williams (Aurthor Weasley in the Harry Potter films), recorded an abridged version of Jennings Little Hut, all produced by the BBC. Loved by kids and adults alike, the Jennings books were translated into several languages and have sold over six million worldwide. Described as ´´Harry Potter without magic, but funnier,” and ´´P.G. Wodehouse for kids,” you’ll want to check out the other titles in this series available from Post Hypnotic Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Vance. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bigh/000422de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Course of My Life is not only the autobiography of one of the most distinguished figures of modern times, but a revealing panoply of twentieth-century political, international and social history. Born in 1916, Edward Heath became a Conservative Member of Parliament in 1950, following a glittering Oxford and military career, and was at the heart of political life for a long time - as Chief Whip (notably during the Suez Crisis), Minister of Labour, Lord Privy Seal at the Foreign Office, Leader of the Conservative Party from 1965-75, and Prime Minister from 1970 to 1974. Since relinquishing the leadership in 1975, he has maintained a central role in world affairs, as well as pursuing his wide musical and sailing interests. Edward Heath writes his autobiography with complete (and often very amusing) candour, offering us valuable and entertaining insights into the events of the past sixty years. He describes the importance of a united Europe, one of the driving influences in his life since he observed a Nuremberg Rally as an undergraduate, and his continuing thoughts on the subject after he took us into the European Community in the 1970s. He discusses the changes in the Conservative Party in his period as an MP and his modernisation of it as its leader, and the major issues of domestic policy, not least the economy, the trade unions and the Troubles in Northern Ireland; these are set against his range of activities on the international stage, including his negotiations with China and Saddam Hussein, shortly before the outbreak of the Gulf War in 1991. Both as a record of a momentous and unequalled career and as an important and frank document of personalities and events, The Course of My Life is as entertaining as it is revealing. Sir Edward Richard George Heath, 1916 - 2005 was a British Conservative politician who served as Leader of the Conservative Party 1965-75 and as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom between 1... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Boehmer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/009415de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Kelsey Grammer portrays J. Edgar Hoover in this irreverent and hilarious musical spoof about one of the most powerful men in 20th century America. As head of the FBI, Hoover was privy to the secrets in the lives of many men. Now you learn about his secret love live, his need for personal privacy, and his obsession with knowing the private affairs of others. If you weren´t so busy laughing, the show might upset you. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Harry Shearer, Kelsey Grammer, John Goodman, Dan Castellaneta, Christopher Guest. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/latw/000002de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Alexander Hamilton was an illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean who overcame all the odds to become George Washington´s aide-de-camp and the first Treasury Secretary of the United States. Few figures in American history are more controversial. In this masterful work, Chernow shows how the political and economic power of America today is the result of Hamilton´s willingness to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time. He charts his titanic feuds with Jefferson, Adams, Madison, Monroe and Burr; his highly public affair with Maria Reynolds; his loving marriage to his loyal wife Eliza; and the notorious duel with Aaron Burr that led to his death in July 1804. The book was adapted into a hugely successful Broadway musical - winner of 11 Tony awards - which opens at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London in November 2017. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Brick. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/zeus/000003de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Christine Rose lives an ideal life in a beach suburb of Los Angeles with her husband, Leo. Whilst on summer break from her teaching responsibilities, Christine sees Hollywood´s rendition of her favorite gothic romantic musical, featuring a mysteriously magnetic actor with haunting, haunted eyes. Will his response to her letter help her cope with the tragedy that rips her world apart? Fascinated by her acuity and racked with the lonely isolation of fame, Erik pursues an affair with the Californian woman. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ellery Truesdell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/012289de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a child prodigy who became an adult genius, died in debt and was buried in an unmarked grave in his adopted home of Vienna. Mozart needed no formal lessons in composition. He’d been composing since the age of five, and possessed astonishing musical memory, able to re-create whatever he heard or saw. He could mimic different styles and his travels, which were endless, gave him plenty to imitate whether sacred, dramatic or instrumental. As he said, ‘I can pretty well adapt or conform myself to any style or composition.’ He was not the tortured artist but could compose whilst playing billiards or skittles, ordering the musical ideas in his head so exactly that writing them down was a slightly mechanical affair, requiring little effort. The music was there in its entirety in his head.Mozart struggled with relationships, revealing a strong sense of abandonment beneath the surface. Quick to judge, he possessed a sharp manner himself, but saw only the upset that others caused him. He had a long list of foes and his battles with them he describes in much detail. A difficult relationship with his controlling father Leopold was partially offset by a happy marriage to Constanze, a genuine oasis in a world he found frustrating. Mozart was a phenomenal performer as well as composer, enjoying moments of great adulation. But these never turned into financial security. For this reason, he was a reluctant piano teacher throughout his life. ‘Conversations with Mozart’ is an imagined conversation with the man behind the music who died largely unnoticed at the age of 35. But while the questions are imagined, Mozart’s words are ¬ they are all authentically his, taken from his many letters. He was the eternal child. As his sister Nanerl said, ‘Outside of music he was, and remained, nearly always a child.’ But he was a child with a seat at the very top composers’ table; a conduit for the most perfectly shaped musical argument, sub... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrew Havill. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/wcrw/000019de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
We celebrate the bi-centenary of Franz Liszt’s birth in 2011. His life was as daring and spectacular as his music. Famed throughout Europe as the greatest pianist of the 19th century, Liszt was one of the most original and prophetic composers who ever lived. Beautiful in youth, glowering in age, his high-profile love affairs were the talk of the town wherever he went and his generosity to young musicians was legendary. In this account of his epic life, actors’ readings combine with plentiful musical excerpts to paint a living portrait of a highly complex man.PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeremy Siepmann, Neville Jason. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/naxo/000649de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.