For Hart Evans, being the most popular fifth grader has its advantages: kids look up to him and teachers let him get away with everything. But during one choir practice, Hart zones out too far, accidentally flinging a rubber band at his teacher. Mr. Meinert realizes that if Hart is ever going to discover his musical potential, his punishment must march to a different drummer. And then, as Mr. Meinert is about to leave school because there is no funding left for his job, he orchestrates a class vote to appoint Hart as the new interim choir director. Now it´s Hart´s job to ready the class for the annual Holiday concert, and ultimately to convince the board why his teacher should stay in school. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fred Berman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lili/000195/bk_lili_000195_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Have you ever thought about the creative process that boiled inside geniuses like Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorák, Strauss, Brahms, Mendelssohn, or Liszt - or any composer, for that matter? What goes through a composer´s mind when a musical composition is being set to paper? Are those magical weeks or months spent in an agonizing creative blur of ideas first tried and then discarded, or is it a matter of pure inspiration? Does the composer hear the music in his head before even picking up a pen, or does the music in fact begin on that blank sheet of staff paper? Most important, can lay listeners like us, untrained in music´s technicalities, learn how to open our ears to a composer´s creative intentions? Happily, the answer is a resounding ´´yes!´´ And in this series of 32 lectures, a professional composer and accomplished teacher will give you a new level of sophistication as a music listener - using as his teaching tools some of the most memorable works in all of music, by geniuses whose work has not only withstood time, but transcended it. Through listening to these lectures, you´ll gain a new grasp of the intricacies of musical purpose, structure, and narrative content that you will then be able to hear in any piece of music. And though this is a demanding course, with a deeper look into musical structure than untrained listeners are likely to have experienced, it is not an intimidating one. Professor Greenberg vividly positions each composition and its composer in the social and musical fabric of its period, so you can understand the music in its proper societal and artistic context and feel its emotional power in the same way as did its original audiences. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert Greenberg. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000067/bk_tcco_000067_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Inspired by the Hank Williams and Leadbelly recordings he heard as a teenager growing up outside of Boston, Jim Rooney began a musical journey that intersected with some of the biggest names in American music, including Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Bill Monroe, Muddy Waters, and Alison Krauss. In It for the Long Run: A Musical Odyssey is Rooney´s kaleidoscopic firsthand account of more than five decades of success as a performer, concert promoter, songwriter, music publisher, engineer, and record producer. As witness to and participant in over half a century of music history, Rooney provides a sophisticated window into American vernacular music. Following his stint as a Hayloft Jamboree hillbilly singer in the mid-1950s, Rooney managed Cambridge´s Club 47, a catalyst of the ´60s folk music boom. He soon moved to the Newport Folk Festival as talent coordinator and director, where he had a front-row seat to Dylan ´´going electric´´. In the 1970s, Rooney´s odyssey continued in Nashville, where he began engineering and producing records. His work helped alternative country music gain a foothold in Music City and culminated in Grammy nominations for singer-songwriters John Prine, Iris Dement, and Nanci Griffith. Later in his career, he was a key link connecting Nashville to Ireland´s folk music scene. Whether he´s writing songs or writing his memoir, Jim Rooney is the consummate storyteller. In It for the Long Run: A Musical Odyssey is his singular chronicle from the heart of Americana. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Rooney. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/008390/bk_blak_008390_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Marko Simsa´s popular production of ´´The Four Seasons´´ is now available in English for native speakers and those who would like to learn English in a nice musical way. The British actor Howard Nightingall takes us through Vivaldi´s well-known masterpiece in a charming and easy-to-follow way, explaining the musical images such as the song of the birds in spring, the heat in summer, thunderstorms and dancing in autumn, and the sharp cold of winter. Table of contents: Spring: The song of the birds; The dance of the nymphs with the shepherds; Summer: The burning heat; The sleeping shepherds; Stormy weather; Autumn: The peasants dance to celebrate the happy harvest; Winter: Trembling with cold amidst the freezing wind; Stamping feet; Teeth chattering; Spending quiet contented days by the fire; A year has passed. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Howard Nightingall, Melanie Preston, Camerata Wien. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/jumb/000610/bk_jumb_000610_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Alan Bennett joins forces with the acclaimed Medici String Quartet for a prestigious world premiere first performed at the Harrogate Festival in August 2001. Hymn is a series of prose pieces about Alan Bennett´s early experiences of music: the hymns he learned as a boy, the violin his father never managed to teach him, and the concerts he went to in Leeds. Bennett´s musical memories are produced and set to music by the celebrated film composer George Fenton. This release was recorded live in front of a specially invited audience in the BBC Radio Theatre on 28 November 2001. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alan Bennett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/bbcw/001192/rt_bbcw_001192_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Vincent, a musical prodigy, is caught up in a concert rivalry with a former student. He travels to Romania to settle the score, but what he discovers is the horrific true story behind the song his protégé wrote, ´´The Man in the Forest.´´ Supernatural phenomena and horrific sights abound, but the locals are tight-lipped about the mysterious goings-on. Can Vincent and his group upstage their rival, or will they fall prey to the curse of the man in the forest? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Parelman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/107162/bk_acx0_107162_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This book goes through an incredible amount of info for beginning in the show business industry as a live mixer. Throughout the guide, the listener can expect to learn learn the basics of acoustics and the way that sound behaves scientifically, how equipment reacts to different environments, how to setup a stage properly, and succeed in a very competitive industry. The book is written based on real experience to get anyone looking to step foot in this industry ahead with knowledge that takes time and dedication to even begin to learn usually. After listening to this book, the listener will be able to feel confident and know what to expect as an entry level worker in show business and become a live audio mixer. Michael Napoli (HowExpert writer) has been live mixing as an audio engineer for over two years in the Hollywood scene. He has worked musicals, rock concerts, plays, and more and it all began in high school through a dedicated technical theatre class where he picked up on audio and live mixing right away. Over the years as his ears developed and his interest grew he began producing his own music and bands as well. Today he is live mixing gigs every month, enjoying every minute of it, and he is also producing music. 1. Language: English. Narrator: JD Kelly. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/076799/bk_acx0_076799_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm are among the best known storytellers from Europe. In addition to the Bremen Town Musicians, some of their most famous tales as Rumpelstiltskin, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Hansel and Gretel.In this delightful tale, three animals who have been cast out by their masters, a dog, a cat, a rooster and a donkey decide to form a musical group together.Their first ´´concert´´ turns out to be not what they expeced when they run into a gang of criminals. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cindy Hardin Killavey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/jimc/000327/bk_jimc_000327_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
At 90, musician and singer Tony Bennett is as vibrant and productive as ever. In addition to his prodigious musical output, including albums, concerts, and personal appearances, this beloved and enduring artist has written his second book. In 2012´s Life Is a Gift, Tony reflected on the lessons he has learned over the years. Now, in Just Getting Started, he pays homage to the remarkable people who inspired those lessons. In his warm and inviting voice, Tony talks about who and what have enriched his own life, including Charlie Chaplin, Judy Garland, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Cole Porter, Amy Winehouse, Fred Astaire, Lady Gaga, members of his family, significant places; and more. Just Getting Started chronicles the relationship Tony has enjoyed with each one of these legends, entertainers, humanitarians, and loved ones and reveals how the lessons and values they imparted have invaluably shaped his life. As enchanting and unforgettable as his music, Just Getting Started is a beautiful compilation of reflections every Bennett fan will treasure and a perfect introduction for those just getting to know this remarkable star and humanitarian. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joe Barrett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/005550/bk_harp_005550_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Titanic disaster of April 15, 1912 has been described as one of the most fascinating single events in human history. The sinking of the Titanic has left an indelible impression and vast psychological impact on the world. Titanic has spawned books, plays, poems, films, drama films, songs, concerts, musicals, novels, video games, newsreels, slideshows, multimedia works, and works of art. It has been noted that Titanic spawned the largest number of songs regarding any disaster or event in American history. The event became a popular theme for balladeers, blues, bluegrass, and country singers in the Southern United States. British songwriters commemorated the disaster with appeals religious, chauvinistic, and heroic sentiments. One person has suggested that the reaction to the Titanic can only be compared to the assassinations of Lincoln and Kennedy. The three most written about subjects since April 1912 are Jesus, the American Civil War, and Titanic. The story of the RMS Titanic has been interpreted in numerous ways - as a symbol of technological hubris, a classic disaster tale, an indictment regarding class divisions of the society at that time, a kind of morality play, a romantic tragedy, and somewhere between a Greek and Elizabethan tragedy. There have been so many books written about the Titanic that there are very few that will tell you anything new, but every now and then you find an absolute gem. Charles Hagan´s audiobook adds to the Titanic story with his 12 Titanic Lessons for Christians! There are danger lessons, time lessons, and motivational lessons all culled from the disaster that was Titanic! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Huff. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/022222/bk_acx0_022222_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.