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Macdonald, Hugh 1940-

Works: 271 works in 654 publications in 7 languages and 10,930 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  Records and correspondence  Stories, plots, etc  Sources  History  Musical settings  Operas 
Roles: Author, Editor, Arranger, Translator, Author of introduction, Writer of accompanying material, Other, Performer, Speaker, Producer, Creator, Adapter, Instrumentalist
Classifications: MT70, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Hugh Macdonald
Berlioz's orchestration treatise a translation and commentary by Hector Berlioz( )
19 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 1,874 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Berlioz's Orchestration Treatise is a classic textbook which has been used as a guide to orchestration and as a source book for the understanding both of Berlioz's music and of orchestral practice in the 19th century. This is the first new English translation of Berlioz's complete text since 1856, and it is accompanied throughout by Hugh Macdonald's extensive and authoritative commentary on the instruments of Berlioz's time and on his own orchestral practice, as revealed in his scores. It also includes extracts from Berlioz's writings on instruments in his Memoirs and in his many articles for the Parisian press. The Treatise has been highly valued both for its technical information about instruments but also for its poetic and visionary approach to the art of instrumentation. Berlioz was not only one of the great orchestrators of the nineteenth century, he was also the author with the clearest understanding of the art.--Publisher description
Berlioz by Hugh Macdonald( Book )
22 editions published between 1982 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In this life-and-works study, Hugh Macdonald draws on Berlioz's numerous writings - his Memoires, his critical articles, and his extensive correspondence, including many unpublished documents. Berlioz's provincial upbringing, his enthusiasm for Parisian opera and theatre, his marriage to the actress Harriet Smithson, his activities as composer, critic, and conductor, are covered in a biographical section which concludes with a chapter on his character. Discussion of the music is chronological, from the time when Berlioz arrived in Paris in 1821 to study medicine, through the peak of French Romanticism in the 1830s, to the compositions of his later years. In a final chapter Hugh Macdonald traces influences on Berlioz's style and examines his treatment of melody, harmony, and rhythm, and his distinctive orchestral technique."--Jacket
Berlioz orchestral music by Hugh Macdonald( Book )
17 editions published between 1969 and 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 812 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Skryabin by Hugh Macdonald( Book )
11 editions published between 1978 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 757 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Music in 1853 : the biography of a year by Hugh Macdonald( Book )
12 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Why 1853? For many leading composers this year brought far-reaching changes to their lives: Brahms emerged from obscurity to celebrity, Schumann ceased to be an active composer, and both Berlioz and Wagner became active again after long silences. By limiting the perspective to a single year yet extending it to a group of musicians, their constant interconnections become the central motif: Brahms meets Berlioz and Liszt as well as Schumann; Liszt is a constant link in every chain; Joachim is close to all of them; Wagner is on everyone's mind. No one composer is at the centre of the story, but a network of musicians spreads across the map of Europe from London and Paris to Leipzig and Zurich. Music in 1853 shows how musicians were now more closely connected than ever before, through the constant exchange of letters and the rapidly expanding railway network. The book links geography and day-to-day events to show how international the European musical scene had become. A larger picture emerges of a shift in musical scenery, from the world of the innocent Romanticism of Berlioz and Schumann to the more potent musical politics of Wagner and of his antidote (as many saw him) Brahms [Publisher description]
Les Troyens : grand opéra en cinq actes = Die Trojaner : Grosse Oper in fünf Akten by Hector Berlioz( )
27 editions published between 1969 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The New Grove early romantic masters 2 : Weber, Berlioz, Mendelssohn by John Warrack( Book )
8 editions published between 1980 and 1985 in English and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Selected letters of Berlioz by Hector Berlioz( Book )
2 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
That extraordinary output Hugh Macdonald has gathered some 500 letters that span the composer's life and chart the course of his artistic career. The first letter, written by a brash fifteen-year-old Berlioz to a group of music publishers, suggests that they bring out his work at their own expense. The last letter, in which Berlioz begs his brother-in-law for money, reveals the once-prodigious composer and writer reduced to a pathetic state of poverty. Dipped into or
Pelléas & Mélisande by Claude Debussy( Book )
4 editions published between 1982 and 2004 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Libretto og operafører
Messe solennelle by Hector Berlioz( )
23 editions published between 1993 and 2001 in 5 languages and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Beethoven's century : essays on composers and themes by Hugh Macdonald( Book )
7 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Beethoven's Century addresses perennial questions of what music meant to the composer and his audiences, how it was intended to be played and how today's audiences can usefully approach it." "Beethoven's Century concludes with a wry look at some startling developments in early twentieth-century music that have often been overlooked."--BOOK JACKET
Harold en Italie by Hector Berlioz( )
10 editions published in 2001 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Grande ouverture de l'opèra Benvenuto Cellini by Hector Berlioz( )
17 editions published between 1980 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Part of the State Theatre collection of cinema scores and parts, mainly used for silent movies, but including musical materials associated with talking pictures ca. 1900-1950, used by the State Theatre and various film distribution companies throughout Australia. Some items include performance annotations
Bizet by Hugh Macdonald( Book )
6 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Today Georges Bizet is most immediately recognized as the composer of the acclaimed opera Carmen. One of the most frequently performed operas for over a century, Carmen explores concepts such as the femme fatale and murderous jealousy with vivacity, color, and a wealth of melody. Yet it is only one act in Bizet's story. In Bizet, renowned musicologist Hugh Macdonald goes beyond the composer's most famous opera to take an in-depth look at his entire life and oeuvre
Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale by Hector Berlioz( )
31 editions published between 1966 and 1990 in 6 languages and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Concerto en ré mineur pour violoncelle avec accompagnement d'orchestre = Concerto in D minor for violoncello and orchestra = Konzert in d für Violoncello und Orchester by Edouard Lalo( )
11 editions published in 2006 in 3 languages and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Overture to the comic opera Béatrice et Bénédict by Hector Berlioz( )
9 editions published in 1980 in French and Undetermined and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Windpower by Christian Lindberg( )
5 editions published in 1997 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Early romantic masters 2 : Weber, Berlioz, Medelssohn by John Warrack( Book )
4 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Berlioz, selected letters by Hector Berlioz( Book )
5 editions published in 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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English (123)
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