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Simeone, Nigel 1956-

Works: 146 works in 289 publications in 4 languages and 5,537 library holdings
Genres: Records and correspondence  Biography  Bibliography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Music  Directories  Art music  Scores  Chaconnes  Sonatas 
Roles: Editor, Author, Translator, Creator, edc
Classifications: ML410.M595, 780.92
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Most widely held works by Nigel Simeone
Messiaen by Peter Hill( Book )

16 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 948 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The French composer Olivier Messiaen (1908-92) is a musician about whom most remains to be discovered. More than a decade after his death our knowledge of Messiaen is largely conditioned by what he said about himself - in lectures and interviews, in his work as a teacher, and in the monumental seven-volume treatise that encompassed the whole of his composing world. But Messiaen's public documents conceal as much as they reveal, seldom explaining why a work was written, or what complexities went into its making. Almost nothing has been known about Messiaen's working practices. Indeed, the composer became fanatically secretive about any work in progress, and was similarly reticent about his private life
The Leonard Bernstein letters by Leonard Bernstein( Book )

11 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 756 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Leonard Bernstein was a charismatic and versatile musician-a brilliant conductor who attained international super-star status, and a gifted composer of Broadway musicals (West Side Story), symphonies (Age of Anxiety), choral works (Chichester Psalms), film scores (On the Waterfront), and much more. Bernstein was also an enthusiastic letter writer, and this book is the first to present a wide-ranging selection of his correspondence. The letters have been selected for the insights they offer into the passions of his life-musical and personal-and the extravagant scope of his musical and extra-musical activities. Bernstein's letters tell much about this complex man, his collaborators, his mentors, and others close to him. His galaxy of correspondents encompassed, among others, Aaron Copland, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins, Thornton Wilder, Boris Pasternak, Bette Davis, Adolph Green, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and family members including his wife Felicia and his sister Shirley. The majority of these letters have never been published before. They have been carefully chosen to demonstrate the breadth of Bernstein's musical interests, his constant struggle to find the time to compose, his turbulent and complex sexuality, his political activities, and his endless capacity for hard work. Beyond all this, these writings provide a glimpse of the man behind the legends: his humanity, warmth, volatility, intellectual brilliance, wonderful eye for descriptive detail, and humor"--
Leonard Bernstein, West Side story by Nigel Simeone( Book )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2017 in English and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the Broadway musicals that can genuinely claim to have transformed the genre, West Side Story has been featured in many books on Broadway, but it has yet to be the focus of a scholarly monograph. Nigel Simeone begins by exploring the long process of creating West Side Story, including a discussion of Bernstein's sketches, early drafts of the score and script, as well as cut songs. The core of the book is a commentary on the music itself. West Side Story is one of the very few Broadway musicals for which there is a complete published orchestral score, as well as two different editions of the piano-vocal score. The survival of the original copied orchestral score, and the reminiscences of Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal, reveal details of the orchestration process, and the extent to which Bernstein was involved in this. Simeone's commentary considers: musical characteristics and compositional techniques used to mirror the drama (for example, the various uses of the tritone), motivic development, the use and reinvention of Broadway and other conventions, the creation of dramatic continuity in the score through the use of motifs and other devices, the unusual degree of dissonance and rhythmic complexity (at least for the time), and the integration of Latin-American dance forms (Mambo, Huapango and so on). Simeone also considers the reception of West Side Story in the contemporary press. The stir the show caused included the response that it was the angular, edgy score that made it a remarkable achievement. Not all reviews were uncritical. Finally, the book looks in detail at the making of the original Broadway cast recording, made in just one day, included on the accompanying CD [Publisher description]
Olivier Messiaen : music, art, and literature by Christopher Philip Dingle( Book )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2016 in English and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of essays has its foundation in the Messiaen 2002 International Conference in Sheffield. However, this is not a set of conference proceedings. Rather, the book gathers some of the best recent scholarship on the composer, filling substantial gaps in the literature and reassessing his legacy
Janáček's works : a catalogue of the music and writings of Leoš Janáček by Nigel Simeone( Book )

12 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paris--a musical gazetteer by Nigel Simeone( Book )

7 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Olivier Messiaen, Oiseaux exotiques by Peter Hill( Book )

8 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What makes Oiseaux exotiques so important is that it is arguably the first of Messiaen's major works to create a successful synthesis between his music and his passion for ornithology. The earliest composition to use birdsong to a significant extent was the Quatuor pour la fin du Temps (1940-41). A newspaper interview a few years later (France-Soir, 1948) demonstrates Messiaen's growing desire to move away from the stylization that had characterized the Quatuor towards a much greater realism, based on a close observation of birds in their natural habitat. At the same time, Messiaen continued to regard birdsong as music--and divinely inspired music at that--a belief that led for a time to an obsession with truth-to-nature. Against this background, Oiseaux exotiques proves to be a landmark, the work in which Messiaen the musician began to regain the upper hand over Messiaen the ornithologist. The introductory chapter (Chapter 1) outlines the background to Oiseaux exotiques, discussing Messiaen's relations with the 1950s avant garde--in particular with his former pupil Pierre Boulez--and his involvement with the concerts of the Domaine musical, for which Oiseaux exotiques was composed. In Chapter 2, access to Messiaen's sketches enables the authors to analyse his compositional methods in unprecedented detail; a generous number of music examples refer to birdsong recordings actually used by Messiaen (which can be heard on the accompanying CD), and trace step-by-step the evolution of musical ideas from first notation to finished score. Chapter 3 provides a commentary on the music, investigating issues of continuity and texture, and revealing the processes underlying the score's dazzling profusion. In two further chapters Peter Hill and Nigel Simeone recount the reception history of Oiseaux exotiques, and compare recorded interpretations, taking as their point of departure the historic premiere, included in full on the CD. Finally, the Conclusion considers the implications of Oiseaux exotiques for the composer's subsequent music, from the Catalogue d'oiseaux (1956-58) to the later masterpieces of Messiaen's style oiseau. [Publisher description]
Oliver Messiaen : a bibliographical catalogue of Messiaen's works : first editions and first performances, with illustrations of the title pages, programmes, and documents by Nigel Simeone( Book )

12 editions published in 1998 in English and German and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first editions of Leoš Janáček : a bibliographical catalogue with reproductions of title pages by Nigel Simeone( Book )

12 editions published in 1991 in English and German and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sir Adrian Boult, companion of honour : a tribute( Book )

9 editions published in 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charles Mackerras by Nigel Simeone( Book )

8 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While Sir Charles' whole life is considered, emphasis is given to his final quarter century in which so many important projects were realized. This book celebrates and epitomizes an exceptional life. NIGEL SIMEONE has published books on Janacek, Messiaen and Bernstein. JOHN TYRRELL has published books on Janacek and Czech opera and, with Sir Charles Mackerras, edited two Janacek operas. Contributors: Janet Baker, Alfred Brendel, Ales Brezina, Rosenna East, Anne Evans, Nicholas Hytner, Simon Keenlyside, David Lloyd-Jones, David Mackie, Chi-chi Nwanoku, Antonio Pappano, Nigel Simeone, John Stein, Heinz Stolba, Patrick Summers, John Tyrrell, Malcolm Walker, David Whelton, Jiri Zahradka
Mužské sbory by Leoš Janáček( )

1 edition published in 2011 in Czech and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Leonard Bernstein letters by Leonard Bernstein( Recording )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leonard Bernstein was a charismatic and versatile musician; a brilliant conductor who attained international super-star status, and a gifted composer of Broadway musicals, symphonies, choral works, and much more. Bernstein was also an enthusiastic letter writer, and this audiobook is the first to present a wide-ranging selection of his correspondence. The letters have been selected for the insights they offer into the passions of his life
Bien cher Félix-- : letters from Olivier Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod to Felix Aprahamian : French and English text by Olivier Messiaen( Book )

6 editions published in 1998 in French and English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Suites for solo cello( Recording )

2 editions published in 2017 and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Piano trios( Recording )

3 editions published between 2016 and 2017 and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poulenc in London and dreamland : his letters to Felix Aprahamian, commentaries on songs and London concerts by Nigel Simeone( Book )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sinfonia by Luciano Berio( Recording )

1 edition published in 2012 and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Luciano Berio's most celebrated and influential work is his Sinfonia for 8 amplified voices and orchestra (1968), a tour de force of musical quotations and collages, literary references, and social commentary that he composed for The Swingle Singers and the New York Philharmonic on the occasion of the orchestra's 125th anniversary. This composition has received noteworthy performances by Berio, Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Riccardo Chailly, Hannu Lintu, and now Josep Pons, who leads the Synergy Vocals and the BBC Symphony Orchestra for this important release on Harmonia Mundi. Because Berio used the scherzo from Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2 in C minor ("Resurrection") as the framework for the spectacular third movement, it has become the most famous part of Sinfonia, and reveals the significance of Mahler in Berio's thinking. The 10 Frühe Lieder (1986-1987), a collection of Mahler's songs on texts from Des Knaben Wunderhorn, here orchestrated by Berio, show a tangential relation to Sinfonia, at least in terms of adapting Mahler's original versions for voice and piano into more elaborate orchestral arrangements. However, Berio's adaptation is not avant-garde: the songs possess rich post-Romantic sonorities and harmonies, and baritone Matthias Goerne delivers them with a combination of warm lyricism and powerful declamation."
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French (10)

German (4)

Czech (1)

Leonard Bernstein, West Side storyOlivier Messiaen : music, art, and literatureJanáček's works : a catalogue of the music and writings of Leoš JanáčekParis--a musical gazetteerOlivier Messiaen, Oiseaux exotiques