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Macdonald, Hugh 1940-

Works: 379 works in 1,093 publications in 6 languages and 15,285 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Scores  Symphonies  Librettos  Personal correspondence  Excerpts  Funeral music  Concertos  Masses 
Roles: Author, Editor, Arranger, Translator, Author of introduction, Writer of accompanying material, Other, wpr, Instrumentalist, Commentator, Contributor, Adapter, Producer, Speaker, Performer
Classifications: ML410.B5, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Hugh Macdonald
Most widely held works by Hugh Macdonald
Berlioz's orchestration treatise : a translation and commentary by Hector Berlioz( )

26 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and French and held by 2,341 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 nineteenth 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 and for its poetic and visionary approach to the art of instrumentation. It includes a chapter on the orchestra itself, seen as a giant independent instrument, and on the art of conducting, one of the first documents of its kind. 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."--Jacket
Bizet by Hugh Macdonald( )

16 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,397 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."--Rabat de la jaquette
Berlioz by Hugh Macdonald( Book )

30 editions published between 1972 and 2000 in 4 languages and held by 879 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 )

11 editions published between 1969 and 2004 in English and Spanish and held by 774 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Music in 1853 : the biography of a year by Hugh Macdonald( )

15 editions published between 2012 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 757 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.<BR><BR> <I>Music in 1853</I> 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.<BR><BR> HUGH MACDONALD is Avis H. Blewett Professor Emeritus of Music at Washington University, St Louis. He has authored books on Skryabin and Berlioz and has previously published <I>Beethoven's Century: Essays on Composers and Themes</I> with Boydell/URP
Skryabin by Hugh Macdonald( Book )

13 editions published between 1978 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 734 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The New Grove early romantic masters 2 : Weber, Berlioz, Mendelssohn by John Warrack( Book )

12 editions published between 1980 and 1985 in English and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected letters of Berlioz by Hector Berlioz( Book )

4 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the foremost composers of his generation, Berlioz was even more influential as an arbiter of musical taste and a writer of critical essays for the Parisian Journal des debats. But professional journalism was sometimes an unwelcome task for Berlioz, who felt hindered by considerations of diplomacy and censorship. Letter writing, by contrast, provided him with a freer outlet for creative expression, and his surviving correspondences number in the thousands. From 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 read straight through, Selected Letters of Berlioz is entertaining and informative reading for any music lover. Translated aptly and colorfully by Roger Nichols, Berlioz's letters blend personal sentiment with deep insight into nineteenth-century thought, providing an entrancing portrait of one of the century's leading artistic figures
Pelléas & Mélisande by Claude Debussy( Book )

4 editions published between 1982 and 2004 in English and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beethoven's century : essays on composers and themes by Hugh Macdonald( Book )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 352 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."--Jacket
Windpower by Christian Lindberg( )

7 editions published in 1997 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Saint-Saëns and the stage : operas, plays, pageants, a ballet and a film by Hugh Macdonald( )

7 editions published between 2019 and 2021 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The stage works of Saint-Saens range from grand open-air pageants to one-act comic operas, and include the first composed film score. Yet, with the exception of Samson et Dalila, his twelve operas have lain in the shadows since the composer's death in 1921. Widely performed in his lifetime, they vanished from the repertory - never played, never recorded - until now. With four twenty-first-century revivals as a backdrop, this timely book is the first study of Saint-Saens's operas, demonstrating the presence of the same breadth and versatility as in his better known works. Hugh Macdonald's wide knowledge of French music in the nineteenth century gives a powerful understanding of the different conventions and expectations that governed French opera at the time. The interaction of Saint-Saens with his contemporaries is a colourful and important part of the story. --
Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale by Hector Berlioz( )

22 editions published between 1966 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Messe solennelle by Hector Berlioz( )

18 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 185 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 Édouard Lalo( )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les Troyens by Hector Berlioz( )

19 editions published between 1969 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rêverie et caprice : romance pour le violon by Hector Berlioz( )

14 editions published in 2003 in 3 languages and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fantastic symphony : op. 14 by Hector Berlioz( )

12 editions published between 1977 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Description du matériel d'orchestre : 2*.2*.2.4./, 2 timbales, grosse caisse, cymbales, tambour, cloche, 2 harpes, cordes
Early romantic masters 2 : Weber, Berlioz, Medelssohn by John Warrack( Book )

10 editions published in 1985 in 3 languages and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les Troyens by Hector Berlioz( )

10 editions published between 1969 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Berlioz's orchestration treatise : a translation and commentary
BizetBerliozMusic in 1853 : the biography of a yearSelected letters of BerliozPelléas & MélisandeBeethoven's century : essays on composers and themesSaint-Saëns and the stage : operas, plays, pageants, a ballet and a filmFantastic symphony : op. 14
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English (159)

French (23)

German (14)

Latin (10)

Spanish (6)

Dutch (1)