Although we often think of an artist´s work as a window into their own inner world, that is not always the case. In the life of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, however, we can see perhaps the closest link to be found anywhere between a creative product and the shifting moods of a turbulent soul, which found its outlet through the glorious music created by the great Russian composer. To know his music, you must know the man, and this fast-moving series of eight lectures from an award-winning composer and accomplished teacher offers an insightful look into both the circumstances of Tchaikovsky´s life and the impact that life had on his music. You´ll learn about his fear of conducting, his disastrous marriage and subsequent suicide attempt, his depression, and the constant anxiety that his closeted homosexuality would become public-a fear that proved prophetic and led to a second, and successful, attempt to take his own life. Torn by the conflicts between his own Romantic inclination for expression and the requirements of Classical structure - he was the first full-time, formally trained, professional composer in Russian history - Tchaikovsky´s music is a delicate balancing act. Heart versus head, emotion versus reason, release versus control, the expressiveness demanded of his Russian soul and the strictures of Classical technique - all of these conflicts find their way into his music, and give it its extraordinary emotional power. 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/000126/bk_tcco_000126_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Almost from the moment it was first set to paper, the music of Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) - technically superb, rich in quality, and widely imitated - has exemplified the Classical style, creating not only the Classical-era symphony but setting the standard, through his own 68 string quartets, against which that form has ever after been judged. And yet Haydn, despite the influence left by more than 1,000 works, seems to no longer get his due, often thought of as an aged figure surpassed and overshadowed by Beethoven and Mozart, who actually credited Haydn, the only contemporary he admired, and with whom he formed a lasting and artistically fruitful friendship, with teaching him how to write string quartets. Even Beethoven, whose relationship with his compositional teacher was troubled and stormy, would never have been able to write his triumphant Ninth Symphony without the influence of Haydn´s crowning achievement, the towering 1798 oratorio, Creation. Now, in a series of eight vivid lectures, you can learn to understand and appreciate the music of one of the most original and influential composers of all time as you explore his origins, influence, and greatest works. 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/000119/bk_tcco_000119_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Have you ever wondered how the lives of great composers - especially when set against the social, political, and cultural context of their world - influenced their music? After listening to this perceptive series of eight lectures on the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven, you will likely find that you hear his work in an entirely different way, with your insight informed by new knowledge of how Beethoven was able to create masterpieces from the crises of his life. You´ll learn about the years of progressive hearing loss - ultimately to produce total deafness - and the understandable agony and rage such a fate would bring upon a composer. About his deep depression over the end of his relationship with the woman he calls his Immortal Beloved. About his pathological hatred of authority, his persecution complex, even delusional behaviors. But you´ll also learn how each of these crises, and many others, served to drive Beethoven inward, to reinvent himself and redeem his suffering through art, creating disruptive works of profound passion and beauty that reinvented the nature of musical expression in the Western world. 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/000117/bk_tcco_000117_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Even from the perspective of time, it is nearly impossible to grasp the full contribution made to music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in his brief and glorious life. He composed his first symphony at the age of 8 and reached full artistic maturity by the time he was only 20. And when he died at the age of 35, he left a legacy of more than 600 works of brilliance - symphonies, chamber music, operas, and more - most composed during an incredibly productive 20-year period. But even though it can well take a lifetime to fully grasp the achievement of the man described by Rossini as ´´the only composer who had as much knowledge as genius and as much genius as knowledge´´, every step of that journey toward understanding will be a joy - one you can begin with this fascinating eight-lecture series, which can serve as both a stand-alone introduction to this extraordinary composer or as the gateway to a lifetime of appreciation and pleasure. Beginning with an examination of the many myths that surround Mozart to this day, Professor Greenberg offers not only an understanding of his music, but also a realistic view of Mozart the boy and man, from his emergence as youthful prodigy to his posthumous deification.You´ll learn about his difficult and ultimately doomed relationship with his father, his troubled marriage, his relationships with luminaries like Haydn, Emperor Joseph II, and his operatic librettist, Lorenzo da Ponte, and the triumphs and disappointments that marked his career - including the astonishing and inexplicable creative recovery that enabled him to create his great Masonic opera, The Magic Flute, only months before his death. 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/000122/bk_tcco_000122_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Are you ready to naturally boost your motivation and focus? With this all-inclusive hypnosis program, you can master motivation at any time of day. This is a three-week, 21-day hypnosis program that´s proven to work for listeners of any level, from beginners to regular hypnosis users. It´s powerful, safe, and created with high-quality sound engineering that´ll give you the best listening experience possible. We´ve given you 15 specific tracks that you can use throughout your day. You have inductions for the morning and afternoon, a bonus evening induction, and nighttime induction. It´s a full day and night hypnosis experience that you won´t get anywhere else. We´ve also included supplemental tracks so you can get the most out your hypnosis experience. There are special music tracks, weekly actions for change, and weekly affirmations. Actions for change: These are optional tracks, but we suggest listening to them along with at least one hypnosis induction. These are ideas for proactive steps you can take all that week that´ll increase your motivation and confidence. You can choose to do one or all of them or use them to inspire your own. There are new actions for change for weeks one through three. Affirmations: These are also optional, but we find them useful to listen to with the actions for change each week and with your hypnosis program. You can repeat them out loud or simply listen to them. Included in your program are the following 15 tracks that have been specifically engineered to create positive energy and natural motivation: About Hypnosis Explanation of Tracks Introduction to Program Actions for Change, Week One Affirmations, Week One Actions for Change, Week Two Affirmations, Week Two Actions for Change, Week Three Affirmations, Week Three Morning Induction Afternoon Induction li 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joel Thielke. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/044711/bk_acx0_044711_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
More than anyone before him - more than Beethoven, Byron, even the preternatural Paganini - it was Franz Liszt who created one of the most enduring archetypes of the Romantic era: that of the artist, ´´who walks with God and brings down fire from heaven in order to kindle the hearts of humankind.´´ An innovative composer both for his own instrument and on an orchestral scale, Liszt was without a doubt the greatest pianist of his time and perhaps the greatest of all time, stunning even the most jaded critics and listeners everywhere he went with his sheer virtuosity and almost unbelievable musical gifts - even while playing whatever instrument was available in whatever hall he could find during his arduous travels by mail coach throughout Europe. Yet even though his fame and achievement make him one of the most written about composers of the 19th century, musically he remains the least understood. And as for his life, perhaps a good place to begin is with Felix Mendelssohn´s observation that Liszt´s character was ´´a continual alternation between scandal and apotheosis.´´ Still, for every lover of music, Liszt remains someone you must understand, and this eight-lecture series is an ideal place to begin your acquaintance with both the man and his music. 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/000120/bk_tcco_000120_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
More than many other composers, Gustav Mahler´s works are highly personal expressions of his inner world, a world of overwhelming alienation and loneliness - ´´thrice homeless,´´ in his own words, ´´as a Bohemian in Austria, as an Austrian among Germans, as a Jew throughout the world - everywhere an intruder, never welcomed.´´ Incredibly, Mahler was able to draw upon the diversity of this world that offered him no true home, as well as his often tortured inner world, to create rich and original music. It´s a music whose power you will be able to appreciate fully after experiencing this eight-lecture exploration of the life and work of this titan of post-Romantic musical history, a complex, anxiety-bound visionary whose continual search for perfection and the answers to life´s mysteries is profoundly reflected in his symphonies and songs. You´ll learn, through both lectures and musical excerpts, how his symphonies are vast repositories of his intellectual, emotional, and spiritual expression that made him the first exponent of Expressionism, the early 20th-century art movement that celebrates inner reality as the only reality - but explored by Mahler using the musical language of the century just ended. And you´ll learn how Mahler´s music is, ultimately, about himself: the lonely, isolated individual. 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/000121/bk_tcco_000121_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Guy Pratt came of age just as bass playing became sexy. Having dallied with punk legend Sylvain Sylvain, Pratt suddenly found himself on Top of the Pops and supporting David Bowie with smooth Australian outfit Icehouse. He became bass player to the stars, crawling from studio to bar and hotel to stadium Portakabin with the likes of Pink Floyd, Robert Palmer, Womack &Womack and Bryan Ferry. Guy has recorded with everyone from Madonna and Michael Jackson to McFly. He was in The Smiths for a week, and has travelled through customs in a wheelchair after a flight with Jimmy Page. Following the success of his live show at the 2005 Edinburgh Festival and the subsequent sell out tour of Australia, Guy Pratt’s narrates his bestselling book, My Bass and Other Animals, a witty, revealing but heartfelt memoir of life at the pointy end of the music business. When not playing with David Gilmour or Bryan Ferry, he continues to take the show around the world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Guy Pratt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/mkle/000001/bk_mkle_000001_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is the true story of how a lifelong search for love was fulfilled by divine revelation. In a sacred demonstration, an enlightened master revealed the secret to finding love´s treasure. The encounter could be called ´´other worldly´´ in the sense that the master, a wise and gentle spirit, is not human. However, it is an experience that anyone can have if they so choose. There are no special requirements. All one needs is a willingness to suspend, if only for an instant, the belief that humans are the only beings in the universe capable of love.Kevin McCourt is the creator of The Words & Music Series: Short Stories With A Soundtrack! His influences range from well-loved singer-songwriters to best-selling inspirational writers, and McCourt culls from both those worlds music and self-help to create his art.With his wife, Susan, McCourt created Project OneSong, a program that provides at-risk youth with the opportunity to develop relationships with abused animals in order to teach empathy as an alternative to violence. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin McCourt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bigh/000009/bk_bigh_000009_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.