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Bach, Johann Sebastian; Beethoven, Ludwig Van & Brahms, Johannes (Composer/Subjects). "UNLOCKING THE MASTERS" DELUXE SET: BACH'S KEYBOARD MUSIC, BEETHOVEN'S SYMPHONIES, AND BRAHMS: A LISTENER'S GUIDE. New York City, NY: Amadeus Press, 2010. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 500 pages. As New.

Retrospective collection of book-length accounts. Now widely regarded as one of the finest modern Introductions to the music of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms. The first appearance of the individual titles in a Slipcased Set Edition. Published in a regular first print run as softcover originals only. Should not be confused with the individual volumes. Without DJ's, as issued. Presents, in an elegant boxed set, the music of The Three B's, in accessible, illuminating book-length Introductions that scholars, musicians, and listeners alike will find engaging and indispensable. "Along with Beethoven's sonatas and the purely idiomatic works for piano of Chopin and Debussy, the solo keyboard music of Johann Sebastian Bach represents the heart of the pianist's repertory; in the more specialized field of music for the organ, Bach's primacy is beyond challenge. The composer's tendency to work exhaustively in tightly structured formats, such as the Forty-Eight Preludes and Fugues of The Well-Tempered Clavier, provides a natural framework for this study, but the power, beauty, high polish, and occasionally, the sheer strangeness of Bach's imagination are also carefully examined" (Publisher's blurb on Bach). "Shows how he bridged the Classical and Romantic Eras. Readers are treated to a detailed nuts-and-bolts description of each of the nine Beethoven symphonies. Perfect for anyone who wants to read, listen, and learn more about Beethoven, and discover how this musical genius changed the face of orchestral music forever" (On Beethoven). Explores in depth the composer's private world of musical intimacies that infuriated Wagner but inspired Schumann, Schoenberg, and millions of music lovers for generations to come. Addresses a controversial issue long-neglected by biographers and critics: Did Brahms sire an illegitimate child, and in the absence of concrete evidence, did he leave behind clues in his allusion-rich music?" (On Brahms). The point of listening to truly great music is to discover and experience, in all its richness and fullness, a particular and unique "sound world". It is not just about un-knotting music's closely intertwined elements (melody, rhythm, harmony, tonal color/instrumentation) and as pleasurable as listening to various song traditions can be, the "sound world" offers a much more complex (therefore demanding) fusion never heard before or not heard before with the same emphasis, intensity, and beauty. An absolute "must-have" title for Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms listener/collectors. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of very few copies of the Slipcased Set still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce set thus. 3 CD's attached at the end of each volume. Three of the greatest composers of all time. A flawless set. . ISBN 1574671928. $70.00

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