Learning about symphonic music is a rewarding journey we'd love to share with you. We invite you to browse some of our favourite music resources!
Symphony Nova Scotia Responds to the Community – October 2012
With the municipal elections well underway within the HRM, please consider our response to the community as a whole.
Maestro Gueller Recommends
"My reading encompasses whatever I am working on at the time – or coming up. So here are a couple of books that I have been immersed in recently."
Tchaikovsky, by Edward Garden. "This biography is particularly interesting because it brings to light another way of looking at his highly dramatic death." Available at libraries through Novanet and at Amazon.ca.
"To my best friend": Correspondence between Tchaikovsky and Nadezhda von Meck 1876-1878. Available at Amazon.ca.
Gustav Mahler--Richard Strauss: Correspondence 1888-1911. "You know my love for all things Mahler. The interesting thing is that Mahler and Strauss were almost the same age; both were masters of the big orchestra, but their music is so completely different. One was mainly a symphonic composer, the other was mainly opera. Both were conductors as well as composers, and they supported each other by conducting one another's works. To be able to read the exchange of thoughts about music between two geniuses is fantastic." Available at libraries through Novanet and at Amazon.ca.
"Leonard Bernstein was one of the most remarkable musicians and men of his time."
The Unanswered Question: Six Talks at Harvard, by Leonard Bernstein. "These talks form a very entertaining and informative journey through music. No one has done this quite like Bernstein." Available at libraries through Novanet and at Amazon.ca.
Findings, by Leonard Bernstein. "Fascinating and intelligent reflections." Available at Amazon.ca
Music and the Orchestra
More familiar than you think!
Whether we realize it or not, classical music is a part of all our lives.
Just what is an orchestra, anyway?
How the orchestra as we know it came to be.
Symphony Nova Scotia History
Learn how our orchestra has grown over the past 30 years.
Music and Science
Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, by Oliver Sacks.
An informative and entertaining look at music and its relationship to the brain. Available at libraries through Novanet or Halifax Public Libraries and at Amazon.ca.
Oxford Music Online
One of the most comprehensive online resources for classical music - a must for those who want to know the ins and outs of their favourite composers, compositions, and more!
The Essentials of Music
A great resource on classical music put together by W.W. Norton. Contains background information on each period of classical music, composer biographies, a glossary of keywords, and musical examples.
The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada
Learn everything there is to know about Canada's musical culture.
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