How Shostakovich Changed My Mind

Author: Stephen Johnson

Publisher: New York Review of Books

ISBN: 1910749451

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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A powerful look at the extraordinary healing effect of music on sufferers of mental illness, including author Stephen Johnson's struggle with bipolar disorder. BBC music broadcaster Stephen Johnson explores the power of Shostakovich’s music during Stalin’s reign of terror, and writes of the extraordinary healing effect of music on sufferers of mental illness. Johnson looks at neurological, psychotherapeutic and philosophical findings, and reflects on his own experience, where he believes Shostakovich’s music helped him survive the trials and assaults of bipolar disorder. There is no escapism, no false consolation in Shostakovich’s greatest music: this is some of the darkest, saddest, at times bitterest music ever composed. So why do so many feel grateful to Shostakovich for having created it—not just Russians, but westerners like Stephen Johnson, brought up in a very different, far safer kind of society? The book includes interviews with the members of the orchestra who performed Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony during the siege of that city.

Let There Be Art

Author: Rachel Marie Kang

Publisher: Revell

ISBN: 1493438921

Category: Religion

Page: 227

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Perhaps in no other way do we more vibrantly reflect our creator than with our creativity. Whether through music, writing, baking, painting, posting on social media, dancing, or any other form of artistic expression within our grasp, we were created to create. Yet, there are times we may be unsure about our art, times when our creating and making doesn't feel possible or purposeful or practical. Rachel Marie Kang wants you to know that your art is not peripheral to life--it is at the very heart of why you exist and what you have to offer to yourself and to the world. In Let There Be Art, she gives you permission to embrace the peace, pleasure, and purpose inherent in your art and in the process of making it. This passionate, creative, and cathartic journey invites you to create truthfully out of the broken and beautiful pieces of your life, as well as offer your heart and your art in hopes of helping a hurting world.

Stumbling toward Zion

Author: David W. Smith

Publisher: Langham Publishing

ISBN: 178368819X

Category: Religion

Page: 166

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In this powerful and challenging book, David W. Smith identifies a crisis at the heart of the church. It is the crisis of triumphalism – the tendency to avoid honest engagement with brokenness and suffering, privileging victory while rejecting the practice of lament. This imbalance, Smith argues, threatens to undermine the credibility of faith for a watching world, alienating those experiencing hardship and oppression; those wrestling with doubt, uncertainty, and loss. In Stumbling toward Zion, Smith reclaims the importance of lament throughout Scripture – from the Old Testament to the gospel narratives and Paul’s letters – and explores the history and impact of its loss within certain church traditions. World Christianity, with its heartlands in contexts of poverty, war and persecution, has a crucial role to play in recovering an understanding of God’s love for a suffering creation capable of restoring the credibility of Christian witness in the midst of our brokenness. Containing practical application for church life and mission, Smith offers an opportunity to reengage with biblical lament, rediscover neglected aspects of Christian faith, and reawaken to God’s heart for a suffering world.

The Essay At the Limits

Author: Mario Aquilina

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 135013449X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

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In the hands of such writers as Rebecca Solnit, Claudia Rankine, David Shields, Zadie Smith and many others, the essay has re-emerged as a powerful literary form for tackling a fractious 21st-century culture. The Essay at the Limits brings together leading scholars to explore the theory, the poetics and the future of the form. The book links the formal innovations and new voices that have emerged in the 21st-century essay to the history and theory of the essay. In so doing, it surveys the essay from its origins to its relation to contemporary cultural forms, from the novel to poetry, film to music, and from political articles to intimate lyrical expressions. The book examines work by writers such as: Theodor W. Adorno, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Francis Bacon, James Baldwin, Roland Barthes, Maurice Blanchot, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Annie Dillard, Brian Dillon, Jean Genet, William Hazlitt, Samuel Johnson, Karl Ove Knaussgaard, Ben Lerner, Audre Lorde, Oscar Wilde, Michel de Montaigne, Zadie Smith, Rebecca Solnit, Wallace Stevens, Eliot Weinberger and Virginia Woolf.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Author: Michael Neenan,Windy Dryden

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1000332993

Category: Psychology

Page: 298

View: 8485


Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: 100 Key Points and Techniques is a crisp, concise elaboration of the 100 main features of the very popular and evidence-based CBT approach within the field of psychotherapy. In recent decades CBT has been applied to an ever-increasing number of problems (including anxiety disorders, substance abuse and eating disorders) and populations (children, adolescents and older people). With newly incorporated material on supervision, this extensively revised and updated third edition covers CBT theory and practice. Divided into helpful sections, the topics covered include: Misconceptions about CBT Teaching the cognitive model Assessment→case conceptualization→treatment planning Ways of detecting and answering negative automatic thoughts (NATs) Homework (between-session assignments) Conducting behavioural experiments Uncovering and restructuring intermediate and core beliefs Relapse management Resistance Supervision Third wave CBT This compact, usable book is an essential guide for psychotherapists and counsellors, both trainee and qualified, who need to ensure they are entirely familiar with the key features of CBT as part of a general introduction to the current major psychotherapies.

Music and Story

Author: Yiannis Grabriel

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1665596619

Category: Music

Page: 172

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Music tells stories. Musical stories entertain and stimulate in moments of boredom, they offer solace in times of despair, they create solidarity in times of loneliness, they liberate the imagination and open up visions of a better future. Musical stories also become parts of our personal life narratives that sustain feed us. This book is about the stories that music tells and the beauty and emotional power of these stories. This book is about the stories that music tells and the beauty and emotional power of these stories. When successful, these stories can provide dazzling insights into the lives that we lead, with its joys and sufferings, its reversals, its errors, deceptions and self-deceptions. This book offers a panorama of musical stories linked to pieces of classical music that have long fascinated the author, including operas, symphonies, song-cycles and chamber music. A close reading of these stories shows how profoundly music can affect and change the listeners: how it celebrates the triumphs of the human spirit, opening windows into our own unconscious minds, helping us to better understand ourselves, our fellow human beings, politics, religion, leadership, sex, difference, love, death and every other major aspect of human life. Critical acclaim: Imagine a friend who loved music, and who would keep saying interesting things about the music they loved. Their taste is not the same as yours, but their comments and stories make you want to listen to some of their favourite music, and also give you a different appreciation of the music that you love. Then imagine that this friend’s interesting comments were grounded in hours and years of intense listening, that they had an unusual perspective to bring to the party (music as story), and that they said it all with grace and eloquence, and with the light touch of a gossip column. That is what this book is like. Enjoy it, and have your streaming device ready to explore! - David Sims, Storyteller, Musician, Emeritus Professor of Organizational Behaviour City University, In a world where commerce dictates the Arts, it is a joy to read this book , written with love and deep understanding as a heartfelt response to real music by my friend Yiannis, a fellow traveller in search of musical truth! - Bruno Schrecker (cellist with the Allegri String Quartet 1968-1999) ‘This is a book for music lovers’ says Yiannis Gabriel. The notion of love is crucial here. Academic musicology, however useful and insightful, rarely if ever, touches on the subjective experience of listening to music. But to believe that music is an objective experience, which can be adequately explained in scientific (or quasi-scientific) terms, or reduced to a socio-political epiphenomenon, is an illusion - comforting to some perhaps, but deadly when it comes to the individual’s experience of discovering and learning to love a musical work. As with all things that matter to us, we try to make sense of music, not through factual analysis, but by weaving stories in our imaginations. This is both an intensely creative and an intensely personal experience. As the philosopher Ernst Bloch put it, ‘When we listen to music, what we really hear is ourselves.’ Yiannis Gabriel’s book is a highly personal account of his experience of music: of the stories it has told to him and of the life-experiences in which those stories have played a very positive part. Far from being solipsistic or self-indulgent, far from telling us what we should hear when we listen to music, it invites us to follow his example and find stories and meanings of our own within the musical works he loves best. These are those for whom, in Nietzsche’s famous phrase, ‘Without music, life would be a mistake’. On reading this book, the conclusion we reach is that, with music’s help, life is not a mistake, but a creative adventure. - Stephen Johnson, composer, author, musicologist This is a wonderful book about music. Yiannis Gabriel's depth of knowledge and the infectious enthusiasm he has for the music he loves radiates through every chapter. He makes you think about your own responses to music you already know, and he is also a willing guide to music that may be less familiar. He has listened carefully to more music than most of us, both joyfully and seriously. Read the book, listen to the music, go for a walk. You will feel better for it. - Nigel Beaham-Powell, Composer and Subject Leader in Commercial Music, Bath Spa University From the golden age of western classical listening, Gabriel’s eloquent voice reminds us how moving classical music can be. - Daniel Leech-Wilkinson, Emeritus Professor of Music, King’s College London

Sound Within Sound

Author: Kate Molleson

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571363245

Category: Music

Page: 256

View: 9320


A radical new book by journalist, critic and BBC Radio 3 broadcaster Kate Molleson, which fundamentally changes the way we think about classical music and the musicians who made it on a global scale. 'Wonderful . . . This is a book of discovery that speaks of music as a life force, that urges us to live our lives through music. ' COSEY FANNI TUTTI 'A marvellous book that opens our ears to sonic worlds that will enrich and delight us, whoever and wherever we are.' IAN McMILLAN 'A clear-eyed, utterly fascinating exploration of outsiders in classical music. Molleson's excellent book challenges and enlightens.' SINÉAD GLEESON This is the impassioned and exhilarating story of the composers who dared to challenge the conventional world of classical music in the twentieth century. Traversing the globe from Ethiopia and the Philippines to Mexico, Jerusalem, Russia and beyond, journalist, critic and BBC Radio 3 broadcaster Kate Molleson tells the stories of ten figures who altered the course of musical history, only to be sidelined and denied recognition during an era that systemically favoured certain sounds - and people - over others. A celebration of radical creativity rooted in ideas of protest, gender, race, ecology and resistance, Sound Within Sound is an energetic reappraisal of twentieth-century classical music that opens up the world far beyond its established centres, challenges stereotypical portrayals of the genre and shatters its traditional canon. 'Sound Within Sound is absolutely inspiring. Everyone who loves music should own this book.' CHARLOTTE HIGGINS 'A necessary and deeply humane reshaping of music histories. It undoes the narrowing constraints of the classical canon, leaving the culture - and the reader - beautifully enriched.' EMMA WARREN 'Marvellous . . . Molleson has quietly become a John Peel-like figure.' THE WIRE

Peace Be Still

Author: Robert Marovich

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252053052

Category: Music

Page: 224

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In September of 1963, Reverend Lawrence Roberts and the Angelic Choir of the First Baptist Church of Nutley, New Jersey, teamed with rising gospel star James Cleveland to record Peace Be Still. The LP and its haunting title track became a phenomenon. Robert M. Marovich draws on extensive oral interviews and archival research to chart the history of Peace Be Still and the people who created it. Emerging from an established gospel music milieu, Peace Be Still spent several years as the bestselling gospel album of all time. As such, it forged a template for live recordings of services that transformed the gospel music business and Black worship. Marovich also delves into the music's connection to fans and churchgoers, its enormous popularity then and now, and the influence of the Civil Rights Movement on the music's message and reception. The first in-depth history of a foundational recording, Peace Be Still shines a spotlight on the people and times that created a gospel music touchstone.

Shostakovich and His World

Author: Laurel E. Fay

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691232199

Category: Music

Page: 432

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Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) has a reputation as one of the leading composers of the twentieth century. But the story of his controversial role in history is still being told, and his full measure as a musician still being taken. This collection of essays goes far in expanding the traditional purview of Shostakovich's world, exploring the composer's creativity and art in terms of the expectations--historical, cultural, and political--that forged them. The collection contains documents that appear for the first time in English. Letters that young "Miti" wrote to his mother offer a glimpse into his dreams and ambitions at the outset of his career. Shostakovich's answers to a 1927 questionnaire reveal much about his formative tastes in the arts and the way he experienced the creative process. His previously unknown letters to Stalin shed new light on Shostakovich's position within the Soviet artistic elite. The essays delve into neglected aspects of Shostakovich's formidable legacy. Simon Morrison provides an in-depth examination of the choreography, costumes, décor, and music of his ballet The Bolt and Gerard McBurney of the musical references, parodies, and quotations in his operetta Moscow, Cheryomushki. David Fanning looks at Shostakovich's activities as a pedagogue and the mark they left on his students' and his own music. Peter J. Schmelz explores the composer's late-period adoption of twelve-tone writing in the context of the distinctively "Soviet" practice of serialism. Other contributors include Caryl Emerson, Christopher H. Gibbs, Levon Hakobian, Leonid Maximenkov, and Rosa Sadykhova. In a provocative concluding essay, Leon Botstein reflects on the different ways listeners approach the music of Shostakovich.

Shostakovich in Context

Author: Rosamund Bartlett,Leverhulme Research Fellow in Russian Cultural History Rosamund Bartlett

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 224

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This volume presents recent research into Dmitri Shostakovich's life (1906-1975) and work by leading British, American, Russian, and Israeli scholars. It is occasioned by the ever-growing interest in a composer whose significance in and for the history of twentieth-century music is, as Richard Taruskin has commented, immense, possibly unparalleled and above all, continuing. The authors of the thirteen articles are musicologists, Russian literature specialists, biographers, and cultural historians, whose diverse fields of expertise are reflected in the interdisciplinary nature of the materials collected here. The collection presents Shostakovich and his legacy in a variety of different contexts and its interdisciplinary nature will also serve to open up discussion. In this way, it breaks from previous tendencies to focus on the purely extrinsic qualities of the composers musical oeuvre, which has so often been interpreted in terms of autobiography. The chapters span the composers entire career and contain substantial amounts of new information about Shostakovich and his musical legacy.