R. J. Stove’s A Student’s Guide to Music History is a concise account, written for the intelligent lay reader, of classical music’s development from the early Middle Ages onwards. Beginning with a discussion of Hildegard von Bingen, a twelfth-century German nun and composer, and the origins of plainchant, Stove’s narrative recounts the rise (and ever-increasing complexity) of harmony during the medieval world, the differences between secular and sacred music, the glories of the contrapuntal style, and the origins of opera. Stove then relates the achievements of the high baroque period, the very different idioms that prevailed during the late eighteenth century, and the emergence of Romanticism, with its emphasis upon the artist-hero. With the late nineteenth century came a growing emphasis on musical patriotism, writes Stove, especially in Spain, Hungary, Russia, Bohemia, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and the United States. A final section discusses the trends that have characterized music since 1945. Stove’s guide also singles out eminent composers for special coverage, including Palestrina, Monteverdi, Handel, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Wagner, Verdi, Brahms, Debussy, Richard Strauss, Sibelius, and Messiaen. As a brief orientation to the history and countours of classical music, A Student’s Guide to Music History is an unparalleled resource.
Modern culture would have you believe that everyone has a soul mate; that romance is the most important part of a successful marriage; that marriage does not mean 'til death do us part, but merely for as long as my needs are being met; and that when serious differences arise, divorce is the best solution. According to the Bible, all of these modern-day assumptions miss what marriage is all about. In The Meaning of Marriage-a six-session video-based Bible study-Timothy Keller, along with Kathy, his wife of forty years, draws a profound portrait of marriage from the pages of Scripture that neither idealizes nor rejects the institution but points us back to the relationship between God and man. The result is a vision for marriage that is refreshingly frank and unsentimental, yet hopeful and beautiful. This six-session video Bible study is for anyone from singles to couples considering marriage to those who have been married recently or for a long time. Sessions include: * Service: Marriage Isn't about You * Covenant: Created to Make Promises * Roles: Loving through Mutual Submission * Singleness: Strengthening the Spiritual Family * Sex: The Act of Covenant Renewal * Hope: Seeing the Great Horizon Designed for use with The Meaning of Marriage DVD 9780310876137 (sold separately).
This book is a step-by-step estate planning guide for a single person.There are individual chapters about estate plans for singles with minor children; singles with adult children; and singles without children. If you already have an estate plan, use the book to evaluate if your estate plan is up-to-date or if changes are necessary.Some of the topics included are: wills don't avoid probate; beneficiary designations supersede wills; a power of attorney terminates when you die; always name an alternate power of attorney; estate taxes (updated to reflect 2013 estate tax law); a properly funded living trust will avoid probate; how to pick an estate planning attorney; and how a living trust differs from living wills. FormsThere are no do-it-yourself legal forms, but there are 10 forms and checklists for download (included in the price of the book) which make estate planning comprehensive, efficient and easy. A Personal Note from the Author"Although I've been an estate planning and probate attorney for 30 years, I'm really in the Peace of Mind business. Once you have your affairs in order, you will have made things as easy as possible for your family and you will achieve peace of mind."
The USA has 76 percent of the world's serial killers. During the 1980s, FBI special agents traveled around the country to conduct death row interviews with 198 of them. The FBI agents from Quantico gained valuable insights into a predator's mindset. This information formed the basis of a new field of study called behavioral profiling.
This face-to-face research continues today. Thousands of serial rapists and sexual murderers have disclosed tricks of the trade to criminal profilers and forensic psychiatrists. But what the professionals discovered about their modus operandi has never been made available to those who need it most-their prey-and Alison Summers wants to change that. She spent seven years collecting material from FBI behavioral profilers, and forensic psychologists and psychiatrists, and then she condensed a treasure trove of lifesaving information into this easy-to-read guide for women and girls.
Experts believe a predator's best weapon is surprise. In this book, Summers takes that weapon away. Using real-life cases, prison interviews, and testimonies by rape survivors, Summers analyzes elements that are needed for the criminal's plan to succeed, and how we might outwit him. She shows us how to view people and hunting grounds through predatory eyes, and lists simple precautions that have saved lives. The author reveals the most popular ruses and verbal persuasions predators to use to win a victim's trust.
A Girl's Guide to a Criminal Mind is an original and powerful survival guide for women and girls who want to take back the night.
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