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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).
So then, what sort of creature is portrayed within the pages of this manuscript? A man who goes through woman after woman, refusing to rest on the Sabbath of Wives and dies after completing his task, from a cancer, perhaps inadvertently self caused. But these are details. Try as I might, using all the forms of analysis available to me, I cannot construct an explanatory system which satisfies me as containing him. I must then conclude that this man, our man, partakes of Reality and all my paltry attempts to explain him are vain. Therefore it is with some humility that I present to you, reader, the story of a Man!
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