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From the Booker Prize-shortlisted author of Harvest, Quarantine, and Being Dead, a tender new novel about music, lost love, and the way barely whispered fears and desires push their way into the light. Alfred Busi lives alone in his villa overlooking the waves, with only his trusted piano for company. Famed in his town for his music and songs, he is mourning the recent death of his wife and quietly living out his days--occasionally performing the classics in small venues, though never in the stadiums he could fill when in his prime. On the night before receiving his town's highest honour, Busi is wrested from his bed by noises in his courtyard, and then stunned by an attacking intruder. His hands and neck are scratched, and his face is bitten. Busi can't say what it was that he encountered, exactly, but he feels his assailant was neither man nor animal. The attack sets off a chain of events that will cast a shadow on Busi's career, imperil his home, and alter the fabric of his town. Busi's own account of what happened is embellished to fan the flames of old rumour--of an ancient race of people living in the surrounding forest--and to spark new controversy: something must finally be done about the town's poor, the feral vegabonds whose numbers have been growing. Meanwhile Busi, weathering a media storm, must come to terms with his wife's death and decide whether to sing one last time. The Melody is a story about grief and aging, about reputation and its loss, and the peculiar way myth seeps into real life. In trademark crystalline prose, Jim Crace portrays a man taking stock of his life and looking into an uncertain future, all while bearing witness to a community in the throes of great change--with echoes of today's most pressing social questions.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Jim Crace
Publisher: Penguin
Release: 2018-06-19
File: 272 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780735235229

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From the Man Booker shortlisted author of Harvest. Alfred Busi, famed in his town for his music and songs, is mourning the recent death of his wife and quietly living out his days in the large villa he has always called home. Then one night Busi is attacked by a creature he disturbs as it raids the contents of his larder. Busi is convinced that what assaulted him was no animal, but a child, ‘innocent and wild’, and his words fan the flames of old rumour – of an ancient race of people living in the bosk surrounding the town – and new controversy: the town’s paupers, the feral wastrels at its edges, must be dealt with. Once and for all. Lyrical and warm, intimate and epic, The Melody by Jim Crace tracks the few days that will see Busi and the town he loves altered irrevocably. This is a story about grief and ageing, about reputation and the loss of it, about love and music and the peculiar way myth seeps into real life. And it is a political novel too – a rallying cry to protect those we persecute. 'The Melody takes its place among his finest [novels] . . . an ecological fable for modern times' Guardian

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Jim Crace
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Release: 2018-02-08
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 9781509841394

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Alfred Busi lives alone in his villa overlooking the waves. Famed in his tiny Mediterranean town for his music, he is mourning the recent death of his wife and quietly living out his days. Then one night, Busi is viciously attacked by an intruder in his own courtyard—bitten and scratched. He insists his assailant was neither man nor animal. Soon, Busi’s account of what happened is being embellished to fan the flames of old rumor—of an ancient race of people living in the surrounding forest. It is also used to spark new controversy, inspiring claims that something must finally be done about the town’s poor, whose numbers have been growing. In trademark crystalline prose, Jim Crace portrays a man taking stock of his life and looking into an uncertain future, while bearing witness to a community in the throes of great change.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Jim Crace
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
Release: 2018-06-19
File: 240 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780385543729

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Martin Williams has probably introduced more people to jazz than anyone alive, as editor of "The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz", editor of "The Jazz Masters Series", and author of this superb beginner's guide to jazz. The book addresses the basic questions -- what jazz players do to a popular melody when they improvise and how best to hear and appreciate it. With chapters on the blues, the art of Billie Holiday, Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck, and notes on live jazz -- close-ups of Thelonious Monk and Big Joe Turner in performance -- and suggestions for a basic library of jazz records, this book will aid the perplexed and reward the already knowledgeable. -- From publisher's description.

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Genre: Music
Author: Martin Williams
Publisher: Da Capo Press, Incorporated
Release: 1983-03-21
File: 205 Pages
ISBN-13: UCSD:31822006891915

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Genre: Elocution
Author: John Walker
Publisher:
Release: 1787
File: 70 Pages
ISBN-13: PRNC:32101067671568

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Joe Davis, the focus of The Melody Man, enjoyed a 50-year career in the music industry, which covered nearly every aspect of the business. He hustled sheet music in the 1920s, copyrighted compositions by artists as diverse as Fats Waller, Carson Robison, Otis Blackwell, and Rudy Vallee, oversaw hundreds of recording session, and operated several record companies beginning in the 1940s. Davis also worked fearlessly to help insure that black recording artists and song writers gained equal treatment for their work. Much more than a biography, this book is an investigation of the role played by music publishers during much of the twentieth century. Joe Davis was not a music “great” but he was one of those individuals who enabled “greats” to emerge. A musician, manager, and publisher, his long career reveals much about the nature of the music industry and offers insight into how the industry changed from the 1920s to the 1970s. By the summer of 1924, when Davis was handling the “Race talent” for Ajax records, he had already worked in the music business for most of a decade and there was more than five decades of musical career ahead of him. The fact that his fascinating life has gone so long under-appreciated is remedied by the publication of Never Sell A Copyright. Originally published in England, in 1990, Never Sell a Copyright: Joe Davis and His Role in the New York Music Scene, 1916-1978 was never released in the United States and available in a very limited print run in England. The author, noted blues scholar and folklorist Bruce Bastin, has worked with fellow music scholar Kip Lornell to completely update, condense, and improve the book for this first-ever American edition.

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Genre: Music
Author: Bruce Bastin
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
Release: 2012-07-02
File: 336 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781617032776

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I’ve come to believe that the Lord opens doors before me and closes them behind me, and if I don’t drag my feet too much, He will take me where He wants me to be. It’s exciting to explore the rooms along the way. With my husband’s help and encouragement every step of the way, I’ve tried to take advantage of opportunities that have knocked. This is part of the journey. These recollections of events from the past were purposely pursued in order to find lessons I had learned—or should have learned—from a life rich with many people, students, family and friends who share a part. I think that this book, an my desire to help you through it, is one of the open doors.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Mary Joe Clendenin
Publisher: iUniverse
Release: 2000-12-01
File: 156 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780595158478

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Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Author: Patricia Shannon
Publisher: Patricia Shannon
Release: 2011-08-10
File: Pages
ISBN-13:

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In the Orthodox Christian faith the elements of liturgy, scripture, hymnody, and iconography are the instruments or "voices" of a melody of faith. Here Vigen Guroian presents the fundamental beliefs of Orthodox Christianity through the metaphor of music. Often drawing on his personal religious experience, Guroian weaves together the themes of creation and new creation, beginning and end, sin and holiness, Incarnation and deification, sacrifice and salvation. Guroian explores the dogmatic foundation of this rich faith in six chapters, or "movements." Through discussing Syrian, Armenian, Byzantine, and Russian iconography and Gospel illuminations --- illustrated by icons and Armenian miniatures --- he further reveals how Orthodox Christianity expresses theology as much in art as through language. As a whole, Guroian's Melody of Faith beautifully captures the spirit of Orthodox Christianity and takes readers to the theological heart of the Orthodox faith. "In this lovely book Vigen Guroian sets forth the compelling beauty of Orthodox faith in its own right, on its own terms, as someone who loves the faith and lives it. At the end, the reader will have not just an idea of what Orthodoxy is but also a sense of what it is to participate in it. In the words of the Apostle John, come and see. Come and listen." --- Frederica Mathewes-Green author of Facing East: A Pilgrim's Journey into the Mysteries of Orthodoxy "No one should presume that The Melody of Faith simply provides a better understanding of Orthodox theology, because it does much more. In this book Vigen Guroian helps the reader understand, see, and sing the Christian mysteries, for Creation is a Trinitarian love song that envelops us all." --- Stanley Hauerwas author of Hannah's Child: A Theologian's Memoir

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Genre: Religion
Author: Vigen Guroian
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Release: 2010-08-03
File: 158 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780802864963

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Genre: Religion
Author: Jaroslav Pelikan
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release: 2014-02-01
File: 284 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781625646453

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