Arrived on New Academic the Week of January 6, 2014

9780802868527[1] Playing Before the Lord: The Life and Work of Joseph Haydn by Calvin R. Stapert (Eerdmans. 9780802868527. Paperback. $24.00)

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) has been called the father of the symphony and the string quartet. A friend of Mozart and a teacher of Beethoven, "Papa" Haydn composed an amazing variety of music — symphonies, string quartets, concerti, masses, operas, oratorios, keyboard works — and his prolific output celebrates both the heights and depths of life.

In this fascinating book Calvin Stapert combines his skills as a biographer and a musicologist to recount Haydn’s steady rise from humble origins to true musical greatness. Unlike other biographers, Stapert argues that Haydn’s work was a product of his devout Catholic faith, even though he worked mainly as a court musician and the bulk of his output was in popular genres. In addition to telling Haydn’s life story, Stapert includes accessible listening guides to The Creation and portions of other well-known works to help Haydn listeners more fully appreciate the brilliance behind his music.

 

Old Testament EssentialsOld Testament Essentials: Creation, Conquest, Exile and Return by Tremper Longman III (The Essentials Series. IVP Connect. 9780830810512. Paperback. $18.00)

"Tremper Longman is for me–and countless others–a treasured ‘go-to’ resource to uncover the treasures of Old Testament wisdom. This survey will be of huge value to anyone who wants the big picture of the Great Story." —John Ortberg

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