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  • Why Classical Music Still Mattersby Lawrence Kramer

    University of California Press 2007; US$ 23.95

    "What can be done about the state of classical music?" Lawrence Kramer asks in this elegant, sharply observed, and beautifully written extended essay. Classical music, whose demise has been predicted for at least a decade, has always had its staunch advocates, but in today?s media-saturated world there are real concerns about its viability. Why Classical... more...

  • Sound Ideasby Aden Evens

    University of Minnesota Press 2005; US$ 70.50

    Aden Evens provides an acute consideration of how music becomes sensible, advancing original variations on the themes of creativity and habit, analog and digital technologies, and improvisation and repetition. Sound Ideas reinvents the philosophy of music in a way that encompasses traditional aspects of musicology, avant-garde explorations of music's... more...

  • Developing Variationsby Rose Rosengard Subotnik

    University of Minnesota Press 1987; US$ 90.00

    Combines into a cohesive statement the author’s pathbreaking critical essays on Western music. more...

  • The Musical Workby Michael Talbot

    Liverpool University Press 2000; US$ 70.00

    Like literature and art, music has ‘works’. But not every piece of music is called a work, and not every musical performance is made up of works. The complexities of this situation are explored in these essays, which examine a broad swathe of western music. From plainsong to the symphony, from Duke Ellington to the Beatles, this is at root... more...

  • Who Needs Classical Music?by Julian Johnson

    Oxford University Press 2011; US$ 12.99

    During the last few decades, most cultural critics have come to agree that the division between "high" and "low" art is an artificial one, that Beethoven's Ninth and "Blue Suede Shoes" are equally valuable as cultural texts. In Who Needs Classical Music? , Julian Johnson challenges these assumptions about the relativism of cultural judgements. The... more...

  • The Contradictions of Jazzby Paul Rinzler

    Scarecrow Press 2008; US$ 64.99

    The Contradictions of Jazz examines four pairs of opposites in jazz-freedom and responsibility, creativity and tradition, individualism and interconnectedness, and assertion and openness-and explores their position and presence in jazz to create a humanistic and existential view of the genre. more...

  • Time and the Warm Bodyby David Burrows

    BRILL 2007; US$ 86.00

    This study deals with time and with music, and the link between the two is the suggestion that music is a modeling of the way we construct time. Time?the now, duration, succession and order of succession; the past, the future?is seen as a resource for managing systemic disequilibrium and as the evolutionary elaboration of the now. more...

  • Sounding Offby Peter Kivy

    OUP Oxford 2012; US$ 64.99

    This volume presents a selection of lively essays on philosophy of music by Peter Kivy, the leading expert on the subject. He explores the nature of musical genius; the subject of authenticity in performance and interpretation; musical representation and meaning; and the notion of music as the pure, formal structure of expressive sound. more...

  • The Musician's Trustby James Jordan; James Whitbourn

    Gia Publications 2013; US$ 22.99

    Drawing from their own experiences as conductors, composers, producers, and teachers, musical collaborators James Jordan and James Whitbourn bring the importance of trust to the forefront in this exploration, examining the many facets of this often mysterious quality within an individual and an ensemble context both. Among the topics the authors discuss... more...

  • The Future of Musicby Edward J. Dent; K. A. Wright Obe

    Elsevier Science 2014; US$ 31.95

    The Future of Music was first published under the title TERPANDER or Music and the Future in 1926 in a series ""To-day and Tomorrow"" (Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co. Ltd.). It has been reset and is reissued as a tribute to a great British musician, Edward J. Dent. Dent was fifty years old when he wrote this little book the future of music. Though... more...