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  • Music in the Nineteenth Centuryby Richard Taruskin

    Oxford University Press, USA 2009; US$ 34.99

    The universally acclaimed and award-winning Oxford History of Western Music is the eminent musicologist Richard Taruskin's provocative, erudite telling of the story of Western music from its earliest days to the present. Each book in this superlative five-volume set illuminates-through a representative sampling of masterworks-the themes, styles,... more...

  • Music in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuriesby Richard Taruskin

    Oxford University Press, USA 2009; US$ 34.99

    The universally acclaimed and award-winning Oxford History of Western Music is the eminent musicologist Richard Taruskin's provocative, erudite telling of the story of Western music from its earliest days to the present. Each book in this superlative five-volume set illuminates-through a representative sampling of masterworks-the themes, styles,... more...

  • Enchanted Eveningsby Geoffrey Block

    Oxford University Press, USA 2009; US$ 20.99

    This new second edition of Enchanted Evenings offers theater lovers an illuminating behind-the-scenes tour of some of America's best loved, most admired, and most enduring musicals. Readers will find such all-time favorites as Show Boat, Carousel, Kiss Me, Kate, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with... more...

  • The Italian Traditions and Pucciniby Nicholas Baragwanath

    Indiana University Press 2011; US$ 42.99

    In this groundbreaking survey of the fundamentals, methods, and formulas that were taught at Italian music conservatories during the 19th century, Nicholas Baragwanath explores the compositional significance of tradition in Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi, Boito, and, most importantly, Puccini. Taking account of some 400 primary sources, Baragwanath... more...

  • Ancient Drama in Music for the Modern Stageby Peter Brown; Suzana Ograjen?ek

    Oxford University Press 2010; US$ 159.99

    Opera was invented at the end of the sixteenth century in imitation of the supposed style of delivery of ancient Greek tragedy, and, since then, operas based on Greek drama have been among the most important in the repertoire. This collection of essays by leading authorities in the fields of Classics, Musicology, Dance Studies, English Literature,... more...

  • The Flower of Paradiseby David J. Rothenberg

    Oxford University Press, USA 2011; US$ 34.99

    There is a striking similarity between Marian devotional songs and secular love songs of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance. Two disparate genres-one sacred, the other secular; one Latin, the other vernacular-both praise an idealized, impossibly virtuous woman. Each does so through highly stylized derivations of traditional medieval song forms-Marian... more...

  • Desire and Pleasure in Seventeenth-Century Musicby Susan McClary

    University of California Press 2012; US$ 63.00

    In this book, Susan McClary examines the mechanisms through which seventeenth-century musicians simulated extreme affective states?desire, divine rapture, and ecstatic pleasure. She demonstrates how every major genre of the period, from opera to religious music to instrumental pieces based on dances, was part of this striving for heightened passions... more...

  • Music of the Middle Ages: Volume 1by Giulio Cattin; Steven Botterill

    Cambridge University Press 1984; US$ 42.00

    A unique history of the vast repertory of monophonic music of the Middle Ages. more...

  • The Age of Mozart and Beethovenby Giorgio Pestelli; Eric Cross

    Cambridge University Press 1984; US$ 36.00

    An examination of one of the crucial periods of musical history, viewed against the social and political background of the time. more...

  • The Classic FM Concise Hall of Fameby Darren Henley; Tim Lihoreau; Sam Jackson

    Elliott & Thompson 2011; US$ 12.73

    The Concise Classic FM Hall of Fame celebrates classical music?s unique ability to stir the emotions of a listener ? whether it?s the haunting melodies of Górecki?s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs or Purcell?s Dido and Aeneas; the passionately charged opening bars of Beethoven?s Symphony No. 5; dramatic operas such as Puccini?s La bohčme; the moving sounds... more...