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  • The Advent Projectby James W. McKinnon

    University of California Press 2000; US$ 70.00 US$ 59.50

    In his final accomplishment of an extraordinarily distinguished career, James W. McKinnon considers the musical practices of the early Church in this incisive examination of the history of Christian chant from the years a.d. 200 to 800. The result is an important book that is certain to have a long-lasting impact on musicology, religious studies, and... more...

  • Proof through the Nightby Glenn Watkins

    University of California Press 2002; US$ 60.00 US$ 51.00

    Carols floating across no-man's-land on Christmas Eve 1914; solemn choruses, marches, and popular songs responding to the call of propaganda ministries and war charities; opera, keyboard suites, ragtime, and concertos for the left hand?all provided testimony to the unique power of music to chronicle the Great War and to memorialize its battles and... more...

  • Opera and Drama in Eighteenth-Century Londonby Ian Woodfield

    Cambridge University Press 2001; US$ 72.00

    Explores the cultural life of Italian opera in late eighteenth-century London. more...

  • Repeating Ourselvesby Robert Fink

    University of California Press 2005; US$ 34.95 US$ 29.71

    Where did musical minimalism come from?and what does it mean? In this significant revisionist account of minimalist music, Robert Fink connects repetitive music to the postwar evolution of an American mass consumer society. Abandoning the ingrained formalism of minimalist aesthetics, Repeating Ourselves considers the cultural significance of American... more...

  • Medieval Music and the Art of Memoryby Anna Maria Busse Berger

    University of California Press 2005; US$ 85.00 US$ 72.25

    This bold challenge to conventional notions about medieval music disputes the assumption of pure literacy and replaces it with a more complex picture of a world in which literacy and orality interacted. Asking such fundamental questions as how singers managed to memorize such an enormous amount of music and how music composed in the mind rather than... more...

  • Remaking the Songby Roger Parker

    University of California Press 2006; US$ 45.00 US$ 38.25

    Opera performances are often radically inventive. Composers? revisions, singers? improvisations, and stage directors? re-imaginings continually challenge our visions of canonical works. But do they go far enough? This elegantly written, beautifully concise book, spanning almost the entire history of opera, reexamines attitudes toward some of our best-loved... more...

  • Beautiful Mornin'by Ethan Mordden

    Oxford University Press 1999; US$ 54.99 US$ 49.49

    "Music and girls are the soul of musical comedy," one critic wrote, early in the 1940s. But this was the age that wanted more than melody and kickline form its musical shows. The form had been running on empty for too long, as a formula for the assembly of spare parts--star comics, generic love songs, rumba dancers, Ethel Merman. If Rodgers and Hammerstein... more...

  • Musical Symbolism in the Operas of Debussy and Bartokby Elliot Antokoletz

    Oxford University Press 2004; US$ 34.99 US$ 31.49

    This book explores the means by which the operas of Debussy and Bartok transform the structures of the traditional harmonic system into a new musical language. Antokoletz formulates new theoretic-analytic principles and describes how these principles link various historical and cultural as well as philosophical and psychological issues of the early... more...

  • Opera and Society in Italy and France from Monteverdi to Bourdieuby Victoria Johnson; Jane F. Fulcher; Thomas Ertman

    Cambridge University Press 2007; US$ 46.00

    A study of opera in Italy and France from the 1600s to the present day. more...

  • The Politics of Romantic Theatricality, 1787-1832by Professor David Worrall

    Palgrave Macmillan 2007; US$ 115.00

    This book sets out the political and cultural conditions regulating dramatic writing during an era of censorship and monopolistic royal theatres. Using a range of plays and manuscripts, it argues for the centrality of burletta, the theatrical locus of the attacks on the Cockney school of poetry and the vitality of the metropolitan dramatic scene. more...