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  • Mimomaniaby Mary Ann Smart

    University of California Press 2004; US$ 29.95 US$ 23.96

    When Nietzsche dubbed Richard Wagner "the most enthusiastic mimomaniac" ever to exist, he was objecting to a hollowness he felt in the music, a crowding out of any true dramatic impulse by extravagant poses and constant nervous movements. Mary Ann Smart suspects that Nietzsche may have seen and heard more than he realized. In Mimomania she takes... more...

  • Russian Opera and the Symbolist Movementby Simon Morrison

    University of California Press 2002; US$ 70.00 US$ 56.00

    An aesthetic, historical, and theoretical study of four scores, Russian Opera and the Symbolist Movement is a groundbreaking and imaginative treatment of the important yet neglected topic of Russian opera in the Silver Age. Spanning the gap between the supernatural Russian music of the nineteenth century and the compositions of Prokofiev and Stravinsky,... more...

  • The Advent Projectby James W. McKinnon

    University of California Press 2000; US$ 70.00 US$ 56.00

    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$ 48.00

    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...

  • A History of Opera: Milestones and Metamorphosesby Burton D. Fisher

    Opera Journeys Publishing 2003; US$ 49.95

    A comprehensive history of opera that traces each milestone in opera history from the 16th century Camerata through the next 400 years, and featurrd in depth analysis of all important genres: the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras, Bel Canto, Opera Buffa, German Romanticism, Wagner and music drama, Verismo, Impressionism, Expressionism, Serialism,... more...

  • Repeating Ourselvesby Robert Fink

    University of California Press 2005; US$ 34.95 US$ 27.96

    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$ 68.00

    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$ 36.00

    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$ 47.29

    "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$ 30.09

    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...