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  • Mimomaniaby Mary Ann Smart

    University of California Press 2004; US$ 31.95

    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 Movement by Simon Alexander Morrison

    University of California Press 2002; US$ 15.95

    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...

  • Proof through the Nightby Glenn Watkins

    University of California Press 2002; US$ 12.95

    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$ 66.00

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

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

    University of California Press 2005; US$ 15.95

    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...

  • Poetry of Realityby Katherine Norman

    Taylor and Francis 2005; US$ 59.95

    First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company. more...

  • Repeating Ourselvesby Robert Fink

    University of California Press 2005; US$ 15.95

    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...

  • Remaking the Songby Roger Parker

    University of California Press 2006; US$ 47.95

    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

    The author of this title explores classics from Broadway's golden musical age, looking at "Brigadoon", "Annie, Get Your Gun", and "South Pacific" amongst others. more...

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

    Cambridge University Press 2007; US$ 41.00

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