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  • The Megamusicalby Jessica Sternfeld

    Indiana University Press 2006; US$ 23.95

    A megamusical is an epic, dramatic show featuring recurring melodies in a sung-through score; huge, impressive sets; and grand ideas. These qualities are accompanied by intensive marketing campaigns, unprecedented international financial success, and a marked disjunction between critical reaction and... more...

  • Focus: Music, Nationalism, and the Making of the New Europeby Philip V. Bohlman

    Taylor and Francis 2010; US$ 61.95

    Two decades after the fall of communism in Eastern Europe and one decade into the twenty-first century, European music remains one of the most powerful forces for shaping nationalism. Using intensive fieldwork throughout Europe -- from participation in alpine foot pilgrimages to studies of the grandest music spectacle anywhere in the world, the Eurovision... more...

  • A Rocket in My Pocketby Max Décharné

    Profile Books 2010; US$ 17.31

    Rockabilly had its roots in country, blues, folk, hillbilly, R&B, boogie-woogie and most other indigenous Deep South forms of popular song that you could strum three chords along to or howl down a cheap microphone. It was young people's music, made almost entirely by the first wave of teenagers, despised by adults in general and the country music... more...

  • The Dastgah Concept in Persian Musicby Hormoz Farhat

    Cambridge University Press 2004; US$ 37.00

    The tradition of Persian art music embodies twelve modal systems, known as dastgahs. Each dastgah represents a complex of skeletal melodic models on the basis of which a performer produces extemporised pieces. The dastgahs revolve around unspecified central nuclear melodies which the individual musician comes to know through experience and absorption.... more...

  • Music Criticism in Nineteenth-Century Franceby Katharine Ellis

    Cambridge University Press 1995; US$ 37.00

    This book focuses on the musical writings in the daily and periodical press in France during the nineteenth century. more...

  • Balinese Discourses on Music and Modernizationby Brita Heimarck Renee

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 50.95

    While many Western scholars have discussed the technical aspects of Balinese music or the traditional contexts for performance, little has been written in Western languages about Balinese discourses on their music. This dissertation seeks to understand the experience of music in Bali according to Balinese voices through an analysis of oral and written... more...

  • 'Food for Apollo'by Dorothy T. Potter

    Lehigh University Press 2011; US$ 72.99

    'Food for Apollo:' Cultivated Music in Antebellum Philadelphia details the evolution and significance in that city of what is often called 'classical' music. Performances in a variety of settings, from 'long rooms' in taverns to large theatres and concert halls, facilitated this process over approximately 100 years. Philadelphia's thriving music publishing... more...

  • Revival and Reconciliationby Philip V. Bohlman

    Scarecrow Press 2013; US$ 97.99

    Drawing upon three decades of research in European sacred music, Philip V. Bohlman calls for a re-examination of European modernity in the twenty first century, a modernity shaped no less by canonic religious and musical practices than by the proliferation of belief systems that today more than ever respond to the diverse belief systems that engender... more...

  • The Arab Avant-Gardeby Thomas Burkhalter; Kay Dickinson; Benjamin J. Harbert

    Wesleyan University Press 2013; US$ 21.99

    The first in-depth study of diverse and radical innovation in Arab music more...

  • Unplayed Melodiesby Marc Perlman

    University of California Press 2004; US$ 60.00

    The gamelan music of Central Java is one of the world's great orchestral traditions. Its rich sonic texture is not based on Western-style harmony or counterpoint, but revolves around a single melody. The nature of that melody, however, is puzzling. In this book, Marc Perlman uses this puzzle as a key to both the art of the gamelan and the nature of... more...