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  • 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...

  • What Makes Music Europeanby Marcello Sorce Keller

    Scarecrow Press 2011; US$ 79.99

    In What Makes Music European, Marcello Sorce Keller addresses the little-discussed matters that are essential to an understanding of how music intersects with the life of so many people. Readers are offered an approach for thinking about music that depends as much on its history as on the concepts and attitudes of the social sciences. What Makes Music... more...

  • The Reich's Orchestraby Misha Aster

    Souvenir Press 2010; US$ 21.86

    For decades the relationship between the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and National Socialist regime has been shrouded in mystery. In 1933, the world-renowned orchestra came under the control of Hitler's Propaganda Minister, Joseph Goebbels; the musicians became civil servants of the Reich and until the end of World War Two, the orchestra served as... more...

  • Frontier Figuresby Beth E. Levy

    University of California Press 2012; US$ 36.95

    Frontier Figures is a tour-de-force exploration of how the American West, both as physical space and inspiration, animated American music. Examining the work of such composers as Aaron Copland, Roy Harris, Virgil Thomson, Charles Wakefield Cadman, and Arthur Farwell, Beth E. Levy addresses questions of regionalism, race, and representation as well... more...

  • The Old Italian School of Singingby Daniela Bloem-Hubatka

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2012; US$ 65.00

    This work describes in accessible language the technical foundations of the Old Italian School of Singing. It enables the reader to grasp the teachings of the old masters theoretically and practically. The research for this book used not only the old treatises from the 1700's onwards but also firsthand testimonies, biographies and recordings from... more...

  • Synagogue Songby Jonathan L. Friedmann

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2012; US$ 45.00

    Throughout history, music has been a fixture of Jewish religious life. Musical references appear in biblical accounts of the Red Sea crossing and King Solomon's coronation, and music continues to play a central role in virtually every Jewish occasion. Through 100 brief chapters, this volume considers theoretical approaches to the study of Jewish... 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...

  • Music in the Seventeenth Centuryby Lorenzo Bianconi; David Bryant

    Cambridge University Press 1987; US$ 66.00

    Examines musical life in the seventeenth century, a period of profound change in the history of music. 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...