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  • Vaughan Williams on Musicby David Manning

    Oxford University Press 2007; US$ 30.99

    This book makes a substantial collection of Vaughan Williams's writings widely available to music lovers, students, and researchers alike. It comprises 102 items written by the composer between 1897 and the year of his death, 1958, including articles for musical magazines, transcripts of broadcasts, obituary notices and program notes. The great majority... more...

  • The Story of Boogie-Woogieby Peter J. Silvester

    Scarecrow Press 2009; US$ 91.00

    The Story of Boogie-Woogie presents a comprehensive history of boogie-woogie from the early 20th century to the present, describing the style's appearance and development, its offshoots, and the pianists who made it famous, and studying its impact on rhythm and blues, urban blues, and big band swing, leading to the eventual revival of 'classical' boogie-woogie... more...

  • A Natural History of the Pianoby Stuart Isacoff

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 17.95

    A beautifully illustrated, totally engrossing celebration of the piano, and the composers and performers who have made it their own.   With honed sensitivity and unquestioned expertise, Stuart Isacoff—pianist, critic, teacher, and author of Temperament: How Music Became a Battleground for the Great Minds of Western Civilization —unfolds the ongoing... more...

  • Variations on the Canonby Robert Curry; David Gable; Robert L. Marshall

    Boydell & Brewer 2008; US$ 85.00

    Masterful essays honoring the great pianist and critic Charles Rosen, on masterpieces from Bach and Beethoven to Chopin, Verdi, and Stockhausen. more...

  • The B*Witched Quiz Bookby Chris Peacock

    Andrews UK 2011; US$ 1.49

    Do you blame it on the weatherman? When faced with problems do you say "C'est La Vie"? Do some people say you look like your dad? Well then, you'll just love the B*Witched Quiz Book! Chock full of 50 questions to test your knowledge on the double-platinum selling all-girl group, this book is great fun for time on your own and with... more...

  • The Collected Essays of Milton Babbittby Milton Babbitt; Stephen Peles; Stephen Dembski; Andrew Mead; Joseph N. Straus

    Princeton University Press 2011; US$ 47.95 US$ 43.63

    Like his compositions, Milton Babbitt's writings about music have exerted an extraordinary influence on postwar music and thinking about music. In essays and public addresses spanning fifty years, Babbitt has grappled profoundly with central questions in the composition and apprehension of music. These writings range from personal memoirs and critical... more...

  • Analysis of the MPEG-1 Layer III (MP3) Algorithm using MATLABby Jayaraman Thiagarajan; Andreas Spanias

    Morgan & Claypool Publishers 2011; US$ 40.00

    The MPEG-1 Layer III (MP3) algorithm is one of the most successful audio formats for consumer audio storage and for transfer and playback of music on digital audio players. The MP3 compression standard along with the AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) algorithm are associated with the most successful music players of the last decade. This book describes the... more...

  • Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Plunges into Musicby Bathroom Readers' Institute

    Portable Press 2012; US$ 17.99

    Uncle John has proven once again that he is in tune with our legion of loyal readers. This 516-page musical masterpiece dedicated to all things noteworthy ranges from silly one-hit wonders to culture-changing musical milestones. You'll get a glimpse into the future of music and go back to the days when prehistoric man first started communicating in... more...

  • The Evolution of Organ Music in the 17th Centuryby John R. Shannon

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2012; US$ 55.00

    The 17th century was the century of the organ in much the same way the 19th century was the century of the piano. Almost without exception, the major composers of the century wrote for the instrument, and most of them were practicing organists themselves. This historical book surveys, analyzes, and discusses the major national styles of 17th century... more...

  • Gareth Cliff On Everythingby Gareth Cliff

    Jonathan Ball Publishers 2011; US$ 9.99

    'Some people think it a very bad thing to have an opinion about anything. Blend in, don't make too much noise, just be happy with what you know and do. I can't do that.' South African DJ personality and Idols judge Gareth Cliff likes to shoot from the hip. Whether on air or judging a trembling Idols contestant, he's always quick with a point of view.... more...