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  • In Search of Operaby Carolyn Abbate

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 35.00

    In her new book, Carolyn Abbate considers the nature of operatic performance and the acoustic images of performance present in operas from Monteverdi to Ravel. Paying tribute to music's realization by musicians and singers, she argues that operatic works are indelibly bound to the contingency of live singing, playing, and staging. She seeks a middle... more...

  • Unsung Voices: Opera and Musical Narrative in the Nineteenth Centuryby Carolyn Abbate

    Princeton University Press 1996; US$ 46.95

    Who "speaks" to us in The Sorcerer's Apprentice, in Wagner's operas, in a Mahler symphony? In asking this question, Carolyn Abbate opens nineteenth-century operas and instrumental works to new interpretations as she explores the voices projected by music. The nineteenth-century metaphor of music that "sings" is thus reanimated in a new context,... more...

  • Hardcore, Punk, and Other Junkby Eric James Abbey; Colin Helb; Evan Ware; Sean Ahern; Mika Elovaara; Marcus Erbe; Nelson Varas-Diaz; Eliut Rivera-Segarra; Ross Hagan; Brian Cogan; Kevin Fellezs

    Lexington Books 2014; US$ 79.99

    This collection is a lively and witty but also deeply researched attempt ?to find,? in the words of co-editor Eric Abbey, ?the similarities in diverse forms of [aggressive] music from noise to metal, punk to hardcore, and many things in-between.? Abbey and his co-editor Colin Helb have gathered ten high-caliber essays that decipher for the uninitiated... more...

  • To Do This, You Must Know Howby Lynn Abbot; Doug Seroff

    University Press of Mississippi 2013; US$ 187.50

    To Do This, You Must Know How traces black vocal music instruction and inspiration from the halls of Fisk University to the mining camps of Birmingham and Bessemer, Alabama, and on to Chicago and New Orleans. In the 1870s, the Original Fisk University Jubilee Singers successfully combined Negro spirituals with formal choral music disciplines, and... more...

  • Austronesian Soundscapesby Birgit Abels

    Amsterdam University Press 2012; US$ 47.50

    In Austronesia?the region that stretches from Madagascar in the west to Easter Island in the east?music plays a vital role in both the construction and expression of social and cultural identities. Yet research into the music of Austronesia has hitherto been sparse. Drawing together contemporary cultural studies and musical analysis, Austronesian... more...

  • Blues Music in the Sixtiesby Ulrich Adelt

    Rutgers University Press 2010; US$ 23.95

    In the 1960s, within the larger context of the civil rights movement and the burgeoning counterculture, the blues changed from black to white in its production and reception, as audiences became increasingly white. Yet, while this was happening, blackness-especially black masculinity-remained a marker of authenticity. Blues Music in the Sixties... more...

  • New Waveby King Adkins

    Palgrave Macmillan 2015; US$ 95.00

    New Wave: Image is Everythin g traces the evolution of the often neglected pop music genre, new wave. Using artists from Elvis Costello to Cyndi Lauper as illustrations, the book argues that new wave was among the first flowerings of postmodern theory in popular culture. more...

  • Towards a Theory of Musical Reproductionby Theodor W. Adorno; Henri Lonitz; Weiland Honban

    Wiley 2014; US$ 28.95

    At the beginning of his career in the 1920s, Adorno sketched a plan to write a major work on the theory of musical reproduction, a task he returned to time and again throughout his career but never completed. The choice of the word reproduction as opposed to interpretation indicates a primary supposition: that there is a clearly defined musical text... more...

  • The Languages of Western Tonalityby Eytan Agmon

    Springer 2013; US$ 109.00

    Tonal music, from a historical perspective, is far from homogenous; yet an enduring feature is a background "diatonic" system of exactly seven notes orderable cyclically by fifth. What is the source of the durability of the diatonic system, the octave of which is representable in terms of two particular integers, namely 12 and 7? And how is this durability... more...

  • Jazz Culturesby David Ake

    University of California Press 2002; US$ 15.95

    From its beginning, jazz has presented a contradictory social world: jazz musicians have worked diligently to erase old boundaries, but they have just as resolutely constructed new ones. David Ake's vibrant and original book considers the diverse musics and related identities that jazz communities have shaped over the course of the twentieth century,... more...