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- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- University of California Press 2012; US$ 36.95
What is jazz? What is gained?and what is lost?when various communities close ranks around a particular definition of this quintessentially American music? Jazz/Not Jazz explores some of the musicians, concepts, places, and practices which, while deeply connected to established jazz institutions and aesthetics, have rarely appeared in traditional... more...