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- Opera Journeys Publishing 2006; US$ 9.75
A comprehensive guide to Wagner's TANNHÄUSER, featuring Principal Characters in the opera, Brief Story Synopsis, Story Narrative with Music Highlight Examples, and an insightful and in depth Commentary and Analysis by Burton D. Fisher, noted opera author and lecturer. more...
- Allen & Unwin 2008; US$ 20.86
A side-splitting examination of the 100 worst songs ever written - from Achy Breaky Heart to You Light Up My Life , as well as many that will have you sending rude emails to the publisher like Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da (a song that proves that psychedelic drugs aren't good for you) and Paul Simon's unbearably pretentious Sounds of Silence . more...
- Chrome Dreams 2007; US$ 12.00
Compiled from exclusive interviews with the band, this definitive rock reference chronicles all the facts surrounding one of the biggest metal bands to ever take the stage: Metallica. Containing numerous confessions that have never before been published, this A-to-Z listing of all the major subjects close to headbangers' hearts includes songs, albums,... more...
- University of California Press 2006; US$ 63.00
It is well known that Béla Bartók had an extraordinary ability to synthesize Western art music with the folk music of Eastern Europe. What this rich and beautifully written study makes clear is that, contrary to much prevailing thought about the great twentieth-century Hungarian composer, Bartók was also strongly influenced by the art-music traditions... more...
- LSU Press 2007; US$ 17.95
Drummer, record producer, bandleader, jazz researcher, and cigar-chomping raconteur Barry Martyn is a New Orleans original who happens to have been born in England. Implausible though this may seem, it makes perfect sense to members of the New Orleans traditional jazz community, who view themselves as an extended family based on merit as much as nativity.... more...
- Crown Publishing Group 2010; US$ 13.95
H. L. Mencken declared that ?the opera is to music what a bawdy house is to a cathedral.? It was not meant as a compliment, but to William Murray, former New Yorker staff writer and aspiring opera singer, a bawdy house is an apt metaphor for the opera: a place of confusion, high and low drama, fleshly pleasures and raucous song. In Fortissimo , Murray... more...
- Grand Central Publishing 2010; US$ 12.99
"They've said some crazy things about me over the years. I mean, okay: 'He bit the head off a bat.' Yes. 'He bit the head off a dove.' Yes. But then you hear things like, 'Ozzy went to the show last night, but he wouldn't perform until he'd killed fifteen puppies . . .' Now me , kill fifteen puppies? I love puppies. I've got eighteen of the... more...
- Oxford University Press, USA 2010; US$ 9.99
Film music is as old as cinema itself. Years before synchronized sound became the norm, projected moving images were shown to musical accompaniment, whether performed by a lone piano player or a hundred-piece orchestra. Today film music has become its own industry, indispensable to the marketability of movies around the world. Film Music: A Very Short... more...