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  • A History of Western Musicby J. Peter Burkholder; Donald Jay Grout; Claude V. Palisca

    W. W. Norton & Company 2014; US$ 40.68

    The definitive history of Western music. more...

  • Narcocorridoby Elijah Wald

    HarperCollins 2012; US$ 12.60

    In the first full-length exploration of the contemporary and controversial Mexican corrido, award-winning author Elijah Wald blends a travel narrative with his search for the roots of this genre -- a modern outlaw music that fuses the sensibilities of medieval ballads with the edgy grit of gangsta rap. From international superstars to rural singers... more...

  • Struggling to Define a Nationby Charles Hiroshi Garrett

    University of California Press 2008; US$ 19.96

    Identifying music as a vital site of cultural debate, Struggling to Define a Nation captures the dynamic, contested nature of musical life in the United States. In an engaging blend of music analysis and cultural critique, Charles Hiroshi Garrett examines a dazzling array of genres?including art music, jazz, popular song, ragtime, and Hawaiian music?and... more...

  • Beethoven's Chamber Music in Contextby Angus Watson

    Boydell & Brewer Group Ltd 2013; US$ 26.24

    Beethoven's Chamber Music in Context' provides professional and amateur musicians, and music lovers generally, with a complete survey of Beethoven's chamber music and the background to each individual work - the loyalty of patrons, musicians and friends on the one hand; increasing deafness and uncertain health on the other. Attention is paid to the... more...

  • The George Gershwin Readerby Robert Wyatt; John Andrew Johnson

    Oxford University Press, USA 2004; US$ 18.99

    George Gershwin is one of the giants of American music, unique in that he was both a brilliant writer of popular songs ("Swanee," "I Got Rhythm," "They Can't Take That Away From Me") and of more serious music, including "Rhapsody in Blue," "An American in Paris," and "Porgy and Bess."... more...

  • A Schnittke Readerby Alfred Schnittke; Alexander Ivashkin

    Indiana University Press 2002; US$ 19.95

    This compilation assembles previously published and unpublished essays by Schnittke and supplements them with an interview with cellist and scholar Alexander Ivashkin. The book is illustrated with musical examples, many of them in Schnittke's own hand. In A Schnittke Reader, the composer speaks of his... more...

  • Schubert's Winter Journeyby Ian Bostridge

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 21.86

    Schubert's Winterreise is at the same time one of the most powerful and one of the most enigmatic masterpieces in Western culture. In his new book, Schubert's Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession, Ian Bostridge - one of the work's finest interpreters - focusses on the context, resonance and personal significance of a work which is possibly... more...

  • Strangledby Phil Knight

    John Hunt Publishing 2015; US$ 9.99

    If the Sex Pistols and The Clash represented punk's sacred, then The Stranglers were its profane. Strangled sets out to explain why discussion of this most taboo of bands has for so long been silenced-a collective cultural Omerta. more...

  • Rethinking Difference in Music Scholarshipby Olivia Bloechl; Melanie Lowe; Jeffrey Kallberg

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 92.00

    This major essay collection takes a fresh look at how differences among people matter for music and musical thought. more...

  • Program Musicby Jonathan Kregor

    Cambridge University Press 2015; US$ 22.00

    This accessible introduction is the first English-language book in a generation to cover program music as idea and repertoire. more...