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  • Sounds of Warby Annegret Fauser

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 26.99

    Classical music in 1940s America had a cultural relevance and ubiquitousness that is hard to imagine today, and it played an important role as a cultural counterpoint to the military effort as musicians and politicians were - in Henry Cowell's words - "shaping music for total war." No other war mobilized and instrumentalized culture in general and... more...

  • Digby Phil Ford

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 16.99

    Hipsters have always used clothing, hairstyle, gesture, and slang to mark their distance from consensus culture, yet it is music that has always been the privileged means of cultural disaffiliation, the royal road to hip. Dig argues that in hip culture it is sound itself, and the faculty of hearing, that is the privileged part of the sensory experience.... more...

  • The Politics of Appropriationby Jason Geary

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 44.99

    The Politics of Appropriation explores the intersection of music and Hellenism in nineteenth-century Germany.It shows how productions such as that of the Prussian court of Sophocles' Antigone with music by Felix Mendelssohn reflect an effort by the rulers who commissioned them to appropriate the legacy of Greece for the creation of a German cultural... more...

  • Sounding Authenticby Joshua S. Walden

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 46.99

    Sounding Authentic considers the influences of nationalism, modernism, and technological innovation on representations of ethnic and national identities in twentieth-century art music. Author Joshua S. Walden discusses these forces through the prism of the "rural miniature": short violin and piano pieces based on folk song and dance styles. He examines... more...

  • Who Should Sing 'Ol' Man River'?by Todd Decker

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 21.99

    Who Should Sing "Ol' Man River"?: The Lives of an American Song tells the almost eighty-year performance history of a great popular song. Examining over two hundred recorded and filmed versions of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's classic song, the book reveals the power of performers to remake one popular song into many different guises. more...

  • Holy Treasure and Sacred Songby Benjamin Brand

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 54.99

    Holy Treasure and Sacred Song explores the complex interplay between relic cults and the liturgy in medieval Tuscany. Drawing on documentary, literary and visual evidence rarely considered together, it reveals that liturgical texts, music, and ritual were integral to the clergy's well-informed promotion of saints buried in their churches. more...

  • The Revolution Will Not Be Televisedby Noriko Manabe

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 18.99

    Since the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, antinuclear activism has swelled into one of the most popular and passionate movements in Japan. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised shows that music played a central role in expressing antinuclear sentiments and mobilizing Japanese political resistance . Combining musical analysis with ethnographic... more...

  • Teaching Stravinskyby Kimberly A. Francis

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 44.99

    In 1929 Nadia Boulanger accepted Igor Stravinsky's younger son, Soulima, as her student. Within two years, Stravinsky and Boulanger merged their artistic spheres, each influencing and enhancing the cultural work of the other until the composer's death in 1971. Drawing upon over one thousand pages of letters and scores, Teaching Stravinsky examines... more...

  • The James Bond Songsby Adrian Daub; Charles Kronengold

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 19.99

    You know the name. You know the number. And, strangely enough, you recognize the songs. The James Bond-songs have been a fixture of our musical landscape for over fifty years, a distinct genre we've sometimes admired, sometimes smirked at. This book delves into these songs, tracing a secret history of pop and of ourselves as listeners. more...

  • Mahler's Symphonic Sonatasby Seth Monahan

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 44.99

    Mahler's Symphonic Sonatas investigates Gustav Mahler's dynamic and career-long engagement with sonata-allegro form. Challenging many long-held assumptions about the role of traditional forms in late-Romantic maximalism, it shows that Mahler used the inner dynamics of this Beethovenian genre as the basis for many of his most gripping symphonic dramas. more...