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  • 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...

  • Music in American Religious Experienceby Philip V. Bohlman; Edith Blumhofer; Maria Chow

    Oxford University Press 2005; US$ 26.99

    Since the appearance of The Bay Psalm Book in 1640, music has served as a defining factor for American religious experience and has been of fundamental importance in the development of American identity and psyche. The essays in this long-awaited volume explore the diverse ways in which music shapes the distinctive presence of religion in the United... 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...

  • Arranging Gershwinby Ryan Ba?agale

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 14.99

    This book reconceives the history and reception of Rhapsody in Blue , freeing it from established narratives and frequently encountered anecdotes. By approaching the Rhapsody as an "arrangement," it shifts emphasis away from a centralized text and from the sole agency of George Gershwin, providing a dynamic and multifaceted reappraisal of this... 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...

  • Sounds of the Metropolisby Derek B. Scott

    Oxford University Press 2008; US$ 27.99

    The phrase "popular music revolution" may instantly bring to mind such twentieth-century musical movements as jazz and rock 'n' roll. In Sounds of the Metropolis , however, Derek Scott argues that the first popular music revolution actually occurred in the nineteenth century, illustrating how a distinct group of popular styles first began to assert... more...