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  • The James Bond Songsby Adrian Daub; Charles Kronengold

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 21.99 US$ 18.91

    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 US$ 38.69

    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...

  • Arranging Gershwinby Ryan Baņagale

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 14.99 US$ 12.89

    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...

  • Materialitiesby Kate van Orden

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 54.99 US$ 47.29

    Materialities is a cultural history of song on the page. Concentrating on print in the early modern period, it approaches its topic via the French chanson, arguably the most broadly disseminated genre of polyphony in the sixteenth century. Following chansons into libraries, music rooms, and schoolrooms, author Kate van Orden charts the social distribution... more...

  • A History of Western Choral Music, Volume 1by Chester L. Alwes

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 72.99 US$ 62.77

    A History of Western Choral Music explores the various genres, key composers, and influential works essential to the development of the western choral tradition. Volume I offers a thorough exploration of the music of the Renaissance and Baroque eras and its aesthetic influence on the beginnings of the Classical and Romantic eras. more...

  • Sounds of the Metropolisby Derek B. Scott

    Oxford University Press 2008; US$ 27.99 US$ 24.07

    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...

  • Orchestrating the Nationby Douglas Shadle

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 54.99 US$ 47.29

    During the nineteenth century, nearly one hundred symphonies were written by over fifty composers living in the United States. In Orchestrating the Nation: The Nineteenth-Century American Symphonic Enterprise , author Douglas W. Shadle explores the stunning stylistic diversity of this substantial repertoire and uncovers why it failed to enter the... more...

  • Lateness and Brahmsby Margaret Notley

    Oxford University Press 2006; US$ 49.99 US$ 42.99

    Lateness and Brahms takes up the fascinating, yet understudied problem of how Brahms fits into the culture of turn-of-the-century Vienna. Brahms's conspicuous and puzzling absence in previous scholarly accounts of the time and place raises important questions, and as Margaret Notley demonstrates, the tendency to view him in neutralized, ahistorical... more...

  • Composing Dissentby Robert Adlington

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 67.99 US$ 58.47

    The 1960s saw the emergence in the Netherlands of a generation of avant-garde musicians with a pronounced commitment to social and political engagement. This book presents the Dutch experience as an exemplary case study in the complex and conflictual encounter of the musical avant-garde with the decade's currents of social change. more...

  • God Bless Americaby Sheryl Kaskowitz

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 21.99 US$ 18.91

    The song 'God Bless America' has come to inhabit our collective consciousness. This book tells the fascinating story behind the song, from its composition in 1918 by Irving Berlin, to its first performance by Kate Smith in 1938, to its post 9/11 popularity. It tells the story of how the song has come to take on different meanings over time and it... more...