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  • Wagner's Parsifalby William Kinderman

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 79.99

    William Kinderman's detailed study of Parsifal , described by the composer as his "last card," explores the evolution of the text and music of this inexhaustible yet highly controversial music drama across Wagner's entire career, and offers a reassessment of the ideological and political history of Parsifal, shedding new light on the connection of... more...

  • Enlightenment Orpheusby Vanessa Agnew

    Oxford University Press 2008; US$ 32.99

    The Enlightenment saw a critical engagement with the ancient idea that music carries certain powers - it heals and pacifies, civilizes and educates. Yet this interest in musical utility seems to conflict with larger notions of aesthetic autonomy that emerged at the same time. In Enlightenment Orpheus , Vanessa Agnew examines this apparent conflict,... more...

  • Music in Chopin's Warsawby Halina Goldberg

    Oxford University Press 2008; US$ 30.99

    Music in Chopin's Warsaw examines the rich musical environment of Fryderyk Chopin's youth--largely unknown to the English-speaking world-and places Chopin's early works in the context of this milieu. Halina Goldberg provides a historiographic perspective that allows a new and better understanding of Poland's cultural and musical circumstances. more...

  • The Musical Playgroundby Kathryn Marsh

    Oxford University Press 2009; US$ 22.99

    The Musical Playground is a new and fascinating account of the musical play of school-aged children. Based on fifteen years of ethnomusicological field research in urban and rural school playgrounds around the globe, Kathryn Marsh provides unique insights into children's musical playground activities across a comprehensive scope of social, cultural,... 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...

  • The Creative Development of Johann Sebastian Bach, Volume II: 1717-1750by Richard D. P. Jones

    OUP Oxford 2013; US$ 48.99

    This last in a two-volume study examines Bach's musical compositional development in his later years, including his time at C­then and Leipzig. more...

  • Cosmic Cowboys and New Hicksby Travis D. Stimeling

    Oxford University Press 2011; US$ 14.99

    For a generation disillusioned with modernity and the conservatism of post-war suburbia, the unique blend of rock and country music that emerged from Austin, Texas in the early 1970s embodied both a longing for change and a newfound pride in living an unconventional way of life. With extensive archival research and exclusive interviews with key scene... 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...

  • 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...