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  • Orchestrating the Nationby Douglas Shadle

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 54.99

    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...

  • Arranging Gershwinby Ryan Bañagale

    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 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Lateness and Brahmsby Margaret Notley

    Oxford University Press 2006; US$ 34.99

    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

    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...

  • 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...

  • God Bless Americaby Sheryl Kaskowitz

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 21.99

    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...