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  • The Musical Playgroundby Kathryn Marsh

    Oxford University Press 2009; US$ 22.99 US$ 19.77

    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 US$ 23.21

    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...

  • Cosmic Cowboys and New Hicksby Travis D. Stimeling

    Oxford University Press 2011; US$ 14.99 US$ 12.89

    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...

  • Wagner's Parsifalby William Kinderman

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 79.99 US$ 68.79

    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 US$ 28.37

    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...

  • Arranging Gershwinby Ryan Ba?agale

    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...

  • 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...

  • Lateness and Brahmsby Margaret Notley

    Oxford University Press 2006; US$ 34.99 US$ 30.09

    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...

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

    OUP Oxford 2013; US$ 48.99 US$ 42.13

    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...