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  • 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$ 13.99

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Hearing Bach's Passionsby Daniel R. Melamed

    Oxford University Press 2005; US$ 20.99

    Johann Sebastian Bach's two surviving passions-- St. John and St. Matthew --are an essential part of the modern repertory, performed regularly both by professional ensembles and amateur groups. These large, complex pieces are well loved, but due to our distance from the original context in which they were performed, questions and problems emerge.... more...

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

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 72.99

    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...