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  • Digby Phil Ford

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 16.99

    Hipsters have always used clothing, hairstyle, gesture, and slang to mark their distance from consensus culture, yet it is music that has always been the privileged means of cultural disaffiliation, the royal road to hip. Dig argues that in hip culture it is sound itself, and the faculty of hearing, that is the privileged part of the sensory experience.... 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Arranging Gershwinby Ryan Baņagale

    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 Revolution Will Not Be Televisedby Noriko Manabe

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 18.99

    Since the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, antinuclear activism has swelled into one of the most popular and passionate movements in Japan. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised shows that music played a central role in expressing antinuclear sentiments and mobilizing Japanese political resistance . Combining musical analysis with ethnographic... more...

  • Teaching Stravinskyby Kimberly A. Francis

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 44.99

    In 1929 Nadia Boulanger accepted Igor Stravinsky's younger son, Soulima, as her student. Within two years, Stravinsky and Boulanger merged their artistic spheres, each influencing and enhancing the cultural work of the other until the composer's death in 1971. Drawing upon over one thousand pages of letters and scores, Teaching Stravinsky examines... more...