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  • Anthony Stradivari the Celebrated Violin Makerby Francois-Joseph Fetis; Stewart Pollens

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 14.95

    Survey by a renowned musicologist explores the early history and construction of stringed instruments, work of the Italian masters, and bows of François Tourte. Provides contemporary glimpses of Paganini, Schumann, Berlioz. more...

  • In Search of Chopinby Alfred Cortot

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 16.95

    Profile by a legendary conductor and performer explores the composer's works and concert performances plus his roles as teacher and Polish nationalist, relationships with Liszt and Sand, chronic illness, and tormented, sensitive nature. more...

  • Chopin's Lettersby Frederic Chopin; E. L. Voynich

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 17.95

    Nearly 300 letters reveal Chopin as both man and artist and illuminate his fascinating world ? Europe of the 1830s and 1840s. "delightful gossip . . . merry rather than malicious . . . engagingly witty." ? Books . Preface. Index. more...

  • Women in American Musicby Judith Tick; Judy Tsou

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 3.99

    A history of the achievements of women in American music. This ebook is a static version of an article from Grove Music Online, a continuously updated online resource, offering comprehensive coverage of the world?s music written by leading scholars. For more information, visit www.oxfordmusiconline.com. more...

  • African American Musicby Guthrie P. Ramsey

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 3.99

    An historical survey of African American music. This ebook is a static version of an article from Grove Music Online, a continuously updated online resource, offering comprehensive coverage of the world?s music written by leading scholars. For more information, visit www.o more...

  • Folk City: New York and the American Folk Music Revivalby Stephen Petrus; Ronald D. Cohen

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 29.99

    From Washington Square Park and the Gaslight Cafe to WNYC Radio and Folkways Records, New York City's cultural, artistic, and commercial assets helped to shape a distinctively urban breeding ground for the folk music revival of the 1950s and 60s. Folk City explores New York's central role in fueling the nationwide craze for folk music in postwar... more...

  • Polkabilly: How the Goose Island Ramblers Redefined American Folk Music Includes CDby James Leary

    Oxford University Press 2006; US$ 17.99

    A freewheeling blend of continental European folk music and the songs, tunes, and dances of Anglo and Celtic immigrants, polkabilly has enthralled American musicians and dancers since the mid-19th century. From West Virginia coal camps and east Texas farms to the Canadian prairies and America's Upper Midwest, scores of groups have wed squeezeboxes... more...

  • Trumpet Blues: The Life of Harry Jamesby Peter J. Levinson

    Oxford University Press 1999; US$ 24.99

    Swing is back in style, and with it a renewed interest in the Big Band Era. And few players dominated that era more than Harry James, whose soaring trumpet solos and romantic hit tunes influenced popular music for a generation. Now, Peter J. Levinson, who knew Harry James personally, has written a revealing biography of this jazz icon, based on nearly... more...

  • Amazing Graceby Steve Turner

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 12.99

    Behind our most beloved hymn is a fascinating story spanning continents, cultures, and centuries. Inspired by the way "Amazing Grace" continues to change and grow in popularity, acclaimed music writer Steve Turner embarks on a journey to trace the life of the hymn, from Olney, England, where it was written by former slave trader John Newton, to tiny... more...

  • Queens Reigns Supremeby Ethan Brown

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 12.95

    Based on police wiretaps and exclusive interviews with drug kingpins and hip-hop insiders, this is the untold story of how the streets and housing projects of southeast Queens took over the rap industry. For years, rappers from Nas to Ja Rule have hero-worshipped the legendary drug dealers who dominated Queens in the 1980s with their violent crimes... more...