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  • This Is Countryby Lisa Lee; Reba McEntire

    Insight Editions LLC 2014; US$ 40.00

    From the first informal awards ceremony at the Hollywood Palladium in 1966 to today?s star-studded show on CBS, generations of country?s biggest superstars have graced the Academy of Country Music Awards stage. Now, for the first time ever, the ACM is opening its archive to reveal candid, never-before-seen photographs and memorabilia capturing some... more...

  • The Music Theory of Godfrey Winhamby Leslie David Blasius

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    This book serves as an introduction to the work of Godfrey Winham, an influential figure in American music theory circles in the 1960s. Little published in his lifetime, Winham left behind, at his premature death in 1974, a massive collection of notes: correspondence, unfinished articles, sketches for books, etc. These notes were transcribed and deposited... more...

  • Playing with Signsby V. Kofi Agawu

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    Of all the repertories of Western Art music, none is as explicitly listener-oriented as that of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Yet few attempts to analyze the so-called Classic Style have embraced the semiotic implications of this condition. Playing with Signs proposes a listener-oriented theory of Classic instrumental music that... more...

  • Studies on the Origin of Harmonic Tonalityby Carl Dahlhaus; Robert O. Gjerdingen

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 50.95

    Carl Dahlhaus was without doubt the premier musicologist of the postwar generation, a giant whose recent death was mourned the world over. Translated here for the first time, this fundamental work on the development of tonality shows his complete mastery of the theory of harmony. In it Dahlhaus explains the modern concepts of harmony and tonality,... more...

  • Precious and Fewby Don Breithaupt; Jeff Breithaupt

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 18.99

    Here is a lively and nostalgic look back at the forgotten era of pop that gave us "Hooked on a Feeling", "Dancing in the Moonlight", "I Am Woman", "Seasons in the Sun", and more. The early '70s brought a "Convoy" of popular rock music--everything from cheesy to the classic. The authors of Precious and Few , Don Breithaupt and Jeff Breithaupt, true-blue... more...

  • The Oxford Handbook of Topic Theoryby Danuta Mirka

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 149.99

    Topics are musical signs that rely on associations with different genres, styles, and types of music making. The concept of topics was introduced by Leonard Ratner in the 1980s to account for cross-references between eighteenth-century styles and genres. While music theorists and critics were busy classifying styles and genres, defining their affects... more...

  • Crowded House: Something So Strongby Chris Bourke

    Pan Macmillan Australia 2014; US$ 5.11

    'It's pretty stupid comparing us to the Beatles. There were four of them. There's only three of us.' ? Paul Hester Crowded House promised to become the most successful band ever to have come out of Australasia. When 'Don't Dream It's Over' and 'Something So Strong' exploded in the US charts, worldwide success looked inevitable. Critics compared... more...

  • Beethovenby Jan Swafford

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2014; US$ 40.00

    The definitive book on the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven, written by the acclaimed biographer of Brahms and Ives. more...

  • The Oxford Handbook of Operaby Helen M. Greenwald

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 174.99

    What IS opera? Contributors to The Oxford Handbook of Opera respond to this deceptively simple question with a rich and compelling exploration of opera's adaption to changing artistic and political currents. Fifty of the world's most respected scholars cast opera as a fluid entity that continuously reinvents itself in a reflection of its patrons,... more...

  • Bluesby Dick Weissman; Richard Carlin; Craig Morrison

    Infobase Publishing 2005; US$ 67.00

    Born out of the field hollers, work songs, and spirituals sung by African-American slaves and tenant farmers as they were forced to work in the fields of the South, blues music often speaks of oppression, sadness, and love, topics that transcend racial and ethnic boundaries. Early musicians such as Blind Lemon Jefferson and W.C. Handy established the... more...