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  • Intimate Lettersby Leos Janácek; John Tyrrell

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 59.00 US$ 53.69

    These are the letters of a great love story. In 1917, the Czech composer Leos Janáçek met Kamila Stösslová while on holiday at Luhaçovice, a spa resort in Moravia. He was sixty-three and locked in a loveless marriage; she was twenty-six, the wife of an antique dealer frequently away from home. After the holiday, Janáçek began writing to Stösslová.... more...

  • An Introduction to the Music of Milton Babbittby Andrew Mead

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 46.00 US$ 41.86

    In this celebration of Milton Babbitt's art, Andrew Mead explores the development of a central figure in contemporary American music. As a teacher and writer, Babbitt has influenced two generations of students, including such notable musicians as Stephen Sondheim and Donald Martino. He has helped establish the study of music theory as a serious academic... more...

  • Stravinsky and the Russian Periodby Pieter C. van den Toorn; John McGinness

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 31.00

    A fresh look at Stravinsky's musical style, from a variety of analytical, critical and aesthetic angles. more...

  • Young Neilby Sharry Wilson

    ECW Press 2014; US$ 13.99

    Young Neil is a detailed chronological narrative of the early life of iconic Canadian musician Neil Young. Exploring a time in this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer?s life that has yet to be documented with such depth of research, Young Neil is an exhaustive document of his ?Sugar Mountain? years, from 1945 to 1966. From his birth in Toronto through his... more...

  • Harrison Birtwistleby Jonathan Cross

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 21.87

    Love it or loathe it, few would disagree that the music of Harrison Birtwistle stands amongst the most assured, original and challenging music ever to have been produced by a British composer. While for some the uncompromisingly modernist surface of his music can be an obstacle to closer acquaintance, for others, it is Birtwistle's articulation of... more...

  • Harrison Birtwistle Studiesby David Beard; Kenneth Gloag; Nicholas Jones

    Cambridge University Press 2015; US$ 82.00

    This collection represents current research on Birtwistle's music, reflecting the diversity of his work through a wide-range of perspectives. more...

  • A Treasury of Early Musicby Carl Parrish

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 14.95

    Fifty first-rate musical compositions document the development of musical style from the early Middle Ages to the Middle of the 18th century. Among the selections are a Gregorian hymn, an English lute piece, operatic arias, instrumental and vocal motets, a French ballad, as well as works by Vivaldi, Telemann, Pergolesi, Scarlatti, Buxtehude, and... more...

  • The History of Musical Instrumentsby Curt Sachs

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 22.95

    This first comprehensive history of musical instruments, this book ranges from prehistoric times to the 20th century. It traverses five continents and every stage of evolution, from primitive rattles and bull-roarers to the electric organ. Author Curt Sachs, one of the world's most distinguished musicologists, combines rich scholarship with personal... more...

  • Schumann on Musicby Robert Schumann; Henry Pleasants

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 12.95

    Includes 61 important critical pieces Schumann wrote for the Neue Zeitschrift fur Musik, 1834?1844. Perceptive evaluations of Beethoven, Chopin, Schubert, other giants; also Spohr, Moscheles, Field, other minor masters. Annotated. more...

  • Musical Structure and Designby Cedric T. Davie

    Dover Publications 2014; US$ 10.95

    Clear, elementary explanation of basic forms, Renaissance to 1900, with many works analyzed. Nature and function of concerto, sonata, etc., clarified with nonmusical analogies; illustrated in detailed analysis of specific piece of music. more...