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  • Parental Advisoryby Eric D. Nuzum

    HarperCollins 2009; Not Available

    Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Music Your Parents Never Wanted You To Hear Believe it or not, music censorship in America did not begin with Tipper Gore's horrified reaction to her daughter's Prince album. The vilification of popular music by government and individuals has been going on for decades. Now, for the first time, Parental... more...

  • Elgar's Third Symphonyby Anthony Payne

    Faber & Faber 2013; US$ 14.57

    Elgar's Third Symphony has long been one of the great unknowns of twentieth-century music. Commissioned in 1932 by the BBC, it appeared fragmentary and disorganized when Elgar died in 1934. A few months before his death, he asked for his sketches to be destroyed, saying that 'No one must tinker with it'. Yet he continued to talk about the Symphony,... more...

  • Life of Richard Wagner, Volume 1: 1813-1848by Ernest Newman

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 35.00

    From renowned music critic and musicologist Ernest Newman comes the first of four volumes chronicling the life of legendary German composer Richard Wagner. This first volume takes us through the early years of Richard?s life: his birth in Leipzig; his childhood in Dresden and the sparks of his interest in music, opera, and theater; his musical education,... more...

  • Record Collecting for Girlsby Courtney E. Smith

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2011; US$ 13.95

    TOP FIVE LISTS If you?ve read the book High Fidelity or seen the movie, even just for the sake of John Cusack, then you?ve been witness to the art of the Top Five list. Music nerds everywhere delight in making Top Five lists of obvious, obtuse, and obscure records tailored to every categorization of music you could possibly imagine. I am one... more...

  • Exploring Bach's B-minor Massby Yo Tomita; Robin A. Leaver; Jan Smaczny

    Cambridge University Press 2013; US$ 79.00

    This collection of essays presents a thorough and systematic study of Bach's B-minor Mass by leading scholars in the field. more...

  • George Frideric Handel: Volume 1, 1609?1725by Donald Burrows; Helen Coffey; John Greenacombe; Anthony Hicks

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 144.00

    A multi-volume authoritative reference source for information about the life and career of George Frideric Handel. more...

  • Music and Theologyby Daniel Zager

    Scarecrow Press 2006; US$ 109.99

    Music and Theology is a Festschrift honoring Dr. Robin A. Leaver, reflecting his interests in the history of sacred music with particular emphasis on studies related to Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). more...

  • Beethoven's Theatrical Quartetsby Nancy November

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 76.00

    The first detailed contextual study of Beethoven's middle-period quartets, encompassing reception history, early performance practices, aesthetic contexts and theatrical impetus. more...

  • The Cambridge Companion to Arvo Pärtby Andrew Shenton

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 28.00

    An authoritative guide to Arvo Pärt, this Companion provides a rounded picture of the man and his music. more...

  • Musicby DK Publishing

    DK Publishing 2013; US$ 50.00

    Classical or rock, everyone has their favourite musical style, but how did your top choice come about? Why did jazz go Latin, or blues influence rock? Find out in Music , a visual history of the most unifying art form in the world. Every musical revolution from bone flutes to electronica and from jazz to hip-hop is charted in this visually... more...