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  • 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...

  • Record Collecting for Girlsby Courtney E. Smith

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2011; US$ 13.95

    Former MTV music programmer and MTV blogger Courtney E. Smith delivers a humorous and edgy look at the world of music from the female perspective. 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Document And Eyewitnessby Neil Taylor

    Orion Publishing Group 2010; Not Available

    Rough Trade is practically a byword for the history of independent music over the last thirty years. DOCUMENT AND EYEWITNESS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY OF ROUGH TRADE tells the story from the inside of a phenomenally influential record label, through the voices of Geoff Travis, Jarvis Cocker, Robert Wyatt, Green Gartside and many many more. From the early... more...

  • Appetite for Destructionby Mick Wall

    Orion Publishing Group 2010; Not Available

    Whether it's hanging around with Marillion's Fish in Berlin, seeing Whitesnake fail to ignite 1985's Rock in Rio, talking through old times with Jimmy Page in his Berkshire pile or following Ozzy Osbourne to Moscow, there isn't a rock luminary that Wall hasn't cross-examined or kept the flame burning with at some point over the last thirty years. ... more...