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  • Schoenberg's Twelve-Tone Musicby Jack Boss

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 88.00

    Jack Boss presents detailed analyses of Arnold Schoenberg's twelve-tone pieces, bringing the composer's 'musical idea' - problem, elaboration, solution - to life. more...

  • Night Moves: Pop Music in the Late '70sby Don Breithaupt; Jeff Breithaupt

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 8.99

    The late 1970s brought us an eclectic mix of popular music--everything from big hits (and even bigger hair) to cult favorites, along with the dawn of disco and punk, the coming of corporate rock, the rise of reggae and new wave, and some of the most progressive, inventive songwriting of the century. Whether you cranked up your radio for Bruce Springsteen,... more...

  • Schoenberg and Redemptionby Julie Brown

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 79.00

    Julie Brown reconsiders Schoenberg's step into atonality as a response to Wagner's charges concerning the Jewish influence on German music. more...

  • Choral Masterpiecesby Nicholas Tarling

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2014; US$ 49.99

    In Choral Masterpieces: Major and Minor, historian Nicholas Tarling offers short essays on over 28 works, from major masterpieces such as Handel?s Messiah and Bach?s St. Matthew?s Passion to off-the-beaten path choral works such as Samuel Coleridge-Taylor?s Hiawatha and Frederick Delius? A Mass of Life. Throughout, Tarling offers... more...

  • Intimate Lettersby Leos Janácek; John Tyrrell

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 59.00

    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

    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...

  • Good Rockin' Tonightby Colin Escott; Martin Hawkins

    Open Road Media 2011; US$ 14.99

    Rock ?n? roll was born in Memphis in the tiny storefront recording studio of Sun Records. This is the definitive account of how it happened!   Sam Phillips?s credo was: ?If you?re not doing something different, you?re not doing anything.? If he had done no more than discover Elvis Presley and produce his first five singles he would still... more...

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

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 30.00

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

  • Der Himmel über Nirvanaby Charles R Cross; Bernhard Schmid

    Hannibal Verlag 2013; US$ 9.53

    "Die tragischen Umstände des Selbstmordes von Kurt Cobain sind mittlerweile hinreichend bekannt. Doch viele Fakten aus seinem Leben - ebenso wie sein Einfluss als Künstler - blieben eher vernachlässigt. Hier setzt Charles R. Cross an: Er führte mehr als 400 Interviews und recherchierte vier Jahre lang in allen zugänglichen Quellen; er studierte... more...

  • Nirvana - Come as you areby Michael Azerrad; Thomas Pöll

    Hannibal Verlag 2013; US$ 9.53

    Kurt Cobain, der "Kronprinz der Generation X" (Newsweek), erschoss sich am 8. April 1994 in seinem Haus in Seattle - wenige Monate zuvor hatte er dort gemeinsam mit Michael Azerrad die Arbeit an dieser einzigen autorisierten Nirvana-Biographie beendet. In schonungsloser Offenheit erzählt Cobain in den 18 Kapiteln aus seinem Leben, von seiner... more...