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  • Harrison Birtwistleby Fiona Maddocks; Harrison Birtwistle

    Faber & Faber 2014;

    Harrison Birtwistle is recognised worldwide as one of the greatest of living composers. His music is both deeply original and highly personal, yet he has always been notoriously reticent about explaining either his music or himself. In this 'conversation diary', spanning six months, he talks openly to the distinguished writer and critic Fiona Maddocks,... more...

  • Marching to the Canonby Scott Messing

    Boydell & Brewer 2014; US$ 85.00

    Marching to the Canon examines the history of Schubert's Marche militaire no.1 from its beginnings, through its many arrangements, to its impact on dance, literature, film, and music. more...

  • The Complete Annotated Lyricsby Bob Dylan

    Simon & Schuster 2014; US$ 49.95

    A major publishing event?for the first time, a beautiful, comprehensive collection of lyrics of music legend and poet Bob Dylan, complete with in-depth annotations by Christopher Ricks. This definitive collection brings together the entire catalogue of lyrics by Bob Dylan, one of the most legendary songwriters in history. From his early protest songs,... more...

  • Stefan Wolpe and the Avant-Garde Diasporaby Brigid Cohen

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 82.00

    Cohen traces a history of modernism in migration through the composer Stefan Wolpe, from the Bauhaus to Black Mountain College. more...

  • A History of Western Musicby J. Peter Burkholder; Donald Jay Grout; Claude V. Palisca

    W. W. Norton & Company 2014; US$ 27.99

    The definitive history of Western music. more...

  • Amazing Graceby Steve Turner

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 12.99

    Behind our most beloved hymn is a fascinating story spanning continents, cultures, and centuries. Inspired by the way "Amazing Grace" continues to change and grow in popularity, acclaimed music writer Steve Turner embarks on a journey to trace the life of the hymn, from Olney, England, where it was written by former slave trader John Newton, to tiny... more...

  • Queens Reigns Supremeby Ethan Brown

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 12.95

    Based on police wiretaps and exclusive interviews with drug kingpins and hip-hop insiders, this is the untold story of how the streets and housing projects of southeast Queens took over the rap industry. For years, rappers from Nas to Ja Rule have hero-worshipped the legendary drug dealers who dominated Queens in the 1980s with their violent crimes... more...

  • Music for the Common Manby Elizabeth Bergman Crist

    Oxford University Press, USA 2009; US$ 20.99

    Introduction. 1. Expanding Americaural Front. 3. Creating Community. 4. "The Dancing of an Attitude". 5. In Wartime. Conclusion more...

  • The Violin Makerby John Marchese

    HarperCollins 2010; US$ 11.99

    How does a simple piece of wood become a violin, the king of instruments? Watch and find out as Eugene Drucker, a member of the world?renowned Emerson String Quartet, commissions Sam Zygmuntowicz, a Brooklyn craftsman, to make him a new violin. As he tells this extraordinary story, journalist John Marchese shares the rich lore of this beloved instrument... more...