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  • Stefan Wolpe and the Avant-Garde Diasporaby Brigid Cohen

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 88.00

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

  • 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...

  • 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$ 44.99

    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$ 54.00

    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$ 41.95

    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...

  • The Story of Musicby Howard Goodall

    Pegasus Books 2014; US$ 24.99

    Music is an intrinsic part of everyday life, and yet the history of its development from single notes to multi-layered orchestration can seem bewilderingly complex. In his dynamic tour through 40,000 years of music, from prehistoric instruments to modern-day pop, Howard Goodall leads us through the story of music as it happened, idea by idea, so... more...

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

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 88.00

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

  • Noise Uprisingby Michael Denning

    Verso Books 2015; US$ 25.95

    In a handful of years between the development of electrical recording in 1925 and the outset of the Great Depression in the early 1930s, the soundscape of modern music unfolded in a series of relatively unnoticed recording sessions around the world. These included the recording of tango in Buenos Aires, son in Havana, and samba in Rio; of hula... more...