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  • Harrison Birtwistle Studiesby David Beard; Kenneth Gloag; Nicholas Jones

    Cambridge University Press 2015; US$ 79.00

    This collection represents current research on Birtwistle's music, reflecting the diversity of his work through a wide-range of perspectives. more...

  • Here She Comes Nowby Jeff Gordinier; Marc Weingarten

    Icon Books Ltd 2016; US$ 17.49

    A glittering collection of essays on outstanding women in rock and pop more...

  • The History of Musical Instrumentsby Curt Sachs

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 22.95

    This first comprehensive history of musical instruments, this book ranges from prehistoric times to the 20th century. It traverses five continents and every stage of evolution, from primitive rattles and bull-roarers to the electric organ. Author Curt Sachs, one of the world's most distinguished musicologists, combines rich scholarship with personal... more...

  • A History of the Handel Choir of Baltimore (1935?2013)by Carl B. Schmidt

    Lexington Books 2015; US$ 84.99

    A History of the Handel Choir of Baltimore (1935-2013): Music, Spread Thy Voice Around highlights the work of a not-for-profit choir that has weathered the vicissitudes of wars, civil unrest, and economic downturns that have closed all too many volunteer musical organizations. It provides an indication of the sorts of repertory such a group performs,... more...

  • A History of the Oratorioby Howard E. Smither

    The University of North Carolina Press 2012; US$ 29.99

    Howard Smither has written the first definitive work on the history of the oratorio since Arnold Schering published his Geschichte des Oratoriums in 1911. This volume is the first of a four-volume comprehensive study that offers a new synthesis of what is known to date about the oratorio. Volume 1, divided into three parts, opens with the examination... more...

  • A History of the Oratorioby Howard E. Smither

    The University of North Carolina Press 2012; US$ 29.99

    Written by an eminent scholar in a style that represents American musicological writing at its communicative best, A History of the Oratorio offers a synthesis and critical appraisal so exhaustive and reliable that the serious student of the oratorio will be compelled to look to these volumes as an indispensable source. No work on the history of... more...

  • The Holy or the Brokenby Alan Light

    Atria Books 2012; US$ 15.00

    ? A venerated creator. An adored, tragic interpreter. An uncomplicated, memorable melody. Ambiguous, evocative words. Faith and uncertainty. Pain and pleasure .? Today, ?Hallelujah? is one of the most-performed rock songs in history. It has become a staple of movies and television shows as diverse as Shrek and The West Wing , of tribute videos... more...

  • Hugo Wolfby Ernest Newman; Walter Legge; Roelof Oostwoud

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 14.95

    The tragic story of an erratic genius's life and a survey of some of his works, including his art songs and operas. "Very interesting and very stimulating." ? The New York Times. more...

  • In Search of Chopinby Alfred Cortot

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 16.95

    Profile by a legendary conductor and performer explores the composer's works and concert performances plus his roles as teacher and Polish nationalist, relationships with Liszt and Sand, chronic illness, and tormented, sensitive nature. 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...