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  • 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...

  • Young Neilby Sharry Wilson

    ECW Press 2014; US$ 13.99

    Young Neil is a detailed chronological narrative of the early life of iconic Canadian musician Neil Young. Exploring a time in this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer?s life that has yet to be documented with such depth of research, Young Neil is an exhaustive document of his ?Sugar Mountain? years, from 1945 to 1966. From his birth in Toronto through his... 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...

  • Jimi Hendrixby Charles R Cross; Conny Lösch

    Hannibal Verlag 2014; US$ 9.53

    James Marshall Hendrix brachte die elektrische Gitarre "zum Sprechen". Vom Blues kommend revolutionierte er den Rock'n'Roll, indem er Rückkopplungen, unvorhersehbare Frequenzüberlagerungen und Verzerrung zur Kunstform erhob - so virtuos wie er spielte sonst niemand. Er war der Star der Stars: Paul McCartney empfahl ihn für das Monterey-Festival,... more...

  • Harrison Birtwistleby Jonathan Cross

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 21.86

    Love it or loathe it, few would disagree that the music of Harrison Birtwistle stands amongst the most assured, original and challenging music ever to have been produced by a British composer. While for some the uncompromisingly modernist surface of his music can be an obstacle to closer acquaintance, for others, it is Birtwistle's articulation of... more...

  • 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...