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  • 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...

  • Musical Structure and Designby Cedric T. Davie

    Dover Publications 2014; US$ 10.95

    Clear, elementary explanation of basic forms, Renaissance to 1900, with many works analyzed. Nature and function of concerto, sonata, etc., clarified with nonmusical analogies; illustrated in detailed analysis of specific piece of music. more...

  • Antonio Stradivariby W. H. Hill; Francis A. Davis

    Dover Publications 2014; US$ 14.95

    This is the definitive work on Stradivarius and one of the great musicology books. It covers construction methods, woods, varnishes, types of instruments, and special features as well as the life of the composer. "A rich mine of fascinating information." ? American Record Guide. 93 illustrations, plus 4 color plates. more...

  • The Masterwork in Music: Volume III, 1930by Heinrich Schenker; William Drabkin; Ian Bent; Alfred Clayton; Derrick Puffett

    Dover Publications 2014; US$ 22.95

    The three volumes of The Masterwork in Music present complete English translations of major works by Austrian music theorist Heinrich Schenker, one of the twentieth century's leading figures in the field. First published in German between 1925 and 1930, these essays represent Schenker's greatest writings in analysis prior to the 1935 definitive formulation... more...

  • The Masterwork in Music: Volume II, 1926by Heinrich Schenker; William Drabkin; Ian Bent; John Rothgeb; Hedi Siegel

    Dover Publications 2014; US$ 22.95

    The three volumes of The Masterwork in Music present complete English translations of major works by Austrian music theorist Heinrich Schenker, one of the twentieth century's leading figures in the field. First published in German between 1925 and 1930, these essays represent Schenker's greatest writings in analysis prior to the 1935 definitive formulation... more...

  • The Masterwork in Music: Volume I, 1925by Heinrich Schenker; Ian Bent; William Drabkin; Richard Kramer; John Rothgeb; Hedi Siegel

    Dover Publications 2014; US$ 22.95

    The three volumes of The Masterwork in Music present complete English translations of major works by Austrian music theorist Heinrich Schenker, one of the twentieth century's leading figures in the field. First published in German between 1925 and 1930, these essays represent Schenker's greatest writings in analysis prior to the 1935 definitive formulation... more...

  • Schumann on Musicby Robert Schumann; Henry Pleasants

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 12.95

    In addition to his genius as a composer, Schumann was a gifted critic who wrote perceptive essays, articles, and reviews for his influential musical journal, Neue Zeitschrift fur Musik. Written from 1834 to 1844, these 61 pieces include evaluations of Beethoven, Chopin, Schubert, and other giants. Articles appear in chronological order with ample... more...

  • Chamber Musicby Donald Francis Tovey

    Dover Publications 2014; US$ 14.95

    This volume features selections from the famous musicologist's acclaimed Essays in Musical Analysis. The contents comprise some of Donald F. Tovey's most important essays, including those on Bach's "Goldberg" Variations and The Art of Fugue as well as considerations of key works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, and Brahms. Tovey's... more...

  • Symphonies and Other Orchestral Worksby Donald Francis Tovey

    Dover Publications 2014; US$ 21.95

    More than 100 selections from the noted musicologist's Essays in Musical Analysis cover most of the standard works in the symphonic repertory. Subjects include Beethoven's overtures and symphonies, including the author's famous study of the Ninth Symphony; all Brahms's overtures and symphonies; 11 symphonies by Haydn; six by Mozart; three symphonies... more...

  • Concertos and Choral Worksby Donald Francis Tovey

    Dover Publications 2014; US$ 19.95

    Drawn from the well-known musicologist's celebrated Essays in Musical Analysis, this volume contains nearly all of the concertos in the standard repertoire, from Bach's concerto for two violins to Walton's concerto for viola. More than fifty selections include choral works with in-depth essays on Bach's Mass in B minor, Beethoven's Mass in D, Brahms's... more...