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  • I Found My Friendsby Nick Soulsby

    St. Martin's Press 2015; US$ 16.99

    I Found My Friends recreates the short and tempestuous times of Nirvana through the musicians and producers who played and interacted with the band. The guides for this trip didn't just watch the life of this legendary band--they lived it. Soulsby interviewed over 150 musicians from bands that played and toured with Nirvana, including well-known... 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...

  • The Ballad of Britainby Will Hodgkinson

    Pavilion Books Company Limited 2012; US$ 10.19

    In 1903, Victorian composer Cecil Sharp began a decade-long journey to collect folk songs that captured the spirit of Great Britain. A century later, writer, presenter and journalist Will Hodgkinson sets out on a similar journey. 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...