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  • 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...

  • Chopin's Lettersby Frederic Chopin; E. L. Voynich

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 17.95

    Nearly 300 letters reveal Chopin as both man and artist and illuminate his fascinating world ? Europe of the 1830s and 1840s. "delightful gossip . . . merry rather than malicious . . . engagingly witty." ? Books . Preface. Index. more...

  • Trumpet Blues: The Life of Harry Jamesby Peter J. Levinson

    Oxford University Press 1999; US$ 24.99

    Swing is back in style, and with it a renewed interest in the Big Band Era. And few players dominated that era more than Harry James, whose soaring trumpet solos and romantic hit tunes influenced popular music for a generation. Now, Peter J. Levinson, who knew Harry James personally, has written a revealing biography of this jazz icon, based on nearly... more...

  • Marching to the Canonby Scott Messing

    Boydell & Brewer Group Ltd 2014; US$ 24.95

    Marche militaire is Franz Schubert's most recognizable and beloved instrumental work. Originally published for piano four hands in 1826, this tuneful march -- Schubert's first of three militarymarches -- was arranged, adapted, and incorporated into new incarnations over the next two centuries. Its success was due to its chameleonlike ability to cross... 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...

  • BBC Music in the Glock Era and Afterby Leo Black; Christopher Wintle

    Boydell & Brewer 2010; US$ 80.00

    Leo Black's memoir not only recalls 'the Glock Era and After' in a series of informative, poignant, witty and judicious vignettes, but is also a key text for understanding one of the great ages of British music. more...

  • African Music, Power, and Being in Colonial Zimbabweby Mhoze Chikowero

    Indiana University Press 2015; US$ 34.99

    In this new history of music in Zimbabwe, Mhoze Chikowero deftly uses African sources to interrogate the copious colonial archive, reading it as a confessional voice along and against the grain to write a complex history of music, colonialism, and African self-liberation. Chikowero's book begins in the 1890s with missionary crusades against African... more...

  • The New Blue Musicby Richard J. Ripani

    University Press of Mississippi 2009; US$ 30.00

    A study that finds African influences of melody, harmony, rhythm, and form in the top 25 songs from each decade of R&B more...

  • The Berimbauby Eric A. Galm

    University Press of Mississippi 2010; US$ 30.00

    The Brazilian berimbau , a musical bow, is most commonly associated with the energetic martial art/dance/game of capoeira . This study explores the berimbau's stature from the 1950s to the present in diverse musical genres including bossa nova, samba-reggae, MPB (Popular Brazilian Music), electronic dance music, Brazilian art music, and more. Berimbau... more...

  • The Glenbuchat Balladsby David Buchan; James Moreira

    University Press of Mississippi 2011; US$ 60.00

    Sometime in the early nineteenth century, most likely in the year 1818, the Reverend Robert Scott, minister of the parish of Glenbuchat in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, compiled a collection of traditional ballads that until now has not been published. Most of the ballad collections produced during the Scottish Romantic Revival were eventually anthologized... more...