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  • Vocal Authorityby John Potter

    Cambridge University Press 1998; US$ 42.00

    A fascinating history of singing styles from the ancient world to the present. more...

  • Chopin: The Four Balladesby Jim Samson

    Cambridge University Press 1992; US$ 24.00

    Chopin's four ballades are widely regarded as being amongst the most significant extended works for solo piano of the nineteenth century. In an illuminating discussion, Jim Samson combines history and analysis to provide the reader with a comprehensive picture of these popular piano works. He begins by investigating the social and musical background... more...

  • Bands, Booze And Broadsby Sheila Tracy

    Mainstream Publishing 2011; US$ 18.90

    In this captivating study of one of our most popular music genres, Sheila Tracy goes behind the scenes and talks to over 60 Americans who played with the most famous big bands - and who lived to tell the tale. This was no mean feat: swing music''s huge popularity brought the performers wild adulation and, for many, resorting to drugs and alcohol was... more...

  • Retromaniaby Simon Reynolds

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 18.99

    One of The Telegraph ?s Best Music Books 2011   We live in a pop age gone loco for retro and crazy for commemoration. Band re-formations and reunion tours, expanded reissues of classic albums and outtake-crammed box sets, remakes and sequels, tribute albums and mash-ups . . . But what happens when we run out of past? Are we heading toward... more...

  • Appetite for Destructionby Mick Wall

    Orion 2010; US$ 21.60

    APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION has the best of Wall's Kerrang! features, each bolstered by new, insightful post-scripts. You won't read a funnier rock book in 2010.****' MOJO more...

  • A Provincial Organ Builder in Victorian Englandby Gordon D.W. Curtis

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2011; US$ 134.95

    William Sweetland was a Bath organ builder who flourished from c.1847 to 1902 during which time he built about 300 organs. Gordon Curtis places this work of a provincial organ builder in the wider context of English musical life in the latter half of the nineteenth century. He relates the biographical details of Sweetland's family, surveys Sweetland's... more...

  • The Ninthby Harvey Sachs

    Faber & Faber 2010; US$ 13.11

    An absorbing look at Beethoven's towering Ninth Symphony, and its vibrant historical context. more...

  • The Cello Suitesby Eric Siblin

    House of Anansi Press 2011; US$ 16.95

    One autumn evening, shortly after ending a ten-year stint as a pop-music columnist for the Montreal Gazette, Eric Siblin attended a concert at Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music. There, something unlikely happened: he fell in love with a piece of classical music -- Bach's cello suites. Part biography, part music history, and part literary mystery,... more...

  • On Playing the Fluteby Johann Joachim Quantz

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 21.86

    Johann Joachim Quantz's On Playing the Flute has long been recognized as one of the primary sources of information about eighteenth-century performance practice. In spite of its title, it is not simply a tutor for the flute, but a fully-fledged programme for training musicians of all types, with detailed information on intonation, ornamentation, dynamics,... more...

  • 33 Revolutions Per Minuteby Dorian Lynskey

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 14.57

    An astounding history of protest music, told through 33 momentous songs. more...