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  • The State of Musicby Virgil Thomson

    Library of America 2016; US$ 9.99

    Virgil Thomson had already established himself as one of the nation's leading composers when he published The†State of Music (1939), the†book that made his name as a writer and won†him a fourteen-year stint as chief music reviewer at the†New York Herald Tribune . This feisty,†often hilarious†polemic, presented here in the extensively revised edition... more...

  • Notenlesen für Dummiesby Michael Pilhofer; Holly Day; Oliver Fehn

    Wiley 2015; US$ 5.50 US$ 4.77

    Spielen Sie mit dem Gedanken, ein Instrument zu erlernen? Oder sind Sie schon seit Jahren passionierter Gitarrist, der wunderbar nach Tabulaturen spielt, bei Notenblättern jedoch kapituliert? In jedem Fall werden Sie Ihr musikalisches Potenzial enorm erhöhen, wenn Sie die Sprache der Musik beherrschen. Michael Pilhofer und Holly Day erklären... more...

  • Musical Exodusby Ruth F. Davis

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2015; US$ 79.99

    The essays in Musical Exodus: Al-Andalus and its Jewish Diasporas extend beyond the music of medieval Iberia and its Mediterranean Jewish diasporas to wider aspects of Jewish-Christian and Jewish-Muslim relations. The authors offer new perspectives on theories of musical interaction, hybridization, and the cultural meaning of musical expression... more...

  • A History of the Oratorioby Howard E. Smither

    The University of North Carolina Press 2012; US$ 29.99

    Written by an eminent scholar in a style that represents American musicological writing at its communicative best, A History of the Oratorio offers a synthesis and critical appraisal so exhaustive and reliable that the serious student of the oratorio will be compelled to look to these volumes as an indispensable source. No work on the history of... more...

  • A History of the Oratorioby Howard E. Smither

    The University of North Carolina Press 2012; US$ 29.99

    Howard Smither has written the first definitive work on the history of the oratorio since Arnold Schering published his Geschichte des Oratoriums in 1911. This volume is the first of a four-volume comprehensive study that offers a new synthesis of what is known to date about the oratorio. Volume 1, divided into three parts, opens with the examination... more...

  • Twentieth-Century Music and Politicsby Pauline Fairclough

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    When considering the role music played in the major totalitarian regimes of the century it is music's usefulness as propaganda that leaps first to mind. But as a number of the chapters in this volume demonstrate, there is a complex relationship both between art music and politicised mass culture, and between entertainment and propaganda. Nationality,... more...

  • Music of Azerbaijanby Aida Huseynova

    Indiana University Press 2016; US$ 29.99

    This book traces the development of Azerbaijani art music from its origins in the Eastern, modal, improvisational tradition known as mugham through its fusion with Western classical, jazz, and world art music. Aida Huseynova places the fascinating and little-known history of music in Azerbaijan against the vivid backdrop of cultural life under Soviet... more...

  • Thomas Tallisby John Harley

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 119.95

    John Harley‚??s Thomas Tallis is the first full-length book to deal comprehensively with the composer‚??s life and works. Tallis entered the Chapel Royal in the middle of a long life, and remained there for over 40 years. During a colourful period of English history he famously served King Henry VIII and the three of Henry‚??s children who followed... more...

  • The Roberto Gerhard Companionby Monty Adkins; Michael Russ

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    More than forty years after the composer's death, the music of Roberto Gerhard (1896-1970) continues to be recorded and performed and to attract international scholarly interest. The Roberto Gerhard Companion is the first full length scholarly work on this composer noted for his sharp intellect and original, exploring mind. This book builds on the... more...

  • Wagner in Russia, Poland and the Czech Landsby Stephen Muir; Anastasia Belina-Johnson

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    Richard Wagner has arguably the greatest and most long-term influence on wider European culture of all nineteenth-century composers. And yet, among the copious English-language literature examining Wagner's works, influence, and character, research into the composer‚??s impact and role in Russia and Eastern European countries, and perceptions of him... more...