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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...

  • 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...

  • 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 him to... 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...

  • Tonus Peregrinus: The History of a Psalm-tone and its use in Polyphonic Musicby Mattias Lundberg

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    Mattias Lundberg investigates the historical role of a deviant psalm-tone, the tonus peregrinus, focusing on its applications in polyphonic music within all major branches of Western liturgy. Throughout the remarkably persistent tradition of applying this melody to polyphony, from the ninth century right up to the twenty-first, coeval music theory... 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...

  • The Life and Music of Eric Coatesby Michael Payne

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    Eric Coates (1886-1957) is perhaps the most familiar name associated with British light music. Sir Charles Groves said that 'his music crackled with enthusiasm and vitality. He could write tunes and clothe them in the most attractive musical colours'. Coates won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, and from 1912 to 1919 he was principal viola... more...

  • The Szymanowski Companionby Stephen Downes; Paul Cadrin

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 119.95

    The Polish composer Karol Szymanowski is one of the most fascinating musical figures of the early twentieth century. His works included four symphonies, two violin concertos, the operas Hagith and King Roger, the ballet-pantomime Harnasie, the oratorio Stabat Mater, as well as numerous piano, violin, vocal and choral compositions. The profile and popularity... more...