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  • Jimi Hendrixby Charles R Cross; Conny Lösch

    Hannibal Verlag 2014; US$ 9.25

    James Marshall Hendrix brachte die elektrische Gitarre "zum Sprechen". Vom Blues kommend revolutionierte er den Rock'n'Roll, indem er Rückkopplungen, unvorhersehbare Frequenzüberlagerungen und Verzerrung zur Kunstform erhob - so virtuos wie er spielte sonst niemand. Er war der Star der Stars: Paul McCartney empfahl ihn für das Monterey-Festival,... more...

  • Noise Uprisingby Michael Denning

    Verso Books 2015; US$ 25.95

    In a handful of years between the development of electrical recording in 1925 and the outset of the Great Depression in the early 1930s, the soundscape of modern music unfolded in a series of relatively unnoticed recording sessions around the world. These included the recording of tango in Buenos Aires, son in Havana, and samba in Rio; of hula... 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...

  • Harrison Birtwistle Studiesby David Beard; Kenneth Gloag; Nicholas Jones

    Cambridge University Press 2015; US$ 79.00

    This collection represents current research on Birtwistle's music, reflecting the diversity of his work through a wide-range of perspectives. 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...

  • My Life and Musicby Artur Schnabel

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 14.95

    "A clear picture of a musician of rare integrity." ? The Musical Times . Highly readable reminiscences, musical philosophy of great pianist: his experiences as a child prodigy in turn-of-the-century Vienna, concert career, thoughts on great conductors and composers of the day, preferences in the repertoire, much more. Also includes "Reflections... more...

  • A Treasury of Early Musicby Carl Parrish

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 14.95

    Fifty first-rate musical compositions document the development of musical style from the early Middle Ages to the Middle of the 18th century. Among the selections are a Gregorian hymn, an English lute piece, operatic arias, instrumental and vocal motets, a French ballad, as well as works by Vivaldi, Telemann, Pergolesi, Scarlatti, Buxtehude, and... more...

  • The History of Musical Instrumentsby Curt Sachs

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 22.95

    This first comprehensive history of musical instruments, this book ranges from prehistoric times to the 20th century. It traverses five continents and every stage of evolution, from primitive rattles and bull-roarers to the electric organ. Author Curt Sachs, one of the world's most distinguished musicologists, combines rich scholarship with personal... 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...