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

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    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...

  • 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 Creative Development of Johann Sebastian Bach, Volume II: 1717-1750by Richard D. P. Jones

    OUP Oxford 2013; US$ 48.99

    This last in a two-volume study examines Bach's musical compositional development in his later years, including his time at C­then and Leipzig. more...

  • Grainger the Modernistby Suzanne Robinson; Kay Dreyfus

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    Unaccountably, Percy Grainger has remained on the margins of both American music history and twentieth-century modernism. This volume reveals the well-known composer of popular gems to be a self-described ?hyper-modernist? who composed works of uncompromising dissonance, challenged the conventions of folk song collection and adaptation, re-visioned... more...

  • Eroticism in Early Modern Musicby Bonnie J. Blackburn; Laurie Stras

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    Eroticism in Early Modern Music contributes to a small but significant literature on music, sexuality, and sex in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe. Its chapters have grown from a long dialogue between a group of scholars, who employ a variety of different approaches to the repertoire: musical and visual analysis; archival and cultural history;... 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...

  • Wagner's Parsifalby William Kinderman

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 79.99

    William Kinderman's detailed study of Parsifal , described by the composer as his "last card," explores the evolution of the text and music of this inexhaustible yet highly controversial music drama across Wagner's entire career, and offers a reassessment of the ideological and political history of Parsifal, shedding new light on the connection of... more...

  • Enlightenment Orpheusby Vanessa Agnew

    Oxford University Press 2008; US$ 32.99

    The Enlightenment saw a critical engagement with the ancient idea that music carries certain powers - it heals and pacifies, civilizes and educates. Yet this interest in musical utility seems to conflict with larger notions of aesthetic autonomy that emerged at the same time. In Enlightenment Orpheus , Vanessa Agnew examines this apparent conflict,... more...

  • Music in Chopin's Warsawby Halina Goldberg

    Oxford University Press 2008; US$ 30.99

    Music in Chopin's Warsaw examines the rich musical environment of Fryderyk Chopin's youth--largely unknown to the English-speaking world-and places Chopin's early works in the context of this milieu. Halina Goldberg provides a historiographic perspective that allows a new and better understanding of Poland's cultural and musical circumstances. more...

  • The Musical Playgroundby Kathryn Marsh

    Oxford University Press 2009; US$ 13.99

    The Musical Playground is a new and fascinating account of the musical play of school-aged children. Based on fifteen years of ethnomusicological field research in urban and rural school playgrounds around the globe, Kathryn Marsh provides unique insights into children's musical playground activities across a comprehensive scope of social, cultural,... more...