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  • Grainger the Modernistby Suzanne Robinson; Kay Dreyfus

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 119.95

    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$ 119.95

    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...

  • The Legacy of Cornelius Cardewby Tony Harris

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    Cornelius Cardew is an enigma. Depending on which sources one consults he is either an influential and iconic figure of British musical culture or a marginal curiosity, a footnote to a misguided musical phenomenon. He is both praised for his uncompromising commitment to world-changing politics, and mocked for being blindly caught up in a maelstrom... more...

  • Applying Karnatic Rhythmical Techniques to Western Musicby Rafael Reina

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    Most classical musicians, whether in orchestral or ensemble situations, will have to face a piece by composers such as Ligeti, Messiaen, Var√®se or Xenakis, while improvisers face music influenced by Dave Holland, Steve Coleman, Aka Moon, Weather Report, Irakere or elements from the Balkans, India, Africa or Cuba. Rafael Reina argues that today‚??s... 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...

  • 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...

  • Arranging Gershwinby Ryan Ba?agale

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 14.99 US$ 12.89

    This book reconceives the history and reception of Rhapsody in Blue , freeing it from established narratives and frequently encountered anecdotes. By approaching the Rhapsody as an "arrangement," it shifts emphasis away from a centralized text and from the sole agency of George Gershwin, providing a dynamic and multifaceted reappraisal of this... more...

  • Wagner's Parsifalby William Kinderman

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 79.99 US$ 68.79

    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 US$ 28.37

    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...