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  • 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...

  • 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 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 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 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 Cūthen and Leipzig. 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...