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  • Stefan Wolpe and the Avant-Garde Diasporaby Brigid Cohen

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 88.00

    Cohen traces a history of modernism in migration through the composer Stefan Wolpe, from the Bauhaus to Black Mountain College. more...

  • Stravinsky and the Russian Periodby Pieter C. van den Toorn; John McGinness

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 30.00

    A fresh look at Stravinsky's musical style, from a variety of analytical, critical and aesthetic angles. more...

  • Syd Barrett and British Psychedeliaby Rob Chapman

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 2.90

    Syd Barrett and British Psychedelia is an intimate snapshot of the years 1966-7, when the underground's house band, Pink Floyd, were cast blinking into the light of mainstream success. Nurtured in the progressive Cambridge scene and the bohemian hangouts of the Notting Hill Free School and UFO club, Pink Floyd pioneered a distinctly British mix... more...

  • Symphonies and Other Orchestral Worksby Donald Francis Tovey

    Dover Publications 2014; US$ 21.95

    More than 100 selections from the noted musicologist's Essays in Musical Analysis cover most of the standard works in the symphonic repertory. Subjects include Beethoven's overtures and symphonies, including the author's famous study of the Ninth Symphony; all Brahms's overtures and symphonies; 11 symphonies by Haydn; six by Mozart; three symphonies... more...

  • Thomas Tallisby Mr John Harley

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; 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... 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...

  • Trumpet Blues: The Life of Harry Jamesby Peter J. Levinson

    Oxford University Press 1999; US$ 24.99

    Swing is back in style, and with it a renewed interest in the Big Band Era. And few players dominated that era more than Harry James, whose soaring trumpet solos and romantic hit tunes influenced popular music for a generation. Now, Peter J. Levinson, who knew Harry James personally, has written a revealing biography of this jazz icon, based on nearly... more...

  • UK Post-Punkby Simon Reynolds

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 2.90

    UK Post-Punk is a selection of five essays that represents Simon Reynolds's astute and thought-provoking commentary on the musical fallout of the punk explosion. Diversity is the watchword, with groups as stylistically varied as PiL, Joy Division and the Specials tackling the new musical terrain that had opened up. Often highly political - both... more...

  • Wagner's Melodiesby David Trippett

    Cambridge University Press 2013; US$ 108.00

    Wagner's Melodies places the composer's ideas about melody in the context of the scientific discourse of his age. more...

  • Who Wrote The Book Of Love?by Richard Crouse

    Doubleday Canada 2012; US$ 14.95

    ¸  The words to Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti" were initially so risqué they had to be completely rewritten - in the hallway of the studio, as time was running out - before the song could be recorded. (He wrote the original version while working as a dishwasher in a bus station in Georgia.) ¸  Paul Simon's 1972 hit "Mother and Child Reunion" takes... more...