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  • Chopin: The Four Balladesby Jim Samson

    Cambridge University Press 1992; US$ 24.00

    Chopin's four ballades are widely regarded as being amongst the most significant extended works for solo piano of the nineteenth century. In an illuminating discussion, Jim Samson combines history and analysis to provide the reader with a comprehensive picture of these popular piano works. He begins by investigating the social and musical background... more...

  • Mozart's Piano Sonatasby John Irving

    Cambridge University Press 1997; US$ 43.00

    An examination of Mozart's piano sonatas, showing them to be a microcosm of the composer's changing style. more...

  • Schenker's Interpretive Practiceby Robert Snarrenberg

    Cambridge University Press 1997; US$ 37.00

    This is the first comprehensive study of this century's most influential music theorist, Heinrich Schenker. more...

  • Chopin: The Piano Concertosby John Rink; Julian Rushton

    Cambridge University Press 1997; US$ 30.00

    This Handbook re-evaluates the E minor and F minor Piano Concertos so that their many outstanding qualities can be fully appreciated. more...

  • Vocal Authorityby John Potter

    Cambridge University Press 1998; US$ 42.00

    A fascinating history of singing styles from the ancient world to the present. more...

  • Retromaniaby Simon Reynolds

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 18.99

    One of The Telegraph ?s Best Music Books 2011   We live in a pop age gone loco for retro and crazy for commemoration. Band re-formations and reunion tours, expanded reissues of classic albums and outtake-crammed box sets, remakes and sequels, tribute albums and mash-ups . . . But what happens when we run out of past? Are we heading toward... more...

  • Appetite for Destructionby Mick Wall

    Orion 2010; US$ 18.79

    APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION has the best of Wall's Kerrang! features, each bolstered by new, insightful post-scripts. You won't read a funnier rock book in 2010.****' MOJO more...

  • The Ninthby Harvey Sachs

    Faber & Faber 2010; US$ 13.11

    An absorbing look at Beethoven's towering Ninth Symphony, and its vibrant historical context. more...

  • A Provincial Organ Builder in Victorian Englandby Gordon D.W. Curtis

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2011; US$ 134.95

    William Sweetland was a Bath organ builder who flourished from c.1847 to 1902 during which time he built about 300 organs. Gordon Curtis places this work of a provincial organ builder in the wider context of English musical life in the latter half of the nineteenth century. He relates the biographical details of Sweetland's family, surveys Sweetland's... more...

  • Electric Edenby Rob Young

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 25.99

    A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction of 2011 title In the late 1960s, with popular culture hurtling forward on the sounds of rock music, some brave musicians looked back instead, trying to recover the lost treasures of English roots music and update them for the new age. The records of Fairport Convention, Pentangle, Steeleye Span, and Nick Drake... more...