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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...

  • 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...

  • 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 Cðthen and Leipzig. 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...

  • Transnational Encountersby Alejandro L. Madrid

    Oxford University Press 2011; US$ 37.99

    This book explores the transnational connections that inform the large diversity of musical traditions from the U.S.-Mexico border (from nortena and cumbia to indigenous musics, Afro-American traditions and pop musics) while keeping an eye on their powerful local significance, in an attempt to redefine notions like "border," "nation," "migration,"... 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...

  • Sounds of Warby Annegret Fauser

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 26.99

    Classical music in 1940s America had a cultural relevance and ubiquitousness that is hard to imagine today, and it played an important role as a cultural counterpoint to the military effort as musicians and politicians were - in Henry Cowell's words - "shaping music for total war." No other war mobilized and instrumentalized culture in general and... more...

  • Digby Phil Ford

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 16.99

    Hipsters have always used clothing, hairstyle, gesture, and slang to mark their distance from consensus culture, yet it is music that has always been the privileged means of cultural disaffiliation, the royal road to hip. Dig argues that in hip culture it is sound itself, and the faculty of hearing, that is the privileged part of the sensory experience.... more...