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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 ā??hyper-modernistā?? 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 Politics of Appropriationby Jason Geary

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 44.99 US$ 38.69

    The Politics of Appropriation explores the intersection of music and Hellenism in nineteenth-century Germany.It shows how productions such as that of the Prussian court of Sophocles' Antigone with music by Felix Mendelssohn reflect an effort by the rulers who commissioned them to appropriate the legacy of Greece for the creation of a German cultural... more...

  • Sounding Authenticby Joshua S. Walden

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 46.99 US$ 40.41

    Sounding Authentic considers the influences of nationalism, modernism, and technological innovation on representations of ethnic and national identities in twentieth-century art music. Author Joshua S. Walden discusses these forces through the prism of the "rural miniature": short violin and piano pieces based on folk song and dance styles. He examines... more...

  • The Creative Development of Johann Sebastian Bach, Volume II: 1717-1750by Richard D. P. Jones

    OUP Oxford 2013; US$ 48.99 US$ 42.13

    This last in a two-volume study examines Bach's musical compositional development in his later years, including his time at Cšthen and Leipzig. more...

  • Who Should Sing 'Ol' Man River'?by Todd Decker

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 31.95 US$ 27.48

    Who Should Sing "Ol' Man River"?: The Lives of an American Song tells the almost eighty-year performance history of a great popular song. Examining over two hundred recorded and filmed versions of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's classic song, the book reveals the power of performers to remake one popular song into many different guises. more...

  • Holy Treasure and Sacred Songby Benjamin Brand

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 54.99 US$ 47.29

    Holy Treasure and Sacred Song explores the complex interplay between relic cults and the liturgy in medieval Tuscany. Drawing on documentary, literary and visual evidence rarely considered together, it reveals that liturgical texts, music, and ritual were integral to the clergy's well-informed promotion of saints buried in their churches. more...

  • The Revolution Will Not Be Televisedby Noriko Manabe

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 19.99 US$ 17.19

    Since the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, antinuclear activism has swelled into one of the most popular and passionate movements in Japan. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised shows that music played a central role in expressing antinuclear sentiments and mobilizing Japanese political resistance . Combining musical analysis with ethnographic... more...

  • Teaching Stravinskyby Kimberly A. Francis

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 54.99 US$ 47.29

    In 1929 Nadia Boulanger accepted Igor Stravinsky's younger son, Soulima, as her student. Within two years, Stravinsky and Boulanger merged their artistic spheres, each influencing and enhancing the cultural work of the other until the composer's death in 1971. Drawing upon over one thousand pages of letters and scores, Teaching Stravinsky examines... more...