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  • A History of the Handel Choir of Baltimore (1935?2013)by Carl B. Schmidt

    Lexington Books 2015; US$ 84.99

    A History of the Handel Choir of Baltimore (1935-2013): Music, Spread Thy Voice Around highlights the work of a not-for-profit choir that has weathered the vicissitudes of wars, civil unrest, and economic downturns that have closed all too many volunteer musical organizations. It provides an indication of the sorts of repertory such a group performs,... more...

  • Music Then and Nowby Thomas Forrest Kelly

    W. W. Norton & Company 2012; US$ 40.68

    A ?you are there? guide to masterpieces of Western music. more...

  • Music in the Eighteenth Centuryby John A. Rice; Walter Frisch

    W. W. Norton & Company 2012; US$ 29.05

    Eighteenth Century Music in its cultural, social, and intellectual contexts. more...

  • Rhythm Is My Beatby Alfred Green

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2015; US$ 74.99

    In Rhythm Is My Beat: Jazz Guitar Great Freddie Green and the Count Basie Sound , Alfred Green tells the story of his father, rhythm guitarist Freddie Green, whose guitar work served as the pulse of the Count Basie Band. more...

  • Carlos Chavez and His Worldby Leonora Saavedra

    Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 35.00

    Carlos Chávez (1899?1978) is the central figure in Mexican music of the twentieth century and among the most eminent of all Latin American modernist composers. An enfant terrible in his own country, Chávez was an integral part of the emerging music scene in the United States in the 1920s. His highly individual style?diatonic, dissonant, contrapuntal?addressed... more...

  • Amazing Graceby Steve Turner

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 11.99

    Behind our most beloved hymn is a fascinating story spanning continents, cultures, and centuries. Inspired by the way "Amazing Grace" continues to change and grow in popularity, acclaimed music writer Steve Turner embarks on a journey to trace the life of the hymn, from Olney, England, where it was written by former slave trader John Newton, to tiny... more...

  • Queens Reigns Supremeby Ethan Brown

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 12.95

    Based on police wiretaps and exclusive interviews with drug kingpins and hip-hop insiders, this is the untold story of how the streets and housing projects of southeast Queens took over the rap industry. For years, rappers from Nas to Ja Rule have hero-worshipped the legendary drug dealers who dominated Queens in the 1980s with their violent crimes... more...

  • Music for the Common Manby Elizabeth Bergman Crist

    Oxford University Press, USA 2009; US$ 20.99

    Introduction. 1. Expanding Americaural Front. 3. Creating Community. 4. "The Dancing of an Attitude". 5. In Wartime. Conclusion more...

  • The Violin Makerby John Marchese

    HarperCollins 2010; US$ 8.99

    How does a simple piece of wood become a violin, the king of instruments? Watch and find out as Eugene Drucker, a member of the world?renowned Emerson String Quartet, commissions Sam Zygmuntowicz, a Brooklyn craftsman, to make him a new violin. As he tells this extraordinary story, journalist John Marchese shares the rich lore of this beloved instrument... more...

  • Temperamentby Stuart Isacoff

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 16.00

    Few music lovers realize that the arrangement of notes on today?s pianos was once regarded as a crime against God and nature, or that such legendary thinkers as Pythagoras, Plato, da Vinci, Galileo, Kepler, Descartes, Newton and Rousseau played a role in the controversy. Indeed, from the time of the Ancient Greeks through the eras of Renaissance scientists... more...