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History & Criticism

  • The Oxford Handbook of Topic Theoryby

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 149.99

    The concept of musical topics describes the aural cross-references between styles and genres. The Oxford Handbook of Topic Theory grounds this concept in eighteenth-century music theory, aesthetics, and criticism, while also documenting historical reality of individual topics, and relating topical analysis to other methods of analyzing eighteenth-century... more...

  • The Violinby

    Boydell & Brewer Group Ltd 2016; US$ 24.99

    With a colorful history that spans 450 years, the violin has proven to be one of the world's most important and versatile instruments. Addressed to performing musicians, serious concertgoers, and collectors of recordings, The Violin offers insightful, up-to-date essays on a wide range of topics. Essays discuss beloved masterpieces from the violin's... more...

  • Inventoryby A.V. Club; Chuck Klosterman

    Scribner 2009; US$ 20.99

    Each week, the writers of The A.V. Club issue a slightly slanted pop-culture list filled with challenging opinions (Is David Bowie's "Young Americans" nearly ruined by saxophone?) and fascinating facts. Exploring twenty-four great films too painful to watch twice, fourteen tragic movie-masturbation scenes, eighteen songs about crappy cities, and... more...

  • A History of Operaby Carolyn Abbate; Roger Parker

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; US$ 23.96

    Opera is in many ways the most extraordinary artistic medium of the last four hundred years. Prohibitively expensive and patently unrealistic, it can nevertheless paint the human passions with astonishing power and drama. This book, the first new, full-length, single-volume history of opera for more than a generation provokes in-depth discussions... more...

  • To Do This, You Must Know Howby Lynn Abbot; Doug Seroff

    University Press of Mississippi 2013; US$ 75.00

    To Do This, You Must Know How traces black vocal music instruction and inspiration from the halls of Fisk University to the mining camps of Birmingham and Bessemer, Alabama, and on to Chicago and New Orleans. In the 1870s, the Original Fisk University Jubilee Singers successfully combined Negro spirituals with formal choral music disciplines, and... more...

  • Ragged but Rightby Lynn Abbot; Doug Seroff

    University Press of Mississippi 2009; US$ 75.00

    The commercial explosion of ragtime in the early twentieth century created previously unimagined opportunities for black performers. However, every prospect was mitigated by systemic racism. The biggest hits of the ragtime era weren’t Scott Joplin’s stately piano rags. “Coon songs,” with their ugly name, defined ragtime for the masses, and played... more...

  • Between Baudelaire and Mallarméby Helen Abbott

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    As the status of poetry became less and less certain over the course of the nineteenth century, poets such as Baudelaire and Mallarmé began to explore ways to ensure that poetry would not be overtaken by music in the hierarchy of the arts. Helen Abbott examines the verse and prose poetry of these two important poets, together with their critical writings,... more...

  • The Original Bluesby Lynn Abbott; Doug Seroff

    University Press of Mississippi 2017; US$ 85.00

    An invaluable musical history documenting the advent of the blues in black vaudeville more...

  • Historical Dictionary of Popular Musicby Norman Abjorensen

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2017; US$ 137.00

    The Historical Dictionary of Popular Music contains a chronology, an introduction, an appendix, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 1000 cross-referenced entries on major figures across genres, definitions of genres, technical innovations and surveys of countries and regions. more...

  • One Hundred Years of Musicby Gerald Abraham

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 49.95

    One Hundred Years of Music provides a full account of the history of music from the death of Beethoven to the modern era. It covers a period of exceptional interest. The last hundred years coincide roughly with the rise and decline of Romanticism, include the various nationalist movements, and extend to the advent of "neo-classicism," the twelve-tone... more...