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History & Criticism

  • The Oxford Handbook of Topic Theoryby

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 149.99 US$ 128.99

    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...

  • 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$ 21.14

    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$ 149.95

    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...

  • Slavonic and Romantic Musicby Gerald Abraham

    Faber & Faber 2013; US$ 24.78

    Gerald Abraham's reputation as an authority on Russian music has tended to obscure his deep interest in the music of Poland and Czechoslovakia, and of the nineteenth-century generally. From a lifetime's devoted scholarship in these fields Abrahams selected his best work to make up this volume (first published in 1968), one of exceptional breadth and... more...

  • Edward Elgar and His Worldby Byron Adams

    Princeton University Press 2011; US$ 35.00 US$ 28.00

    Edward Elgar (1857-1934) is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating, important, and influential figures in the history of British music. He rose from humble beginnings and achieved fame with music that to this day is beloved by audiences in England, and his work has secured an enduring legacy worldwide. Leading scholars examine the composer's life... more...

  • The History of the Erard Piano and Harp in Letters and Documents, 1785?1959by Robert Adelson; Alain Roudier; Jenny Nex; Laure Barthel; Michel Foussard

    Cambridge University Press 2015; US$ 200.00 US$ 164.00

    These volumes present the recently discovered archives of the Erard firm, perhaps the largest record of musical instrument making anywhere. more...

  • Orchestral Performanceby Christopher Adey

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 33.53

    A comprehensive guide to the techniques of orchestral playing and the development of non-professional orchestras, Orchestral Performance covers all areas of orchestral music-making - instrumental technique and combination, ensemble, layout, repertoire and presentation. Christopher Adey - renowned specialist in the training of student orchestras... more...