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History & Criticism

  • Altamontby Joel Selvin

    HarperCollins 2016; US$ 14.99

    In this breathtaking cultural history filled with exclusive, never-before-revealed details, celebrated rock journalist Joel Selvin tells the definitive story of the Rolling Stones? infamous Altamont concert in San Francisco, the disastrous historic event that marked the end of the idealistic 1960s. In the annals of rock history, the Altamont Speedway... more...

  • Uprootby Jace Clayton

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2016; US$ 16.99

    In 2001, Jace Clayton was an amateur DJ who recorded a three-turntable, sixty-minute mix called Gold Teeth Thief and put it online to share with his friends. Within months, the mix became an international calling card, whisking Clayton away to a sprawling, multitiered nightclub in Zagreb, a tiny gallery in Osaka, a former brothel in São Paolo, and... more...

  • Contemporary Music and Spiritualityby Robert Sholl; Sander Van Maas

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    The flourishing of religious or spiritually-inspired music in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries remains largely unexplored. The engagement and tensions between modernism and tradition, and institutionalized religion and spirituality are inherent issues for many composers who have sought to invoke spirituality and Otherness through... more...

  • Mahler and Straussby Charles Youmans

    Indiana University Press 2016; US$ 41.99

    A rare case among history's great music contemporaries, Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) and Richard Strauss (1864-1949) enjoyed a close friendship until Mahler's death in 1911. Unlike similar musical pairs (Bach and Handel, Haydn and Mozart, Schoenberg and Stravinsky), these two composers may have disagreed on the matters of musical taste and social comportment,... more...

  • Rethinking Schubertby Lorraine Byrne Bodley; Julian Horton

    Oxford University Press 2016; US$ 72.99 US$ 62.77

    Rethinking Schubert offers a conspectus of issues in Schubert scholarship, a reappraisal of key debates, and an exploration of new avenues of research. It brings together twenty-two essays by some of today's most important Schubert scholars, which provide new insights into this composer, his music, his influence and his legacy. more...

  • Johann Sebastian Bach's Christmas Oratorioby Markus Rathey

    Oxford University Press 2016; US$ 64.99 US$ 55.89

    This book is the first thorough study of Bach's popular Christmas Oratorio in English. While giving a comprehensive overview of the oratorio, the book focuses in particular on the cultural and theological understanding of Christmas in Bach's time and the compositional process from the earliest concepts to the completed piece. more...

  • A History of Western Choral Music, Volume 2by Chester L. Alwes

    Oxford University Press 2016; US$ 72.99 US$ 62.77

    A History of Western Choral Music explores the various genres, key composers, and influential works essential to the development of the western choral tradition. Volume II examines the major genres common to the Classical and Romantic eras and offers a thorough exploration of the array of styles and approaches developed over the course of the twentieth... more...

  • Schoenberg's Early Correspondenceby Ethan Haimo; Sabine Feisst

    Oxford University Press 2016; US$ 97.99 US$ 84.27

    This volume presents English translations of the entirety of Arnold Schoenberg's early correspondence, providing a wealth of information on Schoenberg's early career, and offering invaluable insights into his daily life and working habits. Alongside the editors' extensive running commentary, the more than 300 letters in this volume create a vivid picture... more...

  • The Humorless Ladies of Border Controlby Franz Nicolay

    The New Press 2016; US$ 26.99

    In 2009, musician Franz Nicolay left his job in the Hold Steady, aka the world?s greatest bar band.? Over the next five years, he crossed the world with a guitar in one hand, a banjo in the other, and an accordion on his back, playing the anarcho-leftist squats and DIY spaces of the punk rock diaspora. He meets Polish artists nostalgic for their revolutionary... more...

  • Doo-Wop Acappellaby Lawrence Pitilli

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2016; US$ 74.99

    In Doo-Wop Acappella scholar and singer Lawrence Pitilli explores doo-wop acapella groups as manifestations of urban change, mass migrations, ethnic acculturation, and changing radio and recording industries. He reveals how doo-wop groups displayed the dynamics of cultural change in the ?sounds??sonic and linguistic?that every generation seeks... more...