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History & Criticism

  • Tearing the World Apartby Nina Goss; Eric Hoffman

    University Press of Mississippi 2017; US$ 30.00

    Essays examining the Nobel laureate’s work in the new millennium more...

  • Mirrors of Heaven or Worldly Theaters?by Jonathan E. Glixon

    Oxford University Press 2017; US$ 54.99

    Mirrors of Heaven or Worldly Theaters? Venetian Nunneries and Their Music is the first in-depth study of the dynamic role of musical rituals at Venetian convents in the Early Modern era, examining the nuns as patrons and performers, of both simple plainchant and complex sacred polyphony. The book also considers organs, bells, and musical and theatrical... more...

  • In Search of Soulby Alejandro Nava

    University of California Press 2017; US$ 29.95

    In Search of Soul explores the meaning of “soul” in sacred and profane incarnations, from its biblical origins to its central place in the rich traditions of black and Latin history. Surveying the work of writers, artists, poets, musicians, philosophers and theologians, Alejandro Nava shows how their understandings of the “soul” revolve around narratives... more...

  • Good Bootyby Ann Powers

    HarperCollins 2017; US$ 14.99

    In this sweeping history of popular music in the United States, NPR’s acclaimed music critic examines how popular music shapes fundamental American ideas and beliefs, allowing us to communicate difficult emotions and truths about our most fraught social issues, most notably sex and race. In Good Booty , Ann Powers explores how popular music became... more...

  • Chopin and His Worldby Jonathan D. Bellman; Halina Goldberg

    Princeton University Press 2017; US$ 35.00 US$ 31.85

    A new look at the life, times, and music of Polish composer and piano virtuoso Fryderyk Chopin Fryderyk Chopin (1810–49), although the most beloved of piano composers, remains a contradictory figure, an artist of virtually universal appeal who preferred the company of only a few sympathetic friends and listeners. Chopin and His World reexamines... more...

  • Can't Stand Up For Falling Downby Allan Jones

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2017; US$ 13.99

    Allan Jones launched Uncut magazine in 1997 and for 15 years wrote a popular monthly column called Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before, based on his experiences as a music journalist in the 70s and 80s, a gilded time for the music press. By turns hilarious, cautionary, poignant and powerful, the Stop Me...stories collected... more...

  • Arthur Sullivanby Benedict Taylor

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 54.95

    Arthur Sullivan (1842–1900) was Victorian Britain’s most celebrated and popular composer, whose music to this day reaches a wider audience than that of any of his contemporaries. Yet the comic operas on which Sullivan’s reputation is chiefly based have been consistently belittled or ignored by the British musicological establishment, while his serious... more...

  • The Role of Music in European Integrationby Albrecht Riethmüller

    De Gruyter Akademie Forschung 2017; US$ 68.99

    In times of crisis and rising skepticism towards the idea of European integration, the ALLEA book series Discourses on Intellectual Europe represents an effort from the scientific community in tackling these challenges for society's commitment to Europe as an enduring cultural and intellectual region. more...

  • Improvisation and Inventio in the Performance of Medieval Musicby Angela Mariani

    Oxford University Press 2017; US$ 16.99

    Improvisation and Inventio in the Performance of Medieval Music is an innovative and groundbreaking approach to medieval music as living repertoire. The book provides philosophical frameworks, primary-source analysis, and clear, actionable exercises aimed at recovering the improvisatory and inventive aspects of medieval music for contemporary musicians. more...

  • Good Rockin' Tonightby Colin Escott; Martin Hawkins

    St. Martin's Press 2017; US$ 13.99

    Memphis, Tennessee. The early 1950s. The Mississippi rolls by, and there's a train in the night. Down on Beale Street there's hard-edged blues, on the outskirts of town they're pickin' hillbilly boogie. At Sam Phillips' Sun Records studio on Union Avenue, there's something different going on. "Shake it, baby, shake it!" "Go, cat, go!" "We're gonna... more...