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History & Criticism

  • Legacy of a Musical Cityby Max Graf

    Philosophical Library 2015; US$ 9.99

    The story of Vienna, the musical center of the world. Max Graf, the Nestor of Austrian music critics, relates in a fascinating manner his own recollections of life with Bruckner, Brahms, Strauss, and other immortals in the music world. The author has enjoyed the intimate friendships over the course of fifty years. He gives a delightful as well as... more...

  • Shostakovichby Ivan Martynov; T. Guralsky

    Philosophical Library 2015; US$ 9.99

    Shostakovich: The Man and His Work is a rich and compelling biography of one of the most famous composers of all time. Author Ivan Martynov brings together extensive research, including interviews and conversations with Shostakovich himself, to shed light on the man behind the music.   This edition was translated from Russian by T. Guralsky and... more...

  • Tamla Motownby Terry Wilson

    Cherry Red Books 2015; US$ 10.94

    Tamla Motown is a name that??????s gone down in music history. Yet few realise it was, in fact, a label that never existed in America, but was formed by Berry Gordy in 1965 to release US recordings in the rest of the world, the Detroit-based soul Svengali having set up a series of labels to service the home market. The 45rpm seven-inch single was the... more...

  • Introducing Wagnerby Michael White; Kevin Scott

    Icon Books 2015; US$ 6.99

    A fascinating graphic novel-style introduction to the classical composer everyone has heard of - and few truly understand more...

  • Selling Digital Music, Formatting Cultureby Jeremy Wade Morris

    University of California Press 2015; US$ 29.95

    Selling Digital Music, Formatting Culture documents the transition of recorded music on CDs to music as digital files on computers. More than two decades after the first digital music files began circulating in online archives and playing through new software media players, we have yet to fully internalize the cultural and aesthetic consequences... more...

  • Who Can Afford to Improvise?: James Baldwin and Black Music, the Lyric and the Listenersby Ed Pavlic

    Fordham University Press 2015; US$ 19.99

    More than a quarter-century after his death, James Baldwin remains an unparalleled figure in American literature and African American cultural politics. In Who Can Afford to Improvise? Ed Pavlic offers an unconventional, lyrical, and accessible meditation on the life, writings, and legacy of James Baldwin and their relationship to the lyric tradition... more...

  • Manuscript Inscriptions in Early English Printed Musicby Dr David Greer

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 109.95

    Who were the first owners of the music published in England in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries? Who went to ?the dwelling house of ? T. East, by Paules wharfe? and bought a copy of Byrd?s Psalmes, sonets, & songs when it appeared in 1588? Who purchased a copy of Dowland?s First booke of songes in 1597? What other books formed part of... more...

  • Magister Jacobus de Ispania, Author of the Speculum musicaeby Dr Margaret Bent; Professor Simon Keefe

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 119.95

    The Speculum musicae of the early fourteenth century, with nearly half a million words, is by a long way the largest medieval treatise on music, and probably the most learned. Only the final two books are about music as commonly understood: the other five invite further work by students of scholastic philosophy, theology and mathematics. For nearly... 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...

  • Undergroundby Daniel Makagon

    Microcosm Publishing 2015; US$ 10.99

    Underground is all about the history and future of DIY punk touring in the USA. Daniel Makagon explores the culture of DIY spaces like house shows and community-based music spaces, their impact on underground communities and economies, and why these networks matter. He shows that no matter who you are, organizing, playing, and/or attending a DIY... more...