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History & Criticism

  • Women's Bands in Americaby Jill M. Sullivan

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2016; US$ 99.99

    In the first comprehensive exploration of women?s bands in American history, contributors trace women's emerging roles in town, immigrant, family, school, suffrage, military, swing, and rock bands, as well as society at large. Contributors bring together a series of disciplines in this unique work, including musicology, American history, women's... more...

  • Light Come Shiningby Andrew PhD McCarron

    Oxford University Press 2016; US$ 14.99

    In this new biography of Bob Dylan, writer Andrew McCarron provides a unique look at Dylan's life and work by focusing on his various reinventions and incarnations. more...

  • Dancing with Devtas: Drums, Power and Possession in the Music of Garhwal, North Indiaby Andrew Alter

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    In the Central Himalayan region of Garhwal, the gods (devtas) enjoy dancing. Musicians - whether ritual specialists or musical specialists - are therefore an indispensable part of most entertainment and religious events. In shamanistic ceremonies, their incantations, songs and drumming 'make' the gods possess their mediums. In other contexts, such... more...

  • Paradosiaká: Music, Meaning and Identity in Modern Greeceby Eleni Kallimopoulou

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    Since the 1980s, musicians and audiences in Athens have been rediscovering musical traditions associated with the Ottoman period of Greek history. The result of this revivalist movement has been the urban musical style of 'paradosiaká' ('traditional'). Drawing from a varied repertoire that includes Turkish art music and folk and popular musics of Greece... more...

  • Voices and Texts in Early Modern Italian Societyby Stefano Dall'Aglio; Brian Richardson; Massimo Rospocher

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    This book studies the uses of orality in Italian society, across all classes, from the fifteenth to the seventeenth century, with an emphasis on the interrelationships between oral communication and the written word. The Introduction provides an overview of the topic as a whole and links the chapters together. Part 1 concerns public life in the states... more...

  • The Oxford Handbook of the British Musicalby Robert Gordon; Olaf Jubin

    Oxford University Press 2016; US$ 149.99

    The first comprehensive academic survey of British musical theatre from its origins, The Oxford Handbook of the British Musical offers both a historical account of musical theatre from 1728 and a range of in-depth critical analyses of key works and productions that illustrate its aesthetic values and sociocultural meanings. more...

  • Seventeenth-Century Opera and the Sound of the Commedia dell?Arteby Emily Wilbourne

    University of Chicago Press 2016; US$ 55.00

    In this book, Emily Wilbourne boldly traces the roots of early opera back to the sounds of the commedia dell?arte. Along the way, she forges a new history of Italian opera, from the court pieces of the early seventeenth century to the public stages of Venice more than fifty years later. Wilbourne considers a series of case studies structured around... more...

  • Cherubino's Leapby Richard Kramer

    University of Chicago Press 2016; US$ 45.00

    For the Enlightenment mind, from Moses Mendelssohn?s focus on the moment of surprise at the heart of the work of art to Herder?s imagining of the seismic moment at which language was discovered, it is the flash of recognition that nails the essence of the work, the blink of an eye in which one?s world changes.  In Cherubino?s Leap, Richard... more...

  • Schnittke Studiesby Gavin Dixon

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998) was arguably the most important Russian composer since Shostakovich, and his music has generated a great deal of academic interest in the years since his death. Schnittke Studies provides a variety of perspectives on the composer and his music. The field is currently diverse and vibrant, and this book demonstrates the... more...

  • The History of Rock & Roll, Volume 1by Ed Ward

    Flatiron Books 2016; US$ 26.25

    Ed Ward covers the first half of the history of rock & roll in this sweeping and definitive narrative?from the 1920s, when the music of rambling medicine shows mingled with the songs of vaudeville and minstrel acts to create the very early sounds of country and rhythm and blues, to the rise of the first independent record labels post-World War II,... more...