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History & Criticism

  • Precious and Fewby Don Breithaupt; Jeff Breithaupt

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 18.99

    Here is a lively and nostalgic look back at the forgotten era that gave us "Hooked on a Feeling", "Dancing in the Moonlight", "I Am Woman", "Seasons in the Sun", and more. The early '70s brought a "Convoy" of popular music--everything from the cheesy to the classic. The authors, true-blue '70s fanatics, have put together this irresistably readable... more...

  • A Student's Guide to Music Historyby R.J. Stove

    Intercollegiate Studies Institute 2014; US$ 4.99

    R. J. Stove?s  A Student?s Guide to Music History  is a concise account, written for the intelligent lay reader, of classical music?s development from the early Middle Ages onwards. Beginning with a discussion of Hildegard von Bingen, a twelfth-century German nun and composer, and the origins of plainchant, Stove?s narrative recounts the rise (and... more...

  • Barefoot in Babylonby Bob Spitz

    Penguin Group US 2014; US$ 9.99

    ?Mr. Spitz feeds us every riveting detail of the chaos that underscored the festival. It makes for some out-a-sight reading, man.? The New York Times Book Review Celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2014, the Woodstock Music Festival defined a generation. Yet, there was much more than peace and love driving that long weekend the summer of 1969.... more...

  • Metrical Psalmody in Print and Practiceby Timothy Duguid

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 124.95

    During the Reformation, the Book of Psalms became one of the most well-known books of the Bible. This was particularly true in Britain, where people of all backgrounds memorized and sang poetic versifications of the psalms. This book is the first to consider both English and Scottish metrical psalmody, comparing the two traditions in print and practice.... more...

  • Thomas Beechamby John Lucas

    Boydell & Brewer Group Ltd 2014; US$ 26.24

    Thomas Beecham was one of Britain's greatest conductors of orchestral music and opera as well as an entrepreneur and impresario of exceptional energy and brilliant wit. This acclaimed biography places him - musically, politically and socially - in the troubled times in which he lived and corrects the stories and myths, many of them Beecham's own making,... more...

  • Intimate Lettersby John Tyrrell; Leos Janácek

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 54.00

    These are the letters of a great love story. In 1917, the Czech composer Leos Janáçek met Kamila Stösslová while on holiday at Luhaçovice, a spa resort in Moravia. He was sixty-three and locked in a loveless marriage; she was twenty-six, the wife of an antique dealer frequently away from home. After the holiday, Janáçek began writing to Stösslová.... more...

  • An Introduction to the Music of Milton Babbittby Andrew Mead

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 41.95

    In this celebration of Milton Babbitt's art, Andrew Mead explores the development of a central figure in contemporary American music. As a teacher and writer, Babbitt has influenced two generations of students, including such notable musicians as Stephen Sondheim and Donald Martino. He has helped establish the study of music theory as a serious academic... more...

  • The Music Theory of Godfrey Winhamby Leslie David Blasius

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    This book serves as an introduction to the work of Godfrey Winham, an influential figure in American music theory circles in the 1960s. Little published in his lifetime, Winham left behind, at his premature death in 1974, a massive collection of notes: correspondence, unfinished articles, sketches for books, etc. These notes were transcribed and deposited... more...

  • Playing with Signsby V. Kofi Agawu

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    Of all the repertories of Western Art music, none is as explicitly listener-oriented as that of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Yet few attempts to analyze the so-called Classic Style have embraced the semiotic implications of this condition. Playing with Signs proposes a listener-oriented theory of Classic instrumental music that... more...

  • Studies on the Origin of Harmonic Tonalityby Carl Dahlhaus; Robert O. Gjerdingen

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 50.95

    Carl Dahlhaus was without doubt the premier musicologist of the postwar generation, a giant whose recent death was mourned the world over. Translated here for the first time, this fundamental work on the development of tonality shows his complete mastery of the theory of harmony. In it Dahlhaus explains the modern concepts of harmony and tonality,... more...