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History & Criticism

  • Harps and Harpists, Revised Editionby Roslyn Rensch

    Indiana University Press 2017; US$ 34.99

    Revising her classic 1989 book Harps and Harpists, Roslyn Rensch expands her authoritative history of this timeless instrument. This lavishly illustrated edition, with 137 black-and-white images and 24 color plates, surveys the progress of the harp from antiquity to the present day. The new edition includes two new chapters; an extensive bibliography... more...

  • Message to Our Folksby Paul Steinbeck

    University of Chicago Press 2017; US$ 40.00

    This year marks the golden anniversary of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, the flagship band of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Formed in 1966 and flourishing until 2010, the Art Ensemble distinguished itself by its unique performance practices?members played hundreds of instruments on stage, recited poetry, performed theatrical... more...

  • Beyond Boundariesby Linda Phyllis Austern; Candace Bailey; Amanda Eubanks Winkler

    Indiana University Press 2017; US$ 34.99

    English music studies often apply rigid classifications to musical materials, their uses, their consumers, and performers. The contributors to this volume argue that some performers and manuscripts from the early modern era defy conventional categorization as "amateur" or "professional," "native" or "foreign." These leading scholars explore the circulation... more...

  • In the Process of Becomingby Janet Schmalfeldt

    Oxford University Press 2017; US$ 23.99

    This philosophically-inspired approach to the perception of form in early nineteenth-century music invites listeners and especially performers to assess and participate in the interpretation of transformative formal processes as they unfold in time. It proposes new ways of hearing beloved works of the romantic generation as representative of their... more...

  • Occasional Piecesby Christian Wolff; George E. Lewis

    Oxford University Press 2017; US$ 26.99

    With Occasional Pieces , composer Christian Wolff brings together a collection of his most notable writings and interviews from 1950 to the present, shining a new light on American music of the second half of the twentieth century. Included are profiles of Wolff's experimentalist contemporaries, including John Cage, Morton Feldman, David Tudor, and... more...

  • Music after the Fallby Tim Rutherford-Johnson

    University of California Press 2017; US$ 29.95

    Music after the Fall is the first book to survey contemporary Western art music within the transformed political, cultural, and technological environment of the post?Cold War era. In this book, Tim Rutherford-Johnson considers musical composition against this changed backdrop, placing it in the context of globalization, digitization, and new media.... more...

  • Sound Knowledgeby James Q. Davies; Ellen Lockhart

    University of Chicago Press 2017; US$ 55.00

    What does it mean to hear scientifically? What does it mean to see musically? This volume uncovers a new side to the long nineteenth century in London, a hidden history in which virtuosic musical entertainment and scientific discovery intersected in remarkable ways. Sound Knowledge examines how scientific truth was accrued by means of visual and... more...

  • Gold Experienceby Jim Walsh

    University of Minnesota Press 2017; Not Available

    Throughout the 1990s, Prince feuded with his record label, Warner Bros., over his rights as an independent recording artist?and made some of the most brilliant music of his career. During that time, Jim Walsh covered Prince for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and wrote about him passionately, thoughtfully, exhaustively. Here, in real time, is that coverage:... more...

  • From 1989, or European Music and the Modernist Unconsciousby Seth Brodsky

    University of California Press 2017; US$ 75.00

    What happened to musical modernism? When did it end? Did it end? In this unorthodox Lacanian account of European New Music, Seth Brodsky focuses on the unlikely year 1989, when New Music hardly takes center stage. Instead one finds Rostropovich playing Bach at Checkpoint Charlie; or Bernstein changing ?Joy? to ?Freedom? in Beethoven?s Ninth; or David... more...

  • Studies in Historical Improvisationby Massimiliano Guido

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 54.95

    In recent years, scholars and musicians have become increasingly interested in the revival of musical improvisation as it was known in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. This historically informed practice is now supplanting the late Romantic view of improvised music as a rhapsodic endeavour?a musical blossoming out of the capricious genius of the... more...