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History & Criticism

  • Billy Joelby Joshua S. Duchan

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2017; US$ 38.00

    Music historian Joshua Duchan looks at the career and music of this remarkable singer-songwriter, exploring the unique ways Joel transforms the cultural life of a changing America over four decades into bestselling song after song and album after album. Original interviews with Joel blend with Duchan’s engaging analysis to provide readers of all... more...

  • Debussy's Legacy and the Construction of Reputationby Marianne Wheeldon

    Oxford University Press 2017; US$ 30.99

    Debussy's Legacy and the Construction of Reputation examines the vicissitudes of Claude Debussy's posthumous reception, from its initial decline to its subsequent rehabilitation. By following the contributions of key critics and performers, in addition to the ebb and flow of musical fashions in interwar Paris, Marianne Wheeldon demonstrates how the... more...

  • Historical Dictionary of Popular Musicby Norman Abjorensen

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2017; US$ 137.00

    The Historical Dictionary of Popular Music contains a chronology, an introduction, an appendix, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 1000 cross-referenced entries on major figures across genres, definitions of genres, technical innovations and surveys of countries and regions. more...

  • New Jazz Conceptionsby Roger Fagge; Nicolas Pillai

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 54.95

    New Jazz Conceptions: History, Theory, Practice is an edited collection that captures the cutting edge of British jazz studies in the early twenty-first century, highlighting the developing methodologies and growing interdisciplinary nature of the field. In particular, the collection breaks down barriers previously maintained between jazz historians,... more...

  • Shake It Up: Great American Writing on Rock and Pop from Elvis to Jay Zby Jonathan Lethem; Kevin Dettmar

    Library of America 2017; US$ 19.99

    THE ESSENTIAL PLAYLIST OF GREAT WRITING ABOUT THE MUSIC THAT ROCKED AMERICA  Jonathan Lethem and Kevin Dettmar's Shake It Up invites the reader into the tumult and excitement of the rock revolution through fifty landmark pieces by a supergroup of writers on rock in all its variety, from heavy metal to disco, punk to hip-hop. Stanley Booth describes... more...

  • Structurally Soundby Eric Wen

    Dover Publications 2017; US$ 24.95

    Music theorist Eric Wen presents in-depth analyses of seven masterworks from the common-practice period of Western art music: Bach: Air from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D, BWV 1068 Mendelssohn: Andante con moto tranquillo from Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49 Schubert: Nacht und Traüme , D. 827 Haydn: Adagio — Vivace assai from Symphony... more...

  • Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordingsby Steve Sullivan; Dave Marsh

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2017; US$ 190.00

    This masterful survey covers all genres of popular music, from pop, rock, soul, and country to jazz, blues, classic vocals, hip-hop, folk, gospel, and ethnic/world music. Collectors will find detailed discographical data while music lovers will appreciate the detailed commentaries and deep research on the songs, their recording, and the artists.... more...

  • All Over the Mapby Michael Corcoran

    University of North Texas Press 2017; US$ 23.96

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  • Interpreting Chopin: Analysis and Performanceby Alison Hood

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 54.95

    Music theory is often seen as independent from - even antithetical to - performance. While music theory is an intellectual enterprise, performance requires an intuitive response to the music. But this binary opposition is a false one, which serves neither the theorist nor the performer. In Interpreting Chopin Alison Hood brings her experience as a... more...

  • Music, Art and Diplomacy: East-West Cultural Interactions and the Cold Warby Simo Mikkonen; Pekka Suutari

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 149.95

    Music, Art and Diplomacy shows how a vibrant field of cultural exchange between East and West was taking place during the Cold War, which contrasts with the orthodox understanding of two divided and antithetical blocs. The series of case studies on cultural exchanges, focusing on the decades following the Second World War, cover episodes involving... more...