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  • The Music Instinctby Philip Ball

    Random House 2011; US$ 16.00

    Why have all human cultures - today and throughout history - made music? Why does music excite such rich emotion? How do we make sense of musical sound? These are questions that have, until recently, remained mysterious. Now The Music Instinct explores how the latest research in music psychology and brain science is piecing... more...

  • How Music Worksby John Powell

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; Not Available

    ˇWhat is the difference between a musical note and any other sort of sound? ˇWhat is harmony, and why does it sound good? ˇWhy is it easy to tell the difference between a flute and a clarinet even if they are playing exactly the same note? ˇWhy do ten violins sound only twice as loud as one? ˇWhat is perfect pitch, and do I have it? Discover... more...

  • Metaphors of Depth in German Musical Thoughtby Holly Watkins

    Cambridge University Press 2011; US$ 86.00

    Watkins presents a cultural history of metaphors of musical depth in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century German criticism and analysis. more...

  • Classical Music Top 40by Anthony Rudel

    Touchstone 1995; Not Available

    The quintessential primer for the budding classical music lover. Millions of people adore classical music. Millions of other people want to, but simply don?t know how or where to start?so many composers, so many pieces, so many versions, so much music! In either case, this book is for you. In this informal and informative guide, Rudel leads listeners... more...

  • Improvising Jazzby Jerry Coker

    Touchstone 2010; Not Available

    With musical scores and helpful charts, noted jazz educator and featured jazz soloist, Jerry Coker, gives the beginning performer and the curious listener insights into the art of jazz improvisation. Improvising Jazz gives the beginning performer and the curious listener alike insights into the art of jazz improvisation. Jerry Coker, teacher... more...

  • The Story of Musicby Howard Goodall

    Random House 2013; US$ 18.91

    *** Accompanies BBC2's major new TV series and The Story of Music in 50 Pieces on Radio 3 *** In his dynamic tour through 40,000 years of music, from prehistoric instruments to modern-day pop, Howard Goodall leads us through the story of music as it happened, idea by idea, so that each musical innovation - harmony, notation, sung... more...

  • The Bassist's Bibleby Tim Boomer; Mick Berry

    See Sharp Press 2009; US$ 24.99

    The incredible diversity of the bass guitar is revealed in this all-inclusive style guide. Each chapter covers particular styles or families of styles, gradually introducing players to techniques that will allow them to get the most out of their instrument and easily increase their bass repertoire. More than 400 bass grooves are presented, spanning... more...

  • How to Rapby Paul Edwards

    Ebury Publishing 2012; US$ 18.91

    A first of its kind collection, How to Rap is an insightful and intelligent breakdown of the elements of rap for anyone wanting to learn the art form or understand the principles behind it. Author Paul Edwards examines the dynamics of hip hop from every region and in every form - mainstream, underground, current and classic - looking in particular... more...

  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Conducting Musicby Michael Miller

    DK Publishing 2005; US$ 19.95

    The complex art of conducting may look effortless to the casual onlooker; however, it requires a great deal of knowledge and skill. The success of a performance hinges on the director's ability to keep the group playing together and interpreting the music as the composer intended. The Complete Idiot's GuideŽ to Conducting Music shows student and... more...

  • Classical Music Top 40by Anthony Rudel

    Touchstone 1995; Not Available

    The quintessential primer for the budding classical music lover. Millions of people adore classical music. Millions of other people want to, but simply don?t know how or where to start?so many composers, so many pieces, so many versions, so much music! In either case, this book is for you. In this informal and informative guide, Rudel leads listeners... more...