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  • Vibe Merchantsby Ray Hitchins

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 109.95

    Vibe Merchants offers an insider’s perspective on the development of Jamaican popular music. This rare perspective focuses on the actual details of music making practice, rationalised in the context of the economic and creative forces that locally drive music production. By focusing on the work of audio engineers and musicians, recording studios... more...

  • Street Ballads in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Ireland, and North Americaby David Atkinson; Steve Roud

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 124.95

    In recent years, the assumption that traditional songs originated from a primarily oral tradition has been challenged by research into ‘street literature’. Not only are some traditional singers known to have learned songs from printed sources, but most of the songs were composed by professional writers. This volume engages with the long-running... more...

  • Turbo-folk Music and Cultural Representations of National Identity in Former Yugoslaviaby Uro? Cvoro

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 109.95

    Turbo-folk music is the most controversial form of popular culture in the new states of former Yugoslavia. Beginning with 1970s Socialist Yugoslavia, Uroš Cvoro explores the cultural and political paradoxes of turbo-folk. Taking as its starting point turbo-folk’s popularity across national borders, Cvoro analyses key songs and performers... more...

  • Made in Japanby Toru Mitsui

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 140.00

    Made in Japan serves as a comprehensive and rigorous introduction to the history, sociology, and musicology of contemporary Japanese popular music. Each essay, written by a leading scholar of Japanese music, covers the major figures, styles, and social contexts of pop music in Japan and provides adequate context so readers understand why the figure... more...

  • Monstrous Operaby Charles Dill

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    One of the foremost composers of the French Baroque operatic tradition, Rameau is often cited for his struggle to steer lyric tragedy away from its strict Lullian form, inspired by spoken tragedy, and toward a more expressive musical style. In this fresh exploration of Rameau's compositional aesthetic, Charles Dill depicts a much more complicated... 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...

  • Wagner Androgyneby Stewart Spencer; Jean-Jacques Nattiez

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 47.50

    That Wagner conceived of himself creatively as both man and woman is central to an understanding of his life and art. So argues Jean-Jacques Nattiez in this richly insightful work, where he draws from semiology, music criticism, and psychoanalysis to explore such topics as Wagner's theories of music drama, his anti-Semitism, and his psyche. Wagner,... more...

  • Believing in Operaby Tom Sutcliffe

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 60.00

    The staging of opera has become immensely controversial over the last twenty years. Tom Sutcliffe here offers an engaging and far-reaching book about opera performance and interpretation. This work is a unique tribute to the most distinctive and adventurous achievements in the theatrical interpretation of opera as it has developed in recent decades.... more...

  • The Galitzin Quartets of Beethovenby Daniel K. L. Chua

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 36.50

    This study is an analysis of the first three of Beethoven's late quartets, Opp. 127, 132, and 130, commissioned by Prince Nikolai Galitzin. The five late quartets, usually considered as a group, were written in the same period as the Missa solemnis and the Ninth Symphony, and are among the composer's most profound musical statements. Daniel K. L.... more...

  • Music in the Theaterby Pierluigi Petrobelli; Roger Parker

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    Well-known for leading audiences to a new appreciation of Verdi as a subtle and elaborate musical thinker, Pierluigi Petrobelli here turns his attention to the intriguing question of how musical theater works. In this collection of lively, penetrating essays, Petrobelli analyzes specific operas, mainly by Verdi, in terms of historical context, musical... more...