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  • Mozart's Piano Sonatasby John Irving

    Cambridge University Press 1997; US$ 44.00

    An examination of Mozart's piano sonatas, showing them to be a microcosm of the composer's changing style. more...

  • Rethinking Difference in Music Scholarshipby Olivia Bloechl; Melanie Lowe; Jeffrey Kallberg

    Cambridge University Press 2015; US$ 92.00

    This major essay collection takes a fresh look at how differences among people matter for music and musical thought. more...

  • The History of Jazzby Ted Gioia

    Oxford University Press 2011; US$ 12.99

    On its initial release, The History of Jazz was heralded as a classic: it was honored as one of the twenty best books of the year in The Washington Post and was chosen as a notable book of the year in The New York Times . Now Gioia brings the story up-to-date, drawing on his latest research and covering the full spectrum of the music's past, present,... more...

  • Bluesby Dick Weissman; Richard Carlin; Craig Morrison

    Infobase Publishing 2005; US$ 67.00

    Born out of the field hollers, work songs, and spirituals sung by African-American slaves and tenant farmers as they were forced to work in the fields of the South, blues music often speaks of oppression, sadness, and love, topics that transcend racial and ethnic boundaries. Early musicians such as Blind Lemon Jefferson and W.C. Handy established the... more...

  • Balkan Fascinationby Mirjana Lausevic

    Oxford University Press 2007; US$ 30.99

    In Balkan Fascination , ethnomusicologist Mirjana Lausevic, a native of the Balkans, investigates this remarkable phenomenon to explore why so many Americans actively participate in specific Balkan cultural practices to which they have no familial or ethnic connection. more...

  • Antonio Gardano, Venetian Music Printer, 1538-1569by Mary Lewis

    Taylor and Francis 1997; US$ 54.95

    First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company. more...

  • Music and the Language of Loveby Catherine Gordon-Seifert

    Indiana University Press 2011; US$ 37.95

    Simple songs or airs, in which a male poetic voice either seduces or excoriates a female object, were an influential vocal genre of the French Baroque era. In this comprehensive and interdisciplinary study, Catherine Gordon-Seifert analyzes the style of airs, which was based on rhetorical devices of... more...

  • The Holy or the Brokenby Alan Light

    Atria Books 2012; US$ 10.99

    “ A venerated creator. An adored, tragic interpreter. An uncomplicated, memorable melody. Ambiguous, evocative words. Faith and uncertainty. Pain and pleasure .” Today, “Hallelujah” is one of the most-performed rock songs in history. It has become a staple of movies and television shows as diverse as Shrek and The West Wing , of tribute videos... more...

  • Who Wrote The Book Of Love?by Richard Crouse

    Doubleday Canada 2012; US$ 14.95

    ¸  The words to Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti" were initially so risqué they had to be completely rewritten - in the hallway of the studio, as time was running out - before the song could be recorded. (He wrote the original version while working as a dishwasher in a bus station in Georgia.) ¸  Paul Simon's 1972 hit "Mother and Child Reunion" takes... more...

  • Sex Pistols and Punkby Jon Savage

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 2.91

    Sex Pistols and Punk recounts the turbulent months at the beginning of the British punk revolution in 1976. Starting as four disparate teenagers thrown together by Svengali Malcom McLaren to sell trousers, the Sex Pistols quickly became both prism and mirror for a disaffected youth eager to smash the old guard and make the world in their own, Warholian... more...