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  • Sounds of the Metropolisby Derek B. Scott

    Oxford University Press 2008; US$ 29.99

    The phrase "popular music revolution" may instantly bring to mind such twentieth-century musical movements as jazz and rock 'n' roll. In Sounds of the Metropolis , however, Derek Scott argues that the first popular music revolution actually occurred in the nineteenth century, illustrating how a distinct group of popular styles first began to assert... more...

  • Lateness and Brahmsby Margaret Notley

    Oxford University Press 2006; US$ 35.99

    Lateness and Brahms takes up the fascinating, yet understudied problem of how Brahms fits into the culture of turn-of-the-century Vienna. Brahms's conspicuous and puzzling absence in previous scholarly accounts of the time and place raises important questions, and as Margaret Notley demonstrates, the tendency to view him in neutralized, ahistorical... more...

  • Composing Dissentby Robert Adlington

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 67.99

    The 1960s saw the emergence in the Netherlands of a generation of avant-garde musicians with a pronounced commitment to social and political engagement. This book presents the Dutch experience as an exemplary case study in the complex and conflictual encounter of the musical avant-garde with the decade's currents of social change. more...

  • God Bless Americaby Sheryl Kaskowitz

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 21.99

    The song 'God Bless America' has come to inhabit our collective consciousness. This book tells the fascinating story behind the song, from its composition in 1918 by Irving Berlin, to its first performance by Kate Smith in 1938, to its post 9/11 popularity. It tells the story of how the song has come to take on different meanings over time and it... more...

  • Hearing Bach's Passionsby Daniel R. Melamed

    Oxford University Press 2005; US$ 22.99

    Johann Sebastian Bach's two surviving passions-- St. John and St. Matthew --are an essential part of the modern repertory, performed regularly both by professional ensembles and amateur groups. These large, complex pieces are well loved, but due to our distance from the original context in which they were performed, questions and problems emerge.... more...

  • Josquin's Romeby Jesse Rodin

    Oxford University Press 2012; US$ 59.99

    Josquin's Rome offers a new reading of the works composed by Josquin des Prez during his time as a singer and composer for the pope's private choir. Confronting longstanding problems concerning the authenticity and chronology of Josquin's music while also offering nuanced readings of understudied works by his contemporaries, the book contextualizes... more...

  • Transnational Encountersby Alejandro L. Madrid

    Oxford University Press 2011; US$ 39.99

    This book explores the transnational connections that inform the large diversity of musical traditions from the U.S.-Mexico border (from nortena and cumbia to indigenous musics, Afro-American traditions and pop musics) while keeping an eye on their powerful local significance, in an attempt to redefine notions like "border," "nation," "migration,"... more...

  • Sounds of Warby Annegret Fauser

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 26.99

    Classical music in 1940s America had a cultural relevance and ubiquitousness that is hard to imagine today, and it played an important role as a cultural counterpoint to the military effort as musicians and politicians were - in Henry Cowell's words - "shaping music for total war." No other war mobilized and instrumentalized culture in general and... more...

  • Digby Phil Ford

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 16.99

    Hipsters have always used clothing, hairstyle, gesture, and slang to mark their distance from consensus culture, yet it is music that has always been the privileged means of cultural disaffiliation, the royal road to hip. Dig argues that in hip culture it is sound itself, and the faculty of hearing, that is the privileged part of the sensory experience.... more...

  • The Politics of Appropriationby Jason Geary

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 44.99

    The Politics of Appropriation explores the intersection of music and Hellenism in nineteenth-century Germany.It shows how productions such as that of the Prussian court of Sophocles' Antigone with music by Felix Mendelssohn reflect an effort by the rulers who commissioned them to appropriate the legacy of Greece for the creation of a German cultural... more...