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History & Criticism

  • Inventoryby A.V. Club; Chuck Klosterman

    Scribner 2009; US$ 9.99

    Each week, the writers of The A.V. Club issue a slightly slanted pop-culture list filled with challenging opinions (Is David Bowie's "Young Americans" nearly ruined by saxophone?) and fascinating facts. Exploring twenty-four great films too painful to watch twice, fourteen tragic movie-masturbation scenes, eighteen songs about crappy cities, and... more...

  • A History of Operaby Carolyn Abbate; Roger Parker

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; US$ 23.96

    Opera is in many ways the most extraordinary artistic medium of the last four hundred years. Prohibitively expensive and patently unrealistic, it can nevertheless paint the human passions with astonishing power and drama. This book, the first new, full-length, single-volume history of opera for more than a generation provokes in-depth discussions... more...

  • Ragged but Rightby Lynn Abbot; Doug Seroff

    University Press of Mississippi 2009; US$ 30.00

    The commercial explosion of ragtime in the early twentieth century created previously unimagined opportunities for black performers. However, every prospect was mitigated by systemic racism. The biggest hits of the ragtime era weren’t Scott Joplin’s stately piano rags. “Coon songs,” with their ugly name, defined ragtime for the masses, and played... more...

  • Between Baudelaire and Mallarméby Helen Abbott

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    As the status of poetry became less and less certain over the course of the nineteenth century, poets such as Baudelaire and Mallarmé began to explore ways to ensure that poetry would not be overtaken by music in the hierarchy of the arts. Helen Abbott examines the verse and prose poetry of these two important poets, together with their critical writings,... more...

  • To Do This, You Must Know Howby Lynn Abbott; Doug Seroff

    University Press of Mississippi 2013; US$ 30.00

    A landmark study tracing the current of music education that gave form and style to the black gospel quartet tradition more...

  • The Original Bluesby Lynn Abbott; Doug Seroff

    University Press of Mississippi 2017; US$ 30.00

    An invaluable musical history documenting the advent of the blues in black vaudeville more...

  • Historical Dictionary of Popular Musicby Norman Abjorensen

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2017; US$ 137.50

    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...

  • One Hundred Years of Musicby Gerald Abraham

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 49.95

    One Hundred Years of Music provides a full account of the history of music from the death of Beethoven to the modern era. It covers a period of exceptional interest. The last hundred years coincide roughly with the rise and decline of Romanticism, include the various nationalist movements, and extend to the advent of "neo-classicism," the twelve-tone... more...

  • Slavonic and Romantic Musicby Gerald Abraham

    Faber & Faber 2013; US$ 24.78

    Gerald Abraham's reputation as an authority on Russian music has tended to obscure his deep interest in the music of Poland and Czechoslovakia, and of the nineteenth-century generally. From a lifetime's devoted scholarship in these fields Abrahams selected his best work to make up this volume (first published in 1968), one of exceptional breadth and... more...

  • Edward Elgar and His Worldby Byron Adams

    Princeton University Press 2011; US$ 33.95 US$ 30.89

    Edward Elgar (1857-1934) is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating, important, and influential figures in the history of British music. He rose from humble beginnings and achieved fame with music that to this day is beloved by audiences in England, and his work has secured an enduring legacy worldwide. Leading scholars examine the composer's life... more...