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  • Divas and Scholarsby Philip Gossett

    University of Chicago Press 2008; US$ 18.00

    Winner of the 2007 Otto Kinkeldey Award from the American Musicological Society and the 2007 Deems Taylor Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. Divas and Scholars is a dazzling and beguiling account of how opera comes to the stage, filled with Philip Gossett’s personal experiences of triumphant—and even failed—performances... more...

  • The New Music Theaterby Eric Salzman; Thomas Desi

    Oxford University Press 2008; US$ 40.99

    The New Music Theater is the first comprehensive attempt in English to cover this still-emerging art form in its widest range. This book provides a wealth of examples and descriptions not only of the works themselves, but of the concepts, ideas, and trends that have gone into the evolution of what may be the most central performance art form of the... more...

  • Mainly on Directingby Arthur Laurents

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 25.00

    From Arthur Laurents, playwright, screenwriter, director—a mesmerizing book about theater, the art, the artist, the insider, the outsider—and the making of two of the greatest musicals of the American stage, West Side Story and Gypsy . It is a book profoundly enriched by the author’s two loves, love for the theater and love for his partner of fifty-two... more...

  • Courtly Love Songs of Medieval Franceby Mary O'Neill

    OUP Oxford 2006; US$ 179.99

    Mary O'Neill examines the legacy of the medieval poet composers of Northern France, the trouvères. For many years problems and difficulties concerning the surviving melodies have prevented us from accessing these songs. Many of these problems are addressed here, bringing us closer to a true understanding of the repertoire. more...

  • The Critical Nexusby Charles M. Atkinson

    Oxford University Press 2008; US$ 30.99

    The Critical Nexus is the first book to trace the development of the notational matrix of Western music from Antiquity to the fourteenth century. It shows how principles of ancient Greek theory were grafted onto medieval practice, leading to a theory of both tone-system and mode, and a concomitant system of musical notation, that is uniquely Western. more...

  • Bach’s Cycle, Mozart’s Arrowby Karol Berger

    University of California Press 2007; US$ 34.95

    In this erudite and elegantly composed argument, Karol Berger uses the works of Monteverdi, Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven to support two groundbreaking claims: first, that it was only in the later eighteenth century that music began to take the flow of time from the past to the future seriously; second, that this change in the structure of musical time... more...

  • Music, Theater, and Cultural Transferby Annegret Fauser; Mark Everist

    University of Chicago Press 2009; US$ 44.00

    Opera and musical theater dominated French culture in the 1800s, and the influential stage music that emerged from this period helped make Paris, as Walter Benjamin put it, the “capital of the nineteenth century.” The fullest account available of this artistic ferment and its international impact, Music, Theater, and Cultural Transfer... more...

  • Changing the Scoreby Hilary Poriss

    Oxford University Press 2009; US$ 57.99

    This study is the first to explore the significance of aria insertion, the practice that allowed singers to introduce music of their own choice into productions of Italian opera during the nineteenth century. Each chapter investigates this practice from varying perspectives and through the experiences of some of the century's most famous prima donnas. more...

  • Libretti vom 'Mittelalter'by Christian Seebald

    De Gruyter 2009; US$ 238.00

    In historical and cultural studies, the Early Modern Age has developed a profile of its own. The book series Frühe Neuzeit (Early Modern Age) publishes editions, monographs and collected volumes advancing fundamental research in the field. It does not seek to produce wide-ranging overviews, premature syntheses or pretentious constructions... more...

  • Music History During the Renaissance Period, 1520-1550: A Documented Chronologyby Blanche Gangwere

    ABC-CLIO 2004; US$ 145.00

    This annotated chronology of western music is the third in a series of outlines on the history of music in western civilization. It contains a 120-page annotated bibliography, followed by a detailed, documented outline that is divided into ten chapters. Each chapter is written in chronological order with every line being documented by means of abbreviations... more...